Without further ado here is the “proposed” 2017 event schedule. Dates/locations subject to change but this is what we’re currently looking at for an event schedule to date. Currently we have 2 “Learn to Rides”, one for kids in May and another for registered riders/bikes more for newbie off-road riders or those transitioning from pavement to dirt. We’re also looking to add more learn to ride opportunities if schedules permit. As always we are always looking for volunteers to take on an existing ride or assist with a new ride.
First up we intend to have a bike clinic. The clinic will cover basic bike maintenance and setup, everything from how to change a tire in the field to setting up your controls; (clutch, brakes, suspension/sag) to your weight, size, and preference. We also hope to have a route-sheet clinic; (separate event) to cover all the bases on cutting, loading, reading a route sheet plus useful scroll tips out on the trail.
CCC Tentative Event Schedule:
April 29th (Saturday) – Ray’s in Bolton (Ray Atwood & MSF instructor Dave De Grasse)
May 20th (Saturday) – Newbie LTR (Johnson, VT) for road legal bikes/riders – (Rich, pre sign-up req)
May 27th (Saturday) – Learn to Ride – Westford, VT (CCC-Ruthann, GMP- Rick Fecteau) date tentative, alt dates 5/13 or 5/20
June 4th (Sunday) – Johnson small/big bike ride (Rich will host big bike ride, looking for volunteer to Trail Boss small bike ride too)
June 10th/11th (Sat/Sun) – NETRA 2-day Louden Classic Turkey Run
July 9th (Sunday) – Lucky’s North out of So Royalton (Kyle & Ruthanne)
July 23th (Sunday) – Cavendish VT (New CCC ride by Skip and friends)
August 13th (Sunday – 4th Annual Green Mountain Ramble – Williston, VT (Lucas)
August 20th (Sunday) – Traditional Newfane/Brookline ride (Herbie, Travis & Skip)
Sept 9th/10th (Sat/Sun) – NETRA Ammonoosuc 2-day Turkey Run
Sept 17th (Sunday) – Thunder Mtn Ride – Braintree VT (Ron, camping allowed, CCC BBQ most likely)
Sept 24th (Sunday) – Big Bike Adv Ride – Rich (location TBD)
The snowpack is melting so while winter isn’t over its a good time to start going through your bike(s) and equipment to make sure they are ready for the upcoming riding season. An email will shortly follow once the schedule is firmed up a bit.
In an effort to keep everyone’s significant other happy for Valentines day we decided to push the meeting date back one week. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused but hopefully it reduces the chances of some of you sleeping out in the garage on a cold winter night for messing up Valentines Day.
A meeting reminder was just emailed, if you did not receive the email please notify one of the club officers or myself (email@example.com) and we will make sure to add you to the mailing list.
Ron Arms/president CCCofVT
The CCCofVT January meeting will be held at the GE Healthcare building in So. Burlington, VT. With cold temperatures and Ray’s shop shutdown for winter we want to provide a warm common location to meet.
Meeting date: Tuesday January 10th
Location: 40 IDX Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
January’s meeting is an annual meeting where we will be voting on officer positions for President, Secretary, and Member at Large. January’s meeting will cover our administrative duties and set the stage for a productive 2017.
Anyone is welcome to attend, if possible please email “firstname.lastname@example.org” if you’re planning on attending so we can have visitor badges available.
Hope everyone had a great holiday with time with their family and before we know it spring will be here and we’ll be back to riding our 2-wheeled toys.
The Cycle Conservation Club of Vermont would like to wish everyone a safe and festive holiday season. Please take this time to enjoy time with family and friends and get your final dirtbike wishlist to santa. There is no monthly meeting for December.
As the season draws to a close, let’s celebrate! Please join us at the Landmark Tavern on Rt. 15 in Johnson (Go here) on October 30th at noon. We’ll talk dirt over some awesome brunch and beers. We might even get some good ideas for new rides next year. The sky is the limit.
Lunch starts at noon so if looking for breakfast come a bit early for breakfast.
Please RSVP on our Facebook site if you plan on attending so we can give our kind friends a heads-up on headcount.
Did you say PIZZA AND BEERS?
Why yes, I did! Our monthly club meeting is sneaking up on us. Tuesday, October 11th at 6:30pm at Ray Atwood’s Shop in Bolton. Pizza is provided, BYOB or fruity drink – whatever ya want. We won’t judge. This month, among other things, we will discuss our last rides, the excitement at Lucky’s North, winter clinics, and naked bike riding. Really, who knows! We’d love your input and great ideas! Can’t make it? Why, send in your ideas!
Last scheduled CCC ride of the season!
Come join us Sunday, September 25th as we host our last CCC ride of the season! Lucky’s North rides over some amazing Class IV’s and trails through places like Brookfield, Tunbridge and Fairlee! There are a couple tricky and tight sections, so big bikes are not recommended! We will hold a rider’s meeting at 8:30 AM, with the first bike out at 9:00 AM, leaving from Lucky’s – you know, that big red building off the interstate on Route 107? This ride is approximately 120 miles, with 2 gas stops. The best place to stop for lunch is the first gas stop, which has a nice small town deli.
NEW THIS YEAR: Since the North Tunbridge store has no gas, CCC will have a gas truck available to purchase gas from. It is 75 miles from Start to the second gas stop. Also, we will have a sandwich sign up at the beginning to alleviate some lunch rush headache.
This ride is rain or shine; (unless the forecast is miserable), so if it is looking like it will be wet, change those tires because there are quite a bit of slick spots. As always, bring the road legal bike with reasonable exhausts. This ride is route sheeted so bring your route sheet holder as we don’t have a current GPS route available. If you don’t have one, Ray Atwood at Atwood Cycles has them in stock. Please bring your membership card, or sign up online at https://www.cccofvt.org/membership before the ride!
Long story short.
Sunday, September 6th: Riders meeting at 8:30 AM
Sign up starts at 8:00 AM-bring your membership card/info.
Lucky’s Trailer Sales New Building
Email Secretary@cccofvt.org for questions/comments/concerns.
And, weren’t we surprised to see that this bridge is still right there!
CCC of VT is featuring another new big bike ride on September 17th!
The Waterbury Big Sky Sport Ride is 110 miles with 1 gas stop. The ride features lots of beautiful views and dozens of easy Class IV sections of road. 50/50 tires are recommended. This is a great ride for those with smaller bikes that want a nice ride that is less challenging than a small bike CCC ride. The ride will leave from the Waterbury Park and Ride (trailer parking is available). Riders meeting is at 9:00AM and last bike out is at 9:30AM. Please bring your membership card, or sign up online at www.cccofvt.org/. Please bring your route sheet holder as this is a route sheeted ride.
In addition, it’s high time we thank Lucas and company for his hard work on the Green Mountain Ramble. It’s awesome to have a ride that incorporates single track, small bike and big bike rides together and we appreciate all his hard work!
Our next ride will be Lucky’s North on September 25th leaving from Lucky’s Trailer Sales in Royalton VT.
We look forward to seeing you there!
CCC of VT will be posting a Novice Adults clinic for riders wanting to work on their off road skills.
This event will take place on Sunday September 11th @ 10:00am. The clinic will begin at the Landmark tavern Rt 15 west of Johnson Village. Riders will need their own road legal bike and riding gear. The clinic will start out riding from the tavern and then ride to a easy class 4 road for more tips and practice.
In case of rain this event will be cancelled.
Space is limited so RSVP at email@example.com.
Reminder the Green Mountain Ramble is on for this Sunday. The forecast is looking great and prep work complete.
We want to apologize for anyone confusion form the rescheduled ride and are in the process of updating our email list and hope to get an email out in the next 36 hours. If you do not receive an email by Thursday please contact “firstname.lastname@example.org” and I’ll see to add you to the list. While we have an automated process and email confirmation for online memberships many people either omit their email address or are difficult to read/interpret. Again, we’re manually going through recent memberships so let us know if you don’t get an email this week and will manually add you.
A note from the trail boss…
The 3rd annual Green Mountain Ramble is scheduled for Sunday August 28th. The riders meeting will be at 8:30AM. Parking is in the field just past the Thomas Chittenden Health Center at 586 Oak Hill Rd in Williston (not in Health Center’s parking lot as we’ve used in the past). There is primitive camping available at the start. Please let me know if you plan to camp.
You’re going to love this one! I’m really pleased with the improvements we’ve made to the route this year including the addition of one truly lost road – real high adventure stuff! With the added sections, the ride is approx.150 miles if you do everything, less if you take some bypasses (which I don’t recommend!). All “challenging” sections are rated by difficulty with bypasses for the most difficult ones if you’re not up for it. The idea of this ride is to offer something for all types of bikes and riders, but those on 650cc or smaller bikes will have the most fun.
The folks at the Lincoln General Store will again be supplying us with a $10 lunch. Please take advantage of this as it’s a great feed and a great way to give back to one community we ride through. I am requiring that all participants bring at least 2 nonperishable food items or a $5 donation for the Williston Food Shelf. A lot of hours go into planning this ride and this is a very minimal expense to participate which helps us provide support to several communities we ride through.
If there is significant rain leading up to the ride or predicted for the day of, the ride will be postponed. Check the CCC of VT website or the club facebook page for updates. If you have any questions about the ride, feel free to send me an e-mail (email@example.com) or give me a call at (802)734-1571.