Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Happening at Huntington

The 2010 Happening at Hungtington was a huge success this year, in part due to the weather and the outstanding members who volunteered their time and effort to help put this event on. There were over 70 registered riders, with people coming as far from the west as Beacon, NY, and the east just outside of Boston, MA!

Dr Mike's Mobile Bike shop was on hand and very busy throughout the day. Dave and Kathy Herde brough a selection of teeter-totters, ramps, and wooden drops to play on while waiting for one of the led rides to commence.

There were two courses marked for those that wanted to go it alone but there were so many ride leaders for all different skill levels to choose from that there was no doubt you were going to get a great ride today!

Afterwards, Six Foot Subway sandwiches and cold soda were a welcome relief for the day that was turning hotter. The Schwag table was overflowing with goodies. Ironically, yesterday I ran into someone from GT who was supposed to have a demo van at the Happening, along with Cannondale, but there was a miscommunication and all the demo bikes were actually out west. Still, GT came through with a generous donation of t-shirts, hoodies, chainstay protectors, and tires. Even if you ticket wasn't called, you still had to have walked away with something.

I would like to thank Paula Burton for organizing the rides, Vince Rinaldi & Javier Hernandez for helping me marking the courses on Saturday, Heather LaPalme for the artwork done on the advertising poster, Ed Perten for managing the parking situation, and all the ride leaders. Additional thanks to the guy from GT who brought all the schwag, the State of Connecticut's Department of Environmental Protection for allowing us to use Huntington State Park for this venue, and Dr Mike's Mobile Bike Shop for helping people fix issues with their bikes throughout the day.

Here's a little video compilation I made with the remnants of the group of riders that led, you could call it the late comers ride. Or maybe, they are dropping like flies ride. Above, is a group picture of everyone at the high point/lookout on the Chimney Trail. Below is some video of who was left of the ride having fun in the Big Burn.

The next Mountain Bike Adventure Series Ride is August 8th at Cockaponset State Forest. I can't wait for that ride. Bryan, our Trail Ambassador and Regional Trails Rep for the Cockaponsent has three rides planned based on skill levels: Novice/Beginner 4 miles; Intermediate 8 miles; Advanced/Expert/Epic 14 miles.

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