Monthly Archives: July 2009

Nerac Lunchtime Time Trial

I decide to drag the gps around on the time trial today.  View the time trial course statistics on

Arthur Jacques Eagle Scout Project Update

This past Sunday at Tolland Bicycle Dave Barrow, Dick Hubeny, Don Jacques, Arthur Jacques, and Keith Enderle worked on reconditioning contributed used bicycles to be donated to Little Angels Bicycles of Willimantic. This was for Arthur’s Eagle Scout project which Arthur has written about previously. Twenty nine bikes were completed on Sunday. Arthur had already completed twenty two bike surpassing his goal of fifty bicycles. And there are many more bicycles to be reconditioned at a future date.

 Pictured left to right in front of a truck load of competed bikes are Dave Barrow, Arthur Jacques, Ed Rivera (Little Angel Bicycles Director), and Keith Enderle

Pictured left to right in front of a truck load of competed bikes are Dave Barrow, Arthur Jacques, Ed Rivera (Little Angel Bicycles Director), and Keith Enderle

Castle Craig / Cervelo Test Ride

GPS data and charts from the ride for the curious…




Tour de Mansfield Pictures and Article.

Article in the local Windham/Mansfield Reminder for those of you who don’t receive it.


Sue Lucek, John Sattar, Nathan Sattar, Nicole Hildebrand and David Fluckiger prepare to ride for the Nerac Cycling Club during the Tour de Mansfield. Photo by Melanie Savage.

Flat, Flat ride, or Tour de Mansfield:

Too many Nerac Earth members to name for this event.

There were a few influences that made this an interesting Tour de Mansfield. The first was timing. It seems that everyone started at different times so there were NE members all over the course. That affected whether or not you started in the rain, or were out on the course when the rain started. John, Sue, Nathan, Nicky, Bill, and I started early so John could make it back to the kid’s race, so we didn’t hit rain till around the 10 mile mark. Like most cyclists, rain is just something you deal with as part of the sport, so we were signing in the rain as we rode along…..or something like that. Sue, John and I were commenting on how flat this felt after our Barkhamsted ride last Sunday, when Bill got a flat. Flats were the second influence as there were 6 of them that I know of just with NE riders. John and I changed the flat in the pouring rain and got him going again only to have him flat again. There was a good sized hole in the tire so Bill went inside at the first rest stop (right next to where he flatted) and was only there a few minutes when the sag bus picked him up. We started up again only to have Sue flat on Puddin Lane. While inflating her tire with the CO2, it slipped off the rim and blew the tube which sounded like a fire cracker going off. We got another tube in and were very careful to have the tire seated completely prior to opening up the inflator all the way. Again we were under way and things seemed to go smoothly from here. Nathan hasn’t been riding much because of baseball and other commitments but none the less rode strong all day and seemed to always have a smile. Nicky said she hadn’t been riding a lot but was very strong as well. The third influence of this year’s tour was the split at Mansfield Rd and Pleasant valley Rd. On the first lap both the 20 milers and the 40 milers were supposed to go straight up the hill back to the start. Then on the second lap across Puddin lane, the 40 milers needed to take a left turn onto Pleasant Valley. The problem came in where on the first lap most riders doing the 40 took a left at the sign (which was confusing) and cut out the 10 mile loop up and back from the start. That explained why our group never saw the other NE riders on the course and that everyone we talked to only did 30 miles. This is a fun and scenic ride that I always enjoy and it was nice to see so many NE riders in attendance. The sun was out at the end and we all enjoyed a good lunch before heading home.
Dave F

Arthur’s Eagle Scout Project Update

Arthur Jacques
36 Deer Meadow
Tolland, CT 06084
(860) 870-1158

July 15, 2009

One Technology Drive
Tolland, CT 06084

Dear Cycling Team Member,

My name is Arthur Jacques. I am a member of Boy Scout Troop 61. Although I am only 14 years old, I am beginning work on an Eagle project this summer. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about my project and how it will help our community. I would also like to ask for your help which will ensure the project is a success.

In addition to my strong commitment to Boy Scouts, I am an avid cyclist. I have completed five 100-mile charity bike rides, as well as a number of shorter ones. For my Eagle project, I have been collecting used bicycles. To date, I have had nearly 150 bikes donated to my project. With the help of Dave Barrow and the staff of Tolland Bicycle, my Scout Troop and other volunteers, I plan to repair the bicycles and donate them to Little Angels Bikes. Little Angels is an organization in Willimantic that collects bicycles to donate to needy individuals in our community. Some of the bikes are given to children in foster care. Others are donated to individuals who need transportation that cannot afford to own a car. You can learn more about Little Angels at

As a member of the NERAC cycling team, I know you share my interest in bicycles. My project is just one way I can share my interest and help less fortunate individuals get involved in a wonderful, fun sport. By getting involved in my project, you can help those people, too.

I will be holding several repair sessions during which community volunteers will help tear down irreparable bikes for scrap metal and parts. We will repair and refurbish those bikes in good, working condition. The next session will be held at Tolland Bicycle on July 26. Contact me at (860) 870-1158 or if you can help.

If you cannot join in the repair session but would like to support my project, you can make a donation which will be used to purchase necessary parts. Checks should be made payable to BSA Troop 61.

Thank you for your time and generosity. I hope to hear from you soon.


Arthur Jacques

Ah well-this is bike racing.

I did the Cat 3 race at Attleboro yesterday. 50 laps of a 1 km course with a small big ring hill-pretty quick up the hill because there was a decent tail wind up the hill. I usually go pretty well there & I’ve been flying on my training rides lately. Six guys got away in the first 5 laps. I chased for a lap and a half with a 16-year old junior named Evan Kirk. Evan is the son of Wayne Kirk who my brother & I raced against 30 years ago. We didn’t get too far and dropped back to the field. The break thinned out a bit and a couple times I thought sure we would catch them. At the end there was 3 guys up the road. On the last lap I was 5th wheel going down the hill with a half lap to go. I got sandwiched on both sides & taken down. I was right were I wanted to be, but I guess that’s what the other 2 guys thought as well when they both squeezed me at the same time. I had no place to go and all 3 of us swerved a bit & I though I might be able to keep it up, but then I think someone took out my front wheel & I went down. The only other rider who went down was Evan, who later told me he figured I knew what I was doing so he was following me. That’ll teach a 16-year old to follow a 49-year old in the sprint. I got a pretty good road rash on me left leg & abrasions on my tailbone & elbow, but the worst is my back. I must’ve hit pretty hard. Every time I move it hurts & I had a hard time sleeping last night. I just went for a walk to try and loosen it up & it feels better, but I was walking like an old man.

I was planning to do New Britain today-but since I can barely move that’s not gonna happen.

Oh yeah-the bike seems ok; a couple of good scrapes & when I got back to the car, the front tire blew.

Take care & enjoy the Tour.  -Dave