Welcome to the site for all the latest information about Connecticut's dirty little century, roughly 118miles in early September, about half off paved surfaces. Please start by reading The Basics (this is a link) for information about the ride (if current year Basics is not yet available, the previous year will give a general gist).

Rather than answer individual questions repeatedly, please address questions as "comments" to the MOST RECENT post and I will answer in a blog posting for all to see.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Town Crier News Flash: Detour de CT leaves the Dark Ages!

For many years I've been a fan of the term Luddite, happily applying the moniker to myself, but it was only recently that I read about the word's origins.  Rather than paraphrase the story myself, I'll opt for modernity and simply link you to Wikipedia so you can read their synopsis yourself.

All studied up?  Great.  So yeah, I'm a Luddite in many ways, one of them being the use of GPS for riding.  Last year, when I was invited to a "Strava Ride" with friends, it was my intention to tape a Garmin sized and shaped rock to my handlebars for the ride.  Yup, that's about as high tech as I get on a bike.  What can I say, I like having to guess how fast I'm going.  I even like getting lost.  I even like like the fact that I'm rather odd.  But I can change...if I have to...I guess (Yes, I'm a Red Green fan too--fitting, isn't it?).

And Justin is doing his damnedest to help me, and the ride, in that transformation.  So guess what?  Believe it or not, there is now an Official 2016 Detour de Connecticut GPX file.  Wow, GPX, that just sounds fast!  Ok, I've stalled as long as I can: here it is.  Again, there are lot's of various files donning the title "Detour de Connecticut" in some fashion or other, but this is the right one.  And please, still have a copy of the Cues along for the ride.  If in doubt, trust the cues.

And as always, if you haven't already, be sure to read this years Basics, for all the, well, basic information you need to know...in just a month!


  1. Hello - looking forward to getting on the pain train on Sat. Is there a map of the entire route? I'm not a garmin user but do use "Ride with GPS" on my smart phone. I checked and the route is not listed. Thanks.

  2. Please just use the link within this post for the gpx file. You can plug it into a map of your choosing.