1st 2018 CCC Dualsport Ride June 24th, Johnson VT

We had to modify our schedule for a variety of reasons so without further ado here is the revised CCC ride schedule.  Due to scheduling conflicts we needed to move the Johnson ride ahead a week so instead of July 1st it’s now June 24th.  This allowed us to open up the schedule so we now have 4 rides spaced apart every 2-3 weeks.   We’re hoping to add more content for fall plus allows for some flexibility for a rain date.

Johnson/Sheffield Ride: ~122 miles

Ride is route-sheeted and includes GPS & Rever/GPS out of the former Long Trail Tavern, however, we haven’t secured parking at that location so we’re working on a couple locations including Mitchel Motorsports which is just a couple miles down the road.

We’ll update the Google calendar event with start location and more details once finalized.

  • When:  June 24th:  checkin 8am, riders meeting 8:45, last bike out 9:30am
  • Where: Johnson, VT, route-sheeted from the Long Trail, start location likely Mitchel Motorsports
  • Trail Boss:  Dick/Ruthanne/Kyle  (email: secretary@cccofvt.org)
  • Requirements:  CCC membership/card, road-legal bike and gear; (dress for the crash, not the rash)
  • The June 24th ride may also include a big-bike ride also so stay tuned

CCC 2018 Ride Schedule:

  • June 24th – Johson/Sheffield loop   (Trail Bosses:  Dick, Ruthanne and Kyle; haven’t been a club ride since 2013)
  • July 15th –  Lucky’s North   (Trail Boss: Ken Robins – New loop with content from the Ammo)
  • July 29nd – Thunder Mtn   (Ron’s 2nd annual, primitive camping, likely some minor route improvements)
  • August 11/12th – Newfane  (Trail Bosses: Skip/Travis/Herbie)
  • Sept 15th  –   Northside Big Bike Ride/Waterbury VT   (Trail Boss: Ken Bassett, joint ride with BMW club)

Learn to Ride – June 2nd at Scott Morse’s in Westford, VT

LEARN TO RIDE ANNOUNCEMENT Note: Please RSVP to this event invite for those planning to attend send and email to Secretary@cccofvt.org so we can plan and correspond accordingly. It’s time to Swap and Learn to Ride! Rain or Shine! June 2nd!
When: Saturday June 2nd 9:00 – early afternoon Whether you are young or old, child or parent, come and join us at 9:00am June 2nd, in Westford VT for a fun filled day with CCCofVT’s best teachers! Bring your old and new gear with you to swap and trade as well as dirt bikes and trials bikes. Our instructors will have you and your children practicing the basics of riding, in a safe and controlled environment. Not quite beginner? That’s OK too! We have instructors for every level! Stop by and we will advance your skill! By the end of the day, you will be circling the single track with style! Hot dogs, burgers and drinks are provided, but please bring a dish to share! Don’t have a dirt bike? That’s ok! RSVP now and we will find one for you to use! Outgrown your bike or willing to let someone use it? Bring it on over!
Back by popular demand: Mototrials instruction. Green Mountain Plonkers Trials Club will have trials bikes available to ride in trials sections and will be offering information on the sport of mototrials and instruction on enhanced bike control. As the trials guys say, you can’t ride fast until you can ride slow! Please bring: • Helmet • Goggles • Over the ankle footware • Long Pants • Long sleeved shirt or jacket • Full fingered gloves Please direct your RSVP and questions to Secretary@cccofvt.org. Since this is an AMA insured and sanctioned event, children participating need to be accompanied by a parent.
When you show up, make sure you sign a release form. We will likely have sign up at Scott’s garage.

As the trials guys say, you can’t ride fast until you can ride slow!

Please bring:
• Helmet
• Goggles
• Over the ankle footware
• Long Pants
• Long sleeved shirt or jacket
• Full fingered gloves
* Side disk, CCC will provide basic BBQ food such as hotdogs
* Bug/tick spray

Please direct your RSVP and questions to Secretary@cccofvt.org.

Since this is an AMA insured and sanctioned event, children participating need to be accompanied by a parent. If a parent is not able to come, please CLICK HERE and on Off Road Event Release (Minor) for a release to bring to the event! (Please print in color…)

We will also be having a CCCofVT club meeting at this event.

CCC Monthly Meeting Sunday April 15th at 4pm (The Resevoir restaurant)

Wow, what a roller-coaster winter.  The stars have finally aligned where are officers are in town for April Monthly meeting.  At our last meeting in January we re-elected officers; (Kyle for VP, Wayne for Threasurer, and Rich is Member at Large) and have renewed our AMA charter for 2018.  Our primary goal for this meeting is to build out the 2018 event schedule and get to work on our annual Learn to Ride event.

For inquiring minds here is what we tentatively have scheduled:

  • June 2nd           Joint Learn to Ride with Green Mountain Plonkers at Scott’s in Westford VT
  • July 1st:            Johnson ride; (loop we haven’t done in ~5 years) – Trail Boss: Kyle & Ruthanne – date tentative
  • July 22nd:       Thunder Mountain 2nd annual, Braintree VT – Trail Boss: Ron Arms
  • August 11/12:  Brookline/Newfane  annual ride; (continually gets better with new content) Saturday big bike ride this year
  • July/Aug:        Green Mountain Ramble, no date set yet – Trail boss:  Lucas Jensen
  • Sept 15th:        Northside Big Bike ride, Waterbury VT:  Trail Boss: Kenney Bassett
  • Sept 16th:        Luckies North, So Royalton, VT:  Trail Boss – Ken & Sue Robbins
Other nearby related events:  (Google calendar will have more details)
NETRA Louden Classic – June 9th/10th
GMP 2-day NETA Trials – August 18th/19th
NETRA Ammonoosuc – September 8th/9th

All current/new members are welcome, space is limited so please rsvp to president@cccofvt.org if you are planning to come to this month’s meeting as we don’t have a private meeting room reserved.  We’ve working out details for future meeting times/location.

We hope everyone is excited for the upcoming riding season and as always please reach out to a club officer is you’re interested in helping whether it be the Learn to ride, or hosting a future CCC ride.  We have a quiver of former rides we can pass along as the club is actively pursuing new content and ideas.

 

 

 

CCC January 21st meeting 8pm EST

The CCC will be having a brief conference call meeting to cover minimal core business and logistics for 2018.  Agenda includes:

Brief agenda:
  • Election of Officers:  (VP, Treasurer, and Member at Large)
  • Update on AMA Charter
  • Discuss meeting location/options for 2018  (Perhaps Barre/VASA for Mar/April, monthly’s TBD)
  • Discuss bylaws to accommodate new dynamics  (time permitting)
  • Tentative rides/dates.
At our last meeting the nominating committee proposed renewing the existing members; (Kyle Daniels for VP, Wayne Longe for Threaserur, and Rich Reynolds for Member at Large) for another term.
Tentative Ride Schedule
  • May – Learn to Ride, likely Westford VT mid MayNETRA Louden Classic – June 9th/10th
  • June – NETRA Louden Classic   (June 9th/10th)
  • July  22nd – Thunder Mtn (Braintree, VT, alt date Aug 26th)
  • Sept 8th/9th – NETRA Amonoosuc, N Haverhill, NH
  • Sept 15th – “Northside” Big Bike Ride,  Central VT

We’ll be having more rides, this is just what I have prior to any planning.

Conference call Sunday 1/21/2018 8pm

Dial number:  877-446-3914  (email secretary@cccofvt.org or president@cccofvt.org for Pin)

As mentioned earlier 3/4 of our officers are assisting FMEA, out of state or taken on other duties when we normally meet plus our meeting location was sold.  We’ll work out logistics for rides via email over the next couple months and will be having a big CCC pre-season meeting the later part of April.  Stay tuned for more info.

 

No meetings for foreseeable future

Hope everyone is staying warm and with wind chills -25 to -45 today it’s hard to think about dirtbiking.  Believe it or not the days are getting longer and before we know it it will be riding season again.  Not all is lost as I know many of you have studded up tires to play on the ice or woods ride.

We’re working through some logistics issue at the moment and experienced a trifecta of challenges.  Half of our officers volunteered for FEMA and are in Texas, our Threasurer Wayne busses students to games plus our meeting location was sold so we’re homeless for the moment.

We’ll soon be putting together our 2018 schedule and again if anyone wants to step up take over a ride or put together a ride or help with our Learn to Ride events please let us know.  Once we sort out a meeting location and timing we’ll get the word out, until then stay warm my friends!

 

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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