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June 27: Upper Nyack Loop, NJ Loop through Closter

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Cyclists know that part of the joy of being on a bike is seeing the world a little bit differently than you would on four wheels or on two feet. But sometimes we fall into the rut of doing the same routes over and over. This week’s ride covers familiar ground — backwards! (not to worry, it’s the route, not the way you are facing in the saddle!)

On Sat June 27 at 830a, we’ll ride north for a bit and turn around at Nyack Beach State Park before heading south on Midland Ave, dropping down to Piermont in South Nyack. We’ll then head to Sparkill, Tappan and Old Tappan…and take a new route into Closter and then return to Memorial Park via Piermont Ave, etc. Need details? Here’s the route map for your info and enjoyment! https://www.strava.com/routes/2669705

As of today, the weather looks good for Saturday’s ride. But for future reference, if it’s raining 30 minutes before ride time or WeatherUnderground.com, predicts severe showers during the ride, we’re not going to risk it. 

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Bike For Bagels: Nyack–>Hillsdale

MemParkSignLet’s meet up at 9a on Sat May 2 at the upper part of Nyack’s Memorial Park (by Depew Ave) in Nyack. Destination (and turnaround point) is Ronnie’s Bagels in Hillsdale, NJ.

Distance is about 25 miles. This is a “no drop” ride. All riders welcome. Helmets required. Remember to bring water bottle and repair stuff for flats.

Route is through Piermont, Tappan, Old Tappan (NJ), River Vale and Hillsdale.

 Weather permitting. If it’s raining when the ride should start just roll over and go back to bed — we will try again next week!

This Bike Nyack meet up is being run in conjunction with the Rockland Bicycling Club. To sign up for the BikeNyack Meetup group and get notification of future events, visit Meetup.com.

150 Cyclists Bike Thru Nyack As Part of Mass-NYC 9/11 Tribute

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Injured veterans cycle 355 miles from Waltham, Mass., to New York City for 2014 UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Minuteman Challenge

by Dave Zornow

Nyack, Sept 11 — The 5th Annual Ride 2 Recovery Minuteman Challenge rolls through Nyack this afternoon as part of a 355 mile journey from Waltham, MA to the the 9-11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

Ride 2 Recovery supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs for injured veterans, featuring cycling as the core activity for service men and women to build strength and conditioning while overcoming the challenges many veterans face when returning home from service. Ride participants say cycling is a powerful therapeutic exercise that they can do alone or in groups for the rest of their lives. (more…)

Recreation and Destination: Bike Nyack

StravaLabsHeatMapDuring National Bike Month, cycling advocates tout the increasing popularity of this recreational activity. The CitiBike Bike Share program is one sign of the sport’s growth. Another is the increase in the number of folks with spokes visiting Piermont, Nyack, Rockland Lake and beyond.

There’s always been some question about how many cyclists there are on the roads. On a busy summer weekend, it’s estimated that as many as 5000 cyclists will bike north to Nyack — but that can vary based on weather and seasonality. Next weekend will surely exceed that count when 7000 entrants in the 2014 Gran Fondo New York on May 18 spin through Nyack early Sunday morning. (more…)

Popular Clarke Rail Trail to Add Miles, But Not Tappan Zee

by Max Cea

Area outdoor enthusiasts will soon be able to boldly jog, walk and cycle into the woods on a paved path where no man has gone before, following the path of a train that once did. The Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail, which runs from Oak Tree Road in Tappan to Orangeburg, will be extended 1.6 miles from Lowes on Route 303 to Blauvelt. “With funding from NYS Department of Transportation, we’ll break ground in August of 2014 and finish the project within a year,” said Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart. “Right now we are focused on the design of the street crossings and connections at the beginning and end of this section of the trail.”

Although New York State will fund construction of the trail, Orangetown’s Highway and Parks and Recreation Departments will be in charge of the trail’s maintenance. The new segment of the trail will conform in appearance to most of the existing trail. The trail will be ten feet wide, mostly level, and paved with gravel and macadam pavement. (more…)

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