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September 2018 Newsletter
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Welcome to New Pequot Cyclists'
Annette Barbay   from  Uncasville, CT  
Robert Near  from Stonington, CT  

Wayne S. and Kathleen F. Magro, Ledyard, CT  
BIG THANKS For Another Successful Picnic
Thanks to Jim Zito and Carol Flanagan AGAIN!  
Thanks to Tony & Susan Quatroche for arranging the Fort Shantok permit
Thanks to Jim & Maureen for the bike rides
Thanks to Tim Duggan for starting the long ride & snapping some photos
Thanks Anne P for volunteering for the 2019 Picnic Planning
Thanks to EVERYONE for being great Pequot Cyclist members and your participation  

Plan on another equipment, supplies, clothing swap next year. 

This group does not usually sit still long enough to get good pictures..sorry we didn't capture more.  
IT"S TIME!!!!   
FALL & WINTER EVENTS PLANNING BEGINS NOW

Contact Duncan Bailey @ 860-334-7503     or brtibailey@gmail.com  
to help plan your hike, skiing, snow shoeing or other winter events 

Do you have an idea?  An inkling of something good?  Work with Duncan to get your idea put into action.  

Anyone interested in ax throwing this winter?  See, that's not too crazy either. 
Axe Throwing in Hartford LINK
Axe Throwing Video

 
Check out Pequot Cyclists survey results for activities our club members like (click on link)
East Coast Greenway Updates
https://www.greenway.org/states/connecticut
Check out the routes from Calias, ME to Key West, FL.  Check out the routes running through CT  more detail.  

Test Your Share the Road IQ--Take the Quiz
http://www.bikewalkct.org/str-quiz.html

  Check Out    http://ribridgebikeshuttle.com/

Free RI BRIDGE BIKE SHUTTLE

TO CROSS THE VERRAZANO AND PELL BRIDGES 
 SATURDAYS FROM JUNE 30TH TO OCTOBER 13TH, 2018.
CHECK SCHEDULE
Reservations are no longer needed!

Simply call 401-430-0420 on Saturdays between 11-4:30pm (thru October 13th)

You can call before you get to the departure points* or once you arrive.

The bus will be going back and forth across the bridges at your request so the longest you'd have to wait, if you called at the departure point*, is 30 minutes. With room for up to 5 riders and bikes, what are you waiting for?
 Here's a link to Newport Bike Maps bikenewportri.org/maps to help you on your way.
Thanks and happy riding.

*Departure points remain the same: North Kingstown - Park & Ride Rte 138 & 1A /Jamestown - RITBA Office, 1 East Shore Road / Newport - Newport Bridge Antiques/29 JT Connell Hwy

Clare Woodhead | Director of Communications and Advocacy
Bike Newport | 62 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840
(401) 619-4900 | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website

 

Sunday Rides 2018

For more information contact: Brian Maynard at brian_r_maynard@hotmail.com or 860-581-0734 & leave a message

Helmets are mandatory. Enjoy yourself out there.
Full & Concise Schedule in MS Word  (click here)  

Sep 9                     9:00a.m.                    Groton
MeetGroton 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
Distances: 60.2 / 41.8 / 18.9 miles      Ride # 221 (R, RM, RS)
Ride Starter: Lorraine

Sep 16                    9:00 a.m.                 Norwich
Meet: Norwichtown Green – 71 East Town St, Norwich
Distances: 56.7 / 42.5 / 33.8 miles
Ride # 20L “Killer B” and 99
Ride Starter: Anne Procyk

Sep 23                    9:00 a.m.                 Lisbon      Vanilla Bean Ride
Meet: Lisbon Central School- I 395N use Exit 19 (old 83A) Left onto Rte 169N, Turn right at light onto Rte 138, School on right
GPS address: 15 Newent Rd, Jewett City, CT
Distances: 50 / 23.4 miles (23.4 ride does not go to Vanilla Bean)
Remote start that includes Vanilla Bean -21 miles. Pick up cue sheet @ Lisbon Central School/ or download from Web with directions to start.
Ride #219 (S, L) & 219 remote start
Ride Starter: Cathy Cormier

Sep 30                 9:00 a.m.                 New London
Meet: New London Shopping Center (Burlington Coat Factory)- Park near Town Fair Tire
Distances: 45.8 / 33.6 miles
Ride # 76L, 76S
Ride starter: Pat Gill

Oct 7                    9:00 a.m.                 Norwich
Meet: Norwichtown Green – 71 East Town St, Norwich
Distances: 42.2 / 34.7 / 25.8 miles
Ride # 119A, 110
Ride Starter: Jim Bierylo

Oct 14                    9:00a.m.                    Colchester
Meet: CPL on Lake Hayward Rd, Exit 20 off Rte 2
Distances: 31.8 / 23.4 miles
Ride # 71 (S&M)
Ride Starter: Cathy Cormier

Oct 21                    9:00 a.m.                 Mystic  Clyde Cider
Meet: Mystic Middle School Parking Lot, Take Exit 90 off I95, south on Rte 27. Left onto Mistuxet Ave
GPS address: 204 Mistuxet Ave, Mystic, CT
Distances: 32/19.4 miles
Ride # 84 (S, L)
Ride starter: Lorraine

Oct 28                    9:00 a.m.                 Old Lyme
Meet: Old Lyme Post Office in Old Lyme Marketplace. Take exit 70 off I-95S- Cross Rte 1 to Marketplace on left
Distances: 32.7 / 28.3 miles
Ride # 98
Ride starter: Sue C

BEGINNING IN NOVEMBER
NOTE TIME CHANGE TO 10:00AM

Nov 4                    10:00 a.m.                 Groton
Meet: Mystic Red Caboose, rear parking lot, Olde Mystic Village Shopping Center, Mystic
Distances: 47.1 / 22.4 miles
Ride # 61 (S/L)
Ride starter: Mike Banker

Nov 11                     10:00a.m.                    Occum
Meet: CPL, Exit 18 (old 83) off of I-395, Rte 97
Distances: 34.0 / 22.2 miles
Ride # 108
Ride Starter: TBA

Nov 18                    10:00 a.m.                 East Lyme Meander  
Meet: Flanders School, off RT-1 west of Flanders 4 Corners (Intersection of Rte 1 and Rte 161 East Lyme)
GPS address: 167 Boston Post Rd., East Lyme, CT
Distances: 28.8/20.8 miles
Ride # 53A
Ride Starter: Olga

November 25                     10:00 a.m.               Mystic
Meet: Cutler Middle School, Fishtown Rd (off Rte 1)
GPS address: 160 Fishtown Rd., Mystic, CT
Distances: 28.7/21.2 miles
Ride # 59
Ride starter: TBA

Check  the club ride page  or the club calendar

Print your own ride sheet
Sunday & Wednesday Ridesheets are Online at (click on link)                   http://pequotcyclists.com/?page_id=807     
For the MEMBERS ONLY password, contact the membership chair or a board member
 
PreRide Briefing to Review & Use on www.pequotcyclists.com                          
Wednesday Night Rides by Mike Joly
Email micheal.joly@snet.net to sign up for rides or questions June and forward  

September 5       5:40 PM      Waterford          Ride W-104 and W-105
Meet at the ball fields on RT 156 and Gardiner Woods Road (bottom of hill from Millstone).
DO NOT PARK PAST THE FENCE!
GPS Address: 236 Rope Ferry Rd. Waterford, CT 06385
Ride starters: John and Gretchen Glaub  860-739-8575
After the ride you are invited back to the Glaub’s for a Pot luck picnic,
Bring a dish to share, grill will be provided, BYOB

September 12          5:40 PM  Old Saybrook  Ride W-75 and W-76
Meet at the Old Saybrook Train Station – Pizza Works.
GPS Address: 455 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Ride starter: Michael Joly   860-376-4311
Supper after the ride will be at Pizza Works


WEDNESDAY EVENING BIKE RIDES DONE FOR NOW.   RESTARTS APRIL 2019

Breakfast Club:  Season 9
This is a series of rides @ 7AM on Tuesday mornings throughout the summer.  They are social rides from16-36 miles with scenic stops along the route.  Everyone stays together throughout the ride, start to finish.  No rider is left behind. 
 THIS IS NOT A PEQUOT CYCLISTS CLUB SANCTIONED OR SPONSORED event and neither Pequot Club members nor waiver forms are required.  
If you wish further information, contact Tom Baker (860-848-9584) or Sue Chadbourne. (860-235-9163)

September 11 - Somewhere In Time, Mystic
  Save the Dates for Upcoming Social Events
 
Holiday Gathering
Wednesday December 5, 2018
Location:  Mystic Aquarium  


Volunteer Dinner:  Wednesday 6 March 2019 Usually 6PM
 
Volunteer & Advocacy Opportunities (2 or more)
15 September 2018

New London, Waterford, Ledyard, & Norwich Recreation Departments are hosting our 5th annual Youth Triathlon, Proud to TRI on Sept. 15th at Camp Harkness in Waterford. 
#1  We are looking for a “trailer” bike rider who would follow the last athlete in the 5-6 year old group on the bike & run course.  The bike distance is 1 mile & the run is 0.5 miles.  The trailer wears a vest to identify the last athlete for safety purposes.  Please let me know if you know of anyone available to volunteer. 
#2 Any other volunteers are also welcome.  The event is for 5-17 year olds.  Help is always needed along the course and in transition area.  Wayfarer Bikes will be on site for bike issues but kids always need help w/getting shoes & helmets on in the transition area.  It truly is a great event at a beautiful location.  This year will include a special celebration for military and first responder families.

Lori DeLucca,   New London Recreation   860-447-5230  (phone)

RAGBRAI or…          by Jud Perkins, a Pequot Cyclists Member

Eating and drinking (in small doses) 430 miles over seven days across Iowa. Pat is originally from Iowa and my father went to high school and college there, so Ragbrai seemed our perfect event.  We shipped our bikes, flew to Davenport where Pat’s sister lives and then drove across the state to the starting point… Onawa, a town of 2,000 inundated with 10,000 bike riders. The tradition is to dip your tires in the Missouri River to start and the Mississippi at the finish.

Saturday was orientation for first time riders where we learned the most important rule…Trains have the right of way,, always!  On Sunday these is no formal start or starting point, so off we went to Denison 40 miles away.  While daily segments average 60-70 miles we found a rhythm to the ride.  Ride to the first town (15 miles +/-) eat, then ride to the next town… eat, then ride to the next town … drink.  Add the segments together and at the end of the day you complete the ride.  We started each day around 6:30 am to beat the heat and were generally done by 2:00.  We were told beer replaces electrolytes, ergo no guilt drinking and lots of opportunities to do so.  Replace those electrolytes!

At night we camped out in areas set up by the ride; facilities were actually better than we anticipated.  Several companies offer a service of setting up and moving tents, luggage, etc. from town to town. 

We saw every form of “bike”, road bikes, mountain bikes, a stair master device with wheels, an old fashioned high wheel bike and every form of recumbent bike you can imagine.  Two people did it on roller blades.  We were surprised at the age distribution; 60% are age 45-65, another 15% 65-75 and 1.8% over 75 (my group).

We traveled through 49 towns.  Only three towns have populations over 25,000 and most were 5,000 or less.  This was a big event for these towns and most came out with flags, banners, groups sitting along the road to welcome you.  The churches, girls and boy scouts, school, fire departments were all offering food to the riders and yes, you can have homemade pie more than once a day.  One school had an all you can eat Mexican dinner for five dollars.  Each night the host town has a stage with entertainment, we even saw Joy the trained pig.

In every town the American flag was on proud display.  Riders were from all 50 states and several foreign countries.  Friday was college day, riders were encouraged to wear their college colors.  Many people came as part of teams, complete with school buses rigged to carry 10-15 bikes.  Why not a Pequot team next year?

Contrary to popular opinion Iowa is not flat as there was 12,000 feet of climb but this was one of the flatter Ragbrai’s in history. 

All in all a fabulous experience, no better feeling than dipping our tires in the Mississippi at the end.  Can’t wait till next year.