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May and June 2017

rides, ride sheets, social events, and happenings

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Blast from the Past August 1983

Retrieved from the newsletter library so well kept by Nancy Reed.  Thanks Nancy.
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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 Members

Mike and Tracy Burns, Mystic, CT
Tim Groom, Norwich CT

Robert (Bob) Kardys, Preston CT

It's Not Too Late to Renew  
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Dave Reed 
10 Surrey Ln.
Niantic, CT 06357-1318
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                              -Eddy Merckx
May is National Bike Month
Bike to Work Day is Friday May 19th

Check out places/new routes in your state/region
Bike Walk CT
The league of American Bicyclists
Connecticut Bike Routes

Best bike rides in CT

Best Bike Rides:  Many Ways to Go in CT

Map My Ride:  GPS

Bike New England

Vermont Challenge in 2017 – August 17-20, 2017

1 to 4-day tour of Vermont   Website:

FaceBook& Instagram:  Vermont Challenge

The Vermont Challenge is comprised of four glorious days through the picturesque countryside, covered bridges, river valleys and historic villages of south and central Vermont. The Vermont Challenge covers 4 days of riding offering a terrific split format: 2-day "Valley" & 2-day "Mountain" Challenges.  Ride all 4 days and either 2 valley or 2 mountain stages. Best of all, part of each rider’s registration fee goes towards helping us fight hunger & offer quality health care in Vermont.

 Adventure Cycling Published an article:  about The Vermont Challenge in their February issue.   

Our Bike Club Program

When you pre-register your club team, of 8 or more, each team member will receive 10% off any registration.  Have the team reach out to to receive their team discount code.  And, as a thank you for promoting our event, for every 8 riders that register from your club we’ll issue you a certificate, worth $199, for your club to raffle off.  To qualify for the certificate, simply have the riders register using the code: Bikeclub2017 and note the club in the “refer a friend” field when they register. When your club completes 8 registrations we’ll email you the certificate worth $199.   --

Best regards, John Sohikian
Founder & President The Vermont Challenge, LLC  203-668-0194  facebook:  vermont challenge

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


May 7                      9:00 a.m.                 Mystic
Meet: Mystic Red Caboose, rear parking lot, Olde Mystic Village Shopping Center, Mystic
Ride 50.8 / 22.9 miles
Ride # 204R
Ride starter: Lorraine

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

May 21                       9:00 a.m.                     Niantic
Meet: Municipal Parking Lot/ Methodist St/ Hope St
Across from Niantic Bay Bicycle Shop
Ride 56.7/32.3/23.8 miles
Ride # 222/89
Ride starter: Shelley

May 28                       9:00 a.m.                     Groton            Memorial Day Weekend
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 50/24 miles
Ride # 150 (L&S)  (Tim W to modify the L ride)
Ride starter: TBA


June 4                         8:00 a.m.                     Montville

Meet: Oakdale Fair Oaks School: Corner Old Colchester Rd and Chesterfield Rd
GPS address: 836 Old Colchester Rd Montville
Ride 47.9/23.5 miles
Ride # 60
Ride starter: TBA

June 11                        8:00 a.m.                 Lyme
Meet: Lyme Consolidated School, Exit 70 I95, straight off exit, right onto Rte 156, Intersection of Beaver Brook Rd and Rte 156
GPS address: 478 Hamburg Rd, Lyme, CT
Tour of Lyme
Ride 55/27 miles
Ride # 75
Ride starter: Shelley

June 18                     8:00a.m.                    Salem
Meet: Intersection of Rte 85 and Rte 82, Parking lot at Two Brothers Restaurant
GPS address: 20 Hartford Rd. Salem, CT 06420
Ride 47.5 / 24 miles
Ride # 55 (S, L)
Ride Starter: Anne Procyk

June 25                     8:00a.m.                    Norwich
Meet: Norwichtown Green – 71 East Town St, Norwich
Ride 53.8 / 32.3 miles
Ride # 153, 51
Ride Starter: Tim Duggan

July 2              8:00 a.m.                     Preston
Meet: Preston Plains School. Preston (Junction of Rte 2 and Rte 164)
Ride 48/29.1 miles
Ride # 148
Ride starter: Mary Ellen

Jul 9                     8:00a.m.                    Niantic
Meet: Samuel M. Peretz Park at Bride Brook, Rte 156, Niantic, take Exit 72 (off Rte I-95) and left onto Rte 156, go about 1 mile and Park is on the left.
Ride 62.4 / 30.6 / 15.3 miles
Ride # 67 (S.L)
Ride Starter: Tony Q

Jul 16                     8:00a.m.                    Quaker Hill
Meet: Quaker Hill Mini Mall, 30 Norwich Rd. (Rte 32), Quaker Hill
Ride 45.2 / 24.2 / 16.8 miles
Ride # 72 (S.M,L)
Ride Starter: Sue C

Jul 23                     8:00a.m.                    Mystic
Meet: Mystic Red Caboose, rear parking lot, Olde Mystic Village Shopping Center, Mystic
Ride ? / ? miles (ride being designed by Lorraine)
Ride # xxx
Ride starter: Lorraine

July 30                    8:00 a.m.                 N Franklin
Meet: Giddings Park, Rt 207, across from Franklin Elementary School
Ride 65.3 / 35.0 / 24.4 miles
Ride # 234
Ride Starter: Anne Procyk

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: Contact Michael Joly

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
Supper at Oakdale Pizza
Ride W59 and W60

May 17                 6:00 PM                 Essex
Meet: Pedal Power Cycle
4 Essex Plaza, Essex CT
Ride Starter: Duncan Bailey 860-334-7503
Ride W12

May 24                 6:00 PM                 Norwich
Meet CPL Exit 18 off RTE 395
GPS Address: 164 Taftville-Occum Rd, Norwich, CT
Ride Starter:  Marie and Mike Joly  860-823-9254
Supper at Occum Pizza
Ride W65 and W66

May 31                 6:00 PM                    Mystic
Meet at the Red Caboose in the Old Mystic Village
GPS Address: 27 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT 06355
Ride Starter: Lorraine Waring  860-572-9202
Ride W30 and W31

June 7                    5:40 PM                 Salem
Meet at House of Doors
GPS Address: 195 East Haddam Rd, Salem, CT 06420  ( RTE 82 )
Ride Starter:   Mike Joly  860-823-9254
Ride W92 and W93

June 14               6:00 PM                   Pawcatuck
Meet: Pawcatuck Shopping Center
GPS Address: 37 S Broad St, Pawcatuck, CT
Ride Starter: Jim Besse  860-884-6251
Ride W80 and W81

June 21                6:00 PM                  Old Lyme
Meet: Illiano’s parking lot
Park in the rear dirt parking lot
GPS address: 163 Boston Post Rd, Old Lyme, CT
Ride Starter: Melody Green  860-388-7758
Ride W71 and W72

June 28                 6:00 PM                 North Stonington
Meet: Wheeler High School Parking lot
Rte 2 and Main St.  North Stonington, CT
Ride Starter: Art and Julie Armstrong  860-535-4673
GPS Address: 298 Norwich-Westerly Rd., North Stonington, CT 06359
Pot luck picnic to follow at the Armstrong’s bring bathing suits and
a dish to share at Wyassup Lake, grill will be provided.

July 5                  6:00 PM                   Bozrah
Meet: CPL Exit 23 off Rte 2
GPS Address: 25 Haughton Rd. Bozrah, CT 06334
Ride starter:  Anne Procyk  860-874-2150

& Continue Every Thursday Through August



and all the volunteers...putting out road signs, etc., etc., thanks ahead of time. 

Image result for time trials bicycle cartoon           This looks like Jim Beirylo

I can't wait to try it out this year...says Laura
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Try this fun ride racing entirely against yourself.  It's a 10K (6.2 mile) route where individual riders start by themselves and race the clock against yourself.  There is absolutely no pressure to work harder than you are willing to push your own self.  Give it a try! 

Social Events
Courtesy of Shelley Reuben
August 27
Fort Shantok

More Information Coming your way
I hear there will be corn toss again this year

    Image result for cartoon of a pumpkinSaturday 28 October 2017
                      Halloween Dance 
Details to follow

Wednesday 6 December 2017                   

Holiday Dinner at Mystic Aquarium 

        Volunteer Dinner 2017 
 @ Christo's
It was a great evening
with our awesome volunteers.  Thanks for all you do!!!!!!!

We look forward to a great 2017


Upcoming Events/Interesting Sites 

Angel Ride Re-Imagined  on Saturday May 27th 2017....
One day, All rides start and end at the Camp
Includes mountain biking, walking, and more, not just road biking

Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour J
une 9-11, 2017 in Watkins Glen, NY. 
Set up once for the weekend at the Hidden Valley Group Camp and experience 3 days of riding in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.  We have great rides suitable for all riders, good food, good company, and amazing scenery.  Register now and $92 covers camping, 4 meals, entertainment, rides, sag services, and maps. Cabin options are available.
Dick Porterfield 607-323-3236 for questions
 Great Links and Information for local rides, tours, bike shops, etc

Please send information to if you have any good rides , sites to share

Know your own condition; never overextend yourself; always get enough sleep; never overeat; be regular in everything; exercise; relax; think positive thought."
                                                     - Frank Kramer
Product Reviews as Requested by a Member
reviews from
REARVIZ® Bicycle ST-35 Rear View Mirror Unit, Fully Adjustable $35 

   REARVIZ® Bicycle SL-15 Rear View Mirror Unit, Fully Adjustable         $27
Wisamic Cycling Bicycle Bike Rear View Mirror Wristbands Back Mirror Black   $15                     
All 3 product had about the same reviews:  4 or 5 stars for the most part.
Positives:  Easy to wear, able to see traffic behind you, mostly what they were looking for, liked better than other alternatives, can use with any or motorcycle, comfortable, not too expensive
Negatives:  Most had to wear between elbow/wrist or elbow/bicep to get a good view, not adjustable mirror or difficult to adjust mirror, ladies with small wrist may not be able to tighten enough, long wait time for delivery. 
Morrissey Bike Shop Open in Old Lyme
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