Savvy New York City cyclists know that some of the finest bike routes in the region are just over the George Washington Bridge. Newcomers and visitors can learn about them in the New York Cycle Club's scenic, well marked Escape New York tour Saturday, Sept. 21.
It starts in Manhattan and goes across the George Washington Bridge into New Jersey and beyond. The longer rides are on low-traffic roads through Bergen County and into New York's Rockland County, with a stop in the charming town of Piermont on the Hudson River. This marks the 19th year of this signature NYCC event.
There are 4 routes ranging from 25 miles to 100 miles. The prizes riders who are entered can win in raffles are extraordinary. The top three raffle prizes are a VBT bike trip toTuscany, a Jamis high-end Xenith road bicycle, and an REI Novara Buzz One urban bicycle.
Even for those who don't win a raffle prize, Escape New York is one of the finest food-packed rides in the metro New York area. To begin, there's a breakfast buffet for all at the starting point, Sakura Park at 122nd Street and Riverside Drive. Riders can stop for refueling along the routes and then return to Sakura Park for hero sandwiches and ice cream.
As an added incentive this year, all registrants get a free trial membership in the NYCC that lasts through the end of September. A portion of the proceeds from the ride are donated to three charities: Recycle-A-Bicycle; I Challenge Myself; and Transportation Alternatives.