AirLine Cycles Group Rides

Group rides for all skill levels in East Hampton and the surrounding areas - Learn to ride and meet the AirLine Cycle gang

AirLine Cycles Group Rides

Our weekly group rides are a great way to get off your couch and onto a bike! Some rides are social, some competitive, and some are informative. All rides leave you a better cyclist and feeling better about yourself. We truly appreciate all who ride with us and you’ll never be left out or left behind. Our rides include mountain bike single track as well as epic road rides in the towns of East Hampton, Colchester, East Haddam, Marlborough and Middletown. Route and weather updates can be found on our Facebook page or call 860-365-5496 for an update. See you on the trail!

Wednesday Night Road Bike Ride

Wednesday 6 PM – 9 PM

Wednesday Night Road Rides are kicking off, this year with a new twist. We have some fantastic gravel in the area and are going to be regularly doing gravel rides. This week we are going to check it out. There will be three ride options, a 10 mile, a 16 mile, and a 24 mile. This ride is a “Ride what you brung” type ride. You’ll be happiest on a gravel or cross bike, but could do it on a road bike with wider tires or mountain bike. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the shop. As always, beverages after the ride. Please be self-sufficient with spare tubes, pump, basic knowledge. Shop ambassadors will do their best to keep everyone together and rolling, but some things are outside of our control.

Beginner Mountain Bike Ride

Saturday mornings – to resume this spring

Rides will be approximately 90 minutes in length, and will feature plenty of encouragement and chances to pause, catch your breath, and talk about riding techniques.

Rides leave from AirLine Cycles

Thursday Night Mountain Bike Ride

Thursday 6:15 PM

Rides alternate between leaving from AirLine Cycles and Hurd State Park. Demo headlights are usually available – please call ahead to reserve a set. Check Facebook or call the shop for ride details!

We typically split into two groups, fast and good-looking. The fast group is a race-pace type group for the extra fit folks. The good-looking group is slightly slower, more social, and definitely more attractive.

Thursday Night Mountain Bike Bad-Ass Chicks Hit the Trail

Thursday 6:15 PM

Rides alternate between leaving from AirLine Cycles and Hurd State Park. Demo headlights are usually available – please call ahead to reserve a set. Check Facebook or call the shop for ride details!

We typically split into two groups, fast and good-looking. The fast group is a race-pace type group for the extra fit folks. The good-looking group is slightly slower, more social, and definitely more attractive.

After the Ride

Pull a stool up to the bar and talk about the local trails, group rides, new technology, or bike maintenance. Learn about the great riding in the Salmon River State Forest, Day Pond, Grayville, and Hurd, all within 10 minutes from the shop. And it’s an easy drive to Gay City, Rockland Preserve, Case Mountain, and many other amazing trail systems.

The Airline Trail

The Airline trail is a true treasure for Eastern Connecticut. Running from Portland all the way up to Railroad St in Pomfret CT. The trail has many single track offshoots that contain all the variety the Connecticut woods has to offer. And now, running right past our front door is the newly constructed portion paralleling Rt 16 to Portland. This is a great section of the trail for test riding your next bike so come in and give our new lines of Fat Tire, Cyclocross or Full Suspension Bikes a try.

Airline Trail Video

Check out this great video about the Airline State Park Trail. https://www.facebook.com/81596165508/videos/10152568906935509/

Airline Trail Brochure

http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/greenways/airlinetrailbrochure.pdf

Hurd State Park

Hurd State Park has great trails for beginners and advanced riders. Beginners should stick to the red and blue trails. The trails are well groomed so you can fly down the swoopy hills as fast as you want. Be sure to hit Split Rock so you can see the incredible views of the Connecticut River.

Hurd State Park Map

http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/hurd.pdf

Meshomasic State Forest

The Meshomasic State Forest is located in East Hampton, Portland, and Marlborough with smaller sections located in Glastonbury and Hebron. It is popular for mountain biking, hiking, and hunting. The Rangers Headquarters were located on Gadpouch Road in East Hampton. Ride out to Great Hill for a view of the Arrigoni Bridge.

Meshomasic State Forest Biking Map

http://www.bikerag.net/images/MAPS/ct-meshomasic_map.htm

Salmon River State Forest

Salmon River State Forest is a Connecticut state forest located in the towns of Hebron, Marlborough, Colchester, East Haddam, and East Hampton. It includes 1,300 acres (530 ha) leased from the United States government. The forest features Comstock’s Bridge, the only remaining covered bridge in eastern Connecticut, which spans the Salmon River near Route 16 in East Hampton.

Salmon River State Forest Biking Map

http://www.bikerag.net/mountain%20bike%20trail%20reviews.htm

Grayville Falls Town Park

Grayville Falls features about 20 miles of singletrack and several miles of doubletrack. If you’re looking for intermediate rocky trails full of ledge rock, drops and flowy descents, Grayville has lots of offer. The ridgeline trail accesses a fire road at the top that connects to all the featured trails. It’s very easy to loop back around repeat favorite trails. Check out the river bed for the longest slab stair case you’ll ever ride!

Grayville Falls Town Park Biking Map

http://www.bikerag.net/mountain%20bike%20trail%20reviews.htm

Looking for more information? Please get in touch!

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We are conveniently located in down town East Hampton CT near the head of Connecticut’s famous Airline Trail. We pride ourselves in our customer service and local riders know us as the go-to local bike shop in the local areas of East Hampton, Marlborough, Hebron, Colchester, Portland, Middletown, Glastonbury, East Haddam, Moodus and Salem Connecticut.