Tour Length: 2 days
Begins: Danbury, CT (Exit 8 off I-84)
Ends: Freedom Plains, NY (Junction of Route 55 with Taconic State Parkway)
Where we stay: Best Western Berkshire Inn, Danbury, CT
Price: $975, incl. 1 night (usually single occupancy), 1 dinner, 1 breakfast
2013 Session Dates: Book from our schedule page
May 25-26 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Think that riding in New England is all about mundane roads and too much traffic? Stayin’ Safe now offers guided tours with advanced on-road coaching in New England and will dispel any thoughts you might have had that there are no great riding roads in this area. The tour format is designed around our highly popular “neo-Alpine” tours and your experienced and locally-based guides/coaches will take you on a guided tour of many of the less frequented and technical back roads that wind their way north into the Berkshire Hills through Litchfield County and into Massachusetts. Along the way you will enjoy spectacular rolling, forested hills and river and lakeside scenery and be exposed to some of the fascinating history of this region. We start after the Saturday morning breakfast meeting in Danbury with an hour of closed course drills, to get everyone used to our format and then ride for the rest of the day. This tour allows participants to leave their luggage at the hotel on the Friday night (if you choose to arrive the night before) or early Saturday morning. The great variety of roads and small towns provides plenty of real world situations which your guide/coach will be happy to discuss and help you advance your riding skills. There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss these situations at the frequent break sessions along the route. After a loop of about 170 miles we arrive back at the hotel and relax before dinner at a local Italian restaurant across the road from the hotel.
Sunday sees us starting, after a light breakfast, with some video presentations and a discussion of riding strategies before checking out and heading north east into Duchess County, NY. The format is similar to Saturday with the guide/coaches giving a ‘running commentary’ ride over certain sections before the participants take turns leading and receiving encouragement as the tour progresses. After a rich scenic and historic 140 miles of riding along great riding roads we will finish at about 4pm at the Daily Planet diner near the junction of Route 55 with the Taconic State Parkway. This gives easy access south to I-84 and north to I-90.
If you live within commuting distance of the Best Western Hotel in Danbury and want to sleep at home, this is OK and the tour fee will be reduced by $75. However, before you choose this option please note that we start early in the mornings (7 to 7:30 am) and the Saturday evening dinner/discussion is considered part of the tour.
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