Stage 1 Cycling Team

and the Muddy Mayhem Junior Team

The Stage 1 Cycling Club is a registered non-profit cycling organization based in East Hampton, CT. We got our start over 30 years ago and have gone through many iterations and changes over the years. But one constant remains: Stage 1 is dedicated first and foremost to having fun, building a community of cyclists where all are welcome, and promoting the sport. We believe that pretty much everyone is happier on a bike.

We welcome and are composed of riders of all levels, from beginners to elite racers. If you don’t know how to ride a bike, we’ll teach you. If you’re a national level rider, we’ll support you and help make you better. Most of all, we want to ride with you. To join Stage 1, please contact us first through our Facebook page, or drop by AirLine Cycles in East Hampton, CT so we can meet with you, tell you more about our club, and learn more about you and your goals. The waiver form on this BikeReg page is the final step in the process, AND is also required for anyone interested in joinging in on our rides — regardless of club membership. It’s completely free!

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2 days ago

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I do miss racing in NorCal and all its unsanctioned insanity. Then again, I'mm not sure I need another concussion... ...

As the outgoing STAGE 1 President, I am absolutely thrilled to announce the formal appointment of Brooks Nablo as our new Club President! I am equally psyched to announce that Thanh Mai has agreed to accept another term as the STAGE 1 Treasurer!

Kate Brown Lmt and Josh Pennington will remain as our STAGE 1 Secretary and Vice President. Brian Holdt, Brian Girard, and I (Rob) will remain on the Board of Directors, and as the new President, Brooks will serve as our 4th Board Member and Chairman (like Sinatra!).

The future is bright indeed! We can't make this operation work without our members. If you'd like to get more involved; help out with putting on an event; organize your own event (as small as a ride or as big as huge party with an appearance by Snoop Dog); serve as an assistant coach; race support and planner; become a USAC official; or any other way you'd like to participate more in the club, get in touch and we'll be glad to help you get busy!

We'd particularly love to get more women and girls in leadership positions within the club and grow our female membership.

Again, I can't thank Brooks, Thanh, Kate, and Josh enough for stepping up!

We have lots more to talk about for 2020, but I'll leave it at that for now.
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As the outgoing STAGE 1 President, I am absolutely thrilled to announce the formal appointment of Brooks Nablo as our new Club President! I am equally psyched to announce that Thanh Mai has agreed to accept another term as the STAGE 1 Treasurer! 

Kate Brown Lmt and Josh Pennington will remain as our STAGE 1 Secretary and Vice President.  Brian Holdt, Brian Girard, and I (Rob) will remain on the Board of Directors, and as the new President, Brooks will serve as our 4th Board Member and Chairman (like Sinatra!). 

The future is bright indeed!  We cant make this operation work without our members.  If youd like to get more involved; help out with putting on an event; organize your own event (as small as a ride or as big as huge party with an appearance by Snoop Dog); serve as an assistant coach; race support and planner; become a USAC official; or any other way youd like to participate more in the club, get in touch and well be glad to help you get busy!

Wed particularly love to get more women and girls in leadership positions within the club and grow our female membership. 

Again, I cant thank Brooks, Thanh, Kate, and Josh enough for stepping up!  

We have lots more to talk about for 2020, but Ill leave it at that for now.

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I think we should all also take a moment to appreciate my AWESOME photoshop skills! Check out that picture? Why, it's uncanny!

You know nothing Brooks Nablo

I am humbled to get to work with such a great team! As I try my best to fill the large shoes that Rob Stiles has left me to fill I hope that everyone is willing to help me work to continue the trend of putting on the best events and having the best time while doing so! I’ll certainly have to work on my photoshop skills 😂🙌🏻

I'm 100% with Kurt D'Aniello. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lde4qgB3zYY

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2 weeks ago

Stage 1 Cycling Team

Bummer but it'll be back! ...

Let’s not allow the juniors to show us up in the turns! ...

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4 weeks ago

Stage 1 Cycling Team

The ride is on for tonight! Bring a fat bike if you got one.Today the shop is closed for inventory, but tonight we ride! The trails are still pretty wet, so we'll be skipping the singletrack and instead riding up the AirLine Trail to do some hot laps on the new middle school trails. These trails have just been cut, and are still under development, so riding these in wet conditions is actually a good thing. Fatbikes are preferred, but normal knobbies should be okay too.

Ride departs at 6PM from the shop!

Happy New Year!
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The ride is on for tonight! Bring a fat bike if you got one.

4 weeks ago

Stage 1 Cycling Team

Open house at the shop at noon on New Year's Day!
Hope you can make it!New Year's Day: Open house at AirLine Cycles at noon.

Unfortunately, the group rides are cancelled. Wet conditions and no freezing temps left the trails in terrible conditions...and then we got 2.5" of additional rain. Please, respect the trails during this most sensitive stretch of weather. Any big ruts or trail damage that occurs now will likely freeze into place, cause further erosion, and we'll be dealing with even worse conditions come the spring thaw.

Happy New Year!
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Open house at the shop at noon on New Years Day!
Hope you can make it!

Good day STAGE 1 peeps. We recently got a new dog. We've been promising one to our kids for a while, but secretly, I've always wanted a trail dog to hang out with me on rides. Enter Emmett -- he's an 8-month-old Border Collie mix and he's got all the makings a great trail companion. Since I'm new to dog ownership and training, I didn't know much about the regimen necessary to get Emmett on track. He's still a little young for long rides but now is a good time to begin the training, and to really (really!) get it right it will take up to a year before he's solid enough to join me on fast group rides. But that's fine. I want to do it the right way. If you have any interest in training your dog as full-on trail companion, the attached video should give you some some good initial information.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsVjF6mcUbg\
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Note sure if you have met our Huckleberry but he is one hell of a trail dog! Definitely wait until 1 year for any significant rides (you need to wait until they reach full growth to avoid damaging hips/growth plate regions). Getting them accustom to the bikes started when our pup was little along with lots of time on the trails in the woods. Trail dogs are the best!

Hoping you have better luck than I did with my Nika. She developed a mind of her own. But worse she got elbow displasia requiring both elbows to be scoped so now can’t handle anything longer than a few miles.

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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.