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April 19, 2009: Montauk Training Ride : Sunken Meadow
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Saturday, May 2, 2009
TRAINING RIDE #12: LLOYD NECK
8:00 AM, Cunningham Park , 85 miles
Not for beginners. This ride is hilly and technical and you must be able to keep a good pace. No Point/Drop/Sweep today. Pack some snacks for the trip, in case you need the extra energy, and plenty of water so you don't get leg cramps. Warning, not for beginners. Leaders: Ira Najowitz & Dennis Griffin (One Group, Cue sheet only)
SHAD BAKE AT MRS. KEARNEY'S TAVERN
10:30 AM, GWB Bus Terminal (W 178th & Ft. Washington Ave) , 20 miles
Our destination is an 18th-Century house that was a tavern run by the Kearney family and possibly a Revolutionary War British army headquarters. The Kearneys are having an open house and shad bake with live music, good food, and good fun. Admission $3. Relaxed, easy ride pace. Leader: Jim Zisfein.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
BIKE NEW YORK: The Five Boro Bike Tour
Note: registration has closed for this event.
MEET AT THE GUNKS
8:30 AM, Grand Central Terminal , 8:30 AM, Grand Central Terminal, 55 miles, 15 mph pace, rolling hills
When thirty thousand cyclists descend on NYC, it's time to leave the city and head for a quiet ride in the country. Let's take Metro North up to Poughkeepsie for a nice quiet ride on back roads through part of the Shawangunk Mountains. We'll bike across the Mid-Hudson Bridge, then up and west. Along the way we'll ride the Highland Rail Trail. After a brief rest stop in New Paltz, we'll ride on the oldest street in America and continue on for a quick peek at the Delaware and Hudson Canal Museum. No formal lunch stop. We will picnic at a suitable spot. We will return to Poughkeepsie and take the 5:30 PM train back to Grand Central. Triples are recommended. Bring MTA bike permit; $26 for round-trip rail fare from GCT bag lunch. Contact info: email email@example.com, cell 646 642 2203 and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Leaders Dana Hudes & Jesse Brown
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 (Rain Date: May 13, 2009)
MANHATTAN EVENING RIDE
7PM, NW Corner of 5th Ave & E. 60th St. , 18 miles
Annual leisurely evening ride in celebration of Bike Month NYC. Join us for this fun ride on Manhattan's Greenways/Pathways. We plan to go through Central Park, down the West Side Greenway to Battery Park, through South Street Seaport and up the East Side and back to the start. Bring pocket food, a good working bicycle with your tires inflated to the appropriate psi, bike pump, front & rear lights, spare tube, water, helmet (and wear it), and a smile. Approx. 18 miles. Rain at the start cancels the ride. Rain date is May 13. Co-listed with The Weekday Cyclists, Times Up! and New York Cycle Club. Leaders Trudy Hutter and John Chiarella.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
TRAINING RIDE #13: EATON'S NECK
8:00 AM, Cunningham Park , 90 miles
OK, you've done the rest - now finish the job! The scenery of the North Shore expands on this beautiful trip and the main century event is just one week away. If you're ready for this 90 miler you'll have no problem with the full century coming up. No point-drop-sweep on this final training ride. Leaders: Ira Najowitz & Dennis Griffin (One Group Only, Cue sheet only)
Sunday, May 10, 2009
METRIC TRAINING RIDE #4: PIERMONT
9:00 AM, Columbus Circle , 50 miles
Our metric series concludes with an old standard - Piermont, NY. Enjoy the hills, green pastures and river views. We'll visit the pier that extends nearly a mile into the mighty Hudson. Bring lunch money and a camera. Leaders: Marina Bekkerman & Ken Williams.
OFF ROAD VISTAS: RIDE THE OLD PUT AND OLD CROTON AQUEDUCT
9:30 AM, Van Cortlandt Park - Broadway & W. 242st St. , 40 miles
Description: Off Road Vistas ride. It's May 10th, the perfect day to honor a railroad that belongs to history. Take ride on the Old Put Railroad and see what was. Lunch is at a waterfall spilling from a lake over a dam. After we go far enough north, we'll turn around and take the original NYC water supply, the Old Croton Aqueduct, back south. There's nothing like wheeling through the woods. Leaders: Ed Defreitas & TBA
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
WANDERING TO WAVE HILL
9:00 AM, Columbus Circle , 30 miles w/ a few hills
Enjoy an extended spring visit to a treasure in the Riverdale section of the Bronx: Wave Hill. Once a private estate, it is an oasis that overlooks the Hudson and the Palisades (See www.wavehill.org). To and fro, we'll enjoy riding through a few picturesque parks in Manhattan and the Bronx. Bring a bike lock and lunch money. Leader: Brian Hoberman & TBA.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM
9:30 AM, Plaza Hotel , 30 miles
We'll ride through Central Park and up the center spine of Manhattan. We'll cross the Harlem river into The Bronx, follow Broadway through Yonkers & spend a little time on the Old Croton Aqueduct till we reach the Hudson River Museum. This is not just a museum. It's also a Mansion and a planetarium. So, bring your inquisitiveness, $6.00 for admission, lunch or money to buy it, lock and MTA Bike Permit in case you have to bag-it on Metro North. Some hills, road bikes OK).. Maybe a bonus additional museum. Leaders: Ed DeFreitas and TBA.
Monday, May 25, 2009
GREENWOOD HISTORIC CEMETERY RIDE
10:00 AM, Popeye's Restaurant , 17 miles
You know how famous people lived. Now, get a look at how they spent eternity. Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Tiffany, Greeley, Ebbets. The inspiration for Central Park. Brooklyn is a great place. Bring a camera and binoculars for bird spotting. Leaders: Terry Chin and Ed DeFreitas.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
HOOKEY DAY RIDE TO ROCKAWAY
9:30 AM, Kew Gardens , 30 miles
A moderately fast ride to/from Kew Gardens & Rockaway. We will travel through Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Howard Beach and Broad Channel. Bring two spare tubes and money for lunch. This is somewhat of a repeat from last year. Please note it's a weekday ride. Leader: Dennis Griffin, John Chiarella.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
10:00 AM, Cunningham Park , 30 miles
More a tour than a ride through Queens, hitting some of the boroughs unusual or forgotten places. Many stops. Bring money for lunch. We plan to visit the botanical gardens, a 2,000 year-old Roman column, a Kung Fu temple, the Lemon Ice King of Corona and more. Back around 4 PM. Leaders: Randy Horowitz and others.
9:30 AM, Bridgemarket , 15-20 miles, rain or shine
If you're taking your bike with you on a trip, or planning on shipping it to your vacation destination, here is an opportunity to learn how to pack it into either a cardboard bike carton or a bike travel case. We'll show you how to remove the pedals, loosen and turn around your handlebars, and fit your bike into that small case. (We will be arriving back by 2, so no lunch necessary.) Leaders: Stephen Jackel, Dan Finton.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
10:00 AM, City Hall , approx. 10 miles
We all know that Washington slept here. But, where did his VP sleep? How did a Brooklyn Community honor a fallen President (not JFK, Lincoln or one of those famous ones)? Bring lock, money for lunch. Leaders: Ed DeFreitas & TBA.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
UP, UP AND AWAY
8:20 AM, Grand Central Station and 9:30 AM (previously 9:50), Croton-Harmon Station, Grand Central Station, Croton-Harmon Station , 45 hilly miles
Join us for our semi-annual beautiful, hilly 45-mile ride through northern Westchester. While enjoying the ups and downs, we can look forward to ice cream at the Blue Pig near the end. Bring a MTA bike permit, snacks and $15 train fare. Added bonus: A lunch stop at a surprise leader's house! End Time: Approx. 5-6 pm. Leaders: Brian Hoberman & Susan Levine.
A RIDE WITH STRINGS ATTACHED
9:30 AM, Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza ,Approx. 12 miles
When we're talking "strings" we're talking "guitar strings." Join us for this ride to Carmine Street Guitars in Greenwich Village and see how Rick makes world famous electric guitars right in his own shop. He's demo is truly vibrant (or is it vibrating?) Don't expect a long ride, but expect a true Village experience! Bring lock and money for lunch at a local eatery. Rain at start cancels. Leaders: Richard Sanford and David Balzer.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
THE OLD PUT CENTURY
8:00 AM, Woodlawn (Jerome and Bainbridge Aves) , 92 miles, Quick-Spin
The New York and Putnam Railroad, a/k/a "The Old Put", was a dismal failure as a commercial rail line and was finally put out of its misery circa 1980. Fortunately, the right-of-way was preserved, and the rail barons' loss became our gain when Westchester and Putnam Counties built a rail trail for recreational use. You can now bicycle most of the way from Bronx to Carmel (and back) on a path that is paved, level, and car-free. Hooray! Riders should be able to maintain a "B" pace (15 mph). Bring water, snacks, lunch or $ for it, plus $ and a MTA Bike Permit for Metro-North in case you need to leave early. Travel note: this ride begins at the last stop on the Bronx-bound #4 subway, not the Metro-North station of the same name. Leaders: Jim Zisfein and Brian Hoberman.
RESIDENTIAL BROOKLYN TOUR
10:00 AM, Prospect Park, Picnic House (2 blocks from 3rd St. entrance) , 25 miles
Explore some of the quieter sections of Brooklyn. We'll ride through the Borough and Sunset Parks, Bay Ridge and others. Bring an American Flag! Bring a lock, snack and money for lunch. Terry Chin and TBA.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
CLEARWATER HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL (Part 1)
7:30 AM sharp!, Grand Central Terminal , 25 miles, flat to rolling with one big hill
Our 21st annual day-long summer retreat to this classic folk music festival returns with rides both days of the festival (Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21)! Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sloop Clearwater's launch plus Pete's 90th birthday! We'll board Metro North for a jump start to White Plains, then cycle to Croton Park (with return trip to NYC via train). Enjoy 5 stages of music, non-stop dancing, crafts, activists, stories, souvenirs, and of course, food. Scheduled performers include Richie Havens, Susan Tedeschi, Mike and Ruthie, Allison Moorer, Alejandro Escovedo, and the Nobel Peace Prize candidate himself, Pete Seeger. Special Note: because of Clearwater fundraising efforts, prices for festival tickets have almost doubled; ride participants are strongly urged to purchase their own tickets in advance; see www.clearwater.org or visit www.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways/outbound_clearwater.htm for train plus festival package deals. A very limited number of tickets may be available via leader. Festival and bike ride are rain or shine; free valet bike parking available via our friends at Times Up (http://times-up.org/)! And who will be the recipient of this year's ride dedication ceremony? Bring $20 for train fare plus Metro North permit, sunscreen. Leaders: Ted M. Kushner and Brian Hoberman
Sunday, June 21, 2009
CLEARWATER HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL (Part 2)
8:30 AM sharp!, Grand Central Terminal , 25 miles, flat to rolling with one big hill
We'll once again "retreat" to this classic folk music festival, but with a later start/return time! We'll board Metro North for a jump start to White Plains, then cycle to Croton Park (with late return to NYC via train). Enjoy 5 stages of music, non-stop dancing, crafts, activists, stories, souvenirs, and of course, food. Scheduled performers include Arlo Guthrie, the Persuasions, Pete and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Jay & Molly, Rick Nestler and more! Special Note: because of Clearwater fundraising efforts, prices for festival tickets have almost doubled; ride participants are strongly urged to purchase their own tickets in advance; see www.clearwater.org or visit www.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways/outbound_clearwater.htm for train/festival package deals. A very limited number of tickets may be available via leader. Festival and bike ride are rain or shine; free valet bike parking available via our friends at Times Up (http://times-up.org/)! Bring $20 for train fare plus Metro North permit, sunscreen. Leaders: Ted M. Kushner, Brian Hoberman and Bike 21
Saturday, June 27, 2009
TRAINING RIDE TO SYOSSET & HUNTINGTON BAY
8:00AM, Kew Gardens; 8:30AM PennStation (bottom of escalator at 34th & 7th) for 8:52AM train or 9:45AM inSyosset (near firehouse), Kew Gardens, Syosset LIRR Station , 55-75 miles, Quick Spin, 17mph moving average
We can start this summer out with a prelude to the "Gold Coast" that includes Syosset, Huntington Bay and Oyster Bay before we cycle back to Queens. We will begin @ Kew Gardens and bike out to Syosset where we will meet the group who desires to take the LIRR out of Penn Station to Syosset. Figure 75 miles for the complete route and 50 miles for those who start in Syosset. Lunch in Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay. Bring two bottles of water, MTA Bike Permit and money for lunch (bike locks not needed). Dress lightly & use sunscreen. Further details on the Bulletin Board as the Ride approaches. Leaders: Dennis Griffin & Susan Rodetis.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
WESTCHESTER BIKE/HIKE : BRONX RIVER PARKWAY AND CRANBERRY LAKE
9:00 AM sharp!, Van Cortlandt Park - Broadway & W. 242nd St , 42 miles w/ a few steep hills
Savor 42 miles of scenic Westchester County roads and off-street bike paths. Lunch is at a nature preserve where we'll take an optional walk around a swampy lake in a quiet, forested area. Since we'll be using the Bronx River Parkway during the Bicycle Sunday closings, as well as the neighboring bike paths, the ride is 44% car free. All paths are paved and suitable for road bikes. Bring appropriate walking footwear. Bring or buy lunch. Leaders: Ed Ravin & TBA.