- Event Details and Schedule
- Post Ride Feast
- Weather Policy
- Local Bike Shops
- Explore the Town
- Organizer Information
- 2017 Event Photos
Come join us for the 3rd annual East Lyme Bike Hike and BBQ. We have 6 completely new and exciting cycling routes. This year we also added 3 new walking routes a 5K-10K-15K for you to explore.
These event supports East Lyme’s three Historic Houses and Open Spaces. Come support a good cause and enjoy a variety of great cycling and walking routes.
Whether you come to walk, ride or just for the BBQ a fun and entertaining time is slated for all.
For the cyclist we have 6 all new routes for 2018! From Happy to Horrible we have a new route for every level of cyclist. You will never do the same ride twice with us. And that’s a promise!
Whether you are looking to ride 25 miles or a 100 miles we have something for everyone.
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.
For the serious cyclist that is not afraid of some climbing there is the famous Horrible Hundred and Miserable Metric. On these two new routes you will enjoy great scenery, world class cycling roads and fully stocked rest stops. The Horrible Hundred boasts 6800 feet of climbing in its leg burning 102 miles! The Miserable Metric is no slouch either and dishes out 4400 feet of climbing along its 62 miles of roadway. With the Horrible Hundred and the Miserable Metric…. “Only the Strong Survive”.
If you still are looking for the mileage but would like less climbing we have our all new Happy Hundred and the Mild Metric. Both of these gorgeous rides will take you along the ocean shoreline and Connecticut River. The Happy Hundred’s rolling hills will net the rider 4800 feet of elevation gain. The Mild Metric with only 3100 feet of climbing in 62 miles is perfect for the cyclist looking for his first metric century. Both of these satisfying rides have the biggest part of the climbing early so your body can recover as you reach the end. Of course we will have the best fully stocked rest stops along the way. At each stop you will be greeted by our friendly energetic staff who are also cyclist. There will be plenty of healthy tasty refreshments to enjoy as the crew cheers you on.
If you are not ready for a metric century but still want a challenge we have just the ride for you. The all-new 40 Caliber. This 40 miler is no “push over” but it is not knee buster either. With 2200′ of climbing it has nearly the same climbing rate as the Mild Metric but with less miles. This route is perfect for the rider who wants to eventually move up to the next level. A rider will find this route a mildly challenging on tranquil back country roads. A super rest stop will be there for you along the way to recharge the body. Again this ride is “front loaded” with most of the climbing early when you are still fresh and strong. A great stepping stone to a rider thinking of tackling a century ride at next year’s Bike & BBQ.
For the newer cyclist or someone who just wants to ride less miles and have fun we have a great new ride for you. It is the No Jive 25! This 25 mile route is on traffic free roads with most of its 1300 feet of climbing in the first two thirds of the ride. The last 10 miles will be a snap. Along the way you will be treated to one of our famous overstocked rest stops that is staffed with cyclist like yourself.
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.
This year along with cycling we have added three gorgeous walks to our event. The 5K will take you on well-groomed paths in the beautiful Oswegatichie Hills overlooking the Niantic River. If you prefer an on road walk with less hills then our 10K walk is for you. This route takes you onto our beautiful boardwalk along the shore overlooking the Niantic Bay and beaches.
If you are up for the challenge of a 15K walk we have the answer. Our 15K walk first explores the scenic Oswegatichie Hills then takes you to the shore and onto the Niantic Boardwalk. From there you will make a beach loop on roads and paths and finally all routes return to the start. Push your limits and join us on this great walk.
After you have completed your walk we have live music and a terrific Lions Club BBQ waiting at the Smith Harris House. Like the cyclist all the walkers will receive one of our great Goodie Bags. Each one stuffed with an event jersey, great looking athletic socks and gobs of other cool stuff.
The Goodie Bag
We want everyone that attends and helps our worthy causes to have a great time at our event. We offer some amenities you will not find at other biking or hiking event. And here they are!
This year we have elected a “Goodie Bag Czar” to our staff. Oh yea a Czar! No other event has one. Our Czar has only one task and one task only! Fill the Goodie Bag each participant receives with more goodies then the cost of their entry fee! How can you beat that? This is done with hard work and very generous people and business who donate to our cause. Every cyclist and walker will receive one of our great Goodie Bags.
We have stepped up to the plate with another perk that no other event will offer you. The hardest thing for us to do is “guess” how many people are going to attend so pre-registration is always critical. We understand it is hard to commit to a date and nobody can predict the weather. For every cyclist or walker that pre-registers before September 26th not only will you receive a $10 discount but you will be guaranteed a Goodie Bag even if you do not attend the event! That’s right, you will always get your bag of booty even if you don’t show for any reason. Like we said there is a jersey, athletic socks, gifts and coupons equal the events entry donation. Help us by registering early and we will reward you for it.
This year all of our cycling and walking events will start at a scheduled time. That way you can choose to ride or walk in a group or go solo. As always we will have multiple SAG vehicles along each of the cycling routes to assist you if needed. Our friendly staff will also be there to attend walkers on each route.
The East Lyme Bike Hike and BBQ has something for everyone this year. Whether you’re a “hiker or biker” you will find our event to be top shelf. Your tax free donation helps us support the towns “historic places and open spaces”.
Come join in for the fun and exercise
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.
Cycling Registration Prior to September 25th: $65/rider*
Cycling Registration September 25th or later: $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.
Hike/Walk: $25/per person (includes meal ticket & goody bag)
Meal ticket only: $20 (sold day of only, limited number available)
Event Long Sleeve moisture wicking shirt only: $20 (sold day of only, limited number available)
Date: Saturday, September 29th, 2018
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!
6:00AM — 100 Mile rides
8:30AM — 62 Mile rides
9:30AM — 40 Mile ride
10:30AM — 25 Mile ride
The rides are expected to finish between 12:30PM to 4:00PM.
The post-ride meal will be served until 5:00PM.
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, everyone with a meal ticket will be treated to a BBQ lunch. Meals will be served from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. As you enjoy the delicious all you can eat BBQ feast put on by the Niantic Lions Club you will be entertained by a live band. We will have picnic tables to relax on along with great food and drink for everyone.
You can even tour the historic Smith Harris house while you attend the BBQ. The friendly Smith-Harris staff will tell you the homes story and history.
If you would like to bring a guest to the after event feast and festivities they can purchase a meal ticket only wrist band for $20.
Registration: Online or by Mail
No refunds will be offered.
- All online registration ends Thursday, September 27th 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 27th
- 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, September 29th. 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. Distances are from the 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
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 2018 Sponsors!
Bicycling Times Magazine
Charter Oak Federal Credit Union
Chelsea Groton Bank
CorePlus Credit Union
Geico of Waterford
Guy’s Oil Service Station
Niantic Bay Bicycles
Physical Therapy and Sports Centers New London and Groton
Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream
Scott’s Yankee Farmer
Sean McGirr Photography
The Tire Store
Village Bake House