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Saturday, March 1, 2014
RAMBLIN' IN RAMBLERSVILLE
10:00 AM [NOTE TIME CHANGE], Grand Army Plaza (entrance to Prospect Park), 32 Miles, 12-15 mph urban pace
Join the 5BBC Explorers Club as we ride to this odd little corner of Queens. It was called Remsen's Landing just after the Revolutionary War. In the early 1900's it was Ramblersville. Now, this watery area stuck between the Hawtree Basin and JFK is West Hamilton Beach. Whatever you call it, you won't believe you are in NYC. Bring extra tube, lock, snacks, Lunch $ and an inquisitive spirit.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
CLOISTER-NO OYSTER [CANCELED]
10:00AM, Columbus Circle, 40 hilly miles at moderate 13-15 miles per hour pace.
Grab a coffee at the Turning Leaf Cafe at Fort Tryon and enjoy the breathtaking view over the Hudson River. Circle around the Jerome Reservoir, and cruise along the greenways in the Bronx. Check out one of the oldest churches from 1668-1670 on our way to the Soundview Park and Classon Point where the Oyster Restoration Project is taking place. And if we are lucky we may even see chickens and a rooster running around! Bring a lock, $$$ for lunch and Happy Hour Oysters (and drinks), and snacks. After the Ride: we are heading to Ten Bells for Oyster Happy Hours on Broome Street.
10:00 AM, City Hall, 25 miles, easy pace
Three Museums/Mansions/Homes. All in Manhattan. All here before the Civil War, except for one in a different place from where it was built. Two before there was a United States. Two wrapped up deeply in American history. Minor to zero entrance fees. Our city is 400 years old. You think it doesn't have history? In one place a Founding Father fulfills his dream for a family. While in another, his son avenges his death. In another nature shows us how to really live, simply and beautifully. Come find out what astounding things we Americans can do when we decide to. Bring lock, $ for food.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
SPRING TRAINING RIDE #1: ENGLEWOOD
9:30 AM, Columbus Circle, 35 miles
We kick off our Spring Training Series with a short distance and an easily attainable goal. Enjoy the view from the GW Bridge on the way over to New Jersey.
SPRING TRAINING RIDE #2: HICKSVILLE
10:00 AM, Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Pl, Queens, 35 miles
Not in shape for a 100 mile ride yet? That's OK, neither are we. Start preparing now for the Montauk Century with our training ride series - each week the rides get a little longer. Bring lightweight bike lock and lunch money.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
FLAT ROCK NATURE PRESERVE
9:30 AM, City Hall, 30 miles, moderate pace
AAH Naturale in Joisey! This privately owned nature preserve lets us bike to their Nature Center but, only hike their trails. Lunch at a pond teaming with life in the beautiful outdoors. It's Spring. Clear the winter cobwebs and come for a ride. Clothing is not optional.
JACKSON DINER - A WINTER'S RIDE TO WARM YOU UP
9:30 AM, Grand Army Plaza, Entrance to Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 30 miles at a moderate pace
Warm up and end the winter doldrums with a ride that will add spice to your life. From Grand Army Plaza we ride to the famous Jackson Diner in Jackson Heights to take advantage of their all-you-can-eat Indian buffet for $10.95 (regular lunch menu also available) + tax and tip. On the way out we will divert slightly for a loop through historic Stuyvesant Heights. Bring lock and money for lunch. In case of iffy weather check Bulletin Board or follow billm45s on Twitter.
GROTTA AZZURA PIZZA RIDE [CANCELED]
10:00 am, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, 20 miles, flat 12-15 mph pace
A short flat ride down to Coney Island and back. Stopping at the highly rated Grotta Azzurra Pizzeria for lunch. Bring a lock, $$ for lunch, a spare tube, cold weather gear and a metro card just in case. A forecast of snow or rain or temps below 25 degrees cancels.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
SPRING TRAINING: SANDS POINT
10:00 AM, Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Pl, Queens, 40 miles
One of the nicest spots to visit on the North Shore of Nassau County. The series rides get harder next week, so start training now! Bring a lightweight bike lock and money for lunch.
QUEENS WAY RIDE
9:30 AM, Union Square North @ Park Ave, Manhattan; 10:00 AM Queensboro Plaza; 11:00AM @ Shalimar Diner, Austin St & 63 Dr, Queens. ALL RIDERS DEPART SHALIMAR AT 11:15 AM. 25 leisurely miles if starting in Manhattan.
Join Friends of The QueensWay and 5BBC in a ride from Rego Park to Ozone Park to explore the future route of the QueensWay, the proposed bikeway, linear park, and rail trail atop the abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch railroad. We will make several stops, and brief hikes onto the rail line before officially ending outside the Aqueduct Race Track and Casino. Riders wishing to take the A train back to Manhattan can continue to Aqueduct Station. Peter Beadle of Friends of The Queens Way will accompany us.
CONEY ISLAND PIZZA RIDE
10:00 AM, Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, 25 miles, mostly flat.
This is a true Happy Face Ride!! Join the 5BBC for a scenic ride to Totonno's - our favorite pizza place! This is a flat ride with one big hill in Prospect Park on the return. http://www.zagat.com/r/totonno-pizzeria-napolitana-new-york Bring locks and money for lunch. Rain at the start cancels the ride.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
SPRING TRAINING: WEST ENGLEWOOD
9:30 AM, Columbus Circle, 40 miles
The Spring Training Series takes us over to New Jersey again, but a little farther than last week.
KILLMEYERS - WINTER EDITION
9:30 AM, South Ferry, 34 miles, moderate pace
Far off the beaten path. Along the North Shore of Staten Island is the remote outpost of Kreischerville. There, we visit one of the best German bar/restaurants in the City - Killmeyers. This bike friendly establishment features cheap delicious food, amazing beer choices, and old time atmosphere that is hard to come by in New York. So, kick up your heels dancing to some Oom Pah Music. Have a great bowl of goulash. And ride with us to the Forgotten Borough. BRING: Lock, spare tube, lunch money, and a spirit of adventure. Please check the Facebook page for any weather related cancelations. - But Spring is just around the corner. We will be on the 9:30 ferry - so be at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan and 9:15 to allow some time for the doggies to sniff your bike.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
SPRING TRAINING: NORTHVALE
9:00 AM, Columbus Circle 45 miles, moderate pace
A little longer & hillier than last week but just as scenic. A good lunch in Northvale, NJ. Bring lightweight bike lock, money for lunch.
SPRING TRAINING: HICKSVILLE METRIC
10:00 AM, Cunningham Park, 57 km, moderate pace
Sunday, March 23, 2014
LOST SYNAGOGUES OF BROOKLYN
9:00 AM, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, 20+ miles, moderate pace
Tour the neighborhoods of Prospect Heights, Weeksville, Bedford Stuyvesant, Williamsburgh and Greenpoint. We'll start and finish by viewing working synagogues, but in between we'll see many former synagogues and Jewish institutions, most of which have become churches. Our list of sites has been compiled from the book "The Lost Synagogues of Brooklyn" by Ellen Levitt. The author will meet us at some of the locations. Lunch on the Lower East Side of Manhattan will be late in the ride. As a bonus, we will sample a few Jewish institutions in lower Manhattan after lunch. Bring snacks, drinks, money for lunch, a lock for your bike, and spare tube(s), pump, and tools. http://brooklyn.bibliocommons.com/item/show/11480265062906_the_lost_synagogues_of_brooklyn
SPRING TRAINING: LOCUST VALLEY
9:30 AM, Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Pl, Queens, 50 miles, moderate pace
Start gearing up for longer distances. Visit the quaint town of Locust Valley on Long Island's "Gold Coast". More info at www.locustvalley.com. Bring lightweight bike lock and lunch money.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
SPRING TRAINING: LOCUST VALLEY QUICK SPIN
9:00 AM, Cunningham Park, 50 miles, Union Turnpike & 196 Pl, Queens, QUICK SPIN PACE +16 mph
A slightly different route to Locust Valley for our first quick spin of the training season: Lattington, Dosoris Island, Glen Cove and Sea Cliff. Limited stops and no Point/Drop/Sweep. A great ride for a fast & detailed look at the Gold Coast of Long Island. Check 5BBC Bulletin Board day before for possible ride updates. Bring lunch money, MTA Bike Permit.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
SPRING TRAINING: WESTWOOD
9:00 AM, Eleanor Roosevelt Statue, 72 St & Riverside Drive, Manhattan, 45 miles
We'll meet up at 9 AM at 72 & Riverside, at the Eleanor Roosevelt statue, then ride to 177 & Fort Washington (arriving at 9:45-10AM) to meet anyone who wants to take the A train uptown (last car, take elevator to the street; wait for us there). This will be an intermediate ride with a stop at New Bridge Landing, a Revolutionary-era bridge across the Hackensack River where there'll be a celebration of the Lenape New Year. We'll lunch in Westwood, where some of us can dine at the Rolling Pin Cafe, and return to NYC via Old Piermont Highway and a finale across the dreaded Palisades. (Get those grannies greased up!)
Saturday, April 5, 2014
SPRING TRAINING: PORT JEFFERSON QUICK SPIN
9:00 AM, Cunningham Park, Queens, 65 miles, +16 mph pace, No Point/Drop/Sweep, Rolling Hills
This will be a one way ride ending at the Port Jeff LIRR Station. Short break in Syosset before heading out to Kings Park, Smithtown, St James and Stony Brook. Newly paved roads along the Nissequogue River will make a very good ride into an excellent one! Bring two spare tubes, money for a Deli lunch and $11.75 LIRR train fare and MTA Bike Permit. Good dispositions are required. Check Bulletin Board day before for ride updates.
LUDLOW PARK - A JEWEL IN YONKERS
10:00 AM, Columbus Circle, 30ish miles, moderate pace, some hills
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 were told by the neighborhood association not to spread the word about their quiet neck of the woods. From there, we return through the beautiful Fieldston section of Riverdale before crossing the Broadway Bridge and heading back home. There are some long uphills and some downhills that will make you scream "WHEEEEEEEE." Bring: Lock, tube, $ for lunch, and a smile.
Sunday April 6, 2014
SPRING TRAINING: CENTRE ISLAND QUICKSPIN
8:30 AM, Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Pl, Queens, 65 miles, 17 mph. No point-drop-sweep.
When you're out along the breathtaking shore you might find the hills not as daunting as the last time. Limited stops and no Point/Drop/Sweep. Bring tubes, hydration, money for lunch.
SPRING TRAINING: CENTRE ISLAND
9:00 AM, Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Pl, Queens, 65 miles, 17 mph.
Up to 65 miles this week. With both a moderate-pace and a quickspin to Centre Island, there's no excuse not to check out the North Shore and build up some endurance at the same time. Bring money for lunch.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
SEAL WATCH BIKE/SEA CRUISE
7:00 AM for a 7:07 train, Grand Central Terminal, 35 miles, mostly flat
Up for an early spring adventure? What better destination than a meander along Connecticut's picturesque shore for our Second Annual 5BBC Bike 'n' Seal Watch Cruise.Meet up at GCT for the 7:07 am New Haven train and breakfast at 9AM at Claire's Cornercopia Restaurant, a vegetarian, kosher, sustainable eatery in downtown New Haven. Wheels down at 10am when we roll out to Thimble Islands and a shipboard visit to our harbor seal playmates. Along the way, we ride a defunct trolley rail trail and indulge in assorted coastal scenery. We should be back in the city by 7pm. Bring lots of $$ for train ($41.00), breakfast, lunch, and cruise ($15.00). RSVP to email@example.com before 5pm Friday 4/4, so we can make accurate cruise reservations.
TRI-BORO, NOT THE BRIDGE (AKA THE EMPANADA RIDE)
9:00 AM, City Hall, Manhattan, 40 mostly flat miles
Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens - we meander from the industrial to the bucolic, from the commercial to the high-end and not-so-high-end residential, plus some cemeteries (it's Queens, after all), a ride by the velodrome and empanadas in Corona for lunch. Bring lock,and bring or buy lunch. In case of iffy weather check Bulletin Board or follow billm45s on Twitter.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
SPRING TRAINING: ROCKLAND LAKE QUICK SPIN
8:15 AM, George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, Ft Washington Avenue at 178 St, 75 miles QUICK SPIN Pace +17 mph
Head up to the Titanic Deli in Congers to pick up lunch before visiting the park. A challenging return down (& UP) Route 9W. Hills will dictate. No Point/Drop/Sweep. Check 5BBC Bulletin Board day before for possible updates. Please note: there are no "bailouts" along the route. Bring lunch money, two water bottles & two spare tubes.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
SPRING TRAINING: SUNKEN MEADOW QUICK SPIN
8:15 AM, Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike & 196 Pl, Queens, 75 miles. Quick Spin pace +17 mph
There will not be Point/Drop/Sweep as we head non-stop to Syosset. After a short break we'll head out to the Sunken Meadow Park boardwalk. On the way back we'll top off along the highest point in Long Island. Bring $ for lunch and MTA Bike permit. Please check 5BBC Bulletin Board day before ride for possible updates.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
CROTON RESERVOIR TRIPLE-CROSS
9:00 AM, Van Cortlandt Park, 242nd St & Broadway, Bronx, 40 miles, 12-14 mph pace
Find out why this ride is one of the Club's perennial favorites. Have your water and drink it too. Get your fill of Westchester's Croton Reservoir with three lake crossings: the "Old Put" Railroad Bridge, Old Croton Dam (Gate House) Bridge, and the New Croton Dam. We'll ride the Westchester County Trailway, then on a splendiferous (although slightly bumpy) unpaved road along the lake shore. Finally, a visit to the best ice cream north of the Croton River. Ride ends at Croton-Harmon Metro-North station. Bring $ for lunch, $9.75 train fare for return ride, MTA Bike permit. Fat tires recommended but NOT required.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
SPRING TRAINING: STONY POINT QUICK SPIN
8:15 AM, George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, Ft Washington Avenue at 178 St. 85 miles. Quick Spin pace +17 mph, hilly terrain
80 mile ride not hard enough? If you're in serious training for the longest of our Montauk rides try this route at a fast pace. No point/drop/sweep. Rte 9W will be our primary route with some hill-climbing north-west of Haverstraw. Excellent lunch overlooking the Hudson! Check 5BBC Bulletin Board the day before for possible ride updates. Bring $ for lunch.
THE OFFICIAL FIVE BORO MONUMENT BICYCLE TOUR
9:00 AM, Pelham Bay Park. (just over the walkway, outside of the Pelham Bay subway #6 station) 40 miles, 13-15 mph, NO DAWDLE.
Yes, there are over 800 monuments - and stories - in the Gotham City. But we'll be visiting only nine of those, scattered in all five of the boroughs. We begin in Pelham Bay Park, in the far northeastern corner of the Bronx, and cycle down through Harlem, then over to Calvary Cemetery in the Queens rustbelt, then over Newton Creek to Fort Greene and back into Manhattan and the Battery. As this is a Five Borough Monument Tour, we paddle over to Staten Island for one last monument. Lunch is at Sisters Caribbean Cuisine in Harlem, halfway through the ride, and Victory brews at the Battery Beer Garden after. Stops include: The Bronx Victory Memorial (Pelhan Bay Park), The Chief Nimham Memorial (Indian Field, Van Cortlandt), The Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Mural (Harlem), The Delacorte Clock (Central Park Zoo), The Calvary Monument (Newton Creek, Queens), The Prison Ship Martyr's Memorial (Fort Greene, Brooklyn), Titanic Park and the American Merchant Marine Memorial in Lower Manhattan.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
SAKURA MATSURI Annual cherry blossom festival at The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
9:00 AM, City Hall @ the Base Of The Brooklyn Bridge, 35 miles
This ride is a resurrection of a popular ride from the Eighties and Nineties. Perhaps, not the route, but the destination. The destination is Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival. Fortunately for us, the whole Garden is a gift to the soul. It's strange and impossible to visualize, but this was a 39-acre ash heap that was converted to a Brooklyn treasure. Admission is $10 for Adults & $5 for seniors. http://www.bbg.org/discover/cherries
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