This is an Advanced Moderate Ride for experienced cyclists only. This is not a beginner ride. A road bike or light hybrid is required, no mountain bikes, no folders, no heavy hybrids, no knobby tires. Your bike has to be in very good shape and you need to be self-reliant and be able to maintain 15-17 mph pace for 25 miles with only few quick rest stops. There will be no bailouts along the way. The ride is pretty hilly at times with two long climbs and one killer hill. The ride is all on roads with traffic.
Bring at least two bottles of water and enough snacks to survive 25 mile stretch with no services.
For those who did my other recent rides from Poughkeepsie, you know what to expect :) This will be just like the other rides but a bit more hilly, however, shorter than the Gunks ride. Please email me if you have questions: email@example.com. I'll be happy to answer them! If you're prepared properly, this ride is a blast! It's very scenic and rural.
We take the 7:43 am train from Grand Central to Poughkeepsie. We meet in the main concourse area, in the vicinity of the round information booth, by the unused ticket windows. Please be at the station no later than 7:15 am and buy a round trip ticket to Poughkeepsie from the ticket machines before getting on the train. We get on the train at 7:30 sharp. Also, get breakfast to eat on the train, we will only stop for lunch around 12:30 - 1:00 pm.
NO CREDIT CARDS ON THE TRAIN! Buy the ticket at the station!
The train arrives in Poughkeepsie at 9:39 am and we start rolling promptly at 10:00 am. We ride the 25 miles to Kingston with only one or two very brief rest and photo stops. Beautiful views of Hudson River not to be missed! If all goes well we should be in Kingston by 1:00 maybe even 12:30. Lunch at Italian restaurant and quick ride back to Poughkeepsie. Couple of photo stops but quicker overall pace to try to catch the 5:39 pm express back to NYC (arrives at GC at 7:14). If we miss that then 5:54 pm.
Do not be late! The days are getting shorter and we want to return to NYC before dark.
- helmet (REQUIRED)
- MTA Train Bike Permit (REQUIRED)
- lightweight bike lock
- two spare bike tubes
- two bottles of water or hydration pack
- cell phone
- lunch money
RIDE CANCELLATION POLICY
Check this 5BBC ride page or the 5BBC Facebook page after 9PM the day before the ride to see if the ride is on! A cancellation notice will be posted on both at 9PM on the day before the ride.
We will NOT meet if the ride is canceled!
The leaders will not travel to the start location if the ride is cancelled!
If in doubt email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.the day before the ride.
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