“Rock to Rock” SGT Bike Team Rides to Success for Shoreline Greenway Trail

by pbs
May 20, 2015
After the Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride on April 25, Shoreline Team members Farhan Soomro and his son Saami relax with Board member Glenn Gaffield and Anna Heinzel.

Farhan Soomro and his son Saami relax after the 12 mile ride, with Glenn Gaffield and Anna Heinzel who did 20 miles.

On a sunny Saturday in April, the Shoreline Greenway Trail Rock to Rock Bike Team – eighteen energetic members, ages nine to seventy seven – rode their bikes in the 7th Annual ‘ROCK TO ROCK’ EARTH DAY RIDE in New Haven on April 25. This event is a major fundraiser for 24 environmental organizations and this is the first year that Shoreline Greenway Trail was invited to participate.  Members from all our towns helped volunteer or joined our Bike Team.

Riding for Shoreline Greenway Trail at the Rock to Rock Earth Day ride on April 25, Chelsea Anderson & her dad, Rick Anderson, Bruce Simonds, Carol Grave, Peter Hawes.

Team riders Chelsea Anderson & her dad Rick Anderson, granddad Bruce Simonds, Carol Grave and Peter Hawes.

Our Bike Team riders chose one of five different courses, ranging from the 8-mile Family Ride to the challenging 60-mile Century ride!  Together they raised almost $8,000 from 94 generous donors..… a fun day and a fun way to raise funds for Shoreline Greenway Trail!  We thank everyone who contributed to the wonderful day.

SGT volunteers Mary Jane Toomey, John Cox and Barbara Brow greeted Rock to Rock riders at Lighthouse Point rest stop

SGT volunteers Mary Jane Toomey, John Cox and Barbara Brow

Several members volunteered at the Rest Stops for the 20-mile, 40- mile and 60-mile routes.  At Lighthouse Point, East Haven members Barbara Brow, Mary Jane Toomey, John Cox and Susan Stacey were greeters. At Guilford’s Perk on Church 60-mile riders were greeted with refreshments by Milt Charlton, Greg Teschendorf, Jennifer Chaffiotte, and Deb and Russell Heinrich.

Our volunteers at Guilford Perk on Church

SGT volunteer captain Milton Charlton with Jennifer, Sandy, Greg, Russell and Deb  at Guilford Perk on Church

Our enthusiastic SGT Bike Team cyclists wore new white tech biking shirts with our logo for high visibility: Guilford members Chip Angle, Peter Hawes, Brad Kronstat, Carol Grave, Josh Geballe and Joe Garofoli; Branford’s Farhan Soomro, sons Manik 14, and Saami 9, Glenn Gaffield and Annie Heinzel;  East Haven member Mark Bridgman; the three-generation Anderson-Simonds family from Guilford and Madison;  and from Durham, Liz and Jay Conroy.  Next year, join the Team!!

Ready to start, our SGT Bike Team rider Mark Bridgman

Ready at the Start,  SGT Bike Team rider Mark Bridgman

a selfie on-the-go by Chelsea Anderson of her family

a selfie on-the-go by Chelsea Anderson of her family