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DINNER, 11/21, THE FRIDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING - ALL WELCOME - PAY FOR YOUR ORDER  - MAPLE TREE, SIMSBURY = GREAT FOOD!  RSVP

Shimano/SRAM 10 speed compatible Zipp 101 wheelset.  Bought early 2013 (probably 2012 model, but not really sure) and ridden for maybe 400 miles in 2013 and almost none in 2014.  In great shape, just not using them and they're just sitting in my basement gathering dust.  Zipp stopped making these in late 2013.  Retail on these was $1350, asking $750.  mattnaughton@verizon.net if interested.

Sram Red 11 speed,11-25 cassette, 2015, never used, $350 list – sell for $225     mikbenefit@comcast.net

       

DD Granby - 
Saturdays & Sundays at 8:00 am   -  we will regroup at certain stops – road bikes  -  Monday & Wednesday night rides have ended until Spring – But if you want to ride at 3:00 pm – these days – let me know - 

Liz Lockwook Wellness Coaching, Yoga & Personal Training – SEE ATTACHED!!
Individual & small groups – very reasonable pricing 
Customized Programs for You!
Liz will get you to Your next LEVEL = A Healthier & Happier YOU!!
Contact Liz:  860-306-1680 or LizLockwood2011@gmail.com     web site:    www.lizlockwood.net

If you downhill ski & want to join me for outings – at STRATTON Mountain VT - let me know – Or if you skate or cross-country ski & want to get-together, get back to me - 

Salvation Army Ride to Avon Old farms Hotel and back to DD Granby Saturday 12/20 – 9:00 am depart - 

Time trail teams of 5 or 6 Newington to Hartford Bus Line = 22 miles, September 20, 2015, Sunday - 

Asheville or Spain April 2015  - let us know if interested - 

Simsbury Bicycle Cellar & Bloomfield Bike – Buying a new bike – Mention Valley Cycling to get the best possible prices & fastest SERVICE!!
I just bought a new 2015 Trek $2500 under SRP!

Need new cycling clothes?  – the Holidays are coming – email me for info – super low prices - 

Let's ride from Canada to Key West – 2015 – 3000 miles = 30 days – interested?   let me know - 

Want to Mountain Bike, Thursday nights?  6:00 pm  - Let me know - - 

Thanks!!!!                 www.valleycycling.org
Paul Mikkelson     860-651-9106


Mark Lockwood is now working on bikes – w Craig – contact Mark:
860-372-1057 or Lockwood.msl@gmail.com


HELP US PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY & FAMILY WELLNESS, BY WEARING OUR YELLOW & PURPLE COLORS - 
THE MORE PEOPLE SEE US, THE MORE CLOUT WE HAVE - 
WE ARE ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY – PROMOTING SAFETY & WELLNESS = WHAT WE ALL NEED - 
WE ALSO NEED TO WEAR SAFE CLOTHING = BRIGHT COLORS = VALLEY CYCLING

CLOTHING:
HATS  $12
T'S       $12
JERSEYS  $47
SHORTS  $54
BIBS  $62
WIND JACKETS   $54
WIND VESTS        $48
THERMAL JACKETS  $104
SOCKS   $6

ORDER TIME 5 WEEKS

PLEASE READ AND ADHERE TO ALL BELOW!!   GOOD STUFF!!      VERY IMPORTANT!!

From roadbikerider.com

A paceline is a pact.  When you form up into a paceline, you’ve made an implicit agreement and a promise to everyone else in the group. The agreement: You’ll work together, safely and steadily, to further the group’s goals. The promise: That you know the basic rules of paceline riding and that you’re alert and ready to ride together.

No false moves.  The essence of paceline riding is predictability. Any abrupt moves or unexpected actions dangerously disrupt the paceline. If a rider near the front gets squirrely, the reactions can radiate through the paceline like a sports crowd doing the wave.

Don’t get grabby on the brakes.If you’re getting too close to the wheel in front of you, soft pedal to let your bike slow slightly, then smoothly resume applying power. If that's not enough, feather the brakes lightly. Never grab them. Or move over gradually till you're slightly out of the draft, and sit up slightly so your chest catches more air. You'll slow gently and regain the correct spacing to the next wheel.

Follow the leader(s).  The leaders or riders in front determine which way to rotate depending on the wind and traffic, usually. If the wind is from the side, you would want to rotate into it – if traffic allows. If the side wind is strong, riders may overlap wheels in the formation known as an echelon (assuming there’s enough space on the road, and traffic allows for it). If the wind is straight on, you rotate on whichever side is safest, based on traffic. In many cases, traffic alone will dictate the rotation side – regardless of wind direction. It should be easy to just follow what the leaders set as the "rules." And, if they know what they're doing, it'll be the most efficient way to ride down the road, and the fastest, too.

Keep some safety space.  Unless you’re riding with cyclists you know and trust, there’s no need to ride just inches from the wheel you're following. Allowing a gap of 2 feet or so gives you room to maneuver in case of mishaps or obstacles in the road. This is especially important on organized and other rides where you’re likely to form up with riders you don’t know, and can’t necessarily trust like you can your buddies.

Look up the road.  Don’t fixate on the rear wheel just ahead. Look around that rider and up the road so you can anticipate things (turns, potholes, traffic) that may cause a reaction by those ahead of you. Let the lower edge of your peripheral vision monitor the gap in front of your wheel.

Protect Your Wheel.  Touching wheels with the bike in front of you is one of the leading causes of crashes in a paceline. And you will crash, not the rider in front of you! Protect your wheel. But if you do happen to touch wheels, don’t panic. Remember to turn into – not away from – the wheel you’re rubbing, as you ease off the pedal pressure to fall back just enough to get clear of the wheel you’re following. Then smoothly apply power to get back to your proper position. If you do this right, the rider in front of you might not even realize you’ve touched.

Don’t Get Distracted.  Most crashes in pacelines are caused by distractions outside the paceline. For example, a dog running from a yard toward the line, which causes riders to lose focus. The key thing is to always remember that the biggest hazard is that rider in front of you, not anything on the side of the road or up the road or behind you. Your job is to pay attention to that rider directly in front of you.

Ride in the drops.  Doing so keeps you in the most aero position, which helps with the overall energy savings you’ll reap, and the overall efficiency of the paceline – the reasons you ride in a paceline. But riding in the drops has the added benefit of protecting you from being “hooked” by another rider’s bar. As riders are moving back down the line, or sometimes in a double paceline, there’s the chance of being hit from the side and getting your bar hooked by someone else’s bar – which can take you down in an instant. In effect, riding in the drops, you “seal off” the bar ends with your arms, making hooking impossible.

Communicate!  Pacelines are often quiet, except for double pacelines rolling at a conversational pace. When groups are going faster—and the danger is greater—let your fellow riders know what’s going on. There’s no need to shout out obstacles. Merely pointing at them is sufficient. But if there’s a question about the next intersection, or a turn, it’s far better to tell, or ask, than to guess.

Don’t increase the pace on your pull.  The biggest mistake novice riders make is getting all psyched up when they hit the front and increasing the speed several miles per hour. This opens gaps between riders and could blow some of them off the back. It makes the paceline ragged and wastes energy as riders have to surge to close gaps. Granted, it can be tough to know how hard to pedal when you're suddenly feeling the wind. But the solution is easy: Take a quick glance at your computer when you’re the second rider in line. When the leader pulls off, simply maintain that speed (assuming there's no wind or terrain change).

Don’t take monster pulls.  There’s no reason to sit on the front for 10 minutes, trying to impress everyone but exhausting yourself. Generally, give up the lead after 1-3 minutes and let other riders have some fun. Sometimes, though, a couple of riders may be much stronger than the others. Then it might be appropriate for them to pull for 5-8 minutes while the rest take short pulls or none at all. Discuss this so everyone knows what’s going on.

You’re the eyes and ears at the front.  As the lead rider, you’re the eyes and ears of the group. You are responsible for the whole group’s safety. You must point out road obstacles and watch for traffic at crossroads, shouting a warning if necessary. Try to be an “early warning system,” keeping in mind that a shout may take several seconds to trickle down the line, and may be “lost in translation” along the way.

Responsibility at the back, too.  When you rotate to the back of the paceline, you still have a special responsibility. It’s your job to check behind periodically for approaching traffic and calling out “Car back!” when a motorist is approaching. If the group is in a double paceline on a narrow road, someone will yell “Single out” or “Single up,” and the double paceline will form into a single line so the motorist can pass safely.

But when there are no traffic concerns, being last in line is a privileged position. Because no one is behind you to be disrupted by your actions, now’s the time to take a drink or sit up and grab a snack from your jersey pocket. Need to remove a vest or peel your arm warmers? Do it while at the back.

No aero bars!  Aero bars are fine for time trialing or long solo rides where they help you cut through the wind and take pressure off your hands. But aero bars are unwelcome in pacelines. A cyclist using aero bars in the paceline is less steady, and hands are far from the brake levers. They present particular dangers, both to themselves and to the other riders – and they should self-select out of pacelines.

Paul Mikkelson  860-651-9106  mikbenefit@comcast.net

THANKS!

All welcome - 
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   Clothing - email Paul mikbenefit@comcast.net to pick-up.  Checks payable to Ron Beliveau.                          


YOU NEED TO READ ALL SAFETY ITEMS ON THE "ABOUT US" PAGE BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN ANY RIDE ACTIVITIES.  OF COURSE YOU NEED TO STUDY ON YOUR OWN AND FOLLOW ALL ROAD AND BIKE RULES AND BE SUPER SAFE AT ALL TIMES!




ORDER YOUR GEAR NOW!  
Jerseys are $50 each, hats & T-shirt are $12 each, Bibs are $62 – If you already ordered, remind us.  If you have not ordered, let us know & we will get it for you.
Champion Systems & Valley Cycling also has shorts, socks, wind jackets, vests & thermal jackets –
CONTACT PAUL MIKKELSON     mikbenefit@comcast.net





Trish Cunningham had finished coaching cross country practice and headed out on a 15-mile bike ride when she was struck from behind and killed by a motorist.

 

Fredrick Martinez was pedaling home from the bank when a van veered into the bike lane  and killed the Navy veteran.

 

Trish and Freddy are just two of 628 tragic fatalities detailed in our recent Every Bicyclist Counts report. They're just two of the 5,000 men and women killed or injured while riding a bike in the United States each year.



It's time to set a goal to reduce these needless deaths - take action today!

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/link/target/bikeleague/MFE6fz9NP.aspx 


The Pros show insane bike handling skills in this race:
inCycle Onboard Camera: Tour De Suisse - Stage 5

  
            View on www.youtube.com
inCycle Onboard Camera: Tour De Suisse - Stage 5


Have a look at this

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/12/311860315/more-cyclists-can-now-call-aaa-for-help

How To Be A Gentleman Cyclist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-B6awDYcWI



HI, HOW IS IT GOING?        

The weather for Saturday looks great!!                   HEATED POOL & HOT SHOWERS AFTER YOUR RIDE!!
                           
Register for our  BIKE THE VALLEY, Saturday, 6-22-13, Charity Bike Ride  – GET YOUR CONTACTS TO REGISTER TOO -
This is for families & serious riders!!   

HELP OTHERS BY RIDING IN OUR EVENT – BIKE, 5 OR 10 MILES ON RAILS TO TRAILS, ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL FARMINGTON RIVER!
Or BIKE 25, 50 OR 100 MILES  - ALL RIDES HAVE REST-STOPS (with food and snacks), SAG-WAGONS, marked routes, etc. = FULL SUPPORT!!

100 mi starts at 7:00 am, 50 mi starts at 8:30, 25 mi at 10:00, 10 & 5 mi at 11:30, Bike Rodeo (for young kids) at 10:30, lunch at 12:30.
Registration Fees:  100 mi $65, 50 mi $55, 25 mi $30, 10 & 5 mi $20, Bike Rodeo free  + a Donation of at least $25 to the Non-profit of your choice.

All at YMCA CAMP CHASE on RT 4 in Burlington, 15 Canton Rd. between Unionville & Collinsville – The Camp will have "an Open House" for all – come and enjoy the HEATED Pool, kids water pad, bike rodeo for kids, moon-bounce and picnic (under cover; food from Max's and First & Last), hot showers for all riders, arts & crafts, wellness activities & more - - Including give-aways. 

Join in on THE BAKE-OFF!! WIN A BIG PRIZE  - overnight at Residence Inn Marriott Avon!! Open to all – Bake your favorite dessert – cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, cheese-cake, etc. Bring as much as you like & the riders will judge your entry!!  Final vote goes to Stacia (a Y employee).  No cost to you, open to kids & adults!! Just show up with your Dessert by 12:30!!

REGISTER: 
Farmington Valley YMCA Home Page - Greater Hartford YMCA ...<http://ghymca.org/farmington/>  (find member, if you are a member) or
BY CALLING THE Y  860-653-5524   Ask for Sam or just ask to register for the Y Bike the Valley Ride - or
ON ACTIVE: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2091182  (find bike the valley)
You need to pay Registration Fee AND Donate to a non-profit by calling the Y or DONATING at check-in Saturday!!!!

Who do you "HELP" when you Ride?  Register for our RIDE & make a Donation to one to the following:

FOCUS CENTER FOR AUTISM (in Canton)

New Horizons (a community in Unionville with 95 people in wheelchairs - I biked up MT Washington thinking of these folks)

BSA Troop 76 Sgt. Felix M. Del Greco, Jr. Memorial Scholarship,  or

Simsbury Free Bike/CT Adaptive Cycling –

The ABC House (Inner city students living in Simsbury and going to Simsbury HS)

YMCA Strong Kids Program (folks who can't afford Y camps, swim classes, etc.)

Livestrong Program (people who had Cancer and need rehab)

All very worthy & LOCAL nonprofits  -  pick one or several and make a donation above & beyond your Registration Fee - - 

Register (see above) or donate $30.00 now – mail donations to:
Paul Mikkelson, 11 Whitcomb Dr.   Simsbury CT   06070
Checks payable to: YMCA Bike The Valley

OUR SPONSORS & DONORS INCLUDE:

Residence Inn by Marriott Avon
Essex Financial
Valenti Wealth Management
Avon Simsbury Psychotherapy, LLC
Carmon Funeral Home
Robert Melanson Construction
The Green Machine
Newport Scrimshander
John Ellerton
Lewie Financial
Mystic Capitol
Valley Cycling
Antonio's Restaurant
First & Last Tavern
George's Restaurant
Collinsville Baking Co.
Cake Gypsy
Fitzgerald's Foods
Flatbread Co.
Super Wine Cellar
Max a Mia Restaurant

Next planning meeting, tomorrow - Thursday, June 20, 7:30 AM at the Granby Y 

THIS EVENT IS GOING TO BE BIG – over 100 Riders have signed-up already!!  BE A PART OF IT – HELP OTHERS WHILE YOU RIDE – PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY – BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION –

TIMES:
Bike Rodeo for kids at 10:30 am
5 & 10 mile rides start at 11:30 am  basically a flat route – all Paved!!          ALL WITH FULLY SUPPLIED REST-STOPS!!!!
25 mi at 10:00 am         1,800 ft of climbing
50 mi at 8:30 am           4,200 ft of climbing
100 mi at 7:00                8,500 ft of climbing  100 mi check-in 6:15 am to 6:50 but Register now! Other distances, check in 45 to 10 minutes prior to their start 
Lunch about 12:30
Activities 9:30 to 4:00; Open House all day!!

*************************************

You must wear a helmet!! Gloves & glasses are strongly suggested.  Bring your own water bottles.  No head-phones. BE ALERT – Watch where you are going – do not take your eyes off the road in front of you!

ALL CYCLISTS MUST OBEY & FOLLOW ALL ROAD LAWS/RULES/SIGNS/LIGHTS, etc. AT ALL TIMES – BE COURTEOUS – BE CAREFUL - BE ALERT  - SAFETY COMES FIRST!!   Call out "passing on your left", point to issues on the road (glass, sticks, etc.), Yell out "slowing" stopping", Communicate, etc.  Please Do Not ride double during this Event - - Ride as far to the Right as  .

VALLEY CYCLING continues to promote ROAD SAFETY & FAMILY WELLNESS!!
RIDES out of Dunkin Donuts in Granby, near Stop & Shop, Monday & Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm and Saturdays at 7:00 & 8:00 am and some Sundays at 7:00 or 8:00 am see the site:  valleycycling.org   

HI, HOW IS IT GOING?        

The weather for Saturday looks great!!                   HEATED POOL & HOT SHOWERS AFTER YOUR RIDE!!
                           
Register for our  BIKE THE VALLEY, Saturday, 6-22-13, Charity Bike Ride  – GET YOUR CONTACTS TO REGISTER TOO -
This is for families & serious riders!!   

HELP OTHERS BY RIDING IN OUR EVENT – BIKE, 5 OR 10 MILES ON RAILS TO TRAILS, ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL FARMINGTON RIVER!
Or BIKE 25, 50 OR 100 MILES  - ALL RIDES HAVE REST-STOPS (with food and snacks), SAG-WAGONS, marked routes, etc. = FULL SUPPORT!!

100 mi starts at 7:00 am, 50 mi starts at 8:30, 25 mi at 10:00, 10 & 5 mi at 11:30, Bike Rodeo (for young kids) at 10:30, lunch at 12:30.
Registration Fees:  100 mi $65, 50 mi $55, 25 mi $30, 10 & 5 mi $20, Bike Rodeo free  + a Donation of at least $25 to the Non-profit of your choice.

All at YMCA CAMP CHASE on RT 4 in Burlington, 15 Canton Rd. between Unionville & Collinsville – The Camp will have "an Open House" for all – come and enjoy the HEATED Pool, kids water pad, bike rodeo for kids, moon-bounce and picnic (under cover; food from Max's and First & Last), hot showers for all riders, arts & crafts, wellness activities & more - - Including give-aways. 

Join in on THE BAKE-OFF!! WIN A BIG PRIZE  - overnight at Residence Inn Marriott Avon!! Open to all – Bake your favorite dessert – cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, cheese-cake, etc. Bring as much as you like & the riders will judge your entry!!  Final vote goes to Stacia (a Y employee).  No cost to you, open to kids & adults!! Just show up with your Dessert by 12:30!!

REGISTER: 
Farmington Valley YMCA Home Page - Greater Hartford YMCA ...<http://ghymca.org/farmington/>  (find member, if you are a member) or
BY CALLING THE Y  860-653-5524   Ask for Sam or just ask to register for the Y Bike the Valley Ride - or
ON ACTIVE: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2091182  (find bike the valley)
You need to pay Registration Fee AND Donate to a non-profit by calling the Y or DONATING at check-in Saturday!!!!

Who do you "HELP" when you Ride?  Register for our RIDE & make a Donation to one to the following:

FOCUS CENTER FOR AUTISM (in Canton)

New Horizons (a community in Unionville with 95 people in wheelchairs - I biked up MT Washington thinking of these folks)

BSA Troop 76 Sgt. Felix M. Del Greco, Jr. Memorial Scholarship,  or

Simsbury Free Bike/CT Adaptive Cycling –

The ABC House (Inner city students living in Simsbury and going to Simsbury HS)

YMCA Strong Kids Program (folks who can't afford Y camps, swim classes, etc.)

Livestrong Program (people who had Cancer and need rehab)

All very worthy & LOCAL nonprofits  -  pick one or several and make a donation above & beyond your Registration Fee - - 

Register (see above) or donate $30.00 now – mail donations to:
Paul Mikkelson, 11 Whitcomb Dr.   Simsbury CT   06070
Checks payable to: YMCA Bike The Valley

OUR SPONSORS & DONORS INCLUDE:

Residence Inn by Marriott Avon
Essex Financial
Valenti Wealth Management
Avon Simsbury Psychotherapy, LLC
Carmon Funeral Home
Robert Melanson Construction
The Green Machine
Newport Scrimshander
John Ellerton
Lewie Financial
Mystic Capitol
Valley Cycling
Antonio's Restaurant
First & Last Tavern
George's Restaurant
Collinsville Baking Co.
Cake Gypsy
Fitzgerald's Foods
Flatbread Co.
Super Wine Cellar
Max a Mia Restaurant

Next planning meeting, tomorrow - Thursday, June 20, 7:30 AM at the Granby Y 

THIS EVENT IS GOING TO BE BIG – over 100 Riders have signed-up already!!  BE A PART OF IT – HELP OTHERS WHILE YOU RIDE – PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY – BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION –

TIMES:
Bike Rodeo for kids at 10:30 am
5 & 10 mile rides start at 11:30 am  basically a flat route – all Paved!!          ALL WITH FULLY SUPPLIED REST-STOPS!!!!
25 mi at 10:00 am         1,800 ft of climbing
50 mi at 8:30 am           4,200 ft of climbing
100 mi at 7:00                8,500 ft of climbing  100 mi check-in 6:15 am to 6:50 but Register now! Other distances, check in 45 to 10 minutes prior to their start 
Lunch about 12:30
Activities 9:30 to 4:00; Open House all day!!

*************************************

You must wear a helmet!! Gloves & glasses are strongly suggested.  Bring your own water bottles.  No head-phones. BE ALERT – Watch where you are going – do not take your eyes off the road in front of you!

ALL CYCLISTS MUST OBEY & FOLLOW ALL ROAD LAWS/RULES/SIGNS/LIGHTS, etc. AT ALL TIMES – BE COURTEOUS – BE CAREFUL - BE ALERT  - SAFETY COMES FIRST!!   Call out "passing on your left", point to issues on the road (glass, sticks, etc.), Yell out "slowing" stopping", Communicate, etc.  Please Do Not ride double during this Event - - Ride as far to the Right as  .

VALLEY CYCLING continues to promote ROAD SAFETY & FAMILY WELLNESS!!
RIDES out of Dunkin Donuts in Granby, near Stop & Shop, Monday & Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm and Saturdays at 7:00 & 8:00 am and some Sundays at 7:00 or 8:00 am see the site:  valleycycling.org   

HI, HOW IS IT GOING?        

The weather for Saturday looks great!!                   HEATED POOL & HOT SHOWERS AFTER YOUR RIDE!!
                           
Register for our  BIKE THE VALLEY, Saturday, 6-22-13, Charity Bike Ride  – GET YOUR CONTACTS TO REGISTER TOO -
This is for families & serious riders!!   

HELP OTHERS BY RIDING IN OUR EVENT – BIKE, 5 OR 10 MILES ON RAILS TO TRAILS, ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL FARMINGTON RIVER!
Or BIKE 25, 50 OR 100 MILES  - ALL RIDES HAVE REST-STOPS (with food and snacks), SAG-WAGONS, marked routes, etc. = FULL SUPPORT!!

100 mi starts at 7:00 am, 50 mi starts at 8:30, 25 mi at 10:00, 10 & 5 mi at 11:30, Bike Rodeo (for young kids) at 10:30, lunch at 12:30.
Registration Fees:  100 mi $65, 50 mi $55, 25 mi $30, 10 & 5 mi $20, Bike Rodeo free  + a Donation of at least $25 to the Non-profit of your choice.

All at YMCA CAMP CHASE on RT 4 in Burlington, 15 Canton Rd. between Unionville & Collinsville – The Camp will have "an Open House" for all – come and enjoy the HEATED Pool, kids water pad, bike rodeo for kids, moon-bounce and picnic (under cover; food from Max's and First & Last), hot showers for all riders, arts & crafts, wellness activities & more - - Including give-aways. 

Join in on THE BAKE-OFF!! WIN A BIG PRIZE  - overnight at Residence Inn Marriott Avon!! Open to all – Bake your favorite dessert – cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, cheese-cake, etc. Bring as much as you like & the riders will judge your entry!!  Final vote goes to Stacia (a Y employee).  No cost to you, open to kids & adults!! Just show up with your Dessert by 12:30!!

REGISTER: 
Farmington Valley YMCA Home Page - Greater Hartford YMCA ...<http://ghymca.org/farmington/>  (find member, if you are a member) or
BY CALLING THE Y  860-653-5524   Ask for Sam or just ask to register for the Y Bike the Valley Ride - or
ON ACTIVE: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2091182  (find bike the valley)
You need to pay Registration Fee AND Donate to a non-profit by calling the Y or DONATING at check-in Saturday!!!!

Who do you "HELP" when you Ride?  Register for our RIDE & make a Donation to one to the following:

FOCUS CENTER FOR AUTISM (in Canton)

New Horizons (a community in Unionville with 95 people in wheelchairs - I biked up MT Washington thinking of these folks)

BSA Troop 76 Sgt. Felix M. Del Greco, Jr. Memorial Scholarship,  or

Simsbury Free Bike/CT Adaptive Cycling –

The ABC House (Inner city students living in Simsbury and going to Simsbury HS)

YMCA Strong Kids Program (folks who can't afford Y camps, swim classes, etc.)

Livestrong Program (people who had Cancer and need rehab)

All very worthy & LOCAL nonprofits  -  pick one or several and make a donation above & beyond your Registration Fee - - 

Register (see above) or donate $30.00 now – mail donations to:
Paul Mikkelson, 11 Whitcomb Dr.   Simsbury CT   06070
Checks payable to: YMCA Bike The Valley

OUR SPONSORS & DONORS INCLUDE:

Residence Inn by Marriott Avon
Essex Financial
Valenti Wealth Management
Avon Simsbury Psychotherapy, LLC
Carmon Funeral Home
Robert Melanson Construction
The Green Machine
Newport Scrimshander
John Ellerton
Lewie Financial
Mystic Capitol
Valley Cycling
Antonio's Restaurant
First & Last Tavern
George's Restaurant
Collinsville Baking Co.
Cake Gypsy
Fitzgerald's Foods
Flatbread Co.
Super Wine Cellar
Max a Mia Restaurant

Next planning meeting, tomorrow - Thursday, June 20, 7:30 AM at the Granby Y 

THIS EVENT IS GOING TO BE BIG – over 100 Riders have signed-up already!!  BE A PART OF IT – HELP OTHERS WHILE YOU RIDE – PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY – BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION –

TIMES:
Bike Rodeo for kids at 10:30 am
5 & 10 mile rides start at 11:30 am  basically a flat route – all Paved!!          ALL WITH FULLY SUPPLIED REST-STOPS!!!!
25 mi at 10:00 am         1,800 ft of climbing
50 mi at 8:30 am           4,200 ft of climbing
100 mi at 7:00                8,500 ft of climbing  100 mi check-in 6:15 am to 6:50 but Register now! Other distances, check in 45 to 10 minutes prior to their start 
Lunch about 12:30
Activities 9:30 to 4:00; Open House all day!!

*************************************

You must wear a helmet!! Gloves & glasses are strongly suggested.  Bring your own water bottles.  No head-phones. BE ALERT – Watch where you are going – do not take your eyes off the road in front of you!

ALL CYCLISTS MUST OBEY & FOLLOW ALL ROAD LAWS/RULES/SIGNS/LIGHTS, etc. AT ALL TIMES – BE COURTEOUS – BE CAREFUL - BE ALERT  - SAFETY COMES FIRST!!   Call out "passing on your left", point to issues on the road (glass, sticks, etc.), Yell out "slowing" stopping", Communicate, etc.  Please Do Not ride double during this Event - - Ride as far to the Right as  .

VALLEY CYCLING continues to promote ROAD SAFETY & FAMILY WELLNESS!!
RIDES out of Dunkin Donuts in Granby, near Stop & Shop, Monday & Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm and Saturdays at 7:00 & 8:00 am and some Sundays at 7:00 or 8:00 am see the site:  valleycycling.org   

****Dinner -  ALL WELCOME - Maple Tree, Simsbury, Friday before Thanksgiving, 11/21, 6:00pm  - join us – just let me know – I am all set if you already told me – otherwise RSVP

****Dinner -  ALL WELCOME - Maple Tree, Simsbury, Friday before Thanksgiving, 11/21, 6:00pm  - join us – just let me know – I am all set if you already told me – otherwise RSVP