Monthly Archives: June 2013

Upcoming Rides and Events

Ride Information

Tolland Bicycle is putting in an order for some shop jerseys, by Pactimo.. both short and long sleeve.  There is an opportunity to preorder the jerseys.  If you are interested in purchasing jerseys..please send me the quantity, size and style (long or short sleeve) by Monday at noon.  The cost is $90.00 for long or short sleeve.  They tend to run a bit snug.. both Dave and I usually wear a medium.. but with the Pactimo jerseys, we wear a large.


*** New Recurring Sunday’s Women’s Ride ****

Every Sunday WOMEN’S RIDE 9:00 AM  There is a weekly women’s ride every Sunday, weather permitting. It leaves from the Cardio Express parking lot, in Tolland, at 9am. We ride about 15 miles at a social pace, about 12 mph. Feel free to join us any Sunday and bring friends who may be interested!


Opportunities to help fulfill your club membership requirements 

The Seven Lakes Ride on Sunday, June 30th.  We are looking for volunteers to help out with the event.  We are also accepting baked goodies for the rest stops.  Please email me at if you can pitch in and help make this a great inaugural event!   This will count towards you club membership requirements.


If you would like to lead a ride or inform our members of an upcoming ride or event.. please email me the details and I will include it in the next Upcoming Rides and Events email.

Link to the Ride Calendar

Sunday June 30th  The Seven Lakes Ride.  This is a fund raising event
conceived by Pete LaValley, a club member,  to benefit the patients of
Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute (ECCI) in Manchester, CT. Both routes are
fully supported and begin in Stafford, CT.  The 62 mile route will travel
through the charming rural towns of Willington, Ashford, Union, and Woodstock
then head into the quaint southeastern Massachusetts towns of Sturbridge,
Holland, and Wales before returning to Stafford. The 25 mile route will
traverse the towns of Stafford, Willington, Union, Staffordville, and Stafford.
So come out and “Pedal for Patients”!!!

Here is a link to the Seven Lakes Ride (SLR) website:
and Facebook page:


Sunday July 21th Maine Lobster Ride, 12th Annual Lobster Ride. This year’s ride takes place on Sunday, July 21st in Rockland.  Please note: for the first time, the Lobster ride will be held on a Sunday.  Planning for the ride has been underway for months and we’re confident that this year’s ride will be our best yet.


Saturday August 17th 22nd annual Steeple Chase Bike Tour.  There are 10, 20, 50,
62.5 and 100 mile routes.  This ride starts at the ECSU Athletic Complex
in Mansfield.  The club will be covering the entry fee for all current
members that have fulfilled their club member requirements as defined in the
2013 Nerac Earth Bike Club Ride Agreement.    More information
can be found at


Saturday, August 24, 2013  9th Annual Hoosic River Bike Ride!


We’ll also have the very popular 75 mile, 50 mIle, 30 mile, and 7 mile ride.

All of our routes traverse primarily secondary roads with amazing views (Mt. Grelyock, Jiminy Peak), rolling farm lands, covered bridges, historic landmarks, and yes, even a (tiny) bit of hard-packed dirt (suitable for regular road tires). Our rides have familiar gorgeous views seen in past years, with new ones too! Our participants have loved the challenge of our routes and the novelty of having their workout catered, while visitors have seized upon the cultural opportunities – everything from world class art to great theatre and music – to make the ride part of a great getaway weekend!


Our new venue is the brand-new Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., Williamstown, MA. Each group of riders rollout together to start their chosen route. There are well-stocked aid stations. Routes are marked on the roads and cue sheets are available. EMT support is on the routes and at the registration area. Additionally, roving tech support is on each route. A complimentary tech check at registration is provided by Highlander Bikes. A wonderful post-ride picnic (with farm-fresh food) will start at 11:30 and run until 4:30 to help celebrate your day. We’ll also have massages provided by Tsubo Massage.


See our specially designed bike jerseys and maps of the routes, including elevation charts.

 Check out more about our organization at our website:


August 31 – September 2 VT Bike & Brew. More info at:

Sunday, September 8  The Flattest Century in the East. More info can be found at:


Friday September 6 – Sunday September 8  Three Notch Century

Northeast Passage, a nationally recognized leader in innovative therapeutic recreation services, would like to invite you to the ninth annual Three Notch Century cycling event,
September 6-8th (traditional century: Sept. 7). The Three Notch Century is a scenic 100-mile cycling ride through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Participants of all abilities are challenged on the same course over 1, 2 or 3 days. All proceeds will directly benefit Northeast Passage’s adaptive sports programs for people with disabilities. For more information about the event or to register, please visit


Weekly recurring rides.

Monday-Friday – Nerac Lunch Time Ride.  We try to get out every day, usually a road ride.. with a start time usually between 12 and 1.  If you want to stop by and join us for the ride, email me at and I will let you know what time we are riding that day.

Every Saturday  – Tolland Bicycle ride 8:00 AM  

This is a pick-up ride so there is not one particular ride leader or contact
info for morning of the ride questions but the ride will happen if it’s above
30 degrees and the weather is clear.  You can always contact Tolland
Bicycle on Friday before close to check on the ride status (if known…) at
860-872-8248.  Rides will start promptly at 8 am.  Rides start at the
Cardio Express Parking lot in Tolland, many people ride to the start so don’t panic if you’re the only car in the parking lot.


Every Sunday WOMEN’S RIDE 9:00 AM  There is a weekly women’s ride every Sunday,
weather permitting. It leaves from the Cardio Express parking lot, in Tolland,
at 9am. We ride about 15 miles at a social pace, about 12 mph. Feel free to
join us any Sunday and bring friends who may be interested!

Tuesday AMC rides out of Jo-Ann Fabrics

Pedal Power Monday rides in Vernon


Thursdays Jim Ball will have a group ride out of Ellington
High School at 5:30. This will be a weekly event.  Check out Tolland
Bicycle on Facebook
to find out the status of the ride.

Almost every day there is a ride posted on this meetup group – Casual Bikers East

They host a wide variety of rides including beginner MTB rides… too many to post  

Upcoming Events, please check the calendar for more details:

CT running events in June:


CT running events in July:


For those that still need to renew you can send a check made out to THCC, or use a credit card through bikereg:



The gang at the Tour de Mansfield