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, 85 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, coastal Rocky Neck State Park located in Niantic, CT just off of exit 72 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 Rocky Neck where mouth-watering BBQ from Mago Point Smokehouse 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!
Event Details and Schedule (Attention: New start times)
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 (Maps attached)
All routes will be marked on the road
NEW Turn sheets for each route are attached at the bottom of the page
The Horrible Hundred / 100 miles / Course Map / Red-orange marks
The Dead or Alive 85 / 85 Miles / Course Map / Red-orange marks
The Miserable Metric / 62 Miles / Course Map / Yellow marks
The Get Your Fix 26 / 26 mies / Course Map / Blue marks
The Historical House Tour / 9 miles / Course Map / Green marks
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.
Pre-registered riders will receive a free 6-month membership to Adventure Cycling (includes monthly magazine, access to their webpage, and more!)
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. Coffee and fresh apple-cider donuts from Scott’s Orchard will be available for the earlier rides and food and drinks will be posted at all rest stops for the duration of the event. 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: $30 (sold day of only, limited number available)
Event Short Sleeve moisture wicking shirt only: $15 (sold day of only, limited number available)
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Location: Rocky Neck State Park, 244 West Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357 (Follow the road signs to the main parking lot where registration tents will be located)
Parking: There will be plenty of parking located in the main parking lot of the park (Follow the road signs)
Race Day Registration: Registration at Rocky Neck State Park begins 1 hour prior to start time (except the 100 and 85 mile rides where registration and start time begins at 7:00 AM)
7:00 AM 100 mile ride (Registration AND start time)
7:00 AM 85 mile ride (Registration AND start time)
8:30 AM 62 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.
There will be 4 rest stops for the Horrible Hundred, 3 for the Dead or Alive 85, and 2 for the Miserable Metric and Get Your Fix 26. The Historical House Tour will have pit stops at the three historical houses. There will be plenty of food and drinks offered at each stop including homemade cookies, baked potatoes, sandwiches from Village Bake House, and more! 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 gourmet BBQ provided by Pitmaster, Pete Daversa, of Mago Point Smokehouse. The meal will include pulled Pork, smoked chicken, veggie burgers as well as sides. Mago Point Smokehouse is set to open in the Spring of 2017, in the Mago Point section of Waterford, CT. 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 29th at 11:59 PM
- Free Online Registration using WebTrac
- Bikereg.com Registration
- 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
- Credit cards are not accepted by mail or the day of the event.
- All paper applications must be received by Thursday, September 29th
- 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. Only 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 Rocky Neck!
Niantic Bay Bicycles (2.6 miles East of Rocky Neck)
8 Methodist St # 1, Niantic, CT 06357
Wayfarer Bicycle (7.8 miles East of Rocky Neck)
120 Ocean Ave, New London, CT 06320
Action Sports Bicycle Center (10.2 miles West of Rocky Neck)
1385 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Pedal Power (10.5 miles West of Rocky Neck)
4 Essex Plaza, Essex, CT 06498
Mystic Cycle Centre (20 miles East of Rocky Neck)
25 Stonington Rd, Mystic, CT 06355
Rose City Cycle (18 miles North of Rocky Neck)
350 Salem Turnpike, Bozrah, CT 06334
Brumble Bikes (26 miles East of Rocky Neck)
166 Main St, Westerly, RI 02891
Zane’s Cycle (30 miles West of Rocky Neck)
330 E Main St, Branford, Ct 06405
The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop (39 miles Northwast of Rocky Neck
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 Sponsors!
- Adventure Cycling
- Bicycling Times Magazine
- Book Barn
- Chelsea Groton Bank
- CorePlus Credit Union
- Dime Bank
- Eliminator Cycling
- Geico of Waterford
- Green Acres
- Guy’s Oil Service Station
- Hayes Services
- M.J. Sullivan Automotive Corner
- 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