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March and April 2017

rides, ride sheets, social events, and happenings

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Pequot Cyclist Members Who Volunteered in 2016:        Please join us for our annual Pizza Fest
WHEN:  Wed, March 8, 2017 6:00 PM
WHERE:  Christo's Pizza, 37 S. Broad Street, Pawcatuck, CT 06379, Phone:  860-599-3000
WHAT'S PROVIDED:  Pizzas, salad, soda/water (beer/wine available for purchase)
RSVP by Wed March 1 to Shelley Reuben at or text/call 860-335-4340 to confirm your attendance to the annual Pequot Cyclists Volunteer Dinner

Print your own ride sheet

Sunday & Wednesday Ridesheets are Online at (click on link) 

If you don't know the password, call or email Dave Reed  or 860-739-7483

Newest Member
Josh Jordan
MEMBERSHIPS:  Don't forget to Renew
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Complete the form, sign the waiver, and mail with enclosed dues to:
Dave Reed
10 Surrey Ln.
Niantic, CT 06357-1318
Contact Dave Reed if unsure of membership status @
Timely membership renewals, the electronic newsletter, fundraisers, and volunteer activities....... 
                                   GOT US BACK IN GOOD FINANCIAL SHAPE                                   

Thanks Jim Zito:   best treasurer ever!
The USA Cycling National Championships were held at Riverside Park in Hartford from January 3-8. The conditions were very challenging for the racers, but they did not prevent Pequot Cyclist (and Mystic Velo) member Jim Case from competing. 
Jim finished second in the 75 plus category.  Here is a photo of Jim on the podium after receiving his medal. He and other senior members of our club serve as an inspiration to many of us. Recently when asked about the race Jim was succinct in his reply..."Next year, first!"
The club congratulates and salutes Jim for his outstanding achievement.
For a link to a Hartford Courant article featuring an interview with Jim click on the following:

Sunday Rides

For more information contact: Brian Maynard at or call 860-581-0734

Helmets are mandatory. Enjoy yourself out there.

Sunday Ride Schedule 2017

Show and Go rides begin –10:00 a.m.   Inclement weather or poor road conditions cancel these rides.

Feb 26   Samuel Peretz Park at Bridebrook Rte 156 Niantic

                                              LET THE SPRING RIDES BEGIN 

                          TIME TO RECONNECT WITH THE ROAD & FRIENDS

March 5          10:00 a.m.         Mystic
Meet: Mystic Middle School parking lot, Take exit 90 off I-95, south on Rte 27, left on Mistuxet Ave, Mystic
Distances: 21.8 & 10.8 miles             Ride # 215
Ride starter: Susan Nunn

March 12          10:00 a.m.         Old Lyme
Meet: DEP area, take I-95 from Mystic to Exit 70, Straight on Rte 1, left onto Rte 156, about ½ mile. Right onto Ferry RdDistances: 32.7 & 20.3 & 16.6 miles            Ride # 46
Ride starter: TBA

March 19          10:00a.m.              Groton
Meet: Groton Post Office in Groton Shopping Center on Long Hill Rd
Distances: 20 miles                Ride # 240
Ride Starter: Sue C

March 26          10:00a.m.              Niantic
Meet: Niantic Center School
Distances: 28.9 & 15.7  miles          Ride # 45
Ride Starter: TBA

April 2        10:00 a.m.                 Ledyard
Meet: Ledyard High School – Colonel Ledyard Hwy
Ride 34.9 / 21.1 miles                     Ride # 216
Ride Starter: TBA

April 9                    10:00a.m.                    Colchester
Meet: CPL on Lake Hayward Rd, Exit 20 off Rte 2
Ride 31.8 / 23.4 miles                                Ride # 71 (S&M)
Ride Starter: TBA

April 16                      10:00 a.m.                 Mystic
Meet: Mystic Red Caboose, rear parking lot, Olde Mystic Village Shopping Center, Mystic
Ride 40.1 / 25.3 miles                 Ride # 141
Ride starter: TBA

April 23                     10:00a.m.                    Occum
Meet: CPL, Exit 18 (old 83) off of I-395, Rte 97
Ride 34.0 / 22.2 miles                   Ride # 108
Ride Starter: TBA

April 30                     10:00a.m.                    Old Saybrook
Meet: Old Saybrook Train Station, N. Main St.
GPS address: 455 Boston Post Rd. Old Saybrook, CT
Ride 56.2 / 34.5 / 25.1 miles        Ride # 96 (S,M,L)
Ride Starter:


May 7                      9:00 a.m.                 Mystic
Meet: Mystic Red Caboose, rear parking lot, Olde Mystic Village Shopping Center, Mystic
Ride ? / ? miles (ride being designed)
Ride # 204R
Ride starter: TBA

May 14                     9:00a.m.                    Groton
Meet: Groton School Board Bldg. Exit 88 off I 95, 117N to Rte 184, right onto 184, right on Flanders Rd. Bldg on left.
GPS address: 1300 Flanders Rd. Mystic, CT
Ride 60.2 / 41.8 / 18.9 miles             Ride # 221 (R, RM, RS)
Ride Starter: TBA

Ride Committee Volunteers 2017:  Tony Quatroche, Brian Maynard, Sue Chadbourne, Tom Baker, Tim Duggan, Tim Wilson, Lorraine Waring, Susan Quatroche, Mike Joly,


Wednesday Night  Pizza Rides 2017
STARTS April 19th

All riders should plan to arrive by 5:45. All rides leave promptly at 6:00.
In September arrive by 5:30 and rides leave at 5:40 PM

For more info.  Contact Michael Joly, at 860-823-9254  or e-mail

Enjoy yourself out there. Helmets are mandatory on all rides!

RIDE STARTERS NEEDED:  Sign up at the Volunteer Dinner or contact Michael Joly

April 19                6:00 PM               Old Saybrook
Meet at the Old Saybrook Train Station.
GPS Address: 455 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Ride starter: Melody Green  860-388-7758
Ride W75  and W76
Supper after the ride will be at Pizza Works

April 26                  6:00 PM               Niantic
Meet: Niantic Bay Bicycle
Methodist Street, Niantic
Ride starter: Tony Quatroche  860-691-2517
Ride W39 and W40

May 3                    6:00 PM                Groton
Meet: Groton School Board Bldg
Exit 88 off I 95,117N to Rte 184, right onto 184, right on Flanders Rd. Bldg on left.
GPS address: 1300 Flanders Rd. Mystic, CT
Ride starter: Mary Ellen Banker   860-460-5324
Ride W23 and W24

May 10                6:00 PM                 Oakdale
Meet: Fair Oaks School
GPS Address: 836 Old Colchester Rd, Oakdale, CT
Ride Starter: Tom Baker  860-848-9584
Ride W59 and W60
Supper at Oakdale Pizza

Another Saturday Hike at J Goodwin Trail led by Barry Gorfain & Deb Tedford

WINTER EVENTS:  by Melody Green
    for help with planning or booking an event, contact Melody at  860-388-7758 or

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10 AM
Haley Farm State Park


-Hikers to meet at Haley Farm free parking lot at 9:45 for sign in.

-Hike duration is approximately 2.5 hours/ ~ 5 miles
-Terrain is 'easy'
-Hikers to bring water bottle and snacks as desired.
-Snowshoes if appropriate.
-Heavy rain cancels
Directions- From I-95 take exit 88 onto Ct Rte 117 S. toward Groton Long Pt,/ Noank.
-Travel South on Ct. Rte. 117 for 1 mile and turn left at light onto Fort Hill Rd.
-Travel East on Fort Hill Rd. for .9 mile and turn right onto Groton Long Pt. Rd.
-Follow Groton Long Pt. Rd. for .6 mile and turn right onto Brook St.
-Follow Brook St. for .5 mile and turn right onto Haley Farm Rd.

- Follow Haley Farm Rd. Apprx. .5 mile to pkg. area. (Outdr. Comfort Facilities available.) 
 Starter:  Cathryn Dolan- 

Laura Challenges other Women Cyclists
"I'll Try It If You Try It"  
Social Events
Courtesy of Shelley Reuben

Volunteer Dinner --  Wednesday March 8 2017
See article above

Annual Dance--Date TBD

Date:   August 27
Projected location : Fort Shantok
Angel Ride Re-Imagined  on Saturday May 27th 2017

 At the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (started by Paul Newman in 1988 as an escape for seriously ill children) AngelRide offers lots of choices this year, not just for road warriors.

  • Road riders:25, 50 or 75 miles starting and ending at the camp. Riders can stay at the camp Friday night.
  • Mountain bikers: 10 miles around the two hundred acre Camp.
  • Runners: 5K run around the camp lake
  • Walkers: 3 mile walk at the camp.

Aiming to be a day of merriment and joy, invited guests are also invited to participate: Archery,  Fishing, Mini-golf, Arts & crafts, As well as the central fun center (the Cabin Circle) with many additional activities.

New Bike Shop  Opening in Old Lyme Spring 2017
Morrissey Bike Shop
Route 1 Old Lyme CT, near Rogers Lake

Local Bike Shops that give our members a 10% discount  (Click on links)

Bicycling Advocates  

Bike Stonington     Bike Walk CT    Share the Road CT     League of American Bicyclists
Regional Outdoor Resources
CT Explorer’s Guide     Adventure Sports Inc.    REI     Bike and the Like     Bicycle Loft (Burlington, MA)
International Bicycle Center(MA)     Harris Cyclery (Newton, MA)     Landry’s (MA)    

Local Bike Shops

Mystic Cycle Center   ;   Niantic Bay Bicycles  ;    Rose City Cycles of Norwich
Terra Cyclery (New London)   ;    Wayfarer (New London)     
CT bike shops

Regional Cycling Groups
Mystic Velo           
Narragansett Wheelmen
     Essex County Velo     Berkshire Cycling Association 
Farmington Valley Trails Council     Pioneer Valley Freewheelers 
Hat City Cyclists
Mohawk-Hudson Cycling Club     Nerac Earth Cycling
New England Mountain Bike Association Seven Hills Wheelmen
Sound Cyclists
East Coast Greenway
Local Hiking Groups
AMC CT Chapter