Saturday, June 18, 2016

Lake to Lake Charity Bicycle Ride, June 19,2016




On Sunday, June 19,2016 the Fourth Annual Lake to Lake Charity Bike Ride will take place at the Shepaug Dam Recreational Area (click here for directions), Southbury, CT.  All proceeds will help fund the LOF Adaptive Skiers programs for children, adults and military veterans with disabilities.

Friday, April 29, 2016

I needed that ... Beer Stop!

My week in Tennessee put a bit of a damper on my training schedule.  To make up for it, when I got back to Connecticut on Friday and wrapped up a few loose ends with work, I headed out on a little Ride After Work.  It was 56 degrees so figured warm enough for shorts but I would definitely need something on my arms.


I headed down to the Steel Bridge in Sandy Hook thinking that if it was still closed then I would do some ride through Newtown but if it was open I would ride through Southbury and Woodbury. As I was sprinting along the flat part of Walnut Tree Hill I caught a glimpse of the bridge and saw a car driving across it. It reminded me of that scene in "A Bridge too Far" when the Germans couldn't blow up the bridge and the American Sherman Tanks started rolling across.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pardon Me Boys, but is that a Chattanooga Bicycle?

I flew to Chattanooga last week for a business trip and when I got off the plane I saw this awesome Litespeed Ti Framed bike.  Turns out not only are Litespeed bikes manufactured here but also Lynskey and Quintannaroo, too!



After two long days at work I was jonesin to ride and really wishing I could ride a sweet Ti framed bike or even a fixie, but instead I had to make do with this ...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

2016 Dirty Dover Gravel Grinder (D2G2)

The 3rd Pedaling of the Dirty Dover Gravel Grinder started out with a new twist - more riders! I posted the ride on Le Gravle Randonneur and Christian Bratina (pictured above in a purple jersey) who maintains a ride email list for the Litchfield Hills Cycling Club, saw the post and sent it out on his weekly email.  It wound up on in a thread on the Eastern Block Cycling Club, and I made sure the Newtown Pedalers new about it as well, and voila, there were 8 people on the ride.

From Left to Right:
Christian Bratina, Paul Meyer, Alan Watkins, Randy (?), Will Mansfield

It had rained the night before, in fact it was raining when I left my house Saturday morning but the radar said it wasn't raining in Kent.  It started out kind of cool so I tried something different, I wore leg and arm warmers and a riding jacket, which was a mistake because it came off as soon as we turned onto North Kent RR No 1, which is a jeep road that goes up the east side of Skiff Mountain and has to be the steepest dirt road climb in CT!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

This week in Bike Commuting: More bikes in the rack



Spring seemed to have return to Southwestern Connecticut and the morning temperature was 55 degrees - that's shorts riding weather.  After being in Florida most of the past week it wasn't such a shock.  This week I was trying a a twofer, bike commuting Tuesday & Thursday in order to prepare for my upcoming Gravel Grinder, D2G2, so I needed the miles.