2015 CCAP Kermis & National Ride Your Bike to Work Day

Today was both National Bike to Work Day and the CCAP Kermis. I rode to and from work, and visited the kermis. I race this criterium/circuit race in 2014, but skipped this year as I’m working my way back in to shape. The Horst Engineering Masters Cycling Team had a great turnout with seven riders in the Men’s 40+ race and one rider in the Men’s 4/5 race.

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It was Friday, and it was a great day for cycling in Connecticut, particularly the Hartford area. I participated in a morning rally at the Old State House to celebrate this national holiday (bike to work) and the kermis was held at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. At the race, I had a chance to catch up with J.D. Bilodeau, who is the new director of the New England Bicycle Racing Association. Though cyclocross is strong in New England, and mountain biking is stable, the road cycling continues to decline. Many of the hallmark races are gone, the racing population is dwindling, and the road racing community needs to be strengthened. CCAP and several other efforts to get juniors on bikes, are bright spots.Β I have high hopes for the future, but it is going to take a big effort to revive New England road cycling.

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