UPDATE, Saturday, June 16 @ 12:00 noon:
All three groups of riders got off to a great start. The third group, riding in the 10K course, were the last group to start promptly at 10 a.m., and that’s the group shown in our photos.
And about that party, the word from Bob Switzgable, owner of Ski Sundown:
“The after-ride party is OPEN TO ALL! Come on down with your family, and enjoy the party!”
Donations for the Village will be welcome, of course.
Ski Sundown will be seeing a different kind of action on Saturday when it hosts ‘The Village Ride,’ a cycling event that is expected to draw 400 participants to the ski resort.
The event includes three different rides through the Litchfield Hills, each accommodating different skill levels:
- The 100K ride: registration is at 7 a.m., with the ride starting at 8 a.m. The course takes the riders into Massachussets and then loops back to Ski Sundown; click here to view the course.
- The 50K ride: registration is at 8 a.m., with the ride starting at 9 a.m. The course takes riders into Colebrook and loops back to Ski Sundown; click here to view the course.
- The 10K ride: registration opens at 9 a.m., with the ride starting at 10 a.m. The course takes riders into Barkhamsted and then loops back to Ski Sundown; click here to view the course.
Once riders cross the finish line, they’ll be treated to a post-ride party with food, music by The Colby’s and Flipper Dave, and beer provided by Thomas Hooker, a co-sponsor of the ride. There will also be a “Rail Jam” – snow in June! – along with the CT Whale Hockey team Slap Shot Cage and Bounce Houses.
With perfect weather in the forecast, the Village Ride is lining up to be a memorable event. Be sure to make way for the riders and cheer them on as they make their way through town!
Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Village, an organization dedicated to supporting children in need in the Greater Hartford area.
To learn more about the Village Ride and for registration information visit The Village Ride website.
To learn more about the Village for Families and Children, a Connecticut non-profit human services agency founded in 1809 visit the Village’s website.
To learn more about Ski Sundown and the many events the ski resort hosts throughout the year visit the Ski Sundown website.