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The Ashford Metric Century Gravel Grinder
Welcome to our 11th annual Ashford Metric Century (AMC) on Saturday, September 15th, 2018!

2 ride options:

AMC gravel grinder metric century: 65.5 miles, 4545 ft of climbing, 40% gravel
AMC gravel grinder half metric century: 33.3 miles, 2286 ft of climbing, 37% gravel

Pre-register online at https://www.bikereg.com/ashford-metric-century

Cost: All rides are $30

Registration time: 

7:30-8:00am for the metric century ride.  All metric riders should be on the course by 8:00am

9:00-9:30am for the half metric century ride.  All half metric riders should be on the course by 9:30am.

There will be multiple rest stops on each ride stocked with water, Gatorade, and snacks for refueling.
Details on the gravel routes:  Ashford and Stafford have the most dirt roads of all the towns in CT and we have taken advantage of this fact and created a mixed terrain route with as much gravel as possible.  The half metric century will explore the scenic backroads of Ashford.  The full metric century route will add more fun and challenging stretches in Stafford.  A gpx file will be provided 1 week before the ride so riders can upload the route to their Garmin, other gps device, or smartphone.  We encourage everyone to upload the gpx file to your device to follow the route as this course will be a true adventure ride with arrows only at key intersections.  Route sheets will be also provided a week before the ride and printed versions will be available the morning of the event or you can sign up for one of the guided rides when you pre-register.
The best bike for the gravel/mixed terrain ride will be a gravel or cross bike with a minimum of 32mm tires with some decent traction or a hardtail mountain bike.  We rode most of this route last summer with 3 riders on gravel bikes, 3 on mountain bikes, and one riding a fat bike and we all finished together.  To give an example from that ride, the ride was 60 miles, our average speed was 12mph, total elevation was 5,043 ft, riding time was 5 hours, total time with stops was 6.5 hours.

Projected ride times:
9mph average on the metric: 7.5 hours of riding time plus time at the rest stops
12mph average on the metric: 5.5 hours of riding time plus time at the rest stops

9mph average on the half metric: 3.5 hours of riding time plus time at the rest stops
12mph average on the half metric: 3 hours of riding time plus time at the rest stops

Participants should ride with a cell phone, extra tube, tire levers, pump, and patch kit.  CPSC or US DOT approved helmets are required.

This will be a rain or shine event.

Contact email for questions: neracearth@gmail.com

2017 Ride Pictures Slideshow

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Ashford Metric Century +

Instead of a single charity we’ve decided to support several local organizations.  Fifty percent of the proceeds of the AMC ride will be donated to the charities chosen by riders during the registration process on bikereg.  100% of any additional donations on event day will go directly to the organization of your choice.

Below is a description of each organization

The Seven Lakes  Ride in Manchester, CT – If anyone has participated in our Seven Lakes ride you are familiar with this organization.  Donations allocated to this fund will benefit patients of the John DeQuattro Cancer Center and will help patients purchase gas, groceries, and medication to ease the stress patients face when fighting cancer.  More information about this charity can be found on the Seven Lakes website: http://www.sevenlakesride.com

Interval House East (IHE), a satellite office of Interval House Hartford is a non-profit organization based in Manchester, CT.  IHE provides intervention and prevention services to families affected by domestic violence in 11 towns east of the river (Vernon, Tolland, Ellington, Hebron, Manchester, Glastonbury, East Hartford, South Windsor, Marlborough, Bolton, and Andover).  Donations allocated to this fund will help families with groceries, medication, and transportation costs.  For more info: http://intervalhousect.org

Our Companions Animal Sanctuary in Ashford, CT provides care, rehabilitation, training, and a safe haven for animals while they are awaiting permanent homes.  For more info: http://www.ourcompanions.org/pages/sanctuary_info.htm

Directions to Ashford Memorial Park on 80 Pompey Rd in Ashford, CT:
The turn for Pompey Rd is near the intersection of routes 74 and 44 in Ashford, CT.

If you are driving West on route 44 take a left on Pompey Rd, if you go past route 74, the Wooden Spoon restaurant, or the Mobil/Dunkin Donuts you have gone too far.

If you are driving East on route 44 take a right onto Pompey Rd just after passing the Wooden Spoon restaurant on the right, or the Mobil/Dunkin Donuts on your left.
If you took exit 69 off of route 84 and are driving on route 74 at the very end of 74 take a left then a quick right onto Pompey Rd.
For all directions, once you turn onto Pompey Rd take your first left.  At the stop sign go straight.  Ashford Memorial Park will be on your right.  Drive down the gravel road to the parking area.

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32 responses to “About

  1. Going to have to look into this one for this year! good way to finish the season with the Metric!

  2. Is the 2012 62 mi route the same as last years? What is the total elevation and how difficult is it? Thx!

    • Right now the 62 mile route is the same as last year. The route has about 4,000 ft of climbing, but nicely dispersed throughout the ride. Typical moderate difficulty for the this area of Connecticut depending on your pace. Hope to see you at the ride.

  3. A big thank you to all the cyclists that took part in the 2010 edition of the Ashford Metric Century+

    I started posting the pictures from the event today… It will be a few days before I get all the pictures posted from the event, so keep checking back for more photos.

  4. At first we didn’t realize there was actually a 100 mile ride as the “Metric Century” title confused me. I really wanted to try my first century ride and was going to do a different one until my friend told me there was a 100 mile option. This was my first century ride and it was awesome! I couldn’t have picked a better one to do! We accidentally got a late start (chit chatting with each other in the parking lot too long) but we had a blast! The ride was very well supported, the crew was very kind and helpful and the scenery was awesome! It was a bit chilly but that just added to the adventure! It was wonderful to be fed loaded baked potatoes and applecrisp at the end! We will be back next year! You guys worked very hard and all of your hard work was very appreciated! 🙂

    • We are happy to hear that you had a great time … and congrats on completing your first century. We also appreciate the feedback and we will try to do even better next year on October 2, 2011! Hope to see you then.

  5. Tried to register at Bike Reg today, but it is closed out. Wanted the discount and avoid waiting in line…

    • Hi Ken,

      I close registration on Friday at 3pm every year so I have enough time to prepare all the pre-reg paperwork. See me at registration, I’ll be sure to get you through the line as quick as I can!


  6. Looking forward to the event – did it last year and was fun! Nice route and the support was excellent.

  7. Is this a random start or group start? There are 3 of us planning on riding. Please reply.

    • The ride does not have a “mass” start, the start times posted here are suggested start times that the event riders should aim for.
      100 mile 7:30am
      63 mile 9:00am
      26 mile 9:30 am
      10 mile 9:30 am

  8. Next year’s 3rd annual Ashford Metric Century+ will be held on October 3rd, 2010

  9. And we have ice cream for the apple cobbler this year….Come on out and ride!

  10. The forecast looks like it’s trying to clear up for Sunday and we’re hoping for clear skies. The foliage is perfect right now in eastern Connecticut, come on out and enjoy the ride and the beautiful fall landscape!

    weather from nbc 30:
    Sun October 4
    High: 72 Low: 51
    AM Clouds / PM Sun

  11. My husband and I are interested in the 100 mile route, but haven’t signed up yet. Do you have a map for that one?

  12. In 2008 we had about 80 riders, most doing the 64 mile course. For 2009 I would expect more.. of course it’s just a guess, but I would not be surprised to see 150. We are working on a 100 mile route plus something under 15 miles to accommodate riders of all levels.

  13. How many bikers were in this last year? How many expected for this year?

  14. Here is the link to the 25 mile route on mapmyride.com.


    I enjoy that route, quiet roads and enough hills to make me know I’m alive. My wife and I ride this occasionally.


  15. I will post the route today on the website.

  16. Could you post or email me a map of the 25-mile route?

  17. I’m glad you enjoyed it… We can’t wait to do it again!

  18. Thank you for the great course. I took a leisurely 25-mile ride in the cool rain today with a friend who was doing her first organized ride ever. It was a beautiful fall day, perfect for a ride. I am already looking forward to cycling next year.

  19. I’m sorry but this is a cycling event and we will be on roads that are not conducive to inline skates.

  20. Hi,
    can I use inline skates instead of a bike? is the trail surface very rough?

    thanks, apoogiza for the delay


  21. do you have a map for the 62 mile route? I am not from the area . thanks

  22. Yes you can ride a TT/Tri Bike… Hope to see you there Aaron….

  23. Can we ride a TT/Tri bike or are they off limits?


  24. I agree Michael, this is a great area for cycling. I sent emails to about 7 different cycling clubs and am posting some signs this week. Hope you can make it.

  25. michael adam-kearns

    Just found out about your ride while surfing the Pequot cyclists website. Will try to make you ride as I only live 6 miles from the start. Would highly suggest that you post this ride on the other Ct & RI bike club web-sites. This is a beautiful area to ride in.

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