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Sat, Jul 26, 2014

Hudson River Double Cross (65 Mile Version)

7:30am

65 (3500 feet elev gain) miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Central Terminal

This ride is not for the faint of heart as we’ll climb a fair share of hills and fly some fast descents but the views of the Hudson River are worth every inch of every climb! We’ll try to keep a decent pace but we’ll stop often to compress and catch a breath and we will use the point, drop and sweep system. We’ll take the train out of Grand Central Station at 7:43 a.m. and WE'LL GET BACK WHEN WE'LL GET BACK, DON'T MAKE ANY PLANS FOR THAT EVENING;) The ride is 65 miles, on roads with some traffic and with a total elevation gain of around 3500 feet.

This ride is listed as advanced moderate due to the combination of the distance and the hills but the pace will be more like a moderate ride so you don't have to be very fast but you have to be able to deal with long climbs effectively and maintain at least 12mph throughout most of the ride:)

Please meet us at the station no later than 7:30 a.m. We’ll meet somewhere in the Main Concourse area on either side of the round Information Booth. Please don't be late! This is a popular train for cyclists so we'd like to get on the train early to make sure we grab good spots for our bikes. If you arrive late and we're not there any more, just go directly to the track, you can learn the track number from the large displays above the ticket boots. Look for 7:43 a.m. train to Poughkeepsie.

We’ll start riding from Croton Harmon around 9 a.m. and we’ll stop at around mile 20 for a brunch at a deli. Then we’ll circle Hudson Highlands and cross the Hudson River at the Bear Mountain Bridge and stop at the Bear Mountain State Park for a break. From Bear Mountain we'll ride over to the US Military Academy in West Point. If there is enough interest we can stop at the USMA Museum (free admission). Then we will ride through the USMC grounds as the academy is opened to the public on weekends during the Summer. IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO ENTER THE ACADEMY GROUNDS EVERYONE NEEDS TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT ISSUED ID (a driver license or a learner permit, green card, military ID, passport). If you don't have an ID you will not be able to continue the ride and will need to go back on your own.

Next, we’ll climb some more hills and stop at the Storm King Highway Overlook to enjoy beautiful views of the Hudson River. Then we’ll continue North along the river to Cornwall where we’ll have lunch at mile 44 at The Trestle Restaurant (http://www.thetrestlecoh.com/menu.html).

After lunch the route will become significantly flatter and easier. We will cross the Hudson River again (hence "Double Cross") at the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge and turn back South, then pass the Hudson Highlands again and finish the ride at the train station in Garrison where we’ll try to catch the 5:24 p.m. train back to Grand Central (arrives at GC at 6.41 p.m.). If we miss that one the next one is at 6:24 p.m.

There will be a bailout option at mile 50 in Beacon, we'll be passing near the train station right after the bridge.

Related Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/267714556748003/

THIS RIDE HAS SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1) YOU NEED AN MTA TRAIN BIKE PERMIT. IT’S $5 AND CAN BE PURCHASED AT A TICKET BOOTH AT THE TRAIN STATION AND IT’S GOOD FOR LIFE.

2) YOU NEED A REAR RED LIGHT. WE’LL BE PASSING THROUGH A LONG, DARK TUNNEL AND WE NEED AS MUCH VISIBILITY AS WE CAN. PLEAS TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY! THIS TUNNEL IS TRAUMATIZING BUT THERE IS NO WAY AROUND IT.

3) YOU HAVE TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT-ISSUED IDENTIFICATION TO GO THROUGH THE CHECKPOINT AND ENTER THE MILITARY ACADEMY GROUNDS. IF YOU DON'T YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CONTINUE THE RIDE!

TRAIN FARES AND TICKETS

Purchase the tickets at Grand Central Station; they cost more if purchased from a conductor onboard of the train. Also: buy both tickets in the morning as we may not have enough time in the afternoon, unless you plan to bail out early at another train station.

Out: from Grand Central to Croton Harmon: $9.75 (off peak).
Back: from Garrison to Grand Central: $13.75 (off peak).
Bike Permit: $5 (good for life). If you're planning to buy the permit in the morning please have an application ready to save the time: http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/mnrbikepermit.htm

RIDE CANCELLATION POLICY

Check this 5BBC ride page or the 5BBC Event Facebook page after 9PM the night before to see if the ride is on! A cancellation notice will be posted on both at 9PM on the night before the ride. We will NOT meet if the ride is canceled! If it’s raining in the morning the ride is also canceled!

If in doubt email bikerides@a-world.net or call or text Adam DZ at 718-757-4102 in the morning after 6 a.m.

If you have registered for the ride on the 5BBC website you will receive a confirmation or cancellation email around 9 p.m. on Friday.

MAPS AND CUE SHEETS

Ride With GPS route:
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5251268

Cue sheet, GPX/TCX tracks and routes:
http://a-world.net/bikerides/hudson-river-double-cross-65/

A Summer Brooklyn Ride - People, Parks and Panini

9:30am

35 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Come join us us for a fun moderately paced 35 miler around Brooklyn, as we try to use streets and paths that mostly (operative word mostly) keeps traffic to a minimum. Plus a great late lunch at our new favorite food stop. Ah panini! Ah gelato! It is summer, so bring plenty of hydration, sunscreen, a lock and money for that late lunch stop in Bensonhurst.

Sat, Aug 2, 2014

Brew at Blue Point

8:30am

75 miles / Quick Spin Light / Starting at Cunningham Park

Ride to the Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue, LI. No sweat on the ride out ... and if there is, the beer at the brewery will take care of that. Meet at Cunningham Park at 8:30 am - sharp.
Bring mta bike pass, $ for lunch and drinkstuffs as well as lirr train fare from patchogue ($9.75). Trains returning to Jamaica, Brooklyn and Penn Station are at 3:35 pm, 4:23 pm and 5:10 pm.
No point/drop/sweep. However we will travel as a group, compressing as needed.
Note that we will walk back to Patchogue train station after our stop at the brewery.
Note also that riders from Brooklyn are most welcome because the leaders know you will like this one !
Leaders: Wuid Alexandre and Dennis Griffin

Van Cortlandt Park to Brewster

9:00am

50 (1500 feet elev gain) miles / Moderate / Starting at Van Cortlandt Park

We will ride the entire length of the South County Trail, the North County Trail and the Putnam Trailway from Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx all the way to Brewster. Then we'll take the Metro North train back to Grand Central Station in Manhattan.

The route is around 50 miles long and is mostly traffic-free as it runs along paved trailways with very few connecting sections running on roads. The route is pretty flat. The total elevation gain is around 1500 feet. The ride is very pleasant with long stretches of woodlands, marshes and farms with few small, quiet towns along the way. It passes over streams and rivers, along ponds and reservoirs with several cute bridges along the way.

We’ll meet at 9 am at the entrance to Van Cortlandt Park, at the standard 5BBC meeting spot, near the last stop of the #1 Subway.

Lunch will be at mile 25 at Taza Cafe in Millwood.

RIDE CANCELLATION POLICY

Check the 5BBC ride page or the 5BBC Facebook page after 9PM the night before to see if the ride is on! A cancellation notice will be posted on both at 9PM on the night before the ride. We will NOT meet if the ride is canceled! If it’s raining in the morning the ride is also canceled!

If in doubt email bikerides@a-world.net or call or text Adam DZ at 718-757-4102 in the morning after 6 a.m.

If you have registered for the ride on the 5BBC website you will receive a confirmation or cancellation email around 9 p.m. on Friday.

Cuesheet will be posted here couple of days before the ride.

Harlem to Summer Streets

9:30am

Leaders: Ken Williams
15-20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at Lenox Ave and 110th St

The summer streets program is on once again, meaning that Park Ave. from 72nd St to the Brooklyn Bridge will be closed to traffic and open to cyclists, joggers, roller bladers, etc.  It's like a big block party that promotes biking and other physical activities.  This would be a great intro ride to group riding in a minimum of traffic.  Newbies are strongly encouraged to join.

The ride will be betwee 15 and 22 miles, with many rest stops to enjoy the activities and giveaways on Park Ave.  The ride will start at Lenox Ave. & 110th St at 9:30, going through Central Park, with one big hill and much smaller rolling  hills.  We will go easy and enjoy the downhills.  A bike with gears is strongly recommended.  We will proceed to lower Manhattan via Park Ave., and will reverse and head north on Park Ave. to our starting point.  Please bring one or two properly sized inner tubes for your tire.

Harlem Rides - Historic Uptown Sights

9:30am

16 miles / Moderate / Starting at Lenox Ave and 110th St

Starting in Central Park, this ride explores some of the rich architectural history of Harlem and the Upper West Side. Gems from Colonial days include Hamilton Grange and the Jumel Mansion. We ride past the beautiful residences of Astor Row and Strivers Row. We check out the opulence of Grant's Tomb and the Bailey House. And of course, there will be other goodies along the way. The ride ends at the Five Borough Bike Club's table at Summer Streets. Come join us as we explore Harlem.

Bring: Water and Snacks [there will be no lunch stop], SPF, a lock, and a great attitude.
REMEMBER – Helmets are MANDATORY on all 5BBC Rides.

Street Art/Graffiti Ride - Bronx

10:00am

Leaders: Shawn Carney
45 miles / Moderate / Starting at Columbus Circle

A outdoor tour of graffiti and street art in the Bronx. Bring a lock and money for lunch. Experience New York City in a new way!

Sun, Aug 3, 2014

Locust Valley Extended Summer Remix

9:00am

52 (1700 elev gain) miles / Moderate / Starting at Cunningham Park

This is an “extended summer remix” of my favorite Spring training ride to Locust Valley. This version adds few extra miles here and there to make it a 52 mile ride and tries to avoid Union Turnpike on the way back for a while longer. We’ll stop for lunch at the usual Delicious Pizzeria in Glen Cove. Hopefully I won’t have to Photoshop our group shots at the beach this time to add summer backgrounds!

It's a moderate and relaxed 52 mile ride with only 1700 feet of elevation gain. We'll stop frequently to take photos and goof around and remember the time we did this ride and our ears were freezing.

We start at 9:00 am from Cunningham Park in Queens.

Related Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1564902280403888/

RIDE CANCELLATION POLICY

Check the 5BBC ride page or the 5BBC Facebook page after 9PM the night before to see if the ride is on! A cancellation notice will be posted on both at 9PM on the night before the ride. We will NOT meet if the ride is canceled! If it’s raining in the morning the ride is also canceled!

If in doubt email bikerides@a-world.net or call or text Adam DZ at 718-757-4102 in the morning after 6 a.m.

If you have registered for the ride on the 5BBC website you will receive a confirmation or cancellation email around 9 p.m. on Friday.

MAPS AND CUE SHEETS

Links to Ride With GPS route and cue sheets will be posted here couple of days before the ride.

Beach Bum Ride

9:00am

30 miles / Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

A 5BBC tradition! Come join us for a fun ride to Neponsit Beach in Rockaway. This is a mostly flat ride. We'll stop along the way and pick up lunch for our picnic on the beach. Bring lots of suntan lotion, swimsuit and money for lunch.
Rain at start cancels.
Leaders: Bob Castro & Andrea Casertano

Let's Go Boogie on the Boulevard

10:00am

Leaders: Leo Cairo
7 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at Bridgemarket

Let's Celebrate the Bronx's 100th anniversary. Grand Concourse center lanes will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun, with free music, activities and programs hosted by art/cultural, civic, health organizations and artists. Museum will be open for visitors and lots of fun!
http://www.bronxmuseum.org/events/boogie-on-the-boulevard-summer-sundays

Sat, Aug 9, 2014

Three States Ride

9:00am

66 (3200 feet elev gain) miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Taconic State Park - Copake Falls Area

This is a unique and experimental dayride, in a way that the starting point at the Taconic State Park is only reachable by a car and it is 2.5 hours one way from NYC. Trippers will need to drive up there or carpool. The club does not provide transportation for this ride and, for legal reasons, cannot arrange a carpool. The trippers will need to arrive at the start location on their own but, of course, may organize carpooling among themselves.

Related Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1472144423024365/

THIS RIDE REQUIRES REGISTRATION AND
IT IS OPENED TO CURRENT CLUB MEMBERS ONLY.

We need to have at least 10 riders registered to do this ride. There is no upper limit but the place we’ll be stopping at for lunch is small and may have hard time serving 10+ people quickly. In case of a large turnout we may have to split for lunch, but there are other food establishments in town.

GENERAL INFORMATION

This is a moderate-advanced ride and it’s meant for experienced cyclists as it is 66 miles long, services are scarce and it’s rather hilly with about 3200 feet of total elevation gain with one long killer hill right at the beginning, then with some long and gradual climbs and some nice rollers. Around 15 miles are completely flat though as the route runs along the Harlem Valley Rail Trail (HVRT).

The ride starts and ends at the Taconic State Park Copake Falls in Copake, NY. The park has a picnic area, bathrooms, showers and a swimming pond. From there, we will ride through three states: NY, MA, CT and back to NY. A large part of the ride goes through the area where the annual Harlem Valley Rail Trail Ride takes place. The lunch will be at mile 30 in “When Pigs Fly Southern BBQ” in Sharon, Connecticut. It’s a quiet location with outdoor tables and we can keep our bikes within sight.

If we manage to finish the ride early there will be time for a dip in the pond so bring a bathing suit and a towel. You will be able to change at the bathhouse.

We will try to maintain a moderate pace around 12-15 mph on flats, however the ride is categorized as advanced moderate due to the combination of distance and hills. We will use the Point, Drop, Sweep system and we’ll follow all the rules of a regular 5BBC dayride, please see the club website for more information: http://5bbc.org/about-day-rides and http://5bbc.org/what-bring-ride.

The route is very rural with services far apart so bring three bottles of water, or a Camelbak, and some snacks and electrolytes if it’s very hot. There will be no services and no restrooms other than Nature’s Facilities for the first 22 miles.

You must have a helmet, two spare tubes and, if your bike requires any special tool to remove the wheels, you must bring that tool with you as well. Your bike must be in good working order. There is only one bike shop at the very beginning of the ride (i.e. not much help) and there are no good options to bail out during most of the ride.

THE WEATHER

That area is generally somewhat cooler than New York City (5 or more degrees) and the weather conditions can be quite different as well.

Check the weather forecast for Copake Falls, NY. Do not base your decision on NYC weather! We only ride if the weather forecast for Copake Falls is very good.

Significant chances of rain cancel the ride.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

As mentioned earlier, driving is the only option to get to the Taconic State Park. The club does not provide transportation for this ride and, for legal reasons, cannot arrange a carpool. The trippers will need to arrive at the Taconic State Park on their own but may organize carpooling among themselves.

Please note that there are two Taconic State Parks. One is called Taconic State Park Copake Falls Area and it’s located in Copake and the other is called Taconic State Park Rudd Pond Area and it is located near Millerton. We’re going to the one in Copake.

Be on time! We will start riding at 9 a.m. so you are encouraged to leave NYC at 6 a.m. as it takes solid 2h 30m to get there.

1) Take Taconic State Parkway to Rte 23 (Claverack exit). It’s the next exit after the Taghkanic State Park. There is a small diner right there on Rte 23, to the right of the exit if you want to grab some breakfast. Exit to the right onto Rte 23.

2) In Hillsdale (7 miles) turn right onto Rte 22. (IGA supermarket in Hillsdale before Rte 22 on the right)

3) In about 4 miles keep an eye out for the Taconic State Park sign on the left, at Old Rte 22 and turn left onto Old Route 22.

4) In about 0.3 mile you will arrive at a small triangular intersection with Taconic State Park sign in the middle, turn left onto Valley View Road/Rte 344.

5) Park entrance will be on your left in about 0.25 mile.

6) Drive through the entrance, pay the fee and drive straight up towards the parking lot.

Park entrance fee is $7 per car for the entire day. All other facilities are free except for campsites and boat rentals. If you feel adventurous, you can arrive the day before and camp!

Please note that commercial vehicles are not allowed on the Taconic State Parkway!

IF THE RIDE IS CANCELED

The official cancellation or confirmation notice will be posted on 5BBC ride page and on Facebook at 9PM the evening before the ride. Also, a notification email will go out around 9PM.

Check your email, check the 5BBC ride page and the Facebook page before leaving! The leaders will not travel to the start point if the ride is canceled. If in doubt email bikerides@a-world.net or call or message Adam DZ at (718) 757-4102.

MAPS AND CUE SHEETS

Links to Ride With GPS map:
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4100717

Cue sheets will be posted here few days before the ride. For now you can download a ride brochure here:

http://a-world.net/bikerides/three-state-bike-ride/Three-State-Bike-Ride...

Bicycle Beach Bums of Staten Island

10:00am

20 miles / Happy Face / Starting at 5BCC Summer Streets Table

Start location: 5BBC Bicycle Repair Table at Summer Streets, Park Avenue South at 24th Street
Looking for something to do after riding Summer Streets? Let's go to the beach! Staten Island's beaches are just a short bike ride from the ferry terminal. Bring a swimsuit, sunscreen, and beach towel. Changing areas are available. Leaders: Jim Zisfein and Andrea Casertano.

Sun, Aug 10, 2014

Brooklyn Perimeter and TA NYC Century Training Ride

9:15am

Leaders: Bill Mastro
50-55 miles / Moderate / Starting at Brooklyn Borough Hall

The Brooklyn Perimeter (with a moment in Queens) is back again this year to take you along the edges of the borough showing off Brooklyn's diversity from beautiful waterfront, to industrial centers, from HIP neighborhoods to old time neighborhoods. And we have a stop in the most surreal of places "the Hole", where one side of the street is Brooklyn and the other Queens. It is a mostly flat ride with one real climb. Bring water, sun screen, a lock and money for lunch. The ride is listed as moderate, but will maintain a steady urban pace over the 50-55 miles of the ride. Start point is Brooklyn Borough Hall by the fountains in front of the courthouse.

Let's Go Boogie on the Boulevard #2

10:00am

Leaders: Leo Cairo
7 miles miles / Happy Face / Starting at Bridgemarket

Let's Celebrate the Bronx's 100th anniversary. Grand Concourse center lanes will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun, with free music, activities and programs hosted by art/cultural, civic, health organizations and artists. Museum will be open for visitors and lots of fun!
http://www.bronxmuseum.org/events/boogie-on-the-boulevard-summer-sundays

Sat, Aug 16, 2014

NJ BEACH BUMS

7:45am

TBD miles / Moderate / Starting at Penn Station

Beach Bums in New Jersey? Well, for starters, it's called the Jersey Shore over here in these parts, and the handle by which we travel is the NJ Shore Slackers. So, yeah, whether you enjoy bumming on beaches or slithering along the shore, you can still join us as we head due south on the 7:52AM North Jersey Coast from New York Penn Station to Bay Head, with bikes, for some Jersey-style carney, Surf Tacos, long, long stretches of barrier tar-top two-lane roads and equally longish boardwalks. All that slacking and eating, though, doesn't mean we'll be whistling Dixie as this'll be moderate pace and limited to 12 riders, so RSVP and sign up online. Round trip $30; senior $14. Mileage to be determined. (Or as one of our ride leaders says, it's all good.)

Oh, and there's an entire Casino Pier for those who want to press their luck and gamble on their ride home.

Sun, Aug 17, 2014

Garden City - TA NYC Century Training Ride

9:00am

60 miles / Advanced Moderate / Starting at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park

Spend a pleasant Sunday, whether or not you are training for the TA NYC Century, and join us for a round trip ride through Brooklyn, Queens and Western Nassau to the sedate and scenic streets of Garden City. Lunch will likely be at Grimaldi's in Garden City. Bring water, lock, sun screen, money for lunch and a wide smile.

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