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.
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