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.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Game On!

I am willing to trust a three day forecast even if I know better.  So, the forecast for Saturday looks great, while Sunday is predicted wet.  That was easy, Saturday Detour de CT this year, no rain delay.

Also, if you are planning on joining the ride, but haven't registered at BikeReg.com, please change one of those things, preferably the latter.  Don't worry, it's still free and they are really good about not inundating registrants with email of the potted meat product variety.

Thank you and see you in a few days!

Friday, August 18, 2017


Justin came through again in his attempt to bring the Detour into the modern era of mobile GPS units, stoplight cameras, and government wiretapping to bring us an updated .GPX file of this year's ride!  You can find it at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24277869, and don't worry, your 3rd grade teacher probably won't know if you download it, but she'll still be disappointed, that you NEVER LEARNED TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS!

See you in a couple weeks; I'll be the guy in the tin foil helmet banging a couple rocks together.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Musings on the Seventh Year

So yeah, wow, this will be seven years of the official Detour de CT, and while there have been tweaks here and there following the most substantial route changes the second year, the ride really has stayed pretty intact from year to year.  Not sure I can say the same for the riders, but I sincerely believe that some have actually enjoyed the experience.

As for me, I really like the loop and find myself looking forward at least as much as ever.  Even with the route pretty much the same, I've definitely had a different experience riding it over each of the last six years.  For one thing, I only ever endo-ed over an errant dog on the Airline Trail the very first year.  But canine calamity aside, it is the other riders, the weather, or any number of other factors that have made each year a unique experience.  And underlying it all, I just really like riding this route.

So seven years (we might make a decade yet!), and I'm looking forward to a full day off from swinging hammers and instead rambling around a bit of eastern CT, hopefully with you!