Croton Aqueduct Off-Road Adventure
Back in 1835, fifty acres of Manhattan were burned to a crisp in what is now called the Great Fire. Shocked by the loss of valuable real estate, New York politicians were finally inspired to build the Croton Aqueduct, NYC's first robust water supply system. The Aqueduct's route is now an off-road trail through the scenic parks, woods, and backyards of Westchester County that ends at a spectacular waterfall at the Croton Dam. Enjoy the views and see the remains of the infrastructure that enabled New York City to become the metropolis it is today.
The dirt trail is easy riding - no previous off-road experience needed. Ride starts in the North Bronx near a subway station.
This is a one-way, mostly off-road ride. Return is via Metro North - bring $15 for fare, and bring your MTA bike permit. Bring or buy lunch. We will stop at the legendary Blue Pig in Croton for celebratory ice cream if time permits. We usually arrive at Grand Central (or the start point) between 5 and 6 PM. Terrain is mostly level with a few steep hills.
Mountain bike, hybrid bike, or other bike with "wide" tires required. "Wide" means something wider than the standard 700x23 road bike tire - contact leader if you have questions.
Registered riders will be notified of the start location and receive a ridewithgps file before the ride. All riders should come equipped with a mask, hand sanitizer, a spare tube, sunscreen, snacks and a bike in good condition. Rides during the Pandemic are limited to 8 riders + 2 leaders. Everyone else gets wait-listed. Important: You must remove yourself from the list ASAP if you no longer can make the ride. Not withdrawing from the ride listing prevents others on the wait-list from participating