Scheduled Group RidesGroup rides for all skill levels in East Hampton and the surrounding areas - Learn to ride and meet the AirLine Cycle gang
AirLine Cycles is proud to host the Stage 1 Cycling Club weekly group rides. These 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 singletrack mountain bike rides, gravel rides in teh state forest or on te AirLine Trails, 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!
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 Gravel Ride
Thursday 6 PM – 9 PM
Thursday Night Gravel Rides will be a weekly event, weather permitting. We will typically have a single group of about 12 miles. 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
Special Event – Watch Facebook for scheduled events
Rides will be approximately 60 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 or from Hurd Park’s outer parking lot at designated times.
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 Pomfret! The trail has many single track offshoots that contain all the variety the Connecticut woods has to offer. And now, running right through the Village Center 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
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
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
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
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
Our East Hampton location is conveniently located in downtown East Hampton CT near the head of Connecticut’s famous Airline Trail. We also have a location in Colchester CT at the end of the Airline Trail Colchester Spur. 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.
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