The ‘Rider’s Test’ has it all. Traversing four fabled local preserves, Pleasant Valley, Jewett, Eno, and Mount Archer as well as Nehantic State Forest, the course features Lyme’s ‘Three Bears’ in the form of three monster climbs.
Out of the gate you pass through a lovely private estate to pop you out on Keeny Rd heading into hills of Nehantic, then at mile 11, the snaking single-track 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.
Want a preview of the route? Check out this video clip.
Color coded wrist bands will be provided at check in. The color corresponds to the marker colored flags to follow for the ride and entitles you to a free lunch.
Mountain Bike Routes:
The Rider’s Test ~ 26.5 miles, 3.5-4.5 hours. Departs at 8:15.
Intermediate Rider’s Test ~ 16.0 miles departs at 8:30 am with Rider’s Test. At mile 9.5 of the Rider’s Test riders can choose to either complete the remaining 17 miles of the northern loop or return south through the Nehantic Forest back to Ashlawn Farm and the finish line. Volunteers will be posted in the woods to assist you with directions at this point. We do not post the ride due to it crossing Private Owner’s land – we receive permission for one day use of their property. Follow yellow flag markers.