WEDNESDAYS:  Beginners Ride on the Trail 
Time: 
6:00-7:30pm (Subject to Change)
Length:  
15 - 20 miles round trip (No - Drop) 
Start Point: 
Bike Path Trail parking lot off Route 189

                 (near 118 Hartford Ave, Granby, CT) 
Pace:  
10 - 16mph (No - Drop)
Terrain:  Flat 
                           Please remember your helmet & lights!

SUNDAYS:  Octagon Group Ride with One Rest Stop
Time:  8:00-9:00am - 12:30pm  (Subject to Change)
Length:  
20 - 75 miles round trip

Start Point:  Isaac's Mini Market far end of parking lot
                 18 Mountain Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Pace:  A Group: 14 -18 mph 
          B Group: 12 - 16mph (No - Drop Group)

Terrain:  Some Hills 
                            Please remember your helmet!

2021 Octagon Weekly Ride Season Info

 

All rides are weekly and weather permitting.

 

A signed waiver is required to attend a ride. If you are not a current member and would like to accompany us on a ride, please e-sign the waiver HERE .

 

If you are not an Octagon member, please email us at OctagonCyclingClubCT@gmail.com to confirm there has not be any other unforeseen cancellations.

 

If you are a current Octagon member and need to activate your Ride with GPS subscription, please e-mail us at OctagonCyclingClubCT@gmail.com.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does the Octagon Cycling Club have different level of riders?

All No-Drop rides are open to riders of all levels. The group may split up on climbs but faster riders will wait and you’ll regroup at the top. On a Sunday we will typically have an A and B group. 

How fast do I have to be?

You will need a reasonable level of fitness to ride but do not need to be a super fit rider. On days we have groups the A Group averages a 14-18 mph pace and the B group averages a 13-16 mph pace. The routes are available to members or posted on Facebook which details the miles and elevation.  Both routes will wait for all riders however we recommend riders check the elevation and the mileage before joining a ride. 

 

Will I be dropped if I’m too slow?

No, not on No-Drop rides. The pace of the group is dictated by the slowest rider. When you first head out with a club, ride with their slowest group. If you find it too easy, you can move up over the following weeks until you find your right level. It’s better to underestimate your ability than to really struggle and be put off.

 

What else should I bring?

We recommend that people bring a helmet, water bottles, snacks, a spare inner tube, tire levers, a portable pump,  and a multi-tool. You’ll need some money for our stop (if one is scheduled) or enough food and drink to fuel your ride. Make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone. Finally, dress appropriately for the weather and remember that over the course of a ride it may change.

If you are not a member and are interested in attending a ride please e-mail us at OctagonCyclingClubCT@gmail.com to see if a ride is occurring and the time it is leaving. Online waiver must be completed before attending a ride if this is the first ride of the year.

THURSDAYS:  Paceline Ride 
Time: 
5:30pm - 7:00pm (Subject to Change)
Length:  
25 miles round trip (No - Drop) 
Start Point: 
Bloomfield Park and Ride (Near Sacred Heart)

                 (28 Wintonbury Ave, Bloomfield CT) 
Pace:  
17 - 20mph 
 
Terrain:  Flat 
                      Please remember your helmet & lights!

If you plan on joining us for a ride a waiver must be submitted electronically.