Monthly Archives: April 2008

Mansfield Beginner Ride

Riders: Nathan and John Sattar, Nicky, Dave, and Connor, Harley, Natasha and Ryan, Rachel and Andy C., Doug M., Andy M., Kathy, Jill, Michael
This ride was awesome! No crashes, no blood, lots of bravery, incredible weather, and good times. I hope the next beginner ride is just as great. – Jill

Pictures from the ride

Mystic Velo Ride

Riders:   Jim, Michael, Jill, Paul (“your bike is a relic!”), Mike T., Mark, Chris, ?
This was the best Mystic ride so far this year.  Just tough enough to make me work hard but not so hard that I got hopelessly dropped on each hill.  Plus it was around 75 and sunny, first ride that everyone was in shorts and short sleeves.  Classic Mystic route, some hills, some great fast flats, and friendly banter.  – Jill

Grayville Ride

Riders: Andy M., Glenn, Michael, Jill
Guess what???? Glenn had a new bike. A Gary Fisher Excalibur. I rode it around the parking lot and loved it. It fit me like a glove! All these new bikes are making me jones for a new bike of my own. Lots and lots of riders at Grayville tonight. The conditions on the lower part were better than last time but not as dry as I would have expected them to be. It was a pretty quick ride, we didn’t bring lights so we tried to keep the pace pretty steady with few stops. Made a slight modification for time to our regular route so we could get back before dark but most of it was the same. We hit all our favorite spots and got some video of Andy going over the seesaw. Great ride! – Jill

Hopbrook Dam MTB Race

Race Results

Mystic Velo Ride

Riders: John Stockford, Jim, Michael, Jill, Dave F., Mark, Steve, Paul (“your bike is a relic!”)
Strangest Mystic Velo Ride ever! If I’m not suffering then something is really wrong with this ride. It was reallllllly, realllllly, slow. Like slow motion slow. I know I shouldn’t complain because I’m sure the next ride will kick my butt. And I’m not really complaining, just commenting. Normally I am suffering so much I don’t get to talk to anyone on this ride but everyone was a yapper on this ride. Can’t wait to see what next week brings… – Jill

Nip and Muck with Some Boogie to Boot

Rick Friedrich, Mike Nugent and Natasha Bangel raced in the Brian’s Beachside Boogie Duathlon at Hammonasett State Park on Sunday. Pictures

Jill Nugent raced in the Northern Nipmuck Trail Race on Sunday in Union. Pictures

Nipmuck 16 mile trail race

Runners:  Charlie, Jill, Sarah, Dan, Lynn, Linda, and over 100 more runners.
Support:  Rick, Allyssa, Michael

Here is my race day recap.  The weather was actually perfect.  The forecasted rain never appeared and the sun came out for us about an hour into the race.  It was still a little chilly at the start but as soon as the race began it warmed up exponentially.  The race starts uphill and seems to go up for quite a while.  The first 4 miles went pretty quickly, there was an aid station at 4 and 8 miles which was a perfect way to break up the race into quarters.  At the first aid station I ditched my cap, gloves, vest, and long sleeve shirt and hurriedly pulled on a short sleeve shirt and Rick helped me switch my number over, Michael handed me a snickers, Allyssa was volunteering at the aid station and handed me a cup of gatorade and off I went.  I lost sight of Charlie at this point and was starting to mentally prepare to go it solo or try to hook up with the girl running behind me but then I caught sight of him and Sarah at the top of the next hill.  It seemed everyone was walking the steep hills so at the bottom of every hill I ran the first 20 feet or so and was able to catch up with them. Another runner, Kathy had joined them and the 4 of us ran the entire next stretch from mile 4 to 7 until Sarah slipped and injured her ankle.  She was obviously in terrible pain and could not go on so we tried to make her comfortable.  A runner passing by handed me an ace bandage and Charlie wrapped her ankle and we decided to push on to the 8 mile aid station to get help.  Michael and Rick were there and took over, the ambulance was called and Charlie and I decided to push on.  Kathy had already left so that left Charlie and I to fight out the last 8 miles.  Miles 8 to 12 were not too bad, there were some really good flat stretches where we were able to get into a good rhythm and move along pretty quickly.  We stopped quickly at the last aid station and I grabbed some fig newtons and Charlie grabbed some pretzels.  Miles 12 through 15 were excruciatingly difficult.  Up, and up, and up.  On one of the few downhills Charlie slipped and landed not so gently on his shoulder.  I think he was more upset about losing 2 of his pretzels than he was worried about having injured himself in the fall.  At the point where the trail finally started downhill toward the finish line Charlie kicked up the last of his adrenaline and took off with me running after him, the two of us were lucky we didn’t tumble down the hill.  The couple people we passed heard us thundering down the trail and scrambled out of the way.  I have never been so happy to see a finish line in my life!  I couldn’t even stretch for fear that my legs would cramp up and I wouldn’t be able to walk.  – Jill

Mystic Velo Ride

Riders:  Kelly, Skip, Mike, Mark, Steve, Michael, Jill, and about 5 more people I didn’t know.

Good route tonight, rolling hills, some great stretches of downhill.  Still on the chilly side, looking forward to short sleeves and sunshine, no wind and legs fast enough to lead the ride.  HA!  – Jill

Mansfield Hollow Ride

Riders: Andy M., Michael, Jill

A small crew tonight but an enjoyable ride, especially for Andy because he had a brand new bike. A beautiful, new Enduro to play with. If you squint it almost matches his car, very earthy. We did the 12 mile loop, the same exact loop I ran Easter morning except it took me a bit longer on foot. Conditions were good except for a few mucky spots. Andy got the bike dialed in pretty quickly and he and Michael cruised along at a pretty good clip while I pedaled lazily behind them. No motivation for me tonight, my mind was wandering – mostly thinking about the trail race coming up on the weekend. Sorry boys, my mind was elsewhere tonight. I don’t think they noticed though… – Jill