Joint CCC/GMP Learn to ride postponed due to soggy conditions (likely late June)

Mother nature sure isn’t cooperating for us with rain all but 5 days in May so far and yesterday’s monsoon turned Scott’s field into a pond and has been wet all spring. We’re sorry to have to postpone this event as it’s sure a disappointment for the kids. Currently we’re looking at late June for a rain date. Keep an eye on the website and we’ll get an email update out shortly.

Learn To Ride slated for Saturday June 1st

Last Friday we met with the Green Mountain Plonkers and based on current information we’re looking to have the Learn to Ride in Westford VT June 1st assuming good weather. We will be partnering with the Plonkers and again will have a similar venue with Learn to Ride for the kids and novices along with an opportunity to check out trials. We are bringing back the swap meet as it’s been a few years, kids have grown and new folks are getting introduced to the sport. Stay tune for more details. Current plan is check-in at 9:00 a.m., 10 am riders meeting and event will go from about 10-3pm. Please plan on bringing a treat, clubs will provide hot-dogs, hamburgers and water. Please contact one of the club officers if you’d like to assist.

The AMA has changed it’s requirements where both parents need to be present. If only 1 parent can be present folks can have the other parent sign and notarize. Make sure to print form in color in advance.

Info about AMA Minor release forms:

Link to actual form:

CCC updates

At our last meeting we voted on officers and started working on our ride schedule. The heavy rains from April 15th raised havoc in central Vt much like Irene and with our snow pack still melting out and continual rain in being good stewards of the land we envision a late start to the riding season. With so much up in the air we are unable to post a ride schedule at this time. I’m planning to have some variation of my Thunder Mountain August

At our last meeting we voted on officers and started working on our ride schedule. The heavy rains from April 15th raised havoc in central Vt much like Irene and with our snow pack still melting out and continual rain in being good stewards of the land we envision a late start to the riding season. With so much up in the air we are unable to post a ride schedule at this time. I’m planning to have some variation of my Thunder Mountain late August likely the weekend before Labor Day August 25th.

The CCC needs your help. With Kyle and Ruthanne out of state, change of officers, soggy spring and late start we need folks to step up, help with the Learn to Ride and/or host a traditional CCC ride. If someone can take on a route and be trail boss or just reach out to club to help with pre-ride work that would help immensely. Our northern routes should be in good shape, central VT likely will require some rerouting. We need some eyes and ears once we can get out in the woods if any class IV’s are affected.

Regarding officer changes Richard (Dick) Mitchell is the new president and Ray Atwood is our VP. After 4 terms; (8 years) I felt it was time to change it up with a new president with new ideas and I know Dick will be a great leader for the club. I’ll still be active with the club, host rides and assist with the transition of officers. We’re also actively looking for a new secretary since Ruthanne is in Georgia. Stayed tuned for more info,

Ron Arms (former CCCofVT president)

CCC Big Bike Ride Sunday September 30th – Johnson VT

September 30th out of the Landmark Tavern Rt15 Johnson . There will be a GPS track available at the start for those who don’t want to to do a follow the leader ride. 110 miles of ostly dirt roads with some great views and covered bridges and should have some good color by then.

Signup 8:30-9:30
Rider’s meeting at 9:45
Last bike out 10:00
Trail Boss: Wayne Longe
Bike: Adventure Bikes big and small, off-road tires recommended.

Northern VT/NEK Ride Sunday August 26th

Trail boss Wayne Longe has a ride lined up out of Johnson, this will make the 5th CCC dualsport ride in less than 2 months. Start/Finish will be at the traditional Landmark Tavern just south of the village on route 15. Remember to keep the entrance clear to the storage units and as always road-legal quiet bikes only please. Ride includes both route-sheet and GPS.

Note: We strongly recommend everyone to use/load route-sheets as we’ve had folks ride the last few rides in reverse direction; (not good) or get confused when routes overlap a section of the route. Plan on about 115mi with gas mid-way.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page as we get closer should we experience adverse weather. Remember to bring your membership card at sign-up. This is a “dual sport” ride, recommendation is smaller single-cylinder bike.

Start/Finish – Landmark Tavern, route 15 just south of Johnson village
Date/Time – 8:00-9:00a.m. signup, riders meeting 9:15, last bike out 9:30a.m.

2-day Brookline/Newfane ride Aug 11th and 12th

Pretty sure this will be the 10th Annual Brookline ride put on by our southern VT friends.  This year will include an all new big bike ride Saturday followed by traditional BBQ Saturday evening with local corn on the cobb, campfire and primitive camping. Assuming history repeats itself Herbie will likely have his famous pancakes. Please RSVP to the facebook poll so we can make food plans.

Saturday’s ride while considered for “big bikes” with the recent heavy rains and washouts recommendation is 650CC or smaller bike unless you’re an “A” rider or don’t mind buying parts for those big bikes. CCC Saturday Newfane ride signup 9:30-10:30 rider’s meeting 10:30 last bike out 11:00. GPS track only no route sheets.

Sunday’s ride is traditional CCC dualsport “smallbike” ride. This is a routesheet only ride as it stands now. Signup 8-9am.

This is a very sensitive area so no loud bikes and no race numbers please. Details and driving directions will be emailed shortly. As always keep an eye on our website and email as we get closer to the ride should mother nature intervene.

Ride Schedule:
Aug 11th: Brookline/Newfane Big-bike ride
Aug 12th: Brookline/Newfane dualsport ride
Aug 26th: Johnson dualsport ride – Landmark Tavern in Johnson
Sept 15h: BigSky ride – Waterbury Big bike ride

We also want to thank all those that participated and donated on the 2nd Annual Thunder Mountain ride. We had about 40 riders, raised over $300 for Bethel VT Fire & Rescue and had perfect conditions. It was all smiles and stories at the end of the day and even our equestrian friends were impressed how polite our riders were. Great job everyone and hope you’re enjoying the rides…

Next up, 2nd Annual Thunder Mtn ride Sunday July 29th

On the heels of our largest ever CCC ride; (over 70 riders) we have another; (3rd) CCC ride in July.  Did some re-routing last Wednesday; (closed roads in Sharon) and Saturday rode the new route start to finish.  We were able to add a new 2-track section we haven’t used before and I significantly changed the last 20 miles so we no-longer go to Randolph and finish with a 4.5 Class IV over Braintree Gap back to my place.

Loop is about 105 miles long with gas/food stop at ~58 miles in Barnard and gas/food option in Pittsfield ~80 into the ride.  In the spirit of the KISS principle (keep it simple …) only providing 1 route/loop as it’s too difficult to sweep ride to Plymouth.  Conditions have been dry/dusty; however, this week’s unsettled weather will surely be changing things.  Recommended method of navigation is traditional route sheet and I will be providing GPS routes the day of the ride and for those using smartphones will be uploaded on Rever in the Cycle Conservation Club of Vermont Community.   Single-cylinder 650cc or smaller bike recommended with good off-road tires and with this week’s rain knobbies like good idea.

Weather report looks perfect for Sunday.  Ride is rain or shine unless we experience flooding/washouts this week or conditions change.

Thunder Mountain 2nd Annual Sunday July 29th; (Weather/conditions dependent)

Date: Sunday July 29th
Time: Waiver/sign-in 8-9a.m.
Location: 50 Fowler Rd, Braintree VT 05060
Riders meeting: 9:00 a.m. Last bike out 10:00 a.m.
Routesheet and/or GPS
Recommended bike; 650CC or smaller single-cylinder with knobbies or hybrid tire.

Primitive camping allowed, no loud bikes.  OK to show up mid/late Saturday afternoon, will be having a campfile.  BYO chair, food, beverages.
Keep eye on website/facebook/email should or unsettled weather raise havoc with our plans.  I’ll be sending an email later today and will include my contact information.  Please RSVP if you’re planning on camping overnight to my email/facebook invite.



Next up, Lucky’s Washington Ride Sunday July 15th

Block your calendar for this “must-do” ride.  Ken and Sue went all out on a new loop.  Those that can make it are in for a sweet ride through central VT with plenty of off-road content.  Loop is ~103 miles (50miles to gas) starting from Lucky’s Trailer Sales in So Royalton just off I89 (exit 3) and loop north up through Washington, Corinth and Vershire.  This is a dual-sport only ride with 500cc or smaller bikes recommended with good knobbies.

Ride Details:
1st 20 miles and the last 20 miles are the same ride as the previous Lucky’s North ride. 30 miles of the old Lucky’s North backwards with over 30 miles of all new content.  Gas is about halfway into the ride at ~51 miles.  For seasoned riders this will be a treat and nothing is overly difficult.  For novice riders or those that ride bigger bikes; (650’s) there are a couple of rocky downhills that will “peak your interest”.  This is not a big bike friendly loop and even those on 650’s will wish they had a smaller bike.  Good knobbies are highly recommended.  The overall loop is very dry with not many puddles or mud.

Route sheet is the preferred method of navigation as there are many hazards and horse farms we’ve identified that you won’t know about using a GPS.  We will offer Garmin compatible GPS loops and hope to get this loaded into Rever.  Only quiet road legal bikes allowed; (no race numbers) and remember to dress for the crash. Remember to bring your membership card for sign-in.

Date: Sunday July 15th (weather permitting)
Time: 8-9 checkin, riders meeting, last bike out 9:15 a.m.
Location: Lucky’s Trailer Sales (building closest to I89 ramp exit 3) So Royalton, VT
Distance: ~103mi
Gas: ~51mi (Roberts Store in Washington) ~53mi back to Finish
Food: East Randolph Store, Roberts Store/Washington


CCC Meeting Tuesday July 10th -Mitchell Motorsports, Jeffersonville VT 6:30 p.m.

Location change for CCC meeting, we’re going to meet in Jeffersonville at Mitchell Motorsports on Sand Hill Dr instead of the former Bolton location since the shop was sold.  This month we’ll be discussing upcoming rides and issues associated with our Class IV roads and Legal Trails.


CCC Johnson/Sheffield Ride on for Sunday July 1st

Just wanted to let everyone know we’re good to go for this Sunday’s ride.  Weather looks to be warm and dry, well dang hot, so we’ll need to keep moving an create your own A/C.  Please bring your membership cards for sign-up ease and if you’re not current or new best to register online; however, we can handle memberships in person.  Any person who recently registered we usually hold off mailing membership packages until after the ride as we try to hand deliver is possible.

Make sure your hydration pack is ready and not with last year’s pond scum.  Due to the heat advisory we want to get an early start so last bike out 9:15, sweep riders will be out 9:30am.  Riders meeting 8:45 or sooner if we have a descent quorum.  Again, dress for the crash, not the rash.  Quiet road legal bikes only please.