Day Rides

Sat, Feb 25, 2017

Last Minute Ride for Panini

9:45am

25ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

It looks like the weather will be decent on Saturday morning with showers arriving late afternoon. Time for a last minute ride. So let's take advantage of the temps in the 50's for a short ride into southern Brooklyn with a lunch stop by everyone's favorite Panini place in Bensonhurst.   Please bring the usual along with a lock, money for the Panini, and a great inquisitive attitude.  Please note that ride ends when we reach the southern entrance to Prospect Park.

Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Say Goodbye to Winter Pancake Ride

FROSTBITE RIDE #13

10:00am

30 miles / Happy Face / Starting at City Hall

Okay. Everyone agrees. The best thing for a cold outside is a warm inside. Right? Right. And when you get up on a cold morning, a hot stack of your favorite pancakes, griddlecakes or waffles with a side of sausages, bacon or eggs is what your looking for. Syrup and butter atop the stack of whatever combo is in it, puts on the finishing touch. http://www.broadwaybistrobayonne.com/flipmenu.html But, this a bike ride. So, we have to pay for the luxury by burning off some middle to enjoy the Full American Breakfast(at lunch). Right. Let's meet at City Hall, at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge.... more

Sat, Mar 4, 2017

Spring Training Series - Hicksville

The first training ride

10:00am

about 35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

This weekend we kick off our Spring Training Series. Not in shape yet for a  major bike event? Doing a long weekend trip?  That's OK, neither are we. Start getting back into shape, sharing fun rides with the friendliest Club.  Bring lightweight bike lock and lunch money. Lunch at the famous Empire Diner!

Sun, Mar 5, 2017

Long Island: Westbury, Elwood to Huntington Loop

Technical Training Ride Series

9:00am

36 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Penn Station

We start the Technical Training Rides Series with a 36.3 mile/+939 ft elevation gain ride through suburban Long Island. The roads will allow us to gain some speed and ride as one group to warm up for the season. Average speed will be 15-16 mph/flat, there will not be the traditional point, drop, sweep, so you will need to have GeoZilla installed on your phone or be good at reading cue sheets.

Average speed: 14-16 mphs on flat.  Road bikes only.

Snack Stops: Starbucks at 13.5 mile and 23 mile.

Where we will meet:  Penn Station... more

Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Poughkeepsie - New Paltz Loop

Technical Training Ride Series

8:30am

41 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

Starting and ending in Poughkeepsie this ride will make you forget you are only a few hours away from NYC. You will go across the Hudson to explore rural back roads, farm-stands, meander along the Wallkill river and discover a small yet bustling college town.

Average speed: 14-16 mphs on flat.  Road bikes only.

Snack Stops: Waterstreet Market at 22.3 mile in New Paltz
Where we will meet:  Grand Central Terminal  Train Time: 8:43am to Poughkeepsie

Tickets: Roundtrip to Poughkeepsie + MTA Bike Pass

Ride... more

Sun, Mar 12, 2017

Englewood/West Englewood

Spring Training Series

10:00am

30-35 miles / Moderate / Start Location TBD

If you can't make it to the first spring training ride to Hicksville on Sat., March 4th, then join us for this 30-35 mile ride to Englewood/West Englewood (TBD) on the following Sunday, March 12th.  It's our first ride of the season.  Get back in bike-riding shape with us. Lunch location TBD.

Bring bike lock and money for lunch.

Sat, Mar 18, 2017

Newark - Chatham Loop - NJ

Technical Training Ride Series

8:30am

47 miles / Quick Spin Light / Start Location TBD

Ready to start some serious hill climbing training?  This ride has rolling hills and one steep climb to practise your seated climbing skills.  Try to shift progressively up (NOT DOWN) when climbing some of the minor bumps at 50-60 cadence on the roads to improve your torque!

Average speed: 14-16 mphs on flat.  Road bikes only.

Snack break: Dunkin Donut at 15.5 mile, Landauer Cafe 32 mile

Where we will meet: In front of Pick-A-Bagel, Asphalt Green Battery Park City Campus, 102 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282  to use the PATH... more

Sun, Mar 19, 2017

Hartsdale

A non-technical spring training ride

9:30am

40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Chelsea Piers

The 5BBC spring training series (moderate version) continues with a ride to the hamlet of Hartsdale located in Westchester County between the better-known municipalities of Scarsdale and White Plains. We meet at Chelsea Piers outside the rest rooms. Lunch is at the reasonably priced and descriptively named Bagels deli in Hartsdale. Photo op at the Scarsdale waterfall. Return via the pretty Bronx River Greenway also known for low bridges, so when you hear the leader yell "duck!" it's not about waterfowl. 

Cue sheet

Sat, Mar 25, 2017

Little Silver to South Amboy

Technical Training Ride Series

8:30am

47 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Penn Station

The ride practices your skills cycling in single file along narrow rural roads, climbing some minor hills, and riding on the wide shoulder of major state roads of with fast cars.  The landscape is as diverse as the skillset for this ride. The ride is passing through gritty industrial neighborhoods to stunning New Jersey farmlands.

Average speed: 14-16 mphs on flat.  Road bikes only.

Snack Break: Dunkin Donuts, 12 mile, Manhattan Bagel, 33 mile.  

Where we will meet:  Penn Station (31 Street/8 Avenue)  Train Time: 9:07 To Little... more

Croton Reservoir Triple-Cross

A non-technical spring training ride

9:30am

40 miles / Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

You can have your water and drink it too. The spring training ride series continues with one of the club's most popular rides: the Croton Reservoir Triple-Cross. Get your fill of Westchester's Croton Reservoir with three lake crossings: the Putnam Trail Railroad Bridge, the Old Croton Dam (Gate House) Bridge, and the New Croton Dam. Ride also features the car-free Putnam Trail, gorgeous views from a lake shore road, and a visit to the best ice cream north of the Croton River. This is a moderate pace ride; cruising speed will be 12-14 mph. 28 mm (or wider) tires are suggested but road tires... more

Sun, Mar 26, 2017

Spring Training Series - Westwood Ho!

Technical Skills Will Focus on Changing a Wagon Wheel

10:00am

45 miles / Moderate / Starting at George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal

This will be an intermediate ride with a stop at our favorite halfway point,  New Bridge Landing, a Revolutionary-era swing bridge across the tidal Hackensack River where George Washington slept after a hasty retreat from New York. We'll lunch in Westwood, where some of us can dine at the Rolling Pin Cafe (usually crowded), or Pompilio's for family-style pizza or It's Greek to Me, for a Greco-Feta version. Plan for a fairly long and relaxing lunch (this is no quick spin), so eat hearty: Our return to NYC is via Old Piermont Highway and a finale across the dreaded Palisades. (Get those... more

Sat, Apr 1, 2017

From Coast to Coast: Long Island

Technical Training Ride Series

8:30am

61 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Penn Station

We are turning up the heat to get you into multi-day ride attitudes.  During this ride the group may break into smaller groups riding at various speeds to practise group pacing (GP).  Be comfortable in navigating with a cuesheet+speedometer, RidewithGPS or Garment.  You might be leading your group or help another co-rider to follow the directions.

Speed Variable. Road bikes only.

Snack Break: Parkway Deli at 16.7 mile; Bagel Master at 30 mile, Stuff a Bagel 45 mile

Where we will meet:  Penn Station (31 Street/8 Avenue) at 8:40... more

Hill Climbing in Yonkers

Get that Heart Pumping

10:00am

30ish miles / Moderate / Starting at Columbus Circle

Let's get back into climbing shape!  We ride through Manhattan and cross through the Bronx. Just over the City border is wonderfully named Valentine Lane. This is the beginning of the beautiful neighborhood of Ludlow Park. Old Victorian houses on quiet tree lined streets. We also ride right up to the Hudson River at the Beczak Envorionmental Center.  Following lunch, we climb Park Hill and return through the beautiful Fieldston section of Riverdale before heading back home. There are some short uphills, some long uphills and some downhills that will make you scream "WHEEEEEEEE."   There is... more

Sat, Apr 8, 2017

Modified Flatlands

Technical Training Ride Series

8:45am

55 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Penn Station

If you missed a few years ago the New Jersey Farmlands ride, here is your opportunity to ride through quaint towns and one of the most scenic areas of New Jersey. Our training program continues to focus on group pacing (GP) where we may naturally break into smaller groups.  Be comfortable in navigating with a cuesheet+speedometer, RidewithGPS or Garmen.  You might be leading your group or help another co-rider to follow the directions.  

Speed Variable. Road bikes only.

Snack Breaks: Naturale Cucina at 20.2 mile, Starbucks 34.4 mile

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Sun, Apr 9, 2017

The East Bronx Shore Buster

A Mid-April Meander

9:30am

20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Bridgemarket

An urban-adventure ride through the peaceful calm and tranquil parklands of the East Bronx: Randalls and Ward islands, Port Morris, Soundview Park, Pugsley Creek, St. Raymonds Cemetery (an appropriate rest stop), Ferry Point Park, Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler, and Locust Point, where we'll dine al fresco under the Throgs Neck Bridge (superb Italian, at the Ice House). After lunch, some of us can take the subway on the return; the rest will backtrack to the city.

Sat, Apr 15, 2017

Denville-Fayson Loop

Technical Training Ride Series

8:45am

54 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Penn Station

In this rural area of Jersey the hills are getting steeper to climb, and on the downhills to pick up speed faster.  It is great training area to accelerate on the downhill to your max, to use the momentum to propel you faster back-up.  Keep sitting on your seat to just push up a little bit more to reach the top to admire the landscape before it goes back down.

Average speed: 14-16 mphs on flat.  Road bikes only.

Snack Breaks: Panera Bread at 19mile, Polski Smak at 38.4

Where we will meet:  Penn Station (31 Street/8 Avenue) at 8:... more

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