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2017 Ride Calendar
A couple few years back there were three huge NYC-area charity rides that all took place on the same day. Bad for the event organizers, bad for the cyclists.
I decided to put together a list of all the big NY/NJ/CT rides, really as a service to my fellow tour directors. I'm not in charge (and that's good news for EVERYONE!) -- I just organize the calendar. If two big rides were scheduled for the same day, I would pass on the news to the two tour directors. it was up them to decide what to do next -- change dates; don't change dates... Like I said -- I'm not the boss.
We kept getting requests from the public, asking for a peek at the calendar. so...
That's all a long-winded way of saying that this is NOT a list of every great ride ever. A ride is on this list usually because of one of these reasons:
• It draws so many riders that it would be hard to hold another local event on the same day.
• It draws so many volunteers that it would be hard to hold another local event on the same day.
• It mucks up the roads so much that it would be hard to hold another local event on the same day.
And just to show how unfair this all is, my own rides are highlighted in red. Sneaky, eh?
Here we go...
Tour de Staten Island
The 19th Annual Blessing of the Bikes -- FREE
OK, it’s not exactly a ride, but it IS one of my favorite NY bike events, and it’s free.
Bring your bicycle INSIDE the Cathedral of St. John the Divine where the reverend will say a few BRIEF words and then sprinkle your bike with holy water. We take a moment to remember those we’ve lost in the past year, we ring our bicycle bells to celebrate the new riding season ahead, and we are GONE. Total time: about 25 minutes. All ages, all religions (or lack thereof) welcome.
BIKE NEW YORK - The Five Boro Bike Tour
The 53rd Ride to Montauk -- NO FUNDRAISING
Route distances from 30 - 150 miles, with start lines in Manhattan, Babylon, Brooklyn, and Mastic-Shirley. Fantastic rest stops, free hot showers at the finish line, free post-ride massage, free post-ride all-you-can-eat meal.
The Ride the Ridge Bike Challenge
The High Meadow School, located in Stone Ridge, New York, will hold its 9th Annual Ride The Ridge Bike Challenge to raise funds to benefit the new High Meadow Performing Arts Center. Bicycling Magazine has identified Ride the Ridge to its nationwide readership as one of the best cycling events in the month of June! The Ride the Ridge Bike Challenge invites riders of all ages to participate in one of four road rides: 50-mile Shawangunk Ridge Ride, 30-mile Countryside Ride, 11-mile Bud Clarke Memorial Ride, 5-mile Family Ride
Bike-MS Traffic Free/Farmingdale, NY
Bike Boat Bike
Suffolk Bicycle Riders Association
25- 50-, 68-, 106- and 137-mile routes over flat to gently rolling terrain with some hills on Shelter Island and in Montauk. Free event T-shirt for al pre-registered riders. Maps, cue sheets and clearly marked roads. Rest stops provide food and refreshments. Roving S.A.G. support if you need assistance. Raffle, digital photos, free snacks, ice cream, and other goodies after the ride.
NYC Pride Ride
We Cycle to Celebrate - The 3rd Annual NYC Pride Ride is presented by OutCycling as part of national LGBT Pride Month in June, and in celebration of the historic accomplishments of the LGBT community in the New York Metro region. We have 4 distance options from 15 – 100 miles and a fabulous finish line celebration along Manhattan’s Hudson Shore. To register for the ride visit us at www.nycprideride.org To learn more about OutCycling visit us at www.outcycling.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Bike to the Beach NYC
Bike to the Beach is a fully supported century ride from downtown Manhattan to West Hampton Beach to benefit Autism Speaks.
Registration includes rider jersey, food/water, SAG/mechanic/medic for the trip out.
Leaving early Friday the marked route ends on the beach with a finish line party for riders and volunteers. All rider abilities welcome, bike rentals and bag transport are available.
Discover Hudson Valley
Whether you ride 15 miles or 100, Discover Hudson Valley has something for the beginner all the way up to a century rider. The jewels of this ride are the Walkway over the Hudson and the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. The entertainment and food concessions offered at the Waryas Park finish festival will be the perfect ending to an already wonderful experience.
Hudson Valley Triathlon
Glen says, “Believe the hype. The granddaddy of all multi-day rides. Everyone should do this one at least once.”
Tour directors -- be aware that a fair number of New Yorkers attend this event.
Breakfast at the Brewery -- NO FUNDRAISING
Pancakes and beer -- together again at last! Start pedaling at 3 a.m. from your choice of Manhattan or Brooklyn. (Or start at 4 a.m. from the Aqueduct subway stop on the "A" train). We all end at the Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue for pancakes and beer. Optional return transoprt available.
Atlantic City Triathlon
The Farm Ride -- NO FUNDRAISING
Located in lovely Northampotn and Amherst, MA. (Near NYC, Boston, Albany, CT, and Philadelphia). Come for one, two, or all three days of riding through farmland. Full S.A.G. support.
Optional -- Stay on the University of Massachusetts campus. (Dorm rooms or hotel). Transportation available from NYC from your bike and you.
September 8 - 10
BRAKING AIDS® Ride (Day 1)
Join us on an extraordinary, full-supported, three-day journey from Boston to New York to support the AIDS services of Housing Works. We're more than a bike ride – we're a civil rights march on two wheels. We'll create a moving community for the fight against AIDS.
T.A.'s premier bike tour is a choose-your-own adventure on New York City streets. With 35, 55, 75 and 100 mile routes, and epic sights on every one, there's the perfect ride for you on the NYC Century Bike Tour.
Escape New York
Come join the New York Cycle Club on Saturday, September 26th for it's 21st Annual Escape New York bike ride. Each year, cyclists from all over the Tri-State area and beyond look forward to this ride - known for its beautiful routes, cheerful volunteer hosts and amazing food. Choose one of four scenic and well marked routes - 25, 50, 65, or 100 miles - all beginning and ending in Manhattan. Enjoy the hospitality of the New York Cycle Club as we go all out to deliver a food- and fun-filled day of riding to all our friends in the cycling community.
Long Island Cycle for Life
Join us for the 5th annual Long Island Cycle For Life charity bike ride. Cycle For Life Long Island is a one-day ride where hundreds of men and women will come together to participate in an event to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Participants will have a choice between a 30 mile, 60 mile or 100 mile century ride. Cycle at your own pace!
Tour of the Hamptons
Twin Lights Ride
With ocean views on some routes and treats like pies and chocolate fountains, cyclists will enjoy riding the back roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey, more than ever. The annual Twin Lights Ride begins and ends beneath the famed Twin Lights overlooking Sandy Hook. Twin Lights Ride is produced in partnership with the Highlands Business Partnership. The tour includes route choices from 30 to 100 miles, so there’s something for everyone!
Again, not a local ride, but it draws a lot of New Yorkers. Tour directors beware!
Bike MS - NYC
Tour de Bronx