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NYCMTB Fall/Winter Group Rides

28 October 2015 No Comment

Ringwood2There’s no shortage of technical trails on the Ringwood loop.

Race season is more or less over, but riding season never ends. Join us for some fall/winter rides, where we focus more on company and fun than VO2 Max, we may even stop to tackle some log piles, skinnies and rollers. Cyclists should be prepared to spend 3-5 hours in the saddle for each and one of these rides. No one will be dropped and we welcome anyone with a working bike, good attitude and intermediate riding skills. Please be self-sufficient when it comes to food/fluids and tubes/tools. Updates, additional details, and possibly more rides, will be posted closer to the ride dates. Feel free to contact ride leader, Daniel I, with any questions at daniel@nycmtb.com.

Sunday, November 15 – Blue Mountain, Peekskill
Meet: 8:15 AM, Back Parking lot at Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill, Westchester
The Route: Mostly singletrack with very limited double track. Some flow, some tech stuff, but all rideable. Total saddle time expected at 3-4 hrs. We will pass the parking lot half way through for a quick refill. Great pizza just outside the park to get your calories back quickly.
Distance: ~18 miles
GPS File: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11022987

Sunday, November 29 – Skyline/Ringwood, NJ
Meet: 8:00 AM Trailhead at 186 Skyline Drive, Oakland NJ
The Route: This is no beginner’s loop and it’s known to rip tires, snap derailleurs and make people endo. Naturally we go back for more. The adventure starts and ends at the top of Skyline Drive, it is made up of some nice flowy singletrack, a few short dirt roads and a bunch of gnarly, rocky sections that almost certainly will get the best of you.
Distance: +20 miles
GPS File: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11022733

Sunday, December 13 – Old Croton Aqueduct – NYC (some singletrack at Bald Mountain)
Meet: 7:43 AM train from Grand central Station arriving Croton-Harmon 8:35 AM. Ride starts at 8:45
The Route: Except for the first 10 miles, where more than half the day’s climbing is done, this is a flat course. After riding up to the Croton Reservoir Dam we will dive into Bald Mountain for 3-4 miles of easy single track. When that’s out of the way we have 25 miles of OCA(Old Croton Aqueduct Trail) to Yonkers. The last 15 miles are all paved, except for a short section  through Van Cortlandt Park. Unless conditions are dreadful a cross bike will do just fine this day. Midway stop for a snack, hot coco or caffeine boost at Antoinette’s Patisserie in Hastings-on-Hudson. Plenty of chances to stop for water along the way.
Distance: ~50 miles to Midtown Manhattan (25 pavement, 25 dirt). Ride time expected to 4hrs
GPS File: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11201982

Sunday, January 17 – Sprain Ridge Park
Meet 1: 8:15 AM, Grant’s Tomb (Riverside Drive/122nd Street)
Meet 2: 9:45 AM, Parking lot at Sprain Ridge Park (149 Jackson Ave, Yonkers)
The Route: Ride to Sprain via Van Cortlandt Park and South County Trail, hit most of the singletrack at Sprain, then ride back to the city
Distance: 45 miles (35 Road + 10 singletrack)

Sunday, February 7 – Scout Camp Trails, Alpine
Meet: 8:30 AM Blue Bottle Cafe, West Gotham Market – Hell’s Kitchen
The Route: Mostly pavement and a few miles of singletrack at the Alpine Scout Trails. Depending on mood and temps we may pedal to 9W Market, via the State Line Lookout, for a bite and some java. If this happens to be a snow free day a cross bike will be sufficient.
Distance: 45-55 miles

11025753_10153102921912429_2816219245002522842_nAlpine Scout Camp Trails- NYC escape, even when the temps dip into the teens. Photo: David Chomowicz

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