FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – The Fairfield County cycling community shifts into high gear Saturday when the Connecticut Challenge rolls out from the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport.
Nearly 1,100 cyclists are expected to begin the ride, which consists of loops of 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles. The ride raises money for cancer survivorship programs. This is the eighth annual event, and the 100-mile ride has been touted as “New England’s Toughest Century.”
Riders will assemble at 7:30 a.m., and the ride begins at 8. North Avenue in Westport will have delays from 8-8:30 as cyclists move north to Weston. Drivers can also expect to see riders on Long Lots Road, Beachside Avenue, New Creek, Greens Farms Road and Maple Avenue South. After the initial 30 minutes, the cyclists will spread out on their various routes, and congestion should be minimal.
Bob Mazzone, chief operating officer of the event, said riders last year raised $1.5 million for the charity.
View profiles of some of the riders from Norwalk, Stamford, Greenwich, Fairfield, Darien, New Canaan, Easton, Wilton, Weston and Westport. Readers can support riders by donating through the Connecticut Challenge website.