The Ashford Adventure Ride
Welcome to our 3rd annual Ashford Adventure Ride, a mixed terrain ride traversing northeastern CT
Saturday, September 7th, 2019
66 mile route, elevation gain of 5700 ft
42 mile route, elevation gain of 3500 ft
7:15-8:00am all riders should be on the course by 8:00am
There will be multiple rest stops stocked with water, Gatorade, and snacks for refueling.
Day of event registration: Day of event registration is available however we encourage all riders to pre-register so they will recieve the informational email that will be sent to all registered riders when pre-reg closes at 2pm on Friday, 9/6. This email will include the links to the .gpx files, details about the rest stops, and any last minute information about the route. If you do plan on registering the day of the event bring the data cord to your bike computer so we can help you load the ride, tech support will be available.
Storrs Center Cycle will again be providing mechanical support at the start, thank you SCC! Check out their shop in Storrs, CT: http://www.storrscentercycle.com/
Details on the gravel routes: We have a brand new route for 2019! The route will include dirt roads, carriage paths, pavement, a bit less gnar than last year (and hopefully less mud!), and some stunning quiet country scenery.
This is a self-navigated ride!
A .gpx file will be provided after pre-reg closes 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 self-navigation. If you don’t have a gps device you can sign up for one of the guided rides when you pre-register, follow a route sheet (not recommended!) ride with a bike computer or a friend with a computer, or make a new friend with a computer the morning of the ride.
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 any type of mountain bike. Terrain will include gravel/dirt roads, pavement, and a bit of off road trail that most riders should be able to easily navigate. Check back for more info on the route, as we pre-ride and tweak the course we will provide updates here and on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AshfordMetricCentury/
*Update: All riders will receive a very cool Ashford Adventure Ride sticker! Pics of the sticker have been posted on our Facebook page. First sticker is free! If you would like additional stickers we will have a donation jar and 100% of sticker donations will go directly to Our Companions Animal Sanctuary in Ashford, CT.
*Road and comfort bikes not recommended
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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2019 Ride Pictures Slideshow
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50% of the proceeds of the Ashford Adventure Ride will be donated to Our Companions Animal Sanctuary in Ashford, CT. Our Companions also generously provide volunteers at one of the rest stops on the ride, please thank them for the incredible work they do!
100% of any additional donations on event day will be donated to Our Companions.
Our Companions Animal Sanctuary in Ashford, CT provides care, rehabilitation, training, and a safe haven for animals while they are awaiting permanent homes. This is an incredible organization that has saved many animals and connected them with their forever homes.
Check out their website: 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.