Anyone planning on traveling on Route 7 Sunday, Aug. 30, would do well to avoid the hours of 11:45 to 12:30. Major travel delays are expected as the CT United Motorcycle Ride roars through town.
This annual ride is expected to attract as many as 4,000 motorcyclists as they enter Wilton from Westport, travel down Westport Road, north on Danbury Road (Route 7) and turn onto Route 107 into Redding.
This is the 15th annual ride is Connecticut’s largest 9/11 tribute and the largest single ride in New England. Spectators line the roads as the motorcycles — many decorated with flags and other patriotic regalia — pas by. Area fire departments fly giant American flags from their ladder trucks at locations along the route.
The motorcycles will ultimately pass through 10 towns in Fairfield County along a 60-mile route. A police escort will accompany the riders.
The ride is being held two weeks earlier than usual because of when Labor Day falls this year. Usually, the ride is held the weekend after Labor Day, but this year that would put the ride after the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
The ride will start at Norden Industrial Park, 10 Norden Place in Norwalk. Opening ceremonies will include the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, Connecticut State Firefighters Pipe and Drum Corps, and a moment of silence during which the Norwalk Fire Department rings its bell 11 times beneath two ladder trucks holding aloft a 50-foot American flag.
Speakers invited to the event include Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murpny, and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes.
Race-day registration takes place at the starting location from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Riders may also pre-register on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 11 to 4:30, at Captains Cove Marina, Bostwick Avenue in Bridgeport. The cost is $25 per rider and $25 per passenger.
Information: ctunitedride.com or call Fred Garrity Jr. at 203-257-2176.