WEDNESDAYS:  Beginners Ride on the Trail 
Time: 
6:00pm - 7:30pm 
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 

THURSDAYS:  Pace Line Ride 
Time:  6:00pm - 8:30pm 
Length:  
30 miles round trip (No - Drop)
Start Point:  Bloomfield Mini-Mall far end of parking lot

                 16 Mountain Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Pace:  17mph (No-Drop)
Terrain:  Some hills

FRIDAYS:  Social Ride with Dinner Afterwards
Time:  6:30pm - 8:00pm 
Length: 
10 - 15 miles round trip (No - Drop)
Start Point:  Greenway Bike Path parking lot

                 (intersection of Day Hill Rd and Tunxis Ave)
Pace:  10mph (No - Drop)
Terrain:  Some hills

SUNDAYS:  Octagon Group Ride with One Rest Stop
Time:  7:30am - 12:30pm  
Length:  
40 - 60miles round trip

Start Point:  Bloomfield Mini-Mall far end of parking lot

                 16 Mountain Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002

Pace:  A Group: 16 - 20mph (Drop) 
          B Group: 13 - 16mph (No - Drop Group)

Terrain:  Includes hills and mountains

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 download the waiver HERE and bring it with you to the ride.

 

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

 

All Octagon Cycling Club memberships come with a Ride with GPS account subscription for that season. This allows members to get access to turn-by-turn voice navigation and up-to-date club routes via the Ride with GPS app. They can also download maps to their phones to use offline, and export TCX files of club routes with advanced turn notifications on their GPS units. 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. The A group pace requirement is listed and both the A and B group ride the same route.

 

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 16-20mph pace and will not wait for riders. The B group averages a 13-16mph pace and will wait for all riders. Anyone who joins the A group and then finds out they cannot keep up will have to wait for the B group to continue on.

 

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 couple of spare inner tubes, tire levers, a pump and a multi-tool. You’ll need some money for our stop or, if a stop isn’t planned, 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.