Weston cyclist leads historical ride

BIKESTom Steinert-Threlkeld of Weston is leading the second annual bicycle Ride into Ridgefield History, starting at 9 a.m. on June 15. The community ride is being staged for cyclists of all ages and skill levels.

The ride will benefit Ridgefield’s Keeler Tavern Museum, celebrating its 300th anniversary, and the Ridgefield Historical Society.

There will be three levels of rides, all originating and ending at 22 Catoonah Street, an historical site. The last blacksmith in town lived there, until the 1960s, and it housed the Ridgefield Bicycle Co. until the start of this year.

The rides and historical tours include:

Family Fun: This will last 1.5 miles on flat ground along Main Street in Ridgefield. Most historical sites will be included in this ride.

Mid-length Meander: This 8.5-mile loop will include some hills and a visit to the longest-standing farm in Ridgefield history, originally operated by the Lounsbury family.

All In, All Sites: This 39-mile ride will challenge even serious cyclists, with several notable climbs. But it also will take riders to all historical sites and include ride-bys of more than a dozen homes of famous Ridgefield residents, in business, broadcasting, publishing, entertainment, and more.

The cost is $15 for an individual rider and $25 for families. All but $5 in each case goes to the Keeler Tavern Museum and Ridgefield Historical Society, for their fine work in keeping the past alive in the present.

Mr. Steinert-Threlkeld will operate by what he calls Texas Rules: Each rider is responsible for the rider behind him or her, not just oneself.

To register, visit active.com and enter the search term Ride into Ridgefield History.

For questions, call ride organizers Ridgefield Bicycle Co. (Jacqui Dowd) at 203-438-0489 or Tom Steinert-Threlkeld at 203-544-8406.

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