Our team of mountain bikers who regularly ride in these woods are hard at work cleaning up the trails for this year’s event.
The ‘Rider’s Test’ has it all. Traversing three fabled local preserves, Becket, Nehantic, and Mount Archer, the course features Lyme’s ‘Three Bears’ in the form of three monster climbs.
Out of the gate the relentless tarmac of Becket Hill Rd., then at mile 11, the snaking singletrack of Mount Archer, and finally, up lashes the lung-busting broken gravel of Lyme’s high point, Nickerson Hill. From the top, for those that retain the ability to focus, there is even a glimpse of Long Island Sound.
Between the climbs there are 25 miles of twisty-techy descents, hanging valleys packed with natural features, and fast fire roads betwixt beaver pond and quail run, and, just a mile or two of blessed breath-catching pavement.
Mountain Bike Routes:
For everyone’s safety ALL Mountain Bike riders must check back in when they return.
Color coded wrist bands will be provided at check in. The color corresponds to the marker color flag to follow for the ride and entitles you to a free lunch.
Intermediate Rider’s Test ~ At mile 9.5 of the Rider’s Test riders can choose to either complete the northern loop for the remaining 17 miles through the Preserves, or return south through the Nehantic Forest for 6.5 miles to Ashlawn Farm and the finish line. Volunteers will be posted in the woods to assist you with directions at this point. Follow yellow markers. Departs at 8:15. Link to Cue Sheet. Mountain Bike Map.
Want to view the ride on a GPS device? Download the zip file and import onto your device.
The Woodlands ~CANCELLED We sincerely regret cancelling the Woodlands Ride for 2016. It requires a lot of work to make it safe and enjoyable for participants and there has not been enough entries. Please consider the Road Family Ride or the Intermediate Riders Test.