Spring Training Series for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour

Training for this year's tour on May 6th? Do it with the 5BBC!

This page is dedicated to the 5BBC's special relationship with Bike New York.

The 5BBC has been involved in supporting the TD Five Boro Bike Tour since inception. We know it well and love it!

And this year will be no different.

We have a spring training series that runs every year through March and April.

It's designed to help those of us who don't ride in the winter, or may be targeting a longer ride than we may have ever done in the past, to incrementally build up the capacity to ride as far as we can!

The approach is simple.

Rides are populated on our Day Trips web site page from which you can pick one at a level you know you can do, and incrementally, build by adding 5-10 miles more each week with a supporting group of riders along with you. You can start with as short as 15 to 30 mile rides and build up to as long as 40, 50, 75 or even 100 miles by the time the summer rolls around.

As our 2018 Spring Training Series develops, we will hilight here and showcase how people new to riding or familiar with riding the streets of New York's 5 Boroughs, can come together and train for this year's TD Five Boro Bike Tour with New York's friendliest Bike Club - the 5BBC!

For example, this weekend we have a lovely Cherry Blossom ride that heads over to Newark - yes, Newark surpasses DC in germs of volume of Cherry Blossom trees. Come with us on this variable pace ride and stretch your reach the week before the ride. Sunday, come to Queens and see the kind of artistry our leaders come up with - while exploring beyond where the tour will take you next Sunday! If you want to judge for yourself and join us on our DC Weekend Trip - sign up here!

Both of these are perfect rides even if you haven't started spring training yet. Or even if you have - it will let you hit the 30 mile mark if you are up for it (2/3 - 3/4 of the tour length). They are designed to let people drop off at any point where they feel they have hit their current limit 10 miles, 15, 20, 25 or 30..... since subways abound in NYC. So come out and join us on either or both of these rides - let the leaders know if you are new to the club and targeting the tour and we'll talk you through a plan to get to your goal.

The tour itself does not have too many hills, but if you want to work on hills - just in case, or to develop your capabilities for when you meet them on rides - let us know and we will add our Hills 101 in Brooklyn ride - e-mail allan5bbc@gmail.com!

Everyone is welcome to take their first ride with our club for free. After that, it's only $25 a year for unlimited riding ($30 for two at the same address). This is required by the insurance we take for our leaders. Each ride has two, a Point up front and a Sweep at the back. We use a process called Point-Drop-Sweep to make sure no one ever gets left behind!

On this page, we will focus on helping cyclists train for the tour this year on May 6th.

Check back here often as we will be updating this page with a summary of rides appropriate to riders training for the 2018 tour as they are posted.

We have a long tradition of partnering with Bike New York. Many of our members and leaders are Marshalls, Captains and Supercaptains - volunteering to help support the ride and make it the success that it is.

We look forward to helping you experience the tour as a breeze, safely with fun!

...having developed the confidence to do the distance by experiencing our spring training series.

Please remember to check back regularly for ride updates to help you prepare for this year's tour. And consider signing up for our FREE weekly e-mail which shows you news of the club and upcoming Day Trips over the next week.

We also have some wonderful weekend trips planned - if interested, come to our social March 20th - Details and RSVP here. Great opportunity to meet leaders and board members of the club and ask any questions you have about training for the tour or riding with our club. Can't make it and have a question? Feel free to write to info@5bbc.org or communications@5bbc.org