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STARTING IN MAY 2024!!
WEDNESDAYS:
  
Beginners Ride on the Trail 
Start Time:  6:00pm
Length:  15 - 25 miles round trip 
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
Start Time: 
9:00am   (Subject to Change)
Lengths:  
20-100 miles pending on calendar rides updated                   monthly 

Start Point:  Isaac's Mini Market far end of parking lot
                 18 Mountain Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Pace:  Ride 1: 30-100mi Routes posted weekly
                  A Group Pace:  14 -16 mph++
                 
Group Pace:  12 -14 mph (No - Drop)
          Ride 2: Less than 25mi - Routes posted weekly
                               Pace:  12-16 mph (No - Drop)


                            Please remember your helmet!

2024 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 2 rides.

Ride 1 will have an A and B group, both groups ride the same route. The A group will be a drop group and will not wait for riders. The B group will be a no-drop ride with a sweeper. 

Ride 2 will only have one group and will be a no-drop ride with a sweeper.

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.  A Group averages a 14-16 mph pace and the B group averages a 12-14 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.

The 2024 Octagon Cycling Club road bike season will begin Sunday April 7, 2024. 

STARTING IN MAY 2024!!
THURSDAYS:  Paceline Ride 
Start Time:  6:00pm 
Length:  29 miles round trip (No - Drop) 
Start Point: 
Geissler's Plaza, 38 Tunxis Ave
                 Bloomfield, CT 06002

Pace:  15+mph B GROUP (No-Drop) 
          18+mph A GROUP 
Terrain:  Flat 

                      Please remember your helmet & lights!

If you are not a current member and would like to join us for a ride a waiver must be submitted electronically. 

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