VC PARK TO KENSICO DAM PLAZA

We meet at the south entrance to VC Park @ Broadway & 240th. If you take the train, take the 1 train to either 238th or 242nd and ride to 240th.

This will be a 35-40 mile ride, primarily on isolated rail-trails and paved bike paths. However, there will be SOME street riding required.

Rough guess is 70% on bike paths & trail.

We will ride the Putnam Trail from Van Cortlandt (VC) Park to Kensico Dam and chill out up there for a while.

Our return route will be south on the Bronx River Pathway. I have never ridden this path before, and I'm looking forward to a new trail to enjoy.

Here's the route. You can download a GPS (GPX, KML) file to import to your device, if desired. - http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/434746708

As always.. Helmets Mandatory. No lid? No Ride. No exceptions.

Bring spare tubes, air/pump, hydration, trail munchies. There are very limited opportunities to stop along the trail for food, so keep your energy up.

Also bring cash/credit card/insurance card/ID card.

And.. your cameras!

Also as always.. not a race, all are welcome, any bike can navigate this route. Our pace will be a bare minimum 10mph, but more typically, 12-15. Very easy to do, because this route is flat, Flat, FLAT! The elevation profile you see is spread out over miles. So while you'll gain elevation, you won't realize it, as any climbing is low and long.

There will be time to pick up the pace, as well as time to cruise and smell/see the sights and take pics along the way.

Plan for an all day outing, but realistically about 6 hours at most.

A little info about Kensico Dam @ http://parks.westchestergov.com/kensico-dam-plaza

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  • Theo

    Did this route multiple times, its GREAT!
    So sorry I didn't see your prior ride via OCA >Sleepy Hollow in time to join, did that once in the reverse direction :)

    June 14, 2014

    • Steve H

      Hush! Don't jinx us ;-) 1 spoke is inconvenient.. But not a showstopper for getting home (or at least to a subway). Sorry to hear about it..

      1 · July 1, 2014

    • Theo

      hehe... luckily it happened within half a mile of a subway station :) I was already 40 miles into the ride so all was not lost. I bailed out because I was afraid it might get worse and I'd get stuck far from another station if I keep riding.

      July 1, 2014

  • Jackie

    I am thinking of using my brompton on this ride. Let me know if this is a bad idea.

    1 · June 28, 2014

    • Theo

      Just FYI, the Bronx river trail has a short segment of unpaved dirt road, in the White Plains - Hartsdale portion. Not long, maybe ballpark of 1 mile?

      1 · July 1, 2014

    • Steve H

      No big deal. We'll hit that thru the Van Cortlandt start segment, too. Just under 2 miles.

      1 · July 1, 2014

  • Jackie

    This ride is closer to me than the Tour De Queens. I live in the Bronx. See ya there

    1 · June 17, 2014

    • Steve H

      Did not know about that. But I just checked. Looks like it will be Sundays in Sept, according to parks.westchestergov.com­/featured-events/bicycle­-sundays All good, though. I don't recall ever riding the Bronx River Path, so.. definitely looking forward to some new views & a fun day!

      No one left behind. Well.. for long. Hard to be left behind on a closed trail :-)

      I always do turn-around and sweeps to make sure everyone is OK, if we get too stretched out. As the group grows, there are always different riding paces.

      This is all for fun!

      July 1, 2014

  • Victoria W.

    I'm very interested in joining you folks, but I would be traveling from Brooklyn to the start point. I'll decide to join as the time draws nearer.

    June 19, 2014

  • Steve H

    A little teaser trailer : KENSICO DAM RIDE: http://youtu.be/U930E2lSsO0

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • Chris

    Sounds great but unfortunately, I'll be out of town.

    June 4, 2014

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