Monthly Archives: May 2012

May 19, 20 Kingdom Trails

Riders Michael and Jill

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Kingdom Trails was the opposite of Millstone, no rocks and fast swooping descents and switchbacks so fun you forgot you were climbing for 20 minutes straight. The wooden bridges were impressive and conditions were perfect. Riding here was so much fun that I almost cried when we had to leave and I’m already plotting when we can get back up there.

May 17, 18 Millstone

Riders:  Michael and Jill

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The trails at Millstone were rocky, rooty, and some were just plain sketchy.  The fear factor was high (for me!), especially on the elevated wooden bridges (Screaming Demon trail) and some of the bony ridge descents on a narrow rock spine (Harrington Heights trail!).  Michael rode pretty much everything while I choked on several of the descents (see pic of my lame elbow wound).  I swear some of the riding there was harder than Moab! However the quarry’s were stunning and at times it was hard to watch the trail with the breathtaking views in every direction.

ECHN Bike Connect

Slideshow of the ECHN Bike Connect ride on Sunday May 20th, 2012.  Thanks to Alan Grant for the great pictures of our club members, ECHN for organizing a well run and fun event and for scheduling perfect weather and all our club members who attended the ride.

Left to Right: Tom Quinlan, Sue Lucek, Lisa Burns, John Sattar, Garth Bean, Josh Fletcher, Jim Hainey, Kevin Bouley, Nick Willette, Steve Ridzon, Marilyn Quinlan, Dave Waldburger, Mark Rivard. Missing: Tony Bezzini

Colin McEnroe of the Hartford Courant

Colin McEnroe has written a number of humorous articles for Bicycling Magazine.

Here are a few of them:

Taking up the sport.

Getting dropped.

Shopping for the bike.


Taking a bike safety class.

Setting a goal .

Finding people to ride with.

A professional fitting.

Winter biking.

Bike to Work on May 18

It does not take much to become a bike commuter.  All you need is a bike, some pre-planning, and a little advice from those who bike to work regularly.  To help you get started, Bike Walk CT is sponsoring a state wide Bike to Work Celebration in May. And CTRides is hosting CTRides week May 14 to 18, to encourage commuters to try a new way to get to work.

The vests have arrived!

Don tries on the new vest.