SLAVES OF NEW YORK, YONKERS & SLEEPY HOLLOW (earlier start/turbo version)
Ed Ravin created this original ride; which given the waitlist/popularity, and at his suggestion, we're creating a 2nd group with slightly diff version, starting 45 minutes earlier (8:15 AM).
DESCRIPTION: Slavery was a critical part of the economy of colonial New York, and there's no better time like the present to look into how parts of our country's prosperity was based on the forced labor of Black Americans. We'll start in the North Bronx at a historical site that used enslaved labor, then head north into Yonkers and Sleepy Hollow to see other slave labor sites owned by the parts of that same family. We'll also stop in Yonkers to reminisce about past city governments' urban planning of segregation, and check out a neighborhood that had segregation designed into its local street grid.
DETAILS: Bring plenty of hydration, pocket food for snacks as we ride along, and if you like, tote your own lunch as well. We will have a food acquisition stop in Tarrytown (which is presently contemplated at Lubins-N-Links Sandwich Shop, a local fave for shreded meat sandwiches and interesting frankfurters). We'll enjoy our repast on the lawns in a scenic spot below gothic Lyndhurst Mansion, overlooking the Hudson. Route contains a fair amount of flats and rolling terrain, with a few steep hills (Yes, Yonkers really has some steep ones; luckily shortish!); no gravel/dirt/hard pack, and all is paved. FYI, leader is using a regular road bike with compact crank (and will probably wish for a triple crank on 2 particular hills). Expect consistent pacing with some verve on the pace; longish stretches of nice riding; brief stops for explanations about the sites we're at. Urban awareness and street/group riding skills needed. Ride as a group, no Point-Drop-Sweep unless needed in a spot or two. Return via Metro-North available (so BYO bike permit and schedule/route info).
NOTE: There is a restroom near the start, so please visit as needed PRIOR to ride start time. Check w/end subway schedules and allow sufficient leeway to arrive on time. Any changes or cancellation will be posted by 6AM the morning of the ride (or the night before if it's clearly a washout).
IMPORTANT REQUIREMENTS: You must register for the ride, and the exact start location will be forwarded to confirmed/registered riders. Please 'unregister' nicely in advance (i.e., not at the last minute) if you can't make the ride so waitlisted folks can move up and join in. Must print/bring cue sheet and be able to follow if needed. All riders should come equipped with a mask, hand sanitizer/wipes, a spare tube, sunscreen, snacks, hydration, and a bike in good condition, as well as being familiar with the current criteria for riding with the Club. For waitlisted riders; keep watch and checking back, as spots do become available, especially as ride time approaches.
AND A BIG WELCOME: To recently minted leader Thomas Quartararo, who's helping out as co-leader for this ride. Kudos to Thomas and all the leaders who volunteer their time to take and pass the training, as well as create the rides, and perform their extra responsibilities on the rides. It does take a village to make this clubs work . . and we are grateful to Thomas and other Leaders and volunteers.