Who We Are
These days everybody has to have an official mission statement and goals, so here they are:
The mission of the Thread City Cyclers (TCC) is to provide opportunities for cyclists of various skill levels to physically challenge themselves and to train for races and other cycling events in a manner that builds individual performance, teamwork, and goodwill among club members.
The goals of the club are to:
- Promote performance-based cycling in Connecticut and other locations where TCC activities may take us.
- Develop riding and racing skills.
- Compete in USCF-sanctioned events, particularly at the development level.
- Provide a framework for like-minded individuals to train and socialize.
- Sponsor and support local cycling events including races, group rides, skill clinics, and overnight trips.
- TCC is a sanctioned club of United States of America Cycling (USAC).
Okay, if you need more of that legal yadda, yadda, yadda, please see the links on this site to our by-laws and membership application.
Who are we really? We are an eclectic group of cyclists based in the greater Windham-Mansfield area of northeast Connecticut. Northeast Connecticut is called the "Quiet Corner" and offers miles of rural riding on scenic country roads and rail trails. The club membership is about 130 strong. We have some folks who road race. We have folks who like to do triathlons. We have folks that like to ride the rail trails. We have people who thrive on doing Century Rides, and we have folks who enjoy cyclocross. We have mountain bikers, time trialers, long distance riders, old folks trying to sustain their youth, young bucks and buck'ettes looking to make a name for themselves, folks who ride very fast and some folks who like to ride and smell the flowers. We have veteran riders who make cycling a centerpiece of their lives and beginners who are just starting on the road to more serious riding and are looking for support, equipment tips and advice about how to get better. What unites and sustains us is that we love to ride.
What We Do
We ride. Like most cycling clubs the centerpiece of our club activity is our weekly Saturday rides. There is a more detailed explanation of rides and how they work under the TCC Rides link on this website. Guests are welcome to check out the group rides, but if you end up riding with us more than a couple of times we ask that you become a member so we are covered under our insurance. The club is an organization that functions on email to keep members up to date on changing details of weekly rides and rides that are formed on the spur of the moment. One benefit of membership is that you are on the email list and are kept up to date with all club happenings. There is a link to the Membership section of the site that explains how to join the club and other membership benefits.
While the weekly rides are our main activity, the club is proud of the varied cycling opportunities and activities that have developed as traditional club fare over the years. In a typical cycling season, we offer opportunities for indoor winter training at Super Future Fitness in North Windham. It is not uncommon to have members out on the roads as weather allows through the winter. A highlight of the winter season are Wednesday night rides on the local rail trails, complete with headlights and warm tights as long as there is not too much ice. The club usually organizes a group purchase of cycling clothing each spring so we are all stylin' in a TCC kit by summer. Extra pieces are made available through Scott's Cyclery in Willimantic.
Weekly Saturday rides usually start in March with the time shifting earlier each month as the weather warms during the spring. There is usually a Monday night recovery ride out of UCONN or Lebanon, and typically a mid-week Wednesday night ride out of Scott's in Willimantic. As the weather warms through the spring typically groups of members will venture off for century and charity rides across New England. The club usually offers an overnight weekend to some destination in New England. It varies each year. We have been to the Adirondack's, the Colorado Rockies, Cooperstown, Quabbin Reservior, Lincoln NH and Waitsfield VT. Other summer highlights are the Eddy Merckx Ride (the Wednesday evening closest to the summer solstice, Scott Cyclery to Mass State Line and back - 52 miles) and the Willimantic Steeplechase, a late August charity ride to benefit Perception Programs of Windham.
In October the club sponsors the Mansfield Hollow 'Cross Race, the best Cyclocross race in New England (if we do say so ourselves). The event attracts cyclocross racers from all over the northeast to the premier venue of Mansfield Hollow State Park. The park offers a tough but fair race course and is resplendent in the glory of New England fall foliage.
There is a social aspect to club activities as well. There is a kick-off meeting to get things rolling in the spring and in December we have an annual potluck dinner, with awards of "distinction" to celebrate member's follies and foibles of the riding season. Our spontaneous rides organized by email often morph into post-ride potluck suppers and it is not uncommon for a ride to end up at a location where cold libations can be purchased. Heck, we even had a trip to a UCONN football game for a tailgating party and there was not a bike to be seen!