Yes, it is freezing cold right now. But before you know it, the slow-cooked, snow-covered days will be over and bike season will arrive.
Will you be ready?
These 10 fun, fortifying rides welcome a wide range of skill levels. You can choose to do the country’s only all-urban 100-mile bike tour, take a scenic leisure ride on flat Long Island roads or enjoy a Finger Lakes cycling festival that ends each day with a massage. Get fired up for a climate change-driven ride from NYC to DC or be among the first to pedal New York’s inaugural Gran Fondo.
To prepare for the long, undulating roads ahead, consider joining the New York Cycle Club (just $22 for a year membership) and registering for their SIG (Special Interest Group) weekend training rides that run from March to May. Registration opens February 1. In addition to offering great perks, from free beer to snazzy swag to kids ride free, each bike event caters to car-free entrants with easy public transportation directions and opportunities to carpool. Have a nice ride.
Mark Your Cycling Calendars:
1. TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour | Sunday, May 1 | $75
2. The Ride to Montauk | Saturday, June 18 | $82 – $250 or free for Team in Training participants
3. Gran Fondo | Sunday, May 8 | $195
4. Brita Climate Ride | Friday-Tuesday, May 13-17 | $75
5. Bike the River Valley | Sunday, July 17 | $82 – $102
6. Tour de Brooklyn | Sunday, June 5 | $5 for Transportation Alternative members, $10 for non-members
7. North Fork Century Ride | Sunday, August, 28 | $82
8. Discover the Hudson Valley | Sunday, June 26 | $60
9. 2011 Bon Ton Roulet Tour in the Finger Lakes | Sunday-Sunday, July 24-30 | $525
10. The 17th Annual Escape New York! | Saturday, September 24 | $35
Photo: Courtesy of Katie T