A lovely ride Sunday June 29 that takes cyclists along the quieter roads of New York City’s northern suburbs is still open for registration. It is Bike New York’s Discover Hudson Valley Ride, which offers options as short as 15 miles and as long as a "century" – 100 miles.
The ride starts and ends in Poughkeepsie, New York at Waryas Park. All options include the scenic Walkway Over the Hudson, a former railroad trestle bridge that’s been converted to a popular state park. It allows pedestrians and cyclists to cross from one side of the Hudson River to the other without encountering motorized traffic.
The Walkway is s 212 feet above the river's surface and 1.28 miles long, making it the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, according to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. It was officially opened as a park in 2009.
The ride is open for advance registration online until June 24. The cost is $75 for adults, $45 for youths under the age of 15. Each length of the ride will have cue sheets, breakfast, fully stocked rest stops and sag-wagon support. Those who wish to enter on June 29 must pay $85 for adults, $65 for youths, cash only accepted. The Bike New York breakfast and sign in begins at 7 a.m. Actual start times are staggered depending on the length of the ride chosen.
The 100-mile route includes wonderful riding through the farmlands and rolling hills of New York’s Dutchess and Columbia Counties. For speedsters, there is even a 1.4 mile time trial. Plenty of climbing (approximately 7677ft of rolling hills) makes this a challenge for experienced cyclists.
"The Hudson Valley is, simply put, one of the East Coast’s most beautiful places, and the Discover Hudson Valley Ride is one of our favorite events," said Ken Podziba, President and CEO of Bike New York. "The icing on the cake is knowing that all proceeds from the ride, like all of our other rides, fund Bike New York’s free education programs.”
Bike New York’s educational work includes free classes in learning to ride and training in cycling street skills for schools, companies, educators, and the public (adults as well as children.)