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Bicycling in Connecticut

This is the first in a series of articles reviewing bicycle events outside of the Southeastern Pennsylvania area. This month the featured location is Connecticut. Fairfield County in the southern part of Connecticut is about 150 miles from Horsham, about the same distance as driving to Salisbury, Maryland. Rides in this section of Connecticut feature views of Long Island Sound, beaches, boats, and mansions.

Two great rides in Fairfield County are the Bloomin' Metric in May and Bike the Beach in September or October. The Bloomin' Metric starts from East Norwalk. Ride along the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound during the height of the dogwood and azalea flowering season. Ride on 25, 46, or 62-mile routes starting out on flat-rolling terrain along the coast. Longer routes go inland and up on rolling-hilly terrain. The Bloomin' Metric is the largest bicycle ride in Connecticut, with more than 2,000 cyclists. The Bloomin' Metric is organized by the Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 3323, Westport, CT 06880; phone 203-840-1757.

Bike the Beach starts at Pennfield Beach in Fairfield and goes through as many as five historic New England towns and by scenic beaches. Cycling options range from 11 to 45 miles, flat to rolling, or 62 miles into hillier terrain. Cyclists can swim in the ocean or walk along the beach after the ride because the start/finish point is a pavilion on the beach. This ride benefits people with mental retardation through the activities of the Probus Club and its support of other community organizations such as The Kennedy Center, Inc. Bike the Beach is organized by the Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport, P.O. Box 1403, Fairfield, CT 06432; phone 203-394-5000.

A very interesting non-bicycling attraction in Fairfield County is the Maritime Aquarium and IMAX Theatre in Norwalk. Also, there are several good brew-pubs in this part of Connecticut. Contact the Coastal Fairfield County Convention & Visitor Bureau for visitors' information.

Another event in Connecticut, but not on the coast, is the CycleFest, Hat City Cyclists' June ride in Bethel. It's a scenic tour featuring the lakes, rivers and farms of CT and NY. Cycling options range from 4 to 103 miles on rolling to hilly terrain. Write to Hat City Cyclists, P.O. Box 1034, Bethel, CT 06801. 

For more information

LAB-Affiliated Clubs - Find bicycle clubs in Connecticut

Calendar of Non-SCU Events - Find additional bicycle events in Connecticut and the current year's dates for events on this page

SCU home page

Maps and driving directions

Bypass New York City when driving to Connecticut by taking Route 202 to Somerville, NJ, get on I-287 North, and take the Tappan Zee bridge across the Hudson. Continue on I-287 to I-95 North. Fairfield County is also accessible by MTA Metro-North train from New York City.

Unless stated otherwise, all events provide a cue sheet, marked route, and SAG support. When requesting information by mail, please send a S.A.S.E. to the sponsor. All distances are listed in miles. To convert to metric: 31 miles = Half Metric Century (50 km), 62 miles = Metric Century (100 km). There are no ride leaders for these events, and you ride at your own pace.

Although this list is compiled from reliable sources, SCU and the editor are not responsible for errors or omissions. Please contact the event sponsor to confirm the date, registration deadlines and fees, start times, and services provided. The listing of an event in this article does not represent an endorsement by SCU or by the editor. All rides and activities posted on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual organizers of and participants in the ride or activity. All participants in rides and activities appearing in this article do so at their own risk and assume responsibility for all hazards, injuries, and other risks inherent in such rides and activities. Roads will be open to motor-vehicle traffic; extreme caution must be used while riding.

This article was originally published in the December 2000 SCU Chainletter. Revised 12/18/06.

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