Ride to the right, stay in your lane, don't vear to the left or right.
Obey all road rules. Come to a stop at all red lights & stop signs.
Do not change your speed, maintain the group speed – if you want to or need to slow down, look to your left, if clear of cars & riders, slowly vear left, let other riders go by you to your right.
If you are passing another bike, say "on your left", do not pass on the right - COMMUNICATE = TALK INSTRUCTIONS
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The dates of the events below in italics have not been finalized yet.
Sat July 26th – Annual Jane Lloyd Ride Fundraiser
Time: 7:30 am, Distance: 62 or 100 miles, Location: Salisbury, CT. There will be a standard century and a metric century starting from the Salisbury ski jumps parking. The route will be mainly back roads in CT, NY, & MA, led by Tim Locke & Ben Freund. This is a fund raiser ride for the Jane Lloyd fund to benefit cancer patients and their families with financial help in the Connecticut towns of Canaan, Cornwall, Falls Village, Kent, Salisbury and Sharon by providing direct support for a patient's day-to-day living expenses. All donations small and large are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. My personal goal for this year’s ride is $3,000 and was hoping as a group we could reach $5,000. As always there is the Annual Clam Bake when we get back. For details about the Clam bake, Jane Lloyd Fund and pictures from previous rides visit www.thejanelloydfund.org. Bill Goldwalleye@optonline.net.
Sunday, July 26th - Harlem Valley Rail Ride 2015, Mother Nature’s Gym
Time: See website, Distance: 23, 33, 45, 57, 72, and two 100 mile routes, Location: Millerton, NY. A horse farm, a dairy farm, an abandoned railroad track, a bicycle and you! Beautiful, low-traffic country roads. Rest stops every 14 miles, SAG, routes, marked. Meet at Eddie Collins Memorial Field, 5800 South Elm Avenue. Festival at the finish with great food and a beer garden. Swimming, massage, t-shirt. A portion of the $75 fee supports the rail trail. http://www.harlemvalleyrailride.com.
Sunday Aug 2nd – Tour of the Litchfield Hills
Time / Distance: 7:00 am / 100 miles, 8:00 am / 50 & 75 miles, 9:00 am / 30 miles, Location: Torrington, CT. The biggest local ride in the area with great pitstops every 25 miles. Meet at Coe Park. Raising funds for the Center for Cancer Care Fund. Foodwww.tourofthelitchfieldhills.com.
Aug 9th - Berkshire Brevets Petersburg 300K
Time: 6:00 am, Distance: 190 miles, Location: Westfield, MA. I enjoy Petersburg pass so much I just had to add this summer brevet which includes Searsburg pass in Vermont as well as Petersburg Pass on the NY / MA border. This route is very hilly. Controls are convenience stores. Lights required. Time limit 20 hrs. Cost: $25. http://newhorizonsbikes.com/articles/berkshire-brevets-2015-pg67.htm.
Aug 7-9th – MATES Tandem Rally
Location: Clinton, NJ. http://tandemclub.org/event/mates-2015/?instance_id=550
Aug 13-16th – 4th Annual Vermont Challenge
Location: Vermont. $$ Vermont's premier bicycle tour offers both challenging routes for elite recreational cyclists plus tamer routes for all riders. The routes traverse Southern & Central Vermont 4 days including the signature Saturday 1-day Gran, Medio & Piccolo Fondo for all riders. Experience the only mountain resort-top Gran Fondo finish east of the Continental Divide.
h 4-day Grand Challenge: 273, 188 or 103 miles
h 3-day Weekend Challenge: 208, 143, or 75 miles
h 2-day Challenge - Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday: 155, 108 or 50 miles
h Saturday Fondo: 97 Gran, 68 Medio or 26 Picolo options
Saturday Aug 15th - IRR 3.0 - Irreverent Road Ride
Time: 6:30 am, Distance: 60-125 miles, Location: Waterbury, VT. Some of the most challenging and beautiful roads in Vermont, over 85% dirt. The majority of dirt is well maintained dirt and gravel roads, but the remainder are often referred to as: Double Track, Jeep roads, Vermont Pave', ATV trails, etc. These sections will be challenging, but the most challenging sections will have ride-arounds. Water stops and convenience stores along the way. Recommend a bike with a 28mm or bigger tires, cyclocross bikes outfitted with file tread tires are perfect. Recommended gearing: 34x28 or lower. https://www.bikereg.com/irreverent
Saturday Aug 15th – Great Barrington Rotary BikeNFly
Time: 9:00 am, Distance: 20, 35, 50 miles, Location: Great Barrington, MA. Come join us for the BikeNFly where you will enjoy a day of riding and flying in the beautiful Berkshire mountains. Start the day with your choice of bike ride over the rolling hills of the Berkshires. When you finish the bike ride you can ride in hot air balloon, biplane, helicopter, or airplane. email@example.com. Register at https://www.bikereg.com/berkshire-bikenfly.
Aug 22-30th - 2015 International Tandem Rally
Location: South Bohemia, Czech Republic. A variety of tandem routes ranging from flat to hilly. Frymburk is a small village on the bank of Lake Lipno in South Bohemia. The campsite is located a short walk from the town which boasts a selection of shops, restaurants, small hotels and pensions. https://tandem-club.org.uk/events/tci2015/index.html
Sat Aug 22rd – Franklin Land Trust Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee (D2R2)
Time/Distance: 6 am/180k, 6 am/160k, 8 am/115k, 9 am/100k, Location: Deerfield, MA. This is the premier dirt road “gravel grinder” ride in the northeast which attracts a wide range of riders from all over the country. Over 60% dirt roads, some basically jeep tracks, with grades of 20% plus and climbs of a mile and a half. Celebrating 300 years of carriage roads in Western Massachusetts, along with its landscape, history, and rural culture. Entry includes breakfast, checkpoint food and drink, lunch, dinner, and a free pint of ale. www.franklinlandtrust.org/randonnee.html
Sun Aug 23rd - Vermont Overland Grand Prix
Time: 9:00 am, Distance: 51 miles, Location: Rockingham, VT. A 51 mile dirt road bicycle race featuring 5400 feet of climbing, seven sections of “Vermont pavé” (unmaintained ancient public roads), a beautiful village downtown start/finish and an awesome street party afterwards. It’s the ultimate overland bike race. Open dirt roads, lead motorcycles, 4×4 support vehicles and a course unlike any you’ve ever ridden before, all within a beautiful Vermont pastoral setting. http://www.vermontoverland.com/vogp/
Sat Sep 5th – Dirty 40
Time: 9 am, Distance: 70 miles, Location: Newport, VT. With a field limit of 500 riders, this unsanctioned gravel road race covers 5600 feet of elevation gain on the gravel back roads through some of the most scenic pristine landscapes of Vermont. Climbs as steep as 13%. Neutral support on course as well as multiple feedzones and a broomwagon. No license is needed to race. We even have the Lanterne Rouge award for the last place finisher. We are timed and have victors, but some race against the clock and others race against their own personal best. So even if you aren't the racing type or even if you are, challenge yourself. About 40 miles of dirt roads. http://www.dirty40race.com/#!dirty40/c24az.
Fri-Sun, Sept 5-7th – AMC Upper Connecticut River Valley Biking
Distance: 20 to 65 miles per day, Location: Fairlee, VT. Road bike through the Upper Connecticut River Valley in Vermont and New Hampshire along gently rolling country roads. Our new rides to Hanover/Dartmouth last year included riding along a long and lovely stretch of the Ct. River and were enjoyed by many. Optional Friday ride on the drive to Fairlee. Fee non-refundable unless leader finds replacement. $155 per person, 2 nights lodging at The Hulbert Outdoor Center on beautiful Lake Morey in 3 and 4 bedroom cabins. Bed linens and towels provided. 2 full breakfasts, Saturday evening dinner. Finlay Ferguson, 860-767-8547 (best time to call: before 9 pm) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sep 13th - Berkshire Brevets Connecticut Valley 200K
Time: 7:00 am, Distance: 125 miles, Location: Westfield, MA. An early Fall ride up and down the Connecticut River Valley. Rolling terrain. Cost: $20. http://newhorizonsbikes.com/articles/berkshire-brevets-2015-pg67.htm.
Sept 12-16th – Bike Viginia’s Velo Virginia
Cycling enthusiasts from around the world are coming to visit Virginia to experience the UCI World Cycling Championships in September. In honor of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion, the Bike Virginia organization, a 27 year old bike touring non-profit, has created an exclusive bike tour experience that will show off some of Virginia’s very best cycling in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy 4 days of cycling on fully supported and hand-selected bike routes. http://2015velovirginia.bike/about/
Sat Sept 13th - Honey Bikes - Honey One Hundred km The Less Ridden Path
Time: 8 am, Distance: 60 miles, Location: Lexington, MA. The honey-hundred-bike. In the spirit of the less ridden path we came up with the idea for the Honey One Hundred. 100k, 66% off road, 34% on road. The second annual Honey 100km will be held Saturday, September 13th at the Ride Studio Cafe. We will head northeast from Lexington, MA and the Ride Studio Cafe. We will ride it all! Gravel, broken pavement, singletrack, roots, boardwalks, grass covered lanes, and even nice paved roads. This is NOT a race but is an adventure ride. This will be a well supported ride with ride leaders and sweep riders. GPS files of the route will be provided. $60 Registration includes: Breakfast, lunch on the road, and post-ride meal; technical support & GPS files; Fun and adventure! This will be a mixed terrain ride. It is all fully rideable on a cyclocross bike with wide tires but there are some dismounts and roots, rocks etc. Each group will have a ride leader with a loaded GPS with the route and be in charge of support on the road. Meet at the Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA. http://honeybikes.com/honey-100/. Register on BikeReg
Sunday Sept 14th - Cabot Ride the Ridges
Time/Distance: 8 am/100 miles, 8 am/60 miles, 10 am/30 miles, Location: Cabot, VT. A fun and challenging mostly dirt road bike ride through the scenic landscapes and rugged terrain of Cabot and Peacham, Vermont. Saddle up at: Cabot High School, 25 Common Rd, Cabot, VT 05647. All rides are $25, $40 for the family. Post ride enjoy the best food Vermont has to offer, including Woodbelly wood fired pizza, a variety of Jasper Hill gourmet cheeses, the specialty goat cheeses of Vermont Creamery, Kingdom Creamery ice cream and Burtts Orchard apples. The Rugged 60 - All of the best that Cabot has to offer! The going gets interesting. The Warped 100 - The ultimate ride. The best of Cabot plus an extended adventure into a nearby dark forest and beautiful ridge line that you won't forget. http://ridetheridges.cabotconnects.org/
Sep 17-21st –Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour
Location: Pittsfield, MA. A four day, 240 mile trip from the Berkshires through the CT River Valley, Lexington, and Concord before arriving in Boston. On the final day, joins the 5,000 riders celebrating cycling in the Hub on Wheels, Boston’s annual cycling festival. www.BerkshirestoBoston.com. For more information email info@berkshirestoboston or call (413) 824- 2041.
Sep 20th – Gran Fondo Gunks
Time: 8:00 am, Distance: 38, 68, or 108 miles, Location: New Paltz, NY. The Gran Fondo Gunks course is a showcase of the best Ulster County has to offer cycling. Big climbs, wide views and a view of the Gunks Ridge at all times. There is a reason the Gunks are one of the last great places. Beautiful scenic course with fully stocked aid stations. Compete for King and Queen of the Mountain titles, Main event site is at the Ulster County Fair Grounds. http://www.wildcatepicevents.com/gran-fondo-gunks/
Sat & Sun Sep 20th & 21st – Granite State Wheelmen Tri-State Seacoast Century
Distance: 25, 50, 63, or 100 miles, Location: Hampton Beach, NH. This is a beautiful ride along the coastlines of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. A fully supported ride with rest stops, both days. Ride Saturday or ride Sunday or ride both days. For those looking to do their first Century, this is the perfect ride with terrain that is mostly flat, with about 40 miles of rolling in the middle. For those experienced Century riders, you can't beat the breathtaking scenery as you ride along the coast and through small towns, past lighthouses. Not ready for a Century, just yet? There are shorter mile routes. Sign up for the ride at http://www.granitestatewheelmen.org/SCC/SCC-2014%20Home%20Page.htm. The deadline is August 31. Fee is $45.00.
Sep 23-27th - Fall Foliage Tour de Kingdom
Time: 9 am, Distance: Up to 440 miles, Location: Newport, Vermont. Cycling and biking the back roads of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the Eastern Townships of Quebec, and the North Country of New Hampshire. The June Tour with FOLIAGE. Bike for one day or bike for all five. Longer and shorter options on all days. http://www.tourdekingdom.org/
October 3-4th - L’Eroica
Time: 8:00 am, Distance: 75,135, 209 km, Location: Gaiole in Chianti, Siena, Italy. A ride on the gravel roads (the original “gravel grinder”?) of Val d’Arbia and on the hills of Montalcino on the 205 km route of L’Eroica... The route of "l'eroica" covers some of the most beautiful roads in the area of chianti, valdarbia and val d'orcia, but the highlight is represented by those stretches of white roads that still exist, that allow you to experience the atmosphere of cycling in another era. http://en.eroica.it/ L’Eroica" bicycles are bicycles which have all the following characteristics:
• •road racing bikes, built before 1987 (not cycle-cross or time trial bikes);
• steel frame (the only aluminum frame bikes permitted are ALAN or VITUS;
• gear shift levers on the down tube of the frame or pre-1980 bar-end gear shifters
• pedals with toe clips and fitted straps (quick release pedals are not allowed, except Cinelli M71 pedals);
• passage of brake cables outside the handlebars
• wheels must have at least 32 spokes with a low profile (less than 20 mm).
Sun Oct 4th - Doin’ the Dirt – Pie to Pie
Time: 9:30 am, Distance: 52 miles, Location: Coventry, VT. Run or bike the back roads to and from Parker Pie Wings in Coventry to Parker Pie in West Glover. All but a couple of miles are on back country, dirt roads with grand vistas. They are stunningly beautiful this time of year. http://www.tourdekingdom.org.
Sun Oct 5th - Berkshire Cycling Assoc Fall Foliage Gravel Grinder (F2G2)
Time: 9-10 am, Distance: 32, 53, 61 miles, Location: Becket, MA. A challenging bicycle ride through Central and Southern Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts on remote dirt roads during peak fall foliage season! The whole route is fairly hilly but the signature climb, Schermerhorn Road, comes late in the ride. There will be plenty of hills, but you'll remember that one most. It is a 2 mile long broken pavement/dirt monster with some sections reaching 27% grade. Bring your best legs or get a lower granny gear. Starts and finishes at Canterbury Farm Nordic Center and Bed & Breakfast in Becket Massachusetts. Meet at Canterbury Farm, 1986 Fred Snow Rd, Becket, MA 01223, (413) 623-0100, registerhttps://www.bikereg.com/Net/bca-f2g2, cost: $60. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6151174 and http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6151169. Cue sheet and marked course, water bottle, post-ride party and post race meal, one free Wandering Star Craft Brewery beer,
Sun Oct 11th - Berkshire Brevets Great River Ride
Time: 7:00 am, Distance: 65, 105, 125 miles, Location: Westfield, MA. Now in its 28th year, this populaire has been picked by Bicycling Magazine as one of the Top 10 Century Rides in the USA. Plenty of hills, great scenery, lots of support, and a super buffet with entertainment at the end. A great way to finish the season. Never been canceled due to weather and we've had years with snow, 12 inches of rain, and cold temps., as well as years of perfect Autumn riding. Cost: $60. http://newhorizonsbikes.com/articles/berkshire-brevets-2015-pg67.htm.
Sat Nov 29th – HCC Alice’s Restaurant Ride
Time: 10:00 am, Distance: 68 miles, Location: Salisbury, CT. The Alice's Restaurant Bicycle Ride is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The ride has only 3 hills and passes farms, goes along streams, and through villages in the Berkshires and of course passes the famous Alice's Restaurant Garbage Trail sites. Details at: https://sites.google.com/site/alicesrestaurantbicycleride/home. Please park in the field oppositeLaBonne's Market parking lot (22 Academy Street, Salisbury, CT 06068). They have offered this area to us so please do not park in the store's