Aug 1, 2018

Trial By Fire, October 20 2018


Sorry to be so quiet this summer after Candy Town I managed to get my hand caught between the front bumper of a rental truck and a trailer on fathers day (I blame Hallmark for this one). Anyhoo, nine more days till they pull the last pin and then I can start PT, actually I've secretly started already, but that's another story. So prepare yourselves for "Trial By Fire" Saturday October 20 (because that's the day Mike Sted can make it) Glacial Park Ledyard, CT. Top 3 places will get medals, I'll ask Ross for a box of schwag and we'll plan to pot the usual "pro-purse" not a man bag, PBR and hot dogs to follow, $20 for the day. Details will follow over the next few weeks.

Aug 3, 2018

I'm interested and so is my son. How do we register?

Aug 3, 2018

Rider sign up will be the same day (Saturday) at around 10ish, we will be setting sections Thursday and Friday. I will post directions, details and my cell number as the date closes in. Glad you pinged in, where are you traveling from? What level do you like to ride? We really try to put in a good effort to make the sections fun and challenging. The comp is not a UCI or nationally sanctioned event even though we get more riders than most comps. Its the great riding, hot dogs and cheap beer that really make the statement.

Aug 3, 2018

Travelling from Central PA. I am pretty old school, at one point I was mid pack expert, but now I don't have the hops like I used to. Maybe 2 months practice will help. Haven't done a comp since 2006, now my 13yo son wants to give it a try,so this will be his first. I'm he will probably be riding beginner

Aug 3, 2018

Johannes will likely ride expert too any maybe we can pull in Kegan, so we can flag out slightly down sized expert sections, keep them fum and interesting.

Aug 31, 2018


News Flash!

“A sigh of relief for trials riders as the heat breaks for New England.” What does that mean, dust off that damn trials bike and throw a leg over it. Trial by Fire will not take pity on any lame defenses or explanations, just kidding we will mark out fun sections for all riders so that the fun factor is maximized and the torture kept to a minimum. Ross from Web Cyclery will be sending us a little box of schwag, my grilling skills are the same and the low quality of the beer a constant. I’ll bend Mike Sted’s ear to see if he can arrange additional sponsor prizes.

Place: Glacial Park Ledyard CT

Time: October 20, 10AM rider registration and meeting

Sections: Novice, Sport, Expert, Pro

Prizes: Medals 1-3 each category (sometimes there is a pro-purse depending on the number of riders)

Feel free to call me any time for more details


Oct 11, 2018

Sections are shaping up well at Glacial Park. Rollier and more flow one move to the next. Easy to find too, see you all on October 20th between 10 and 1030 AM

exit 88 of rout 95 in CT, bottom of ramp rout 117 North you will need to head north.

Follow to left turn on Sandy Hollow Road (abut 3 miles)

follow Sand Hollow to the end over the reservoirs, at end stop turn left

Follow about 1/2 mile, Tanglewood Rd. will be on you left, glacial is the immediately next right, into Glacial Park parking area, if Glacial parking area is full park on Tanglewood and just walk on over.

Call or e-mail me any time with questions.



cel 860 772 8870


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