Hello, Everybody.! My Social Biking Group , The Leisurely Trail Riders Association ( a social mountain bike, rail trail and road group) is doing our Annual 90 miler bike ride which will be held Saturday September 29th. There are two options to start from. One is Sacred Heart Church parking lot in Vernon Connecticut at 530 am, to depart at 545 am, or the Manchester Hop River trailhead lot On the corner of Colonial and Sheldon road that is at 530 am to depart at 545 am. We will be riding to Church Street Vernon to what is known as the "Depot". We will be leaving there at 615 am.
This is not in anyway a race or "cannonball run"! It's a group ride, understanding there will be "A" & "B" groups. This is not a ride to show how fast you ride! If you want to schedule a "Lance Armstrong Ride" feel free to set one up. The ride is designed for the "average rider" challenging endurance, will and sanity. For many hardcore riders, 90 miles is a piece of cake! Keep in mind you'll be riding with people who are not at your level and may have bikes with fat knobby tires that prevent them from going 20+mph.
We welcome people that want to join us for part of the ride and "Ride helpers". Last year we were blessed to have a friend meet us at the midpoint. She brought water, fruit and snacks. Riders chipped in and gave her some money. Anyone interested as a "Ride Helper" your contributions are most appreciated! For those who have never done this before, you'll need: your head examined, plenty of water, toilet paper, snacks, tools, bike light and tubes. *NOTE: Inspect tires (dryrot, cracks, treadwear...). We had a wonderful turnout (20 riders) and look forward to this again. This is an all day event! Trophies awarded ($5. donation) for your accomplishment. Dinner to follow: Shea's or Wood N' Tap in Vernon! Hybrids are recommended, and a lot of people tough it out on mountain bikes. Trail services are packed dirt and grass, flat and minimal incline..There are a few miles of road, and then it turns into gravel and packed dirt again. The groups will be stopping every ten miles or major turning point.
Hop river 20 miles,, 5 miles road,, Airline 20 miles, then back is 90 miles..
The main website for this is our biking group Leisure Trail Riders Association (Manchester, CT) - Meetup
Casual Bikers (Simsbury, CT) - Meetup
LeisureTrail Riders (Waterbury, CT) - Meetup
Hop River Trail From Manchester/Vernon to Columbia then some roads, then Airline South to the East Hampton Cranberry bog(midway point) then turnaround. Surface, packed dirt, gravel, road..
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