Bethlehem Double Loop

Description from CTBikeRoutes: Known as the Bucolic Bethlehem ride, it is at times a hilly ride by orchards, farms, fields, and forests. Ride through White Memorial Foundation and along Bantam Lake. The route forms a rough figure 8. Doing only the first half of the 8 is a ride of 13.6 miles. Doing only the second half of the 8 is a ride of 17.4 miles. To ride only the second half, turn left from the library onto Route 61 north, continue on Route 61 through the 4-way stop sign and blinker and pick up the cues at mile 14.2. Start: … Continue reading Bethlehem Double Loop

Salisbury Housatonic Climber

Description from CTBikeRoutes: This ride  is known as Lullaby on Music Mountain and is a deviation of the “Scintillating Salisbury” ride.It takes a different (and exceptionally hilly) mid-ride route to Music Mountain, and then over the ridge and down to the Covered Bridge crossing the Housatonic River in West Cornwall. This is a strenuous 30-miler. Two long, difficult climbs. The first is a gradual 2 mile climb to reach Music Mountain; the other is an exceptionally difficult and unrelenting 1.5 mile granny gear climb on Cream Hill Rd. Start:  Scoville Library  east side of Route 44 and 41 (Main St.), … Continue reading Salisbury Housatonic Climber

Litchfield – Bethlehem ride

Description from CTBikeRoutes:  This is a very scenic ride over rolling to hilly terrain through the towns of Litchfield, Morris and Bethlehem, with a possible visit to the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem. There are several short stretches on dirt roads but they are easily navigable on road bikes.  This ride has several hilly sections. Download Cue Sheet Start:  Topsmead State Forest, Litchfield CT. Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue sheet View and print map GPX file TCX Course Continue reading Litchfield – Bethlehem ride

Hidden Valley – Lake Waramaug Ride

From CTBikeRoutes: The ride passes through rolling and very scenic countryside in the western part of Connecticut and features two loops around Lake Waramaug. Start: Bee Brook roadside parking area on Rt. 47 in Washington Depot;.  The park is on the right about one mile from Washington Depot while heading north toward New Preston and Lake Waramaug. Cue Sheet Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue sheet View and print map GPX file TCX Course Continue reading Hidden Valley – Lake Waramaug Ride

Salisbury CT 30 mile loop

Description from CTBikeRoutes: This ride features spectacular mountain and valley views, and beautiful river stretches. Follow gentle, rolling paved roads with a few moderate down hills and several moderately difficult climbs. Highlights include Bartholomew’s Cobble Nature Preserve, Beckley Furnace, and the Pfizer Limestone Quarry. Start: :  Scoville Library,  Rt. 44 & Library Street in Salisbury CT. Download cue sheet Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue sheet View and print map GPX file TCX Course Continue reading Salisbury CT 30 mile loop

Airline Rail Trail

Airline Trail State Park is a linear trail park that begins in East Hampton CT and continues north to Willimantic. The northern section of the trail continues from Putnam to Willimantic. The  Airline Rail Trail follows the bed of the abandoned New Haven, Middletown & Willimantic Railroad in Eastern Connecticut. The lower 22 miles is designated as the Airline Trail State Park, an additional 28 miles (Airline North) continues northeast to Putnam. The packed stone dust trail passes through forests and wetlands in Beaver Brook State Park, Goodwin State Forest, Grayville Falls Park, the Hampton Reservoir, Salmon River State Forest, … Continue reading Airline Rail Trail

Simsbury Scenic Short Ride

Description from CTBikeRoutes.org:   The ride is over mostly flat terrain and travels through portions of Simsbury, Granby and East Granby on mostly secondary (back) roads with just a little bit of riding on busier state roads.  The ride passes the Barndoor Hills Rd entrance to the McLean Game Refuge and the Simsbury Airport amongst other interesting venues. Start: International Skating Center, Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury Center, CT View this ride at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/866365 Route at RideWithGPS Viewand print cue sheet View andprint map GPX file TCX Course Continue reading Simsbury Scenic Short Ride