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.

 

 

 

 

 

Status Update – Westford Learn to Ride. (forms and conditions)

Mother nature is sure making this challenging.  While the weather looks great for tomorrow/Saturday the ground is saturated and we’ve received significant rain in the past 24hrs and still raining as of 11am Friday morning.  We are in the process of evaluating existing conditions weather, etc to make a final determination later today.

Please keep an eye on your email and website for updates.

Since this is an AMA event waiver forms need to be completed.  If you would like to pre-print and complete the form(s) here are the links.  Please note they must be printed in color to be accepted by the AMA.

AMA Waiver form page:

Minors:

Minor Waiver Form Link

Adults:

 

AMA Adult Waiver Form Link

Upcoming events, 2 Learn to rides in May and CCC ride June 18th.

Reminder for upcoming events.

May 21st (Sunday) Novice Learn to Ride in Johnson VT:   Novice Learn to Ride (space limited).  We have 6-8 members signed up and space for about 4 more.  This event is geared towards novice riders looking to transition to dirt and build there off-road skills. It’s meant to be very un-intimidating and mainly for the ladies with Motorcycle licenses and road-legal off-road bikes; however is open to anyone looking to build off-road skills.  We will spend 2-3 hours in back of the Landmark Tavern in Johnson then venture up the road a bit to a nearby Class IV road to further work on off-road skills.  If you’re interested please contact Ruthanne at secretary@cccofvt.org.

May 27th (Saturday) Beginner & Trials Learn to Ride in Westford VT:  Joint  Learn To Ride with the Green Mountain Plonkers Trials club.  The CCC side of this event is geared for the kids and beginners.  Scott Morse has graciously offered up his property which consists of a large open field, kids motocross track and a woods road.  There is also plenty of content for the Trials enthusiast.  This is always a fun-filled event with BBQ and lots of picnicking and bench-racing for the adults.  Since space out in the field is limited and we want to keep it safe we ask big kids (adults) to either help with their kids or try out Trials.  The GMP members have offered up a variety of trials bikes to try out so if you haven’t ever ridden a trials bike or seen it first hand this is a great venue to stick a toe in water so to speak.  For more information check the event calendar, as always helmet, over the ankle boots required.  This is an AMA event for insurance purposes so a legal guardian must be present with their child and waiver forms are required to sign at the event.  Please R.S.V.P with Ruthanne at secretary@cccofvt.org.  Also a side dish is encouraged, the CCC will be providing burgers and hotdogs and water.

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June 18th (Sunday) in Johnson VT:   This will be our 1st CCC Dualsport and Big Bike ride for 2017.  Wayne Longe will be Trail Boss for the little bikes and Rich Reynolds will be Trail Boss for the big bikes.  The loops are similar with more difficult terrain for the smaller bikes.  Road Legal “Quiet” off-road bikes required, knobbies strongly recommended.

Reminder to please be sensitive to our environment and stay off sensitive trails a bit longer until things firm up. This week the state of VT has restricted hiking to under 2500′ elevation and a variety of VASA ATV clubs have postponed opening their trails due to run-off of the snowpack at higher elevation and very rainy spring.   Trails should start drying out this week so we ask to keep this in mind if/when venturing out.  As always seek permission accessing any private land and unless otherwise stated all our CCC rides take place on Vermont Class IV roads which are owned by the towns so while they are on public land and typically have a hard base towns are financially responsible for their upkeep and maintenance.

 

 

 

CCC Breakfast Meeting on May 13th

Let’s face it, pizza was getting old. Instead of hosting a monthly meeting at Ray’s shop in Bolton tonight (May 9th), CCC will be having our May Monthly Meeting at Maxi’s in Waterbury! Please come and join us at 9AM. We have a lot of events in our near future and would love new ideas/perspectives/help with them! We look forward to seeing you there! 

 

Bike Maintenance Clinic April 29th and everything you wanted to know about Route Sheets with Dave and Ray

Basic Bike Setup Clinic and Route Sheets with Ray and Dave

Come join the CCCofVT for a Motorcycle Maintenance Clinic. Dave De Grasse; (Certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor) and Ray Atwood who has decades of maintenance and racing experience will be covering a variety of topics to help you and your steed be ready for the riding season.Where: Ray Atwood’s Cyle, 3566 Roosevelt Hwy, Bolton, VT 05676
When: Saturday April 29th, 10-1pm

  • Topics include:
    Basic maintenance
    oil changes, tire pressure, coolant
    Setting your bike up to fit you.
    Clutch/brake lever adjustments, handlebars, suspension, sag
    Basic brake maintenance
    check pads, rotors, brake bleeding/adjustment
    Chain tension, how to measure chain/sprocket wear.
    Do’s and don’t with adjustment, replacement, etc
    Tire tips – pressure, changing, tube options
    Other things to pay attention to
    Leaks, loose hardware, wiring, spokes

Fun with Route Sheets:
Ray is gong to perform some basic instruction about route sheets including:
How to read a route sheet
How to cut and load a route sheet

When
Sat Apr 29, 2017 10am – 1pm Eastern Time
Where
3566 Roosevelt Hwy Bolton, VT 05676. (map)
Who
 Any current or future CCC member

CCCofVT March Meeting pushed back 1 week to Tuesday 3/21 due to Winter Storm

Mother nature is up to her old tricks, tease us with 70 degree weather then throw a Nor-easter at us.  As it stands now we plan to postpone by 1 week and meet on Tuesday March 21st at Ray’s in Bolton at 6:30 p.m.

Here it is, 2017 CCC event schedule (tentative)

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 21th (Sunday)  –  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 10th/11th  (Sat/Sun) –   NETRA 2-day Louden Classic Turkey Run
June 18th (Sunday) –      Johnson small/big bike ride (Wayne=Trail Boss, Rich Trail Boss of Big Bike Ride)
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.

Thanks, president/CCCofVT

February 2017 Meeting pushed back 1 week to February 21st

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 (president@cccofvt.org) and we will make sure to add you to the mailing list.

Thanks,

Ron Arms/president CCCofVT