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Rides around Waterbury CT?(11 posts)

Rides around Waterbury CT?Daddylonglegs
May 27, 2003 7:38 PM
I'm meeting a first date for a weekend in and around Middlebury/Waterbury CT. (She has a Tri event there) Can anyone suggest a loop ride and perhaps a B&B to stay at?
Thanks in advance

"Montpelier" Michael
Hmm...jtferraro
May 27, 2003 8:21 PM
Hi Michael,

I've lived in CT my whole life and although I'm not intimately familiar w/the Waterbury/Middlebury area, I can tell you that Middlebury would be a much nicer area to ride than the city of Waterbury. I do have a State of CT bike map...lemme check it out. OK - there is a recommended loop just north of Middlebury - go north on Middlebury Road to Watertown (where the loop starts). It's basically a "figure 8". From Watertown you go north on Rt. 6, then west on Rt. 109, passing through Black Rock State Park. At the junction of 109/209, head north on 209, by Bantam Lake. Before the town of Bantam you take a right on North Sharon Road (then maybe briefly on 209, but I don't think so). You then go south on White Woods Road back to Morris, then south on Rt. 61 and then east on Rt. 132, back to where you started...in Watertown. The map I'm looking at isn't great so this is my best guess. Best of Luck (if you choose this loop). Please let me know how you make out.

Since I live in CT I can't recommend a B&B to stay at - sorry!

-Jeff
Litchfield County?Daddylonglegs
May 28, 2003 1:01 PM
Ok so I was off a bit. It has been recomended that I check out Litchfield County. ???
Where can I get my hands on a CT bike map?
Thanks again
Litchfield County?M_Currie
May 28, 2003 8:17 PM
I don't know about bike maps, but I grew up in Cornwall, CT and later lived in Falls Village, and have ridden around the Northwest corner a lot. You could just go up there with a road map and do well. It's hilly and scenic, and most of the main roads, compared to the ones I currently ride in VT, have good shoulders. The only route I'd recommend avoiding is Rte 7 south of Falls Village. Really, if you decide what distance you want to go, you can pretty much draw an arbitrary loop on a map and not go wrong.
Would DEFINITELY recommend Litchfield County...jtferraro
May 28, 2003 8:58 PM
I hope to make it there soon. I picked up my CT bike map from the CT Dept. of Transportation. I emailed them and they sent it out. I don't think you'd have it in time, but I believe I've seen it at LBS, too.

-Jeff
Stayed at Middlebury Inn the night after our weddingdzrider
May 28, 2003 6:28 AM
It was a pretty nice place with very good food back in 1987 and they were very good about accomodating our bikes. Haven't been there since, but it's a nice thought for our anniversary. Thanks for bringing it to mind.

The roads west of Middlebury toward Roxbury and Bridgewater are lovely. Have fun.
In Canton, CT, there is a cool little bike shop called Benidormbill
May 28, 2003 10:28 AM
that sponsors Eastern Bloc Cycling. They have a bunch of rides. You can visit their website http://www.easternbloc.net They have a forum that you can visit and post on.
Canton is about 20-30 mins east of Waterbury off of Route 84 (it's on Rte 4, or 44, or 40, one of those, I believe, which intersects with 84 somewhere down there -- definitely check directions, because I'm not sure, as you can tell).
It's beautiful there. Waterbury isn't, but the surrounding area is.
If that's too far, I'll bet they can tell you some folks to look up that are closer.
Yup, I've been there...almost bought a C'dale R2000 from them...jtferraro
May 28, 2003 11:00 AM
Thanks for that website link - didn't know about easternbloc or their web forum. The shop is on Rt. 44. I believe the owner's wife (is she's not the owner, herself!) won a women's team time trial in Benidorm, Spain(thus the name of the shop). Her rainbow striped jersey hangs in the shop, too!

-Jeff
Thanks and BTWDaddylonglegs
May 28, 2003 12:57 PM
If anyone needs tips on places to ride up here in Vermont just ask.
Thanks and BTWM_Currie
May 28, 2003 8:27 PM
In my post above I recommended you avoid Rte 7 in Northwest CT., without realizing you're from Vermont. If you're comfortable on, say, Route 100 or Route 30, you can disregard that. Route 7 is similar in feel, though probably in better condition.
Some great VT ridesDaddylonglegs
May 30, 2003 7:28 PM
Amen onthe crappy shoulders up here. I ride route 100 a couple times a week. Mostly between Middlesex, Waterbury and Waitsfield.
My vote for the "worst shoulder" award has to go to rte 15 between Jonhson and Jericho. Our group ride usaually ends up around Eden (no cars, occasional redneck action) and Stagecoach RD./Randolph Rd. loop between Hyde Park and Stowe.
It's just about time to start doing some gap rides.
What part of the state are you in?
I'm in Montpelier