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THE MORE PEOPLE SEE US, THE MORE CLOUT WE HAVE -
WE ARE ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY – PROMOTING SAFETY & WELLNESS = WHAT WE ALL NEED -
Saturday, 3/25, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm Valley Cycling Annual Meeting, Simsbury Library, Professional BIKE guests, Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, CCAP – you'll want to be there – all invited – A how to ride, recover, stay safe, corner, descend, ascend, ride in a group, etc. forum - for all levels – you will walk away impressed!
And a segment on Bike Fitting!
CHRYSALIS (this side of Hartford) - Wednesday, 3/29, leave Granby DD at 4:15 pm, ride there & back (leave there about 6:00), a little fund-raiser, $10 for drink & food, they do many things to assist the needy in the area – I like that they charge their clients for whatever they use/buy, so everyone has "skin" in the game - have front & rear lights -
Friday, April 28, 7:15 am, Avon Old Farms Hotel to Providence RI, 110 miles – tag alone for a few miles or more – help Paul Mikkelson ride to his ROTARY District Meeting!
Saturday, May 6, 8:00 am, Blessing of the Bikes Ride, West Granby Methodist Church
Saturday, May 20, 12:00 noon, St. Mary's Church, (north lot) 1, 5, 10 or 20 mile ride, north on Rails To Trails, come one, come all, everyone invited, a slow and moderate pace.
Visit my Church & enjoy a beautiful, safe ride.
Wednesday, May 27, 2017, 6 pm - Silent Ride – a National Event – start 6pm (arrive early) from Salmon Brook Park in Granby on 10/202 - a slow ride about 14mph - from Granby on 10/202, to Avon Town Line and back – to honor all those who died on bikes & help awareness – this will be huge - spread the word - all bike riders encouraged to attend & ride -
Bring your own picnic – enjoy it after our ride - grills available – free hot-dogs!
All Saturdays & Sundays, 8 am - Valley Cycling Rides, Granby Dunkin Donuts, RIDES CONTINUE ALL YEAR - WEATHER PERMITTING, if fairly dry, winds under 25mph & over 28 degrees - ALL WELCOME – you will fit in – just join in; we will wait/regroup. This is a good time for New Riders to get started - -
Meet: Dunkin Donuts Granby - RT 10/202 next to Stop & Shop and car wash
Saturday about 40 mi 16 mph & 50 mi 18 mph miles & Sunday about 40 miles 17 mph w coffee at 8:00 am, - with front & rear lights
If roads are dry, we will always regroup at certain stops – Also road bikes -
if you want to ride Monday or Wednesday at 6pm out of Dunkin Donuts - contact Paul; email@example.com -
As Monday & Wednesday 6pm rides have ended for the season.
ITS SAFER IN A GROUP -
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Ride to the right, stay in your lane, don't vear to the left or right.
HAVE FRONT & BACK LIGHTS
Obey all road rules. Come to a stop at all red lights & stop signs.
Do not change your speed, maintain the group speed – if you want to or need to slow down, look to your left, if clear of cars & riders, slowly vear left, let other riders go by you to your right.
If you are passing another bike, say "on your left", do not pass on the right - COMMUNICATE = TALK INSTRUCTIONS
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PLEASE NOTE: Valley Cycling is an informal group of individual riders who simply like to bicycle together. There is no formal organization or leader. Rides are NOT sponsored by myself, any person, or organization. Ride information is provided so people can ride at the same time on the same route at any pace they choose. Other riders are not responsible or liable for any injury. RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK - YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF AND MUST OBEY ALL ROAD RULES/LAWS ALL OF THE TIME.
You’re the eyes and ears at the front. As the lead rider, you’re the eyes and ears of the group. You are responsible for the whole group’s safety. You must point out road obstacles and watch for traffic at crossroads, shouting a warning if necessary. Try to be an “early warning system,” keeping in mind that a shout may take several seconds to trickle down the line, and may be “lost in translation” along the way.
Responsibility at the back, too. When you rotate to the back of the paceline, you still have a special responsibility. It’s your job to check behind periodically for approaching traffic and calling out “Car back!” when a motorist is approaching. If the group is in a double paceline on a narrow road, someone will yell “Single out” or “Single up,” and the double paceline will form into a single line so the motorist can pass safely.
But when there are no traffic concerns, being last in line is a privileged position. Because no one is behind you to be disrupted by your actions, now’s the time to take a drink or sit up and grab a snack from your jersey pocket. Need to remove a vest or peel your arm warmers? Do it while at the back.
No aero bars! Aero bars are fine for time trialing or long solo rides where they help you cut through the wind and take pressure off your hands. But aero bars are unwelcome in pacelines. A cyclist using aero bars in the paceline is less steady, and hands are far from the brake levers. They present particular dangers, both to themselves and to the other riders – and they should self-select out of pacelines.
Paul Mikkelson 860-651-9106 firstname.lastname@example.org
All welcome -
Clothing - email Paul email@example.com to pick-up. Checks payable to Ron Beliveau.
YOU NEED TO READ ALL SAFETY ITEMS ON THE "ABOUT US" PAGE BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN ANY RIDE ACTIVITIES. OF COURSE YOU NEED TO STUDY ON YOUR OWN AND FOLLOW ALL ROAD AND BIKE RULES AND BE SUPER SAFE AT ALL TIMES!
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Jerseys are $50 each, hats & T-shirt are $12 each, Bibs are $62 – If you already ordered, remind us. If you have not ordered, let us know & we will get it for you.
Champion Systems & Valley Cycling also has shorts, socks, wind jackets, vests & thermal jackets –
CONTACT PAUL MIKKELSON firstname.lastname@example.org