2019 Spring Training Series for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour

Training for this year's tour on May 5th? 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! Read more about its history and our role in it here.

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 who don't ride in the winter, or may be targeting a longer ride than they have ever done before, to incrementally build up the capacity to ride as far as they 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 2019 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 cool "multi-cultural" ride on Sunday that supports multiple starting distances for your spring training by circling the perimeter of Manhattan while celebrating two significant holidays: the Irish holiday of St. Patrick's Day the Jewish holiday of Purim. Drop off points (aka local subway) are available at 5-10-15-20-25-30 mile points. We also have a nice ride over the GWB led by two very experienced leaders for those of you wanting to "get out of town" (it's only to Teaneck, so not too far out of town).

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.

If you've been riding solo and ready to make it to 40 miles early and want to work on your speed? Join a slightly faster ride and build to higher mileage so the tour will be more of a recovery ride that's easy for you!

Our spring training series is flexible - leverage it to suit your needs and your schedule.

If you aren't ready to start in March, we have starting point rides in April too.

For many years now, we celebrate Cherry Blossom season in the Cherry Blossom CAPITAL of the northeast - Newark! We head over to Newark (yes, Newark surpasses even DC in terms of the number of Cherry Blossom trees). Come with us on this variable pace ride and stretch your reach in the weeks before the tour. We have plans to repeat the ride twice to make sure we don't miss peak blossom season. Register April 7th or April 21st.  If you want to judge for yourself, another thing that makes 5BBC unique is our out-of-town weekend trips. Consider joining us on our DC Weekend Trip - sign up here!

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. That's right - First ride is aways free at the 5BBC!

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 TRAINED 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 5th.

Check back here often as we will be updating this page with a summary of rides appropriate to riders training for the 2019 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. Check them out here.

Any questions? About training for the tour or riding with our club? The only bad question at New York's Friendliest club is the one you don't ask.

Feel free to write to info@5bbc.org or communications@5bbc.org - we hope to see you on a ride soon!