Ray’s Middlebury Gap Fall Foliage Ride Sunday Sept 24th

 

The CCCofVT and Ray Atwood will be hosting their final ride of the year and it will be an Adventure Bike Ride suitable for any bike that is comfortable riding on loose gravel roads in and around the Waterbury area of Vermont. The ride will be around 130 miles of scenic Vermont back roads and easy 2-track. The gas and lunch stop will be at mile 76. The start location will be from Ray Atwoods Auto Repair on Rt 2 in Bolton, VT. Meet around 8:00am and the ride will start at 9:00am. This is a club ride so you must be an active member. Bring your memberships cards for easier sign up. This will be a route sheeted ride so bring your route sheet holders. If you don’t have a holder you should be able to buy one from Ray. Riders can also just join a group who has a leader equipped with a route sheet.

 

Ride Date: September 24th
Route Sheet or Tank Bag sheet available
Difficulty – Big Bike Friendly – Loose Gravel
Loop: ~130mi, gas at 76mi
Start/Finish: Ray’s Shop – Ray Atwood Cycles, 327 US2, Bolton VT

Trail Boss – Ray Atwod

Thunder Mountain CCC ride Sunday September 17th

New CCC dualsport ride for 2017.  This is a completely new ride with a multitude of options.  Portions include sections of Lucky’s South, the 2012 Irene and Pittsfield rides Dick Mitchel hosted, plus some entirely new content.  Primitive camping is allowed, we’ve secured a portolet and will be having a BBQ and bonfire Saturday evening.

 

 

Route Summary:  (89-151mi, 5 gas stops, 2 Hero sections, 1 single-track)

Main loop  115mi,  lunch at Bridgewater Corners, 130mi with extra Randolph/Braintree section

Short loop  89mi,   Barnard Shortcut or 104mi with Randolph/Braintree section

Marathon loop  151mi   Includes Bridgewater/Plymouth loop

Date: Sunday, Sept 17th

Camping – Primitive, show up anytime Saturday afternoon, club BBQ and bonfire Saturday evening. Portolet onsite

Difficulty: Designed for 650cc or smaller single-cylinder with knobby tires

Primary method of navigation:  Route-sheet  (should have GPS route as well)

As usual, no loud bikes or number-plates, dress for crash and ride responsibly.  Ride is route-sheeted and I’ll do my best to provide accompanying GPS route; (have about 5 editions, working on consolidating to 1 GPX file).  This has the most mount of class IV motorized off-road content I could piece together.  We’ve bypassed a couple sections in Sharon/Pomfret due to reclassifications; (legal-trail/non-motorized) and one nasty mud section.  1st Hero section is in Snowsville and have a paved bypass.  2nd Hero section is Chattaquay which we also have bypass or short loop. Longest distance between gas stops is 32miles, with that said folks will need to manage their gas.  It’s 62mi to Bridgewater not including the single-track loop(s) so some folks will want to splash and go in Bethel or Barnard which is at mile 47.

Keep an eye on your email for detailed travel directions and feel free to contact me; (president@cccofvt.org).

Date: 9/17/2017

Time:  Riders meeting 8:45, last bike out 9:30

Trail Boss: Ron Arms  (president@cccofvt.org)

Bring your membership card for easier sign-up

Special thanks to Bruce Mastine for allowing us to ride his single-track and Dick Mitchell for multiple pre-rides.  All totalled I’ve accumulated over 700 miles over the past 2 months and trashed 1 cell phone this past weekend.

 

 

 

 

Brookline/Newfane ride Sunday August 27th

The 9th annual CCCofVT Brookline Ride will be starting from Herbie and Travis Howe’s house in Brookline, VT just outside Newfane, VT. BBQ Cookout Saturday night, bon fire, camping in field behind house (no generators), 8-9:00 signup, last bike out 9:30, No loud bikes or you will be riding somewhere else that day. This is a highly sensitive area for trail riding as we all know the problems we had with the Red Fox Turkey Run fiasco back in 2004 where the local sheriff was able to cancel the Pathfinders event. Let’s not have a repeat of this situation. All it takes is a few local residents to call and complain. No racing numbers on bikes. Route sheets (bring route sheet holder), memberships available at sign up, You must be a member of CCCofVT to participate in the ride. $30.00 annual membership fee. Approximately 120 mile route. ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) is mandatory, dress for the crash not the ride.

Please remember to bring your membership cards and renew online if possible as it makes it much easier administration wise.

There will be a Southern Loop and a Northern Loop with riders returning to the start for lunch (optional) before heading back out. New sections with a higher degree of difficulty in the southern loop. DS bikes bigger than 650cc not recommended. Riders are free to ride the loops in any order. If you decide to pass on returning to the start for lunch you can stop for lunch at the Grafton General Store early in the northern loop. Gas available in the Southern Loop at 43.2 miles and at reset #2 3.4 miles in the Northern Loop. Ride breakdown: Tar 9.3 miles, DR 75 miles, WR 20 miles, Trail 14 miles. This is a route sheeted ride, be sure to bring a route sheet holder, tape and scissors.

Directions sent to email member list, please contact memberservice@cccofvt.org  if you’re not receiving CCCofVT announcements.

Please follow the directions in your email, your GPS will put you about 1/2 mile short.

As always, keep an eye on the websites and email for updates in case of extreme inclement weather.

It’s official! Sunday August 13th is big-bike Big Sky Ride out of Waterbury Vt

CCC of VT is featuring the bike ride in replacement for the Green Mountain Ramble Aug 13th!

The Waterbury Big Sky Adventure Ride is 110 miles with 1 gas stop. The ride features lots of beautiful views and a dozen easy Class IV sections of road. 50/50 tires are recommended. This is for big bikes and also 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  on Lincoln St.(trailer parking is available). Sign up is at 9:00AM with riders meeting to follow, and last bike out is at 9:30AM. Please bring your membership card, or sign up online at www.cccofvt.org/. This is a route sheeted ride, so bring your route sheet holder.

Don’t know how to read a route sheet, that’s OK as you can follow the leader in this case and is a great opportunity to learn how to follow a route sheet.

This ride stitches together an amazing amount of unpaved roads in Central VT that would be near impossible to piece on your own.

Trail Boss:  Rich Reynolds & Wayne Longe
When:        Sunday August 13th

Green Mountain Ramble ride cancelled (Aug 13th ride, working on alternative)

We regrettably are cancelling/postponing the Green Mountain Ramble due to conditions scheduled for Sunday August 13th.

We’ve had significant rainfall this year, especially some doozies in early July that wiped out bridges and created major erosion not far from the likes of Irene.  I know in greater Randolph/Braintree area all the VAST bridges in the valley were affected.  Since this ride traverses multiple landowners private land we need to be especially sensitive to their requests and responsible regarding the environment.

On a similar note there was some damage to a Class IV road in the Brookfield/Chelsea area and we are in the process or coordinating fixing this area.   This has been a wet summer, I think I’ve only been out on my bike 4 times so far and I think our sister VT club has only had a couple of Thursday night rides to date.  Frustrating…

Don’t despair, we have some of our seasoned club officers working on a new ride, this one will most likely be a big-bike adventure ride out of Waterbury VT area so stay tuned

 

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Cavendish DualSport Ride Sunday July 23rd.

Date:  Sunday July 23rd
Time:  Bikes out 9am  (must be CCC member, best to join online if possible, arrive with full tank of gas)
Location: 817 S Reading Rd, Cavendish, VT.
Length & Gas: 
 130 miles. Gas and food at Downers Corner approximately 55 miles out.
Directions:  ake Brook Rd off Rt 131 and continue north (stay on Brook Rd) until you get to South Reading Rd. The farm house and barn at the insection is the start location. Park in the field across the road from the house.

The new Cavendish ride will not be a traditional CCC route sheet and will be a combination of GPS track and/or follow the leader similar to how DARC performs their rides.  Special thanks to Skip Wareham and Tommy Reynolds for keeping this ride alive. 

This will be a mid-summer ride through the Green Mountains of central Vermont. The route will consist of dirt roads with a mix of class IV woods roads. Knobbies highly recommended. This will be a “dirt oriented” multi-surface DS ride. The usual reminders are in place: (registered, inspected and insured DS bikes), QUIET mufflers, all working street legal equipment.  No race numbers please.

This will be a GPS ride, no route sheets or arrows. If you don’t have a GPS you can join a group that has one. Arrive fully fueled and ready to go. Start time is 9:00 am after a brief riders meeting. Gas and food along the route. Approximately 130 miles +-. Primitive camping in the field Saturday night available.

Sunday’s ride will be in 2 separate GPS tracks (Track_Cavendish CCC PART 1 and PART 2) because the trail boss pre-rode it on 2 different days. Part 1 will take riders to lunch & gas and Part 2 takes riders back to the start. The tracks show 78 miles to the gas stop but in reality it is 62 miles. 20 miles into part 1 the gps was off. The route is the original GPS tracks from 2015 but have a few updates due to road closures and un-passable sections from the latest storms. There will be lots of off road riding in the beginning, dirt road in the middle followed by more off road at the end.  The woods have been extremely wet so with our “tread lightly” mindset we haven’t been able to judiciously scout and prep this ride.  Also be prepared to deal with blowdown from recent storms and remember we’re sharing the trails so be courteous to our hiking/biking and horseback friends.

So, while the forecast this week looks fairly dry, expect the woods to remain wet. You will be a happy rider if you have fresh tires.  

Must be a CCCofVT member, don’t forget to bring your membership cards!!!!

For questions best to post on our Facebook site; (https://www.facebook.com/groups/cccofvt/) and reach out to Skip or Tommy.  Details such as start location and driving directions sent to members email.

Sale: Ray Atwood is having a huge sale, 25% of to past and current CCC members so if you’re looking for tires, mounting/balancing, lighting and has most any goodie for your ride.  Ray also does a variety of work including making bikes road legal, inspections, etc,etc. 

Ray Atwood Cycle
3566 Roosevelt Hwy
Bolton, VT 05676
Phone: 802-434-3956

For general questions contact memberservices@cccofvt.org

Lucky’s North Ride & BBQ this SUNDAY July 9th

Join us This Sunday for Lucky’s North

Yeah, it might have rained some lately, but the trails are cleared for some amazing riding. Come join us Sunday, July 9th at 8AM for riding and quick lunch BBQ.

Long story short.
Sunday, July 9th: Riders meeting at 8:45 AM
Bring your Gas can & $6 for lunch unless you can make it 75 miles!

Sign up starts at 8:00 AM-bring your membership card.
Lucky’s Trailer Sales New Building right off I-89 Exit 3 in South Royalton
Email Secretary@cccofvt.org for questions/comments/concerns

The Main Info

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 (not to mention the mud with all this rain), so big bikes are not recommended! Sign up starts at 8AM, rider’s meeting at 8:45 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 112 miles, with 2 “gas stops”. Since the first gas station is now closed down, please BRING YOUR GAS CAN WITH GAS, unless your bike can make it 75 miles. The second gas stop is 30 miles after the first gas stop. We will bring your gas cans to the first gas stop (and masking tape to remember who it belongs to).

BBQ LUNCH: Since the North Tunbridge store is closed, y’all get to experience some down home BBQing! Burgers, hot dogs, chips, water and gatorade will be provided for a $6 donation.

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!

And for real, the bridge is still there! IMG_0338

Major flooding in the area; (Sunday July 2nd 2017) unknown road and trail status at this time

Just wanted to get the word out that there has been some major flooding and washed out roads in the area.  A few folks are working on CCC pre-ride activities this weekend and will know more regarding the status of our next ride and areas affected over the next couple days.  The Thetford area where our upcoming Lucky’s North ride is scheduled to take place is majorly affected and it seems the lower half of the state and parts of NH significantly affected.

We hope no one has been personally affected and everyone is safe and with power.  Below is an update from Saturday night from the Vermont Agency of Transportation:

 

Vermont Agency of Transportation as of 8:15 p.m. Saturday:

– Vermont 100 flooded from Rochester to Warren in Washington County. Avoid the area.

– Vermont 125 closed from the Ripton Store west to U.S. 7 in Addison County.

– Vermont 133 closed near the Pawlet/Tinmouth town line in Rutland County.

– Vermont 73 flooded from Brandon east toward Goshen in Addison County. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

– Water running over the roadway on Vermont 140 east of Church Street in Wallingford. Use caution.

– Vermont 110 is closed in Tunbridge in the area of Howe Lane due to flooding.

Police are reporting localized flash flooding is occurring in various locations in Barre City on Saturday night due to heavy rainfall combined with plugged culverts around the city.

Gunners Brook is rising to flood levels in the Brook street area, and may overtop its banks if the precipitation continues, Barre City police said.

CCC meeting, Tuesday June 13th at Ray’s, 1st CCC ride Sunday June 18th – Johnson, VT

Just a reminder the club meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month typically at Ray Atwood Cycle in Bolton, VT.  Let us know if you’re coming by emailing president@cccofvt.org and/or secretary@cccofvt.org so we can plan according for agendas, pizza, etc.

1st CCC ride for 2017 this coming Sunday June 18th out of the Landmark Tavern in Johnson, VT.

Signup- 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

When:  Sunday June 18th

Where: Landmark Tavern, Johnson, VT  about a mile south on Route 15 by intersection of Hogback Rd.

Riders Meeting:   9:15 a.m.

DualSport Trailboss :  Wayne Longe

Adventure bike Trailboss: Rich Reynolds

Reminder to bring your membership cards and if at all possible sign-up online in advance to reduce administrative duties the day of the ride.  

Riders must be members of the CCCofVT. Memberships available at the start. Middle weight DS bikes or lighter with full knobbies highly recommended on the Dual Sport route. The Adventure ride will be around 150 miles of beautiful Vermont scenery in northern VT. The ride will be mostly dirt roads with a couple of sections of easy 2 track class 4 roads. The ride will be “big bike friendly” and perfect for riders with a GS, KLR, or bigger KTMs. Bikes must be registered, inspected and insured with all lights working. Quiet bikes only. No numbers on side plates.

If this past weekend is any indication of the conditions for the ride make sure you have fresh knobbier as conditions are still very spring-like and slick.

 

Learnt to ride a huge success

20170527_101328 20170527_104404 20170527_121523 20170527_140656Wow, what a day.  We have over 60 people sign up for the event and a great turnout.  Special thanks to Scott Morse for offering up his property and assistance the the crew.  Tom Butland took care of AMA waivers and keeping the administrative functions flowing as it can be overwhelming.  For the 2nd year in a row the Green Mountain Plonkers setup on the back 40 and offered up the opportunity to try out a trials bike with for the brave try a novice section or 2.

The field was a little wet so kids and bikes were well soiled by the end of the day but that sure didn’t inhibit the smiles.  Touchest challenge for the day was getting the kids in to hydrate or grab a bite to eat as they just wanted to ride all day.  I bet most everyone there slept well that night. We had about close to a dozen kids and as many loaner bikes.  The club now has 2 bikes; (50cc and a 125 4-stroke) so we have both small kids and adult newbies covered.  There were a half-dozen women giving both dirt and trials a go and a few newbies giving it a go.

Lots of pictures are getting posted up on our Facebook CCC site

Also, Bob LoCicero took some professional photos he’s offered up for free here; (Bob’s LoCicero Photography) https://boblphoto.shootproof.com/gallery/CCC_Learn_To_Ride/home   Files are free to download just click “buy photo” then select Digital Media option.