Testimonial: “Thank you for putting on such a great event. It was flawless from my point of view and my friend who rode with me. We completed the Horrible Hundred, the rest stops were great… people very friendly and supportive. There was a lot of behind the scenes unpaid, unknown hours by volunteers. Thanks to those people and also the vendors who supplied the food and goody bags.”
– Paul S. (2016)
The East Lyme Bike & BBQ to benefit open spaces and historic places invites avid and recreational bike riders alike for a spectacular ride along either a family friendly 9-mile historical house tour, 26 Mile, 62 mile, or 100 mile course. The family friendly course will take you to 3 historical houses around East Lyme: the Smith-Harris House, the Thomas Lee House and the Samuel Smith House. Participants are welcome to stop at each house for a rest and tour of the property. For the other courses, there will be checkpoints along the rides for riders to use the restrooms or to refuel. All rides disembark from the beautiful grounds of the Smith Harris House located in Niantic, CT just off of exit 73 on I-95. The courses will head north along the canopy covered roads of southeastern Connecticut and will exhibit some moderate to difficult hill climbs. All courses will circle back to the Smith Harris House property where mouth-watering BBQ prepared by the Niantic Lions Club will be served to top off the day. Enjoy the live music and explore the sponsor tents as you savor your post-ride feast. Meal tickets will also be sold for family and friends that want to come show their support!
A huge thank you to the guys from Eliminator Cycling for hosting such phenomenal rest stops!
Event Details and Schedule
What is this event for?
East Lyme Parks and Recreation is holding this event to raise money for local historical properties and open spaces in East Lyme and Niantic. The three historical properties benefiting from this event are: the Smith-Harris House, the Samuel Smith House, and the Thomas Lee House. Proceeds will also benefit the East Lyme Land Trust.
The Rides (To view information about routes, please click on the route of your choice to view maps)
All routes will be marked on the road, and have turn sheet provided.
NEW Turn sheets for each route will soon be attached at the bottom of the page
We have 6 new routes for you to explore. Read from the descriptions below and decide if you want a nice leisurely ride such as the 9 mile Historical House Tour where you stop and visit our town’s oldest homes or if you want to challenge yourself on a course like the Miserable Metric or bone crushing Horrible Hundred.
For the avid cyclist that is not afraid of some elevation change the Horrible Hundred is your ticket. With its nearly 6900’ of climbing including the fabled Mt. Archer you will earn the special “I survived the Horrible Hundred” bumper sticker to proudly display. Don’t let the name fool you this ride is not all pain and suffering. This super scenic ride will take you on beautiful, traffic-free back country roads through Connecticut’s farm lands and villages. When completed that tasty Lions Club BBQ will be waiting for you to enjoy!
If 100 miles seems like a bigger bite than you can chew than how about 100 kilometers? Sign up for the Miserable Metric. This ride is not for the first time cycling newbie. The Miserable Metric covers 62 miles with over 4350’ of climbing to conquer. Once again it is not all misery as the name implies. You will be riding on some of Connecticut’s most scenic roads that will take your breath away. These are world class cycling roads with no cars to speak of. One of the best, if not the best metric century around. Upon completion each rider will be given a bumper sticker proclaiming “I Survived the Miserable Metric”. Like the Horrible Hundred this ride gives you a sense of accomplishment and a reason to be hungry at the BBQ!
If you love the idea of doing a 100K metric century but want less climbing than the Miserable Metric, the Mild Metric is the right choice for you. The Mild Metric will take you through a combination of back country roads and the shoreline communities. With less than 2900’ feet of climbing most riders will not find this ride too difficult. Most of the climbing is in the early part of the ride so the last 20 miles should be a piece of cake so you will be able to rest up a bit as you get closer to the BBQ feast at the end.
For the rider looking for less seat time but still wants to conquer a few hills along the way the 38 Special will fill your need. If you are novice cyclist looking for a challenge – try this ride out. If you are a more experienced rider looking to just blast out some hills The 38 Special has over 2100’ of climbing and will not disappoint you.
For the casual rider that still wants a challenge and feeling of accomplishment the Easy 26 may fit your style. Again don’t let the name fool you as this is not a totally flat ride. For the more novice rider this is a good introduction into some easy to moderate climbing. There are no steep hills to wrestle with like some of the other routes we have. The route still has 1350’ of climbing on rolling hills. With fantastic traffic free roads and great scenery you might not even notice some of the hills as you look around and socialize with other riders. After accomplishing this route you will have earned that tasty BBQ that awaits your arrival.
If you are looking for a nice family ride or are new to cycling the Historical House Tour may be just what you need. This relativity easy 9 mile loop will take you to the town’s three historic houses where you can stop and refresh yourself. Take a walk inside the homes and members of the historical society will be there to greet you. The members will gladly answer any questions you have and tell you the homes history. Enjoy the ride, the education, and, of course, the BBQ graciously put on by the Lions Club at the end.
The East Lyme Bike and BBQ has a ride for everyone to enjoy and helps support our historic houses and open spaces. With our outstanding fully stocked rest stops along the routes, colorful event jerseys, goodie bags and of course the Lions Club BBQ feast at the end it is a win-win for all! Come join us, challenge yourself, and help us help others.
Note: these are not races. Each ride was picked by long-time cycling enthusiasts and members of our committee. The rides were chosen for being their favorite local roads that are void of large traffic flow, their challenging hills and the beautiful scenery.
Registration Prior to September 25th: $65/rider*
Registration September 26th-October 1st: $75/rider*
ATTENTION: Strict 500 rider limit (expected to fill up)
*Teams of 5 or more registering together will receive a $5/rider discount (information below)
Registration includes ride of your choice, event shirt, event water bottle and goodie bag along with the post ride feast. You may register online, in person at the Parks and Recreation office, through the mail or on race day. More information about registration is listed below.
Meal ticket only: $20 (sold day of only, limited number available)
Event Long Sleeve moisture wicking shirt only: $15 (sold day of only, limited number available)
Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Location: Smith Harris House: 33 Society Road, Niantic, CT 06357
Parking: Parking will be available at the two schools and community center adjacent to the Smith Harris property. Clearly marked the day of the event and on event map.
Race Day Registration: Registration begins 1 hour prior to start time.
Before jumping on your bike every rider will receive a goodie bag filled with our “thank you” gifts as well as our super cool Bike and BBQ jersey. Then it is all up to you and your cycling ability!
(Registration AND start times)
6:00 AM 100 Mile ride
8:30 AM 62 Mile rides
9:30 AM 38 Mile ride
10:30 AM 26 Mile ride
11:30 AM Historical House Tour
Rides are expected to finish between 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM where post-ride meal will be served until 5:00 PM.
There will be 4 rest stops for the Horrible Hundred, 3 for the Dead or Alive 85, and 2 for the Miserable Metric and Easy 26. The Historical House Tour will have pit stops at the three historical houses. There will be portable toilets located at a few of the rest stops.
Have 4 or more riding buddies? Sign up as a team and receive special perks! With a team of 5 or more, each rider gets $5 off their entry fee. Additionally, teams will have a special express sign-up table and will start at the front of the pack for the ride. Registered teams are encouraged to send in a group photo, photo of jerseys or team logo that can posted to the website along with any caption you may want to add to the photo. Have a team of 3 or less? While you won’t receive the team perks, you can still send in a team photo and be posted on the website!
Post Ride Feast
At the conclusion of the ride, all patrons with a meal ticket will be treated to a BBQ lunch provided by the Niantic Lions Club. Meals will be served from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Registration: Online or by Mail
No refunds will be offered.
- All online registration ends Thursday, September 28th at 11:59 PM
- Free Online Registration using WebTrac
- Online Registration Through BikeReg
- Download and print the form at the bottom of this page or complete the form in the event promotion flyer.
- Pay by check to be made out to: Town of East Lyme
Note: “Bike and BBQ” in memo portion of check
- All paper applications must be received by Thursday, September 28th
- Credit cards are not accepted by mail or the day of the event
- Registration forms may also be returned to the Parks & Recreation office during their normal
operating hours of Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM. They are located at the address below.
- Mail entry form and payment to:
Niantic, CT 06357
Race Day Registration:
- In-person registration and check payment can be done prior to each ride on the event day, October 1st. Credit Cards, Cash and Checks will be accepted..
The East Lyme Bike & BBQ will proceed rain or shine. Please be aware of the day’s forecast so you can prepare accordingly. If dangerous weather is impending, registrants will be notified via the email provided and a notice will be posted on the website.
Local Bike Shops
If you’re scrambling to find some parts or just want some new gear before the big event, check out these awesome bike shops located near Niantic!
Niantic Bay Bicycles (2.6 miles from Smith Harris House)
8 Methodist St # 1, Niantic, CT 06357
Morrissey Cycles (6.6 miles)
151 Boston Post Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Wayfarer Bicycle (9.2 miles)
120 Ocean Ave, New London, CT 06320
Action Sports Bicycle Center (13 miles)
1385 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Pedal Power (13 miles)
4 Essex Plaza, Essex, CT 06498
Mystic Cycle Centre (18 miles)
25 Stonington Rd, Mystic, CT 06355
Rose City Cycle (16 miles)
350 Salem Turnpike, Bozrah, CT 06334
Brumble Bikes (24 miles)
166 Main St, Westerly, RI 02891
Zane’s Cycle (32 miles)
330 E Main St, Branford, Ct 06405
The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop (41 miles)
137 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06510
Explore the Town
Want to make a weekend out of your visit to Niantic? Visit Discover East Lyme or Niantic Main Street‘s Facebook page for more information on upcoming activities and places to go. Check out our local shops and town beaches!
The East Lyme Bike & BBQ is hosted by East Lyme Parks and Recreation in partnership with members of the East Lyme Land Trust, East Lyme Historical Society, Friends of Samuel Smith House, and Friends of Smith-Harris House. All of these groups are dedicated to preserving open spaces and historical places in the town of East Lyme for the community to enjoy.
Thank You to the Following 2017 Sponsors!
- Advanced Power Equipment
- Adventure Cycling
- Bicycling Times Magazine
- Book Barn
- Charter Oak Federal Credit Union
- Chelsea Groton Bank
- CorePlus Credit Union
- Dime Bank
- Eliminator Cycling
- Geico of Waterford
- Green Acres
- Guy’s Oil Service Station
- Mermaid Liquors
- M.J. Sullivan Automotive Corner
- Morrissey Cycles
- Niantic Bay Bicycles
- Niantic Lions
- Niantic Plumbing
- Performance Bike
- Physical Therapy and Sports Centers New London and Groton
- Protek Auto
- Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream
- Scott’s Yankee Farmer
- Sean McGirr Photography
- Smith’s Acres
- The Tire Store
- Village Bake House