Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rides and Events for That Last Summer Hurrah

Summer is creeping to an end, much to the woe of cyclists who wouldn't mind prolonging the season to continue year round.

Photo: Janine Irizarry of North Fork Ride.

So before it goes for good, we've done a short round up of events taking place around the region as early as tonight.

Some of these like the Lipstick training sessions by Emma Nelson are the start of a nice long autumnal affair, the kind to keep your imagination going, fooling you into thinking that it's still summer.

The competition for legs in September, especially the auspicious date of Sept. 12th is fierce, with big traditional events being held in town, and others with perhaps more mileage, more speed and more adventure out of town.

Pic: Child from Hole in the Wall Camp, fund raising ride on Sept 12 to help kids with serious illnesses enjoy life at Paul Newman's camps.

We've even included an all-important New Jersey Bike Summit in October, when it rains a bit more, to get your mind thinking about how to make your city or town more bikeable. The summit is a worthy destination for New York residents as well since we do not yet have a Complete Streets policy in place statewide.

And for those with a real sense of adventure, we've included information about a ride in Cuba in late November. BBB has been to Cuba before to cover the Pan American Masters Championships in 2000, where I met Peter Marshall, the leader of this trip, and I can tell you it would be well worth it.

Photo: Patricia Dore of the North Fork Ride

Here's the list:

In Bergen County, NJ, right across the George Washington Bridge, tonight, August 26th:
The Tenafly Bicycle Workshop is partnering with Team Lipstick and Head Coach Emma Nelson to bring you fall 2010 training programs for women in and around Bergen County.  For all levels, the cycling, running, and swim programs begin the week of September 14. 
Please come to the information session this Thursday, August 26, 7 pm at our shop.  During the meeting, Emma will describe the programs to you and answer any questions you may have. Also, we’ll have a brief bike maintenance clinic. Tenafly Bicycle Workshop, 175 County Road, Tenafly, NJ 07670, Tel: 201.568.9372,

Windham, NY World Cup Moutain Bike Race and Festival, this weekend, Aug. 26 through the 29th.
Citizen bicyclists are invited to be a part of cycling history and race with the best athletes from all over the world during the Race the World events taking place at the Windham 2010 Mountain Bike World Cup Festival this weekend.
On Saturday, Aug. 28, the Race the World citizens’ downhill event sponsored by Kenda Tires will take place on a uniquely designed course. Professional and Category 1 – 3* cyclists are welcome to participate in the downhill event, which has a 3:15 p.m. start time. Entry fees range from $55 to $70.
On Sunday, Aug. 29, participants in Race the World citizens’ cross country races sponsored by Stan’s No Tube will compete on the same course as World Cup athletes. Professionals, Category 1-3* cyclists and first timers are welcome to participate in the cross country events.
Kids will also have a chance to Race the World on a 1/8 to 1/4 mile loop at the Windham Mountain base, near the lodge. The Kids’ Fun Race is appropriate for children up to age 10. Participants are asked to bring their own bikes. Heats will be broken down by age. There is no entry fee.
The $6,000 purse will be split between the Cat. 1 and Pro fields in both the cross country and downhill races and will be determined by the number of actual paid riders in each category and age group.
Riders are encouraged to register for the cross country, downhill and Kids’ Fun Race by visiting (click on non-UCI, and follow instructions at Online registration closes Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m.

North Fork Bike Tour with Glen Goldstein: Sunday, August 29
Sign up on ride day: $185.00 From Glen here, "tour director and humble servant since 1997": “I can't say enough good things about this ride -- gorgeous, flat, the seaside, the wineries, pie, free beer, more pie...Our flattest ride of the year! AND, free beer.

Photo: Pamela Cattel-De-Maaijer 

The North Fork section of Long Island is, well, what the Hamptons must have been like back in the day -- working farms, vineyards, wineries. We'll ride on low-traffic quiet country roads through lush farmland and past wineries, small towns, and along the coast of the Sound. 
You'll have your choice of four routes -- 100 miles/72 miles/50 miles/25 miles. Everyone starts pedaling the ride together on the same roads -- you can decide right in the middle of the ride which distance you want to do.

Photo: Jeff Cronen

The route is flat, Flat, FLAT... the 25-mile route is the flattest ride we offer all year.  No hills on the 25- and 50-mile routes; one hill on the 72 that any B-class rider can handle. The 100-mile route has three SWELL short hills, but nothing to write home about."
More beautiful North Fork photos and complete ride details here.

Camp Challenge Ride in Connecticut and Lake Luzerne, NY on Sept. 12th 
Camp Challenge Ride, the national bike event launching Sept. 12  to send seriously ill kids to Hole in The Wall camps. These are the overnight camps that the late Paul Newman founded so that kids with life-threatening diseases could, in Newman's words, "get away, kick back, and raise a little hell." The camps have all the activities of a sleepover camp -- customized to meet their campers' complex medical needs -- with on-site 24-hour medical care. Kids all attend free-of-charge, thanks to events like this and some generous corporate contributions.

The September 12 Camp Challenge Rides all start and finish at Hole in The Wall Camps in Ashford, CT, Lake Hughes, CA , and Lake Luzerne, NY .
All of these camps are other wise off-limits to the public. Riders can choose from one of three ride lengths: 15, 30 or 62.5 miles.

Pic: Yes, that is Julia Roberts at one of the Hole in the Wall camps started by Paul Newman. 

The fundraising minimum is $250 and every penny of it goes to send a kid to a 10-day camp session. Additionally--and this may be the best incentive to hoof your way up to any of the two northern locations besides helping those sweet kids, riders get free food, massages, and entertainment back at the camp.

Bike Philly for a Day with the Five Boro Bike Club, Sept. 12th.
Sunday, September 12 (one day only) for 8 people only, full payment must be received by Friday, 8/27
Price: $100, Transportation: Van, Mileage: 35
Enjoy the love of cycling in the city of Brotherly Love on a very special day. This trip will tie in with Bike Philly, a large city-wide bike tour sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. The tour features 10 and 20-mile, car-free routes with a 35-mile extended route on shared roads. See the historic sights, partake the local cuisine and enjoy the day away. Rain or Shine. Trip meets 5 AM at Penn Station and returns to Penn Station the same night. Must be a current 5BBC member. RSVP to, and send $100 check payable to 5BBC to cover transportation and ride registration. Meals not included in trip price. Please send membership form with check as described at bottom of Leaders: Owens Ridges and Wentworth Price

21st annual NYC Century Bike Tour, Sept. 12.
Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. 6 am to 6 pm. The New York City Century Bike Tour is a ride to be proud of. By riding in the New York City Century Bike Tour you're helping make the streets safer for cycling all year round.
During the first years of the tour New York had few greenways and bike lanes. Over the course of the last twenty years, the NYC greenway system has expanded, and each year the ride showcases this growing network.
The first NYC Century attracted about 200 dedicated NYC cyclists, most of whom were daily bicycle commuters, fighting hard for better conditions for cycling in NYC. Today the ride draws over 5,000 cyclists a year. Of course most still come from NYC but many come from Texas, California, Maryland and as far away as Germany, the UK and Mexico. And many return year after year.
NYC Century Bike Tour is unlike other rides. The NYC Century works as a means to show riders how they can connect to different neighborhoods and boroughs of the city safely. To illustrate cyclists' rights to the streets, there will be no street closings; cyclists ride with traffic along New York City Streets and must obey all traffic laws. Registration is now open!

Escape New York, Saturday, September 25th
Put on by the New York Cycle Club. Choose from three clearly marked Escape New York options. Cue sheets will be available at the start.  7:00 am: Century Challenge, 100 miles. A rolling full century through beautiful Bergen and Rockland counties.  8:00 am: RocklandRoll, 65 miles. Ramble on lightly trafficked roads to scenic Rockland Lake State Park. 9:00 am: Piermont Pleasures, 50 miles. A half-century to the charming and historic village of Piermont on the Hudson. 

Limited SAG support will be available on all routes with an emergency phone number provided on your cue sheet.
Helmets are required.
All rides start and finish at Sakura Park, located just north of 122nd Street and Riverside Drive, on the east side of Grant’s Tomb, near the 125th Street stop on the 1 and 9 subway, Manhattan. We ride rain or shine!
No refunds.
 Entry Fee $35  until midnight September 11th
, $45  until midnight September 21st
, $55  after September 21st – cash only at Sakura

Chasing Legends, a film about the Tour de France, Sept. 30th, Symphony Space on 95th St., NYC Seating is limited, and tickets are only $16 (if you buy in advance) for this film by Jason Berry. This is a great option if you want a break from riding, but not a real break. You know what I mean.

There is no greater sporting event in all of cycling than the Tour de France. Chasing Legends touches on the rich history, passion and true grit of The Tour as seen through the eyes of Team HTC Columbia along with commentary from Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen, Eddy Merckx, Lance Armstrong and some of the sport's most prolific heroes. With a stunning array of HD cameras, poignant and touching interviews, "Chasing Legends" will take viewers deeper into the pro peloton than ever on a rollercoaster ride of action, story and emotion. 

Says Bob Berry, the director's father: "I recently had an opportunity to see Chasing Legends in California and thought it was a fantastic biking movie.  In fact the whole world should be required to see it." The film was also recently endorsed on Phil Liggett's Twitter page.
NJ Complete Streets Summit, Friday, October 22, 2010, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
The New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Voorhees Transportation Center, with funding from the Federal Highway Administration, are pleased to announce the NJ Complete Streets Summit, cosponsored by the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association.
The Department of Transportation recently adopted a Complete Streets Policy, and would like to help spread the word about this program, encouraging more counties and municipalities to adopt their own policies.
The summit will educate engineers, planners, and elected officials about Complete Streets, its benefits and costs, and how to overcome barriers to implementing a Complete Streets policy.
Complete Streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users - pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that agencies routinely design and maintain the entire right of way to enable safe access for anyone who may use it.

Having a Complete Streets policy can benefit a community in many ways, including making their grant applications for state funding more competitive. A Complete Streets program is also eligible for points toward Sustainable Jersey certification and can help a municipality meet its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
An announcement with RSVP information will be sent out within a few weeks. The event is free, and space is limited.  If you'd like to make sure you're on our mailing list, reply to

Bike Trip in Cuba: November 20th through December 4th (or shorter)
Late November and early December are great for bicycling here in Cuba. 
Come with the CanBiCuba Cycling Club, on a two-week adventure of bikes, beaches, cities, towns and villages. A tour filled with historical sites and easy riding, designed to give you both an unforgettable holiday and fond memories of our homeland.
We are very proud of our country and the way it opens up to cycling in the best ways imaginable.
This is a fully supported event, with a following bus, Cuban guides, mechanical support and a doctor. The distances vary between 100 and 40 kilometers per day and are good for all levels of rider. If you wish to do less distance on any day, ride the bus to your place of choice.
All breakfasts are included as are most suppers. We have space for only 18.
 Land cost for this trip is $1495 Canadian, airfare is not included. There is no payment needed at registration time. We will send you an invoice for your deposit ($200 CAD) and the balance is due 60 days prior to departure. (Please contact Peter Marshall  at for information on how to travel to Cuba from the United States and for US dollar costs).
Special Note: there are a number of people requesting to have this trip shortened, not everyone has two weeks to do this. We are suggesting that you register and then join the tour in Havana, you can be driven back to Havana on the day of your choice. We will make the hotel adjustments for you.
Make sure you have a place register now,

Previously I thought it was legal to travel to Cuba for sports events and with sporting groups. You can check with the Dept. of State. If you are brave, you can go through Canada, Mexico, or the Dominican Republic. A note from someone about travel to Cuba.
It is still not legal for US residents to go to Cuba, although many do. To get here you'd need to go via Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas etc take your pick. It is not easy to arrange but the State Dpt. prefer to give the OK to groups traveling for a specific sporting event. If you could get a group together we could start looking for legal rights to visit the wounderful island.


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