You choose: Our family ride, with a stop at Scantlebury Park? 12 miles, with a stop at Lighthouse Pount? 20 miles, connecting West Rock, Sleeping Giant, and East Rock? 40 miles, with a visit to Lighthouse Park? A metric century, with a trip along the shoreline? A bird walk in East Rock Park for non-cyclists?
Rock to Rock begins at Common Ground (358 Springside Avenue - directions), at the base of West Rock Park, and finishes at College Woods at East Rock Park. Along the way, we stop at Edgewood Park and Scantlebury Park.
We shortened the old 8-mile route and eliminated a rest stop to accommodate riders of all ages and abilities and riders trailing parade floats. It's flat, safe, and fun! This route has only one stop this year (in Scantlebury Park). This route is very similar to past years with some key changes to extend the route on the Farmington Canal and ride through parts of East Rock Park (to ride through the park on Orange St. and English Dr. and around to enter the Green Fair from Livingston Street).
The 2019 12-mile will tour Edgewood Park, go along the shoreline in Bayview Park and Long Wharf, and ride through Wooster Square! This route will not have a police escort. We created this route at the request of adult riders wanting a shorter route that travels at a steady pace through parts of New Haven the ride has not seen before. The route has just one stop at Bayview Park, next to the Long Wharf Nature Preserve. (The section along the Long Wharf Preserve is gravel/dirt and single track. Some may choose to walk their bikes through this short section.) This entire ride is flat and fun -- and explores new bike infrastructure and some beautiful cherry blossoms in the city!
Looking for a bigger challenge? Our 20-mile route travels from West Rock, to Sleeping Giant, to East Rock.
Our 40-mile route travels from West Rock, to Sleeping Giant, down to Lighthouse Point, and back to East Rock. A great feature of this route is that its first 18 miles are the same as the 20-mile route, so you can always take a right turn at mile 17.8 and shorten the ride in half if you are struggling, injured, or antsy to get to the Green Fair. Downloadable GPX file from 2018. The route will change slightly in 2019. Come back in mid-April for an updated version.
In 2013, we added a metric century -- 62 miles long -- for those up for an even more serious ride. This ride has 3 stops: Sleeping Giant, Perk on Church, and Lighthouse Park. This ride is for serious cyclists only. You must be an adult with a road bike-- No mountain bikes allowed on this ride. Support for this ride ends at 2pm. We want all riders to make it to the celebration at East Rock. Downloadable GPX file from 2018. The route will change slightly in 2019. Come back in mid-April for an updated version.
For non-cyclists, Audubon Connecticut will lead a spring bird walk leaving at 10:45am from College Wood Ranger Station at East Rock Park (near Orange and Cold Spring Sts). Lasting one hour. Will have binoculars for participants to borrow. The bird walk is open to all ages. Walkers are welcome to register and fundraise.