Our Training Rides are not only the best way to get ready for the Ride but they're also a great way to meet the Ride Community!

We'll be offering a variety of different types of training rides and clinics of varying distances and experience levels. Most rides will depart from The Devil's Gear Bike Shop. (unless otherwise indicated) *The Devil's Gear Bike Shop will open early on these days so you may use their facilities before the rides.

Find a training ride or clinic that works for you, click on the event to see details and RSVP. It's as simple as that! Each event will have initals that are explained in detail below the calendar.

The Devil's Gear Bike Shop (DG-CTF) Sponsored Training Rides

All of these rides will depart from The Devil's Gear Bike Shop at 8am. These rides will be led by The Devil's Gear staff members and they will offer the following categories:

B = Beginner, Basic Skill and etiquette, 10 miles/10mph adding mileage and speed through the summer
M = Moderate, Advanced group ride techniques, 20 - 50 mile rides at 12-16mph pace
W = Women's, Short and slow rides initially with an emphasis on safe and efficient technique, build mileage and speed thru summer

CTF Led Rides (CTF)

All of these Rides will also depart from The Devil's Gear Bike Shop. All Rides will be led by CTF Ride Volunteers. Each Ride will offer two categories of experience level:

A = Advanced, starts at 45-50 miles/15-20 mph adding mileage each month
B = Intermediate, starts at 35-40 miles/12-15 mph adding mileage each month

CTF Rider (CTF-R) Lead North Haven Ride Organized by Joe Proto

All of these Rides will depart every Monday from North Haven Bike at 5:45pm. This ride will travel through North Haven, Wallingford and Northford areas. This is for all level riders.

The Devil's Gear Community Rides (DG-Comm)

These rides are run by The Devil's Gear for the general population. They aren't Closer to Free specific training rides, but offer additional opportunities for extra training miles in the saddle.  These rides take place every Saturday at 10am and will all depart from The Devil's Gear Bike Shop.

These rides are open to all but do not include any kind of instruction, and are generally aimed at folks who are already comfortable and experienced riding in a group. Please check in with the ride leader before the ride departs if you have questions or concerns about your ability to keep up.

Team Craft Beer Training Ride (CB-TR)

New England Brewing Company and Stony Creek have partnered to bring the CTF Ride 4 new training rides.

The main group will ride together at a “C” level pace of about 12-14mph, and will be a no drop ride, which is to say we’ll regroup at turns and at the tops of hills.  This is a less than serious team of cyclists, our aim is to ensure everyone has fun and finishes the ride with a smile and then of course a beer! 

Each of the four rides will be led by Karl Borne, from True Cyclery, who will help maintain a “C” level pace.  In addition, he’ll have a mobile stand and tools with him to help solve any issues you might be having with your bike.

Contact Marty at NEBCO  Marty@newenglandbrewing.com with questions about the team, contact Karl at True Cyclery with bike or bike ride questions.

What to bring on a group ride:
Helmet
An extra tube and/or flat repair kit.
Tire lever
Hand pump or Co2 cartridge
Energy bar
Water bottle
Clothing appropriate for the weather.

Zanes's CTF Rides (Z-CTF)

These rides will begin in May and will be every Tuesday until the CTF Ride in September.This training ride will meet at Zane's Cycles in Branford  at 6:00 pm and leaves at 6:15 pm. 

*The Tuesday night ride is a slow pace none drop (flat) training ride. To teach beginner riders how to efficiently ride and be comfortable riding in a big group. also me and my staff will be training riders on how to efficiently ride for all types of riding.