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Cycling: The Medium Challenge. VC Park to Croton Gorge Park & Dam

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  • UPDATE 24 JULY:

    We will meet at the entrance to Van Cortlandt Park @ Broadway / Van Cortlandt Park South St. - 240th St. Meet by the park benches inside the SW corner entrance.

    Google Map Route - http://goo.gl/maps/igggZ  - Route is approximate and we will adjust on-the-fly as necessary. This is just to give you a rough idea. We also have a MapMyRide route if you prefer one you can download to your device - http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/473822134


    If you take the train to the park, you need the 1-Train either to 238th St or 242nd.. the last stop.

    This will be a leisurely (but LONG) ride to New Croton Dam in Westchester. There will be time to stop & smell the roses & take some pics along the way. We will ride thru several parks and the trail itself can be scenic.

    What to bring:

    - Helmet | No brain bucket? No ride.
    - Hydration | You'll sweat. A lot. If you pass out, I'm leaving you there.
    - Snacks | GU, Clif bars, a banana or two.. etc. Keep up your energy.
    - Spare Tubes | At least one. Preferably 2.
    - Mini tool kit | Mini pump or Compressed Air kit.
    - Cash | Credit Card | ID | Insurance Card.  Be prepared.
    - A positive, can do, kick ass attitude.

    Course: Mostly flat. The majority of this ride will be on isolated greenway paths (The South/North County Trail). For the most part, we won't be near any vehicle traffic. Eventually we will hit roads so be comfortable with that.

    Pace: 10-15 mph. We'll average about 12mph over the entire ride.

    Bikes: Road, Hybrid, MTB - Please no folding bikes or Sunday cruisers on this one.


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    YOU MUST BE IN EXCELLENT PHYSICAL CONDITIONING TO ATTEMPT THIS 60+ MILE RIDE! We did this last year and It Was Awesome! BUT HOT!! Let's do it again, a little later in the season, when it's hopefully cooler. This is a 60-70 mile R/T ride, from Van Cortlandt Park to Croton Gorge Park and Dam, and return. See last year's event for details and pics @ http://www.meetup.com/5BoroEXPLORATION/events/118771932/

    More details to follow. Similar to last year's event + lessons learned. Road bikes & fitness bikes only! This route is a mix of dedicated rail-trail (ie: No cars) and roads. Roughly the 1st 60% is all isolated trail. Saddle Up. Get ready!

    Update 7/22: We'll ride the Putnam / South-North County Trail as far as we can, then the last 5-10 miles are split between jumping on roads and smaller local trails.

    Wayne Lee mapped it out for us on a prior ride. Here's the approximate round-trip route, but we'll adapt and improvise along the way if necessary. http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/473822134

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  • Steve H

    Folks,

    Apologies.. I'll have to cancel the ride. Looks like we're going to get rained out on Saturday morning.

    I'll reschedule for a later date, but at the moment, I do not have an available weekend.

    July 31

    • A former member
      A former member

      :-(

      July 31

    • Holly R.

      :( I'm so disappointed!

      July 31

  • bledi

    If you have done regular bike riding in the city, is the 60 mile doable without any problem?

    July 31

  • Ross

    Hey Wayne, didn't you posted this at SCNY?

    July 30

  • Paul

    The last time I did more than 40 miles was more than 10 years ago. I am little nervous.

    1 · July 24

    • Wayne L.

      Paul, a word of advice...pack 4 bananas, some salty nut bars, and plenty of hydration. I carry in my Camelbak 2L of Cytomax. Steve will however be stopping at stores where we can replenish, but bring the bananas so you replenish the potassium. Make sure you eat even though you may not feel hungry.

      2 · July 28

    • Steve H

      Amen. And so far, the weather is in our favor. It won't break 80 until the afternoon. Much better than last year's ride!

      July 28

  • paul

    Hmmm.... Spend the weekend on Fire Island, or go cycling with Steve... Sorry Steve, you lose, have to back out.

    1 · July 28

    • Steve H

      LoL... OK ok.. Justified :-)

      July 28

  • Wayne L.

    Silpee, your profile pic was taken at Throg's Neck Park...right? That's not far from me. I go jogging there all the time on the Xross Island.

    July 23

    • Wayne L.

      Actually, it is called Little Neck Park, and that's the Throgs Neck Bridge right behind you, for your future reference. It's right between the Throgs Neck Bridge and Fort Totten. It's a nice open park with a brilliant view of Little Bay.

      July 24

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the information :-)

      July 24

  • RJ W.

    Hey Steve and other folks who did the dam ride a with us a couple of weeks ago. Mike, the nice fella from the Yonkers bike club who rode with us for a minute and complemented Steve on his fabulous bike had a terrible accident last week. His carbon front fork shattered for no apparent reason at 27 mph. He was knocked out (despite helmet), broke his collarbone and took 15 stitches along his eyebrow. I paid him a visit today and thankfully he is up and about but, as you might imagine hurting when he lets the pain meds lapse so he can drive, etc. Anyone know if there is a place locally where you can get carbon bike components x-rayed for defects? I have a carbon fork and it has got me thinking...

    July 20

    • Steve H

      BTW.. Most road bikes come with carbon forks. Even if it's an aluminum frame. The idea is vibration dampening.

      July 22

    • Wayne L.

      I have a vintage Giant Cadex from Taiwan. I'm much more confident about the quality made there than in China. There's actually testing done there. Though my 20 y/o bike has carbon body and aluminum fork, I was looking at replacing the fork with carbon. I think I'll just hold off on that decision for now.

      July 22

  • Steve H

    Even better.. The Old Croton Aqueduct rail-trail goes almost right to the dam! I'll update a route soon.

    May 30

  • RJ W.

    Only once have I done as much as 60 miles in a day! Won't be able to test my chops on this day, tho because I will be getting married the day before...

    1 · July 18

    • Steve H

      LoL.. So, no bicycle honeymoon? Congrats! ☺

      July 19

    • RJ W.

      Actually we will be doing some, er, riding. In Tuscany that is, we plan to do a bike tour of the countryside.

      2 · July 20

  • Steve H

    Shilpee, you're going to need a new profile pic, now :-)

    July 15

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah...will put her pic(need to find a beautiful name for her) ASAP :-)

      1 · July 15

  • Wayne L.

    I've created a route map if anyone would like to view it on MapMyRide. http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/648134115

    1 · July 15

  • Wayne L.

    Yeah...Okay Steve, like it's cooler on August 2!!! We'll need the polar vortex.

    July 15

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