Jul 13, 2017

Shoot First-Trial Later (comp 10/1)


So its time to organize another one. I'm punching this date out as a...make sure you brother isn't getting married, or you have a funeral, trucks dead cant make it, la...la..la. I know its a Sunday, but my wife's birthday is Saturday. We can do a similar format as last time at Glacial Park, Ledyard, CT and I may add in a "trials enduro" to the menu to spice it up a bit. This could be a great warm up for NATS in November.

Beginner/Novice, Sport, Expert, Pro. Maybe a tiny gas money cash pot, schwag, 1-3 place medals = $20.00 same as last time. Fee covers a PBR and a hot dog or two and guaranteed great riding. Anyone who can make it out this way for a bit on Saturday AM can help tape out the sections. Chime in if the date works for you or not.


Jul 18, 2017

Ross Winsor (Webcyclery) is sending us goody bag for the October 1 Comp, see note below

Hi Tony,

We'd be happy to put together another schwag bag for the comp. Please shoot me another email around 3 weeks before the event if you would and I'll send some things out. Don't think I will be able to make it out, but I will definitely be at NATC in NC.



Jul 20, 2017

I'll be there if the weather is good. I'm a total newbie and I'm trying to get 3 other total newbs to try it too. So far they said they will give it a go but that can change between now and 10/1.

Jul 20, 2017

Fantastic there will be at least 3 other novice riders to join you.

Jul 24, 2017

Glacial Park in Ledyard, CT. If your coming via 95 its exit 88 in CT.

Aug 22, 2017

Medals arrived Monday for Octobers event, it should be a great ride save the date!

October 1 (yes its a Sunday) Noon, Glacial Park.


Aug 31, 2017


“Shoot first…Trials later” is on for Sunday, October 1st at Glacial Park, Ledyard CT. No excuses so; if you haven’t been riding, can’t ride, off the bike for too long JN, pet hamster peed on brake pads, wife will cut you off, don’t know if I still have a bike, etc. etc. start making your apologies, pump up the tires and come ride. I figure we gather by 11 AM in the car parking area have a quick riders meeting and head into the woods for 4 or 5 sections of CT’s best. After riding we’ll set our sights on weaners, awards and PBR likely done by 4:30-5pm. Maybe a fire pit somewhere Saturday evening for those coming into town the day before (will advise on this).


Sep 14, 2017

Shoot First Trails Later comp novice walk through

Sep 14, 2017

Shoot First Trails Later comp novice ride

Sep 14, 2017

John those are the best edits ever! Lynn almost pee'd her self laughing at Jim, and it gives a great perspective to those thinking of this as their first comp. For all those who don't know, John is off his bike for a shoulder injury and came over to Glacial today just to help out. He will hopefully be back on his bike for "Shoot First".

Sep 14, 2017

Nice box of Schwag just arrived from Ross at Webcyclery! Thanks again Ross for adding some horse power to our little event.


Sep 14, 2017

Mazy ready to "Get'er done"!


Sep 25, 2017

If this is your first comp pp. 12-14 are very helpful.


If any of the rules are unclear, do not sweat it! Last year we did not go with individual score cards rather just a clip board with all scores recorded by the observer, I hope all are OK with the same this year. I'll have accurate directions and a decent GPS address for all on Tuesday.

Sep 26, 2017


Directions to Glacial Park, Ledyard CT

Best GPS Coordinate, is the “T” intersection of Tanglewood Dr. and Whalehead Rd. parking is 100 yards to the west of this intersection under the powerlines opposite side of the street from Tanglewood.

Actual directions for the less enlightened GPS users: Rout 95 in CT to exit 88, rout 117. At the bottom of the exit ramps take rout 117 north. From 95 north bound it’s a left at the bottom of the ramp. From 95 south bound it’s a right at the bottom of the ramp. Follow 117 north 3.6 miles to Sandy Hollow Road, which will only be on your left. Take left and follow Sandy hollow road 2.2 miles across the reservoirs to the 3 way stop with Whalehead Rd. also this is the end of Sand Hollow Rd. Left on Whalehead, follow for .37 miles to parking area under the powerlines on your right. You will know you are 100 yards from the car park when you see Tanglewood Dr. on your left, parking will be on your right.

My Cell 860 772 8870, E-mail tony@fortecarbon.com

Thanks Tony

Riders should be ready for a brief meeting at 11AM be ready to start riding sections after the meeting.

Sep 29, 2017

Might as well add in a swap meet to the whole shebang! So whatever you may have lying around bring it along it might help another rider and provide beer or gas money depending on your priorities.

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