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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There are a few impressive entries in the Go Paint Us a Picture Challenge. The prolific rider/artist, @LuciaD is at it again. Her latest entry is "9th Avenue Pencil" and it come in at 7 miles. We've also received a very impressive entry from Mike Jordan entitled "I’ll get you my pretty. And your little dog too!!!" Mike's entry comes in at slightly under 65 miles and 5105' in elevation. Not too shabby! Mike's entry is clearly in the lead for the "Biggest/Bestest" category for now, but there are still many days left!

Get in on the fun and go register here: www.bikereg.com/go-paint-us-a-picture
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There are a few impressive entries in the Go Paint Us a Picture Challenge.  The prolific rider/artist, @LuciaD is at it again. Her latest entry is 9th Avenue Pencil and it come in at 7 miles. Weve also received a very impressive entry from Mike Jordan entitled I’ll get you my pretty. And your little dog too!!! Mikes entry comes in at slightly under 65 miles and 5105 in elevation.  Not too shabby!  Mikes entry is clearly in the lead for the Biggest/Bestest category for now, but there are still many days left! 

Get in on the fun and go register here: https://www.bikereg.com/go-paint-us-a-pictureImage attachment

I had to share this meme after Brian’s epic post about being classified as an essential!
I know he’s in his element keeping you all on your favorite 2 wheels!!
I’m on week 3 of lockdown, clients stopped coming and it just felt right to be careful!
Hope you are all safe & making the best of it!!

Miss seeing you all & I’m looking forward to the first Stage 1 post covid -19 party!! ~ Kate
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I had to share this meme after Brian’s epic post about being classified as an essential! 
I know he’s in his element keeping you all on your favorite 2 wheels!!
I’m on week 3 of lockdown, clients stopped coming and it just felt right to be careful!
Hope you are all safe & making the best of it!!

Miss seeing you all & I’m looking forward to the first Stage 1 post covid -19 party!! ~ Kate

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Congratulations Sir! It appears I too am essential AF.

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Sound advice from Trailforks. ...

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BTW: for those of you new to Strava picture making, you may want to use a route planning to help you create your masterpiece. For example, I used the Strava route builder (see www.strava.com/routes/new) to create this picture that I'll try creating at some point.

I'm pretty new to making pictures, so I basically found a nearby open area (in this case, the campground at Rocky Neck) and used Strava to build my picture. Next, I'll download it to my device (a phone will work), and use the navigation feature. I have no idea how well it will work, but like everyone else in the competition, I've got a few more weeks to dial it in.

Good luck! Now go register and get cracking!

www.bikereg.com/go-paint-us-a-picture#Register
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BTW: for those of you new to Strava picture making, you may want to use a route planning to help you create your masterpiece.  For example, I used the Strava route builder (see https://www.strava.com/routes/new) to create this picture that Ill try creating at some point.  

Im pretty new to making pictures, so I basically found a nearby open area (in this case, the campground at Rocky Neck) and used Strava to build my picture.  Next, Ill download it to my device (a phone will work), and use the navigation feature. I have no idea how well it will work, but like everyone else in the competition, Ive got a few more weeks to dial it in. 

Good luck!  Now go register and get cracking!

https://www.bikereg.com/go-paint-us-a-picture#Register

Apparently there's something Brooks Nablo is NOT good at on a bike. This is his entry from March 19th in the "Paint Us a Picture" Challenge. I guess we'll call it "Sad Worm." 🙁 ...

Apparently theres something Brooks Nablo is NOT good at on a bike.  This is his entry from March 19th in the Paint Us a Picture Challenge.  I guess well call it Sad Worm. :(

Congratulations to Lucia D who is currently leading the charge with her entry "TBD.BIKE (take 2)". It's still VERY early in the competition! Get in on this shizzle and get moving! Register here: www.bikereg.com/go-paint-us-a-picture#Register ...

Congratulations to Lucia D who is currently leading the charge with her entry TBD.BIKE (take 2). Its still VERY early in the competition!  Get in on this shizzle and get moving!  Register here: https://www.bikereg.com/go-paint-us-a-picture#Register

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Sweet! p.s., if I win, I am going to donate all my winnings back to Stage 1 Cycling Team. Thank you folks for this fun idea for us route nerds! 🤓

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STAGE 1 Friends, in a week of mostly bad news I am very happy to pass along that Thanh Mai has updated our affiliation and sponsorship with Skratch Labs!! Check your email and you should have a notice with instructions on getting started. If your account was already current, you may not have received an email and you should be all set already.

Thanks so much to our great friends at Skratch for all their support. I just finished up a chilly 40 miler with Kurt Litsinger and it was pretty great to come home to a tall cup of Skratch Horchata!

If you didn't receive the notice, please IM or email Thanh, Rob, or Brooks Nablo and we'll get you up and running.
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STAGE 1 Friends, in a week of mostly bad news I am very happy to pass along that Thanh Mai has updated our affiliation and sponsorship with Skratch Labs!! Check your email and you should have a notice with instructions on getting started.  If your account was already current, you may not have received an email and you should be all set already.  

Thanks so much to our great friends at Skratch for all their support.  I just finished up a chilly 40 miler with Kurt Litsinger and it was pretty great to come home to a tall cup of Skratch Horchata!

If you didnt receive the notice, please IM or email Thanh, Rob, or Brooks Nablo and well get you up and running.

Due to the latest data on COVID-19’s spread and the healthcare system’s ability to manage this crisis, USA Cycling is recommending cancellation of all sanctioned events immediately and calling on all race and event directors, clubs, coaches, athletes, and members to postpone or cancel all scheduled races and events immediately. This includes any gatherings such as group rides, all events through April 5th.

In cooperation with these guidelines we will not be having our scheduled juniors practice this coming Tuesday or Sunday. I will be watching this closely and will let you know about the following week as more information comes available. I do encourage everyone to get out and ride. Brooks is currently finishing up his Bicycle Instructor Training Program and hope to put together some skills for everyone to work on prior to getting int the long awaited XC race season. Again thank you for your understanding.
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Due to the latest data on COVID-19’s spread and the healthcare system’s ability to manage this crisis, USA Cycling is recommending cancellation of all sanctioned events immediately and calling on all race and event directors, clubs, coaches, athletes, and members to postpone or cancel all scheduled races and events immediately. This includes any gatherings such as group rides, all events through April 5th. 

In cooperation with these guidelines we will not be having our scheduled juniors practice this coming Tuesday or Sunday. I will be watching this closely and will let you know about the following week as more information comes available. I do encourage everyone to get out and ride. Brooks is currently finishing up his Bicycle Instructor Training Program and hope to put together some skills for everyone to work on prior to getting int the long awaited XC race season. Again thank you for your understanding.

3 weeks ago

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A huge congrats to team newcomer Jimmy Klose on his 2nd place finish out of 77 riders at the Stokesville 60km Mountain Bike Race today down in Virginia. Way to represent! ...

A huge congrats to team newcomer Jimmy Klose on his 2nd place finish out of 77 riders at the Stokesville 60km Mountain Bike Race today down in Virginia. Way to represent!

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Having Jim make the podium wearing my kit is *almost* as good as making it my self! In fact, don't I get some upgrade points for that? 😁 Nice work Jimmy Klose!

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In a quest to keep on innovating and make the sport fun, Brian Holdt had this video on at AirLine Cycles the other night. I was absolutely mesmerized by this. Why didn't we ever think of this before, and how am I just learning about it now? I think renting a go-cart track could be cost prohibitive, but I bet we could easily set up a grass track and try this out at Belltown CX. Fixed gears are so common around these parts, but a single speed or a ziptied shifter would work fine to get us started. Who's in?

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The Cote clan hit the winter downhill bike race at suicide six and the boys placed 1st and 3rd respectively in the grom category! So awesome! Check out Kate Cote's feed for some great pics and video! I borrowed a few to share below. The STAGE 1/AirLine Cycles were well represented! One more reason to love winter. ...

Big thanks and shout out to the great folks at Kingdom Trails for putting on a great event this past weekend! It was well worth the drive to get my first real taste of winter fat biking. The food, the beer, the trails, the vendors, and the people all made it a lot of fun for us.

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Big thanks and shout out to the great folks at Kingdom Trails for putting on a great event this past weekend!  It was well worth the drive to get my first real taste of winter fat biking.  The food, the beer, the trails, the vendors, and the people all made it a lot of fun for us. 

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Definitely an awesome place to go

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Happy 40th birthday @Anthony Vecca! Great way to celebrate! ...

Happy 40th birthday @Anthony Vecca! Great way to celebrate!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Looks like a great time!!

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Me following Stage 1 Cycling Team juniors around. ...

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I’m surprised any of them made it looking at those tires and brakes.

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