Day Rides

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

Return to Killmeyers

40 Miles in the Forgotten Borough

9:45am

40 miles / Moderate / Starting at South Ferry

Yonkers Hill Climbing, originally scheduled today, will be adjourned to a later date.  Instead, we are heading to Staten Island.  We will still have some nice hills in this early season 40 mile ride, but it will be less brutal.  We ride around the north shore of Staten Island, through industry and swamplands, including the wonderful new bike trail.  A brief stop will be made at The Blazing Star Cemetery/Dead Pool.  And then it is off to Kreischerville and Killmeyers.  

Kreischerville is an old company town which still has its workers cottages and an adorable tiny church.  Killmeyers... more

Sun, Apr 2, 2017

Newark - Chatham Loop - NJ

Technical Training Ride Series

8:30am

47 miles / Quick Spin Light / Start Location TBD

POSTPONED To Sunday, April  2

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... more

Spring Training Series - Bayville

9:45am

50 miles / Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

Another North-Shore training ride, this time to the village of Bayville, often referred to as Pine Island, located on the Long Island Sound facing Greenwich Ct. We'll ride into town and pick up delicious hearty hoagies and subs, etc. for lunch. Lunch by the water temperature-permitting or we'll eat indoors at a local Mexican restaurant if it's chilly. Bring $$ for lunch or lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen and a light lock.

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

An Early 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.

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 near 22nd St. Photo op at the High Bridge. Lunch at the reasonably priced and descriptively named Bagels deli in Hartsdale. Another 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. 

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Liberty Park shore ride

10:00am

18 miles / Happy Face / Starting at World Trade Center

This is the first of a series to get in shape for longer Happy Face Rides.

Let's meet at the WTC PATH station down the escalators at the ticket machines for a ride along the Jersey City shoreline, enjoying stupendous views of lower Manhattan, Jersey City, Ellis Island, Lady Liberty, Amsterdam-like Port Liberte, and the harbor.  Bring your camera.

We'll have lunch in a diner enroute.

Cancellation conditions - snowy or icy, radar indicated rain imminent or predicted during the ride, or high wind warning.

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

Sun, Apr 16, 2017

Up the River

Sing Sing

9:30am

50 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

Why spend Easter on your Keister? Instead join Susan and Mel as they go UP THE RIVER. Yep - we are headed to The Big House - Sing Sing. We mostly ride on the North and South County trails to get there. Ride leaves and returns from Van Cortlandt Park in Da Bronx. First person who asks when lunch is gets...the chair.

 

Advanced Moderate ride. 50 mostly flat miles.

 

Bring spare tire, lock, nail file and money for bail

Cherry Blossom Ride 2017

10:00am

15-20 miles / Happy Face / Start Location TBD

This is the annual Cherry Blossom ride, initiated in the 1970s by Irv Weisman, to enjoy the increasing number of blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark and Belleville, NJ.  This park has more cherry trees than in Washington, DC and they add more every year.  Bring your camera.

We will enjoy the blossoms for a while then head off for Bloomfield or Montclair, eating in a diner. 

Meet at the bottom of the escalators at the World Trade Center PATH station at the ticket machines.

Cancellation conditions:  Snowy or icy.  Radar showing imminent or predicted precipitation... more

Sat, Apr 22, 2017

Beacon to Poughkeepsie

Technical Training Ride Series

8:30am

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

Ride the Hudson Valley, traversing the Hudson river twice via two bridges. You’ll start in Beacon and find your way through rural neighborhoods and small towns, past horse farms & fresh produce stands, ending in Poughkeepsie.

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

Snack Breaks:  Stewart Shop at 17 mile, Village Market and Eatery at 38 mile

Where we will meet:  Grand Central Terminal at 8:30 am,  Train Time: 8:43am to Beacon (Pougkeepsie Line)

Tickets: Single Trip to Beacon+Single Trip from... more

Sun, Apr 23, 2017

Island Dreaming, City Style

9:45am

45 miles / Moderate / Starting at Columbus Circle

Looking to visit that charming seaside location, to enjoy the view, the salt air, and the sound of gulls clamoring for your food? Wishing for some fresh seafood to complement all of the above? Just can't get away? Then join us for a moderately-paced ride to City Island in the Bronx. We'll ride along greenways where possible, ending at the furthermost point on City Island for a freshly-caught seafood lunch. Afterwards, we'll justify those fries that complemented your seafood by making our way back to our starting location. Oh, and did we mention seafood? Bring a light lock... more

Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Cold Spring back to NYC

Technical Training Ride Series

8:30am

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

Cycle your way from the hiker/biker friendly town of Cold Spring back towards the ever bustling NYC. You’ll cross the Hudson to travel through the edge of Bear Mountain State Park, follow along the Hudson on a non-motorized vehicle path and enter into New Jersey to cross the GWB back into NYC.

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

Snack Break: Dunkin Donut at 20 mile,  Bunberry Cafe at 34 mile

Where we will meet:  Grand Central Terminal at 8:30am,  Train Time: 8:50 am to Cold Spring (Poughkeepsie).

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Red Hook Crit Social

6:30pm

16 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Bridgemarket

So we're going to the Women's Red Hook Crit, making momentous stops along the way: Rockaway Brewery, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Steve's Key Lime Pie, and IKEA, where  vegan Swiss meatballs are the current cause célèbre (and the ultimate paradox: Swiss, vegan, meatballs all in one). We'll then head over to the Red Hook fixed-gear women's Crit at 8:30PM, with the men's challenge following at 9:30. After, we'll take traffic-free greenways to Brooklyn Bridge Park and, for those returning to Manhattan, the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Front and rear lights de rigueur and money for food and... more

Sat, May 6, 2017

ECG Route 8368 (Newark to Princeton)

Technical Training Ride Series

8:00am

80 miles / Quick Spin Light / Start Location TBD

Enjoy the last flatter ride in our Technical Series. The East Coast Greenway connects New Jersey to Pennsylvania on almost traffic free roads.  We are riding it partially when the path road conditions are good enough for road bikes, and otherwise move along quiter New Jersey roads. We may break off in smaller groups based on speed.  Be super comfortable with a cuesheet+speedometer, RidewithGPS or Garmin to navigate this route.

Speed Variable. Road bikes only.

Snack Stops: Starbucks at 22 mile,  Coffeehouse at 38 mile, Dunkin Donuts

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