Connecticut's best organized ride.
When you Ride Closer to Free, you're not just riding one day...you're joining a year-round, passionate community.
Now in its 8th year, the 2018 Closer to Free Ride is the one you don't want to miss.
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Built for novice riders and families, a great intro to the CTF Ride
If you're ready to take it to the next level, this is the route for you
Beautiful, scenic, challenging and perfect for the more experienced rider
Our most popular route, the challenge and beauty can’t be beat
The best 100 miles you'll find anywhere. The gold standard. The CTF Century
why I ride
Meet Stevie Hovey, an alumni rider who rides for her dad who was treated at Smilow in 2010.
What is your favorite Closer to Free Memory?
My favorite memory is having my family and friends at the finish line when I finish riding and all the support that I get along the way.
What song gets you pumped up to ride Closer to Free?
Walking on Sunshine is the song that gets me pumped for the Ride!
What is your favorite route to train on?
My favorite route to train on is the FOS trail in Milford and West Haven.
What is your post-ride indulgence?
My favorite post ride indulgence is a BBQ on the beach and a beer and a champagne toast for my Dad.