Mountain Bike Routes
Our team of mountain bikers who regularly ride these woods, are hard at work planning the rides for the 2015 event. It will be hard to top 2014, but they are sure going to try.
The 2014 ‘Rider’s Test’ had it all. Traversing three fabled local preserves, Becket, Nehantic, and Mount Archer, the course featured 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 retained the ability to focus, there was even a glimpse of The Sound.
Strung out between the climbs were 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. After this Bear’s brew, Ashlawn Farm coffee never tasted so fine!
Mountain Bike Routes:
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.
If we erred last year, it was in underestimating the duration of the rides for most riders. Our stalwart planners knocked it off in three hours. OK for them, but for most riders somewhat optimistic.
The Rider’s Test ~ 3.5-4.5 hours
The Woodlands ~ 1-2 hours