Piermont Pier With MCB, Hudson River and Hook Mtn, Oct 2020 (Photo Credit: Dave Zornow)

Ride Schedule

RBC COVID Ride Rules

By RBC Board on 1/30/21 updated 2/04/21

RBC wants to ensure the safety of all its club riders and, therefore, requires that all those who ride with RBC consistently follow the club's rules and guidelines. Riders must be mindful of each other's safety, as well as the safety of others (walkers, other riders, etc.) who share our roads and pathways. The following rules apply to all club riders. Please note: Ride leaders may state additional requirements either in their online ride description or at the beginning of a ride. Riders must always

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  • Sunday, April 18, 2021
    • 12:30P
      All
      0
      Regular Bike Maintenance After the Regular Ride
      Steve Crowell

      (We'll begin right after the Regular Ride and stay as long as theire is interest)

      After The Regular Ride come on over with your coffee (or beer!) and let's take care of those little niggles that make you crazy. I'll have 2 bike stands ready with basic tools at hand.

      • Got a seat too high/low - let's adjust it!
      • Need a cable replaced - let's do it!
      • Lube pedals, chain, etc. - Done!
      • Adjust derailuers? - No problem!
      • Bar tape? - Easy!
      • Straighten a wheel - Sure (if it doesn't require extensive work)
      • New brake pads? - Can do!

      Basically, if you have minor problems, let's get the bike on the stand and see what we can do. If you need parts please bring them yourself!

      No need to signup but if you have a special request or question, please shoot me an email (Sign In) or signup & leave a comment in the signup section and I'll get back to you....

    • 8:30A
      B+
      46.2
      RBC Sunday Club Ride
      Robert Panzera

      Come join us on our weekly club ride that we plan to feature every Sunday. There are three route options starting and ending at the same place, giving us an opportunity to socialize with old friends and to make new ones! We start at David's Bagels in New City so you'll be able to stock up on any needed goodies at the start and share a coffee or meal with fellow riders afterwards. The three routes are loops within loops so riders of different paces can cross paths along the way, and so groups can support each other.

      Although our hope is to offer all three routes at different pace options on a weekly basis, this is a new and developing effort and options will be determined by ride leader availability.

      Route option: RBC Club Ride 45

      Covid alert: Please bring a face covering for times when social distancing is minimized.

      Pace: 16 mph average

      Terrain: rolling/hilly (57 ft/mile elevation gain)

      Regrouping: as needed

      Rest stops: none planned

    • 8:30A
      B
      35.86
      RBC Sunday Club Ride
      Steve Crowell

      Come join us on our weekly club ride that we plan to feature every Sunday. There are three route options starting and ending at the same place, giving us an opportunity to socialize with old friends and to make new ones! We start at David's Bagels in New City so you'll be able to stock up on any needed goodies at the start and share a coffee or meal with fellow riders afterwards. The three routes are loops within loops so riders of different paces can cross paths along the way, and so groups can support each other.

      Although our hope is to offer all three routes at different pace options on a weekly basis, this is a new and developing effort and options will be determined by ride leader availability.

      Route option: RBC Club Ride 35

      Covid alert: Please bring a face covering for times when social distancing is minimized.Pace: 14 mph averageTerrain: rolling/hilly (52 ft/mile elevation gain)Regrouping: as neededRest stops: none planned

  • Monday, April 19, 2021
    • 6P
      All
      15
      Monday Rockland Lake Ride
      Paul Langus

      We're back after the winter!! Come to the first lake ride of the year. This ride will be held every Monday and Thursday, excluding holidays and bad weather.

      This relatively car-free ride will consist of various configurations using the roads around Rockland Lake. Ride is for new and experienced rider who are looking to get into better shape and get some miles in during the week. Pace is 12-14 mph but may be adjusted up or down depending on the makeup of each ride. Some evenings will close with a 9W sprint, some evenings will focus on climbing.

      The 'rona has forced us to add some new rules for now:

      1. Pre-registration is required.

      2. In order to abide with the governor's rules, we are limiting the ride to 10 people.

      3. Helmets and masks are required.

      Note that bad weather cancels this ride

  • Thursday, April 22, 2021
    • 6P
      All
      15
      Thursday Rockland Lake Ride
      Paul Langus

      We're back after the winter!! This ride will be held every Monday and Thursday, weather permitting!!

      This relatively car-free ride will consist of various configurations using the roads around Rockland Lake. Ride is for new and experienced rider who are looking to get into better shape and get some miles in during the week. Pace is 12-14 mph but may be adjusted up or down depending on the makeup of each ride. Some evenings will close with a 9W sprint, some evenings will focus on climbing.

      The 'rona has forced us to add some new rules for now:

      1. Pre-registration is required.

      2. In order to abide with the governor's rules, we are limiting the ride to 10 people.

      3. Helmets and masks are required.

      Note that bad weather cancels this ride

  • Saturday, April 24, 2021
    • 9A
      All
      20
      Ride Leader Training
      Ed Molina

      Calling all prospective and current ride leaders! We will meet at the parking area for Kanawauke Lake in Harriman and review club road rules, etiquette, and ride leader expectations and responsibilities. Afterwards, we will ride up and down Seven Lakes Drive taking turns as leader and sweep. Rob Panzera will be on hand to lend his considerable experience and expertise!

      If you have an interest in attending, but are not available, please email me and I may schedule a follow up session if there is enough demand.

  • Sunday, April 25, 2021
    • 11:30A
      All
      0
      Regular Bike Maintenance After the Regular Ride
      Steve Crowell

      (We'll begin right after the ride and stay as long as there is interest)

      After The Regular Ride come on over with your coffee (or beer!) and let's take care of those little niggles that make you crazy. I'll have 2 bike stands ready with basic tools at hand.

      • Got a seat too high/low - let's adjust it!
      • Need a cable replaced - let's do it!
      • Lube pedals, chain, etc. - Done!
      • Adjust derailuers? - No problem!
      • Bar tape? - Easy!
      • Straighten a wheel - Sure (if it doesn't require extensive work)
      • New brake pads? - Can do!

      Basically, if you have minor problems, let's get the bike on the stand and see what we can do. If you need parts please bring them yourself!

      No need to signup but if you have a special request or question, please shoot me an email (Sign In) or signup & leave a comment in the signup section and I'll get back to you....

    • 8:30A
      B
      46
      RBC Sunday Club Ride
      Ed Molina

      Come join us on our weekly club ride that we plan to feature every Sunday. There are three route options starting and ending at the same place, giving us an opportunity to socialize with old friends and to make new ones! We start at David's Bagels in New City so you'll be able to stock up on any needed goodies at the start and share a coffee or meal with fellow riders afterwards. The three routes are loops within loops so riders of different paces can cross paths along the way, and so groups can support each other.

      Although our hope is to offer all three routes at different pace options on a weekly basis, this is a new and developing effort and options will be determined by ride leader availability.

      Route option: RBC Club Ride 45

      Covid alert: Please bring a face covering for times when social distancing is minimized.

      Pace: 15.5 mph average

      Terrain: rolling/hilly (57 ft/mile elevation gain)

      Regrouping: as needed

      Rest stops: Cove Deli quick stop for restocking on food and fuel at about mile 20

    • 8:30A
      C+
      20
      RBC Sunday Club Ride
      Steve Crowell

      Come join us on our weekly club ride that we plan to feature every Sunday. There are three route options starting and ending at the same place, giving us an opportunity to socialize with old friends and to make new ones! We start at David's Bagels in New City so you'll be able to stock up on any needed goodies at the start and share a coffee or meal with fellow riders afterwards. The three routes are loops within loops so riders of different paces can cross paths along the way, and so groups can support each other.

      Although our hope is to offer all three routes at different pace options on a weekly basis, this is a new and developing effort and options will be determined by ride leader availability.

      Route option: RBC Club Ride 20

      Covid alert: Please bring a face covering for times when social distancing is minimized.

      Pace: 13.5 mph average

      Terrain: rolling/hilly (57 ft/mile elevation gain)

      Regrouping: as needed

      Rest stops: Where & when we want

  • Monday, April 26, 2021
    • 6P
      All
      15
      Monday Rockland Lake Ride
      Paul Langus

      We're back after the winter!! This ride will be held every Monday and Thursday, excluding holidays and bad weather.

      This relatively car-free ride will consist of various configurations using the roads around Rockland Lake. Ride is for new and experienced rider who are looking to get into better shape and get some miles in during the week. Pace is 12-14 mph but may be adjusted up or down depending on the makeup of each ride. Some evenings will close with a 9W sprint, some evenings will focus on climbing.

      The 'rona has forced us to add some new rules for now:

      1. Pre-registration is required.

      2. In order to abide with the governor's rules, we are limiting the ride to 10 people.

      3. Helmets and masks are required.

      Note that bad weather cancels this ride

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021
    • 6P
      All
      15
      Thursday Rockland Lake Ride
      Paul Langus

      We're back after the winter!! This ride will be held every Monday and Thursday, weather permitting!!

      This relatively car-free ride will consist of various configurations using the roads around Rockland Lake. Ride is for new and experienced rider who are looking to get into better shape and get some miles in during the week. Pace is 12-14 mph but may be adjusted up or down depending on the makeup of each ride. Some evenings will close with a 9W sprint, some evenings will focus on climbing.

      The 'rona has forced us to add some new rules for now:

      1. Pre-registration is required.

      2. In order to abide with the governor's rules, we are limiting the ride to 10 people.

      3. Helmets and masks are required.

      Note that bad weather cancels this ride

  • Saturday, May 1, 2021
    • 8:30A
      All
      50.0
      RBC Primavera: Larga
      Robert Panzera

      Come one, come all to the inaugural RBC Primavera on May 1, 2021!

      This ride will kick off the RBC spring season with a ride + social lunch afterwards at Playa Cancun in Stony Point.Choose from either the 30 mile route or the 50 mile route. 30 mile route will have B and C Ride Leaders and 50 mile route will have A and B Ride Leaders.

      Lunch

      Food will be served from 12noon to 2pm. Enjoy nachos, chilaquiles, chips/salsa/guacamole, enchiladas, flautas, tacos, chimichangas in chicken, beef, or bean. Non-alcoholic drinks included, and for those that want to spice it up: cash bar! All for $30 per person. We'll send all riders how sign up a link to PayPal to pay for lunch, the week before the ride. Paying for lunch will give us an accurate count to give to the restaurant. You can even bring a guest to lunch if you like! The more the merrier. Seating will be outdoors and social distancing guidelines will be enforced per current restaurant guidelines on the day of the ride May 1.

      The Ride

      Start: 8:30am – Finish: 11:30am to 12:30pm

      • Two routes:
        • Primavera Larga: ~50.0 miles, 3,586 feet
        • Primavera Breve: ~27.8 miles, 1,596 feet
      • Ride Leaders: A and B on 50 mile and B and C on 30 mile.
        • If C group wants to do 50 mile, they'll be online route, cue sheet, and maybe you can match up with willing partners

      We hope you'll join us to meet some club members, enjoy some lunch, and kick off your season correctly!

    • 8:30A
      C
      27.8
      RBC Primavera: Breve
      Robert Panzera

      Come one, come all to the inaugural RBC Primavera on May 1, 2021!

      This ride will kick off the RBC spring season with a ride + social lunch afterwards at Playa Cancun in Stony Point.Choose from either the 30 mile route or the 50 mile route. 30 mile route will have B and C Ride Leaders and 50 mile route will have A and B Ride Leaders.

      Lunch

      Food will be served from 12noon to 2pm. Enjoy nachos, chilaquiles, chips/salsa/guacamole, enchiladas, flautas, tacos, chimichangas in chicken, beef, or bean. Non-alcoholic drinks included, and for those that want to spice it up: cash bar! All for $30 per person. We'll send all riders how sign up a link to PayPal to pay for lunch, the week before the ride. Paying for lunch will give us an accurate count to give to the restaurant. You can even bring a guest to lunch if you like! The more the merrier. Seating will be outdoors and social distancing guidelines will be enforced per current restaurant guidelines on the day of the ride May 1.

      The Ride

      Start: 8:30am – Finish: 11:30am to 12:30pm

      • Two routes:
        • Primavera Larga: ~50.0 miles, 3,586 feet
        • Primavera Breve: ~27.8 miles, 1,596 feet
      • Ride Leaders: A and B on 50 mile and B and C on 30 mile.
        • If C group wants to do 50 mile, they'll be online route, cue sheet, and maybe you can match up with willing partners

      We hope you'll join us to meet some club members, enjoy some lunch, and kick off your season correctly!

  • Monday, May 3, 2021
    • 6P
      All
      15
      Monday Rockland Lake Ride
      Paul Langus

      We're back after the winter!! This ride will be held every Monday and Thursday, excluding holidays and bad weather.

      This relatively car-free ride will consist of various configurations using the roads around Rockland Lake. Ride is for new and experienced rider who are looking to get into better shape and get some miles in during the week. Pace is 12-14 mph but may be adjusted up or down depending on the makeup of each ride. Some evenings will close with a 9W sprint, some evenings will focus on climbing.

      The 'rona has forced us to add some new rules for now:

      1. Pre-registration is required.

      2. In order to abide with the governor's rules, we are limiting the ride to 10 people.

      3. Helmets and masks are required.

      Note that bad weather cancels this ride

  • Thursday, May 6, 2021
    • 6P
      All
      15
      Thursday Rockland Lake Ride
      Paul Langus

      We're back after the winter!! This ride will be held every Monday and Thursday, weather permitting!!

      This relatively car-free ride will consist of various configurations using the roads around Rockland Lake. Ride is for new and experienced rider who are looking to get into better shape and get some miles in during the week. Pace is 12-14 mph but may be adjusted up or down depending on the makeup of each ride. Some evenings will close with a 9W sprint, some evenings will focus on climbing.

      The 'rona has forced us to add some new rules for now:

      1. Pre-registration is required.

      2. In order to abide with the governor's rules, we are limiting the ride to 10 people.

      3. Helmets and masks are required.

      Note that bad weather cancels this ride

  • Saturday, May 8, 2021
    • 6A
      B+
      98.4
      100% Challenge
      Robert Panzera

      Preamble

      This ride is COVID-19 management dependent. If caseloads are still high and vaccine roll-out is still slow, this ride will not happen. A final determination will be made the week of May 3. Also, changed this ride to a 6:00am start, so I can be home before 1:00pm.

      Background on the 100% Challenge.

      Rob, the ride leader, is riding this as part of his fundraising effort for The Padres Pedal The Cause 100% Challenge. It's a virtual event taking place on May 8. You don't have to sign up for the fundraiser to do this ride, but if you want to sign up and raise some funds, or if you just want to donate, here's the link: Sign In. Basically, I'm looking for company on this brutal route as I raise funds for chairty.

      About The Ride

      This route will sharpen sharp knives and blunt dull knives further. So come with your wits about you and be ready for a tough challenge and a day filled with adventure. It's listed as a B ride, but honestly, this route is so tough (including some dirt/gravel roads in Putnam) that we may end up closer to 13mph at the finish.

      We'll start by heading up ye olde usual route through Rockland County via the Hudson River coast through Stony Point, and then cruise up the brand spanking new bike path that connects Jones Point and Iona Island. What a beauty this piece of cycling infrastructure is, avoiding the high speed traffic that climbs over Dunderburg on the way to Bear Mountain.

      Then over the Bear Mountain bridge into Putnam County and the gravel extravaganza begins. The dirt/gravel sections are shown as yellow route lines on the RWGPS file. Personally, I'll be riding my rim brake bike (aluminum rims) and 700x25 tires. Others might prefer 700x28s and disc brakes. If you are unsure of what equipment to use, I suggest you check out the dirt/gravel sections prior to coming to this ride.

      After tackling the Putnam dirt/gravel and almost tickling the bottom of Dutchess County, we are heading south into Westchester County where the hits just keep on coming. The route through Westchester is mainly on quiet backroads that go up and down and up and down and up and down. You'll find no mercy or road rhythm here, but you will enjoy some stunning scenery while you ask yourself, "Why am I doing this to myself?" and cursing under your breath, "Rob is just plain evil." A side treat: the New Croton Dam. The Dam may be busy with pedestrians and tourists, but it's worth the views. After that, we'll cruise by the Quaker Bridge, which is one of the oldest (possibly the oldest) metal Pratt truss style bridges in daily use in Westchester County, built in 1894. You'll soon be on the downward slide as you reach Sleepy Hollow Rd. Once up and over and out of the trees, it's through Tarrytown and onto the Blue Highway of Salvation a.k.a. the Shared Use Path on the Mario Cuomo Bridge.

      Back to Nyack to tell tall tales and lies from the road. If COVID allows, we shall have beer ... somewhere! To the victors, belong the beverages, huzzah!

      Regrouping

      Regrouping is listed as "Occasional" and will be ad-hoc, but we'll make sure no one misses turns, unless they try really hard to miss turns. I know some of you like to be sneaky no matter how vigilant we are. Also, although I have not marked out rest stops on the route as of writing this snappy description, I plan on adding a few set rest stops to the online route--likely stops at gas stations, convenience stores, and possibly a cafe (if COVID allows) and we can all agree to keep it under 30 minutes.

      Style

      We are riding to enjoy this route, have some laughs, suffer and build esprit de corps, but also we have to be vigilant about dilly-dallying and work to get it done. At ~14 mph, we'll be out there for about 7+ hours, so pack plenty of food in your pockets and eat while we roll or when we regroup. We'll keep stops short and snappy to keep the rubber on our tires hot. The ride motto will be "Oh man, this hurts, but hey, I'm on my bike all day, so there's that."

      Invite

      Will I see you at the start? I hope so. Should you start training now for the ride? Yes, yes, please do. In fact, the earlier you read this description, the better the chance you have of timely training to survive the route.

      Onward to victory!

  • Saturday, May 15, 2021
    • 9A
      C+
      27
      Vuelta a Rockland - Eastern Tier
      Ed Molina

      Who's ready for some great riding combined with some of the culinary delights of our County?

      Join us for our new Vuelta a Rockland series, which will feature roughly 30 mile routes with relatively little climbing - for Rockland that is! These rides will include plenty of opportunities for socializing (in a Covid safe way of course) with snack stops along the way and end-of-ride meals to celebrate a great ride with our RBC friends. The four parts of the series, East, North, Central and West, will cover the majority of Rockland and give you a chance to discover some lovely cycling roads, as well as, some delectable eateries. We hope to offer various paces for each route to appeal to members of all levels. So come and explore Rockland's amazing cycling and good eats with us!

      Covid alert: Please bring a face covering for times when social distancing is minimized.

      Route Option: Vuelta a Rockland - Eastern Tier

      Pace: 13 mph average

      Terrain: rolling/hilly (46 ft/mile elevation gain)

      Regrouping: as needed

      Rest stop: 9W Market - a cycling oasis where you'll see a myriad of riders from througout the metro NY area, offering tasty treats and free water refills

      Feast: Kennelly's Grille House Sign In - what's not to love about post-ride pub fare and a cold beverage on a lovely patio by the park? Note that we will be ordering off the menu and cost will be individually determined.

  • Saturday, June 19, 2021
    • 5A
      B+
      200
      Summer Solstice: Ride To The Rip (And Back)
      Robert Panzera

      Preamble

      This ride is COVID-19 management dependent. If caseloads are still high and vaccine roll-out is still slow, this ride will not happen. A final determination will be made the week of June 14.

      We Are Going MEGA For The (Almost) Summer Solstice
      Let's ride from Nyack to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge connecting Hudson and Catskill, NY, and then back. 200 miles of fun in the sun. If you are reading this ride description, start training now for this double century!

      This is slated for a 5am start, so we can maximize riding in the daylight. For the ride date of 6/19/2021:
      Twilight = 4:49:29 am
      Sunrise = 5:23:08 am
      Sunset = 8:31:26 pm
      Twilight = 9:05:05 pm
      Total daylight hours = 15:08:18

      I know, I know, it's very early, but hey man, the early bike rider gets the cake.

      Route Description
      We'll pedal up the west side of the Hudson avoiding Route 9W as much as possible once we leave Rockland County, but sticking close to the river. Rolling through west shore towns of Cornwall, Newburgh, Marlboro, Milton, Kingston, Saugerties, and Catskill. Then over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge and down the east shore avoiding Route 9 as much as possible. Rolling through the towns of Germantown, Tivoli, Bard College, Rhinebeck, Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls, Beacon, Cold Spring, Peekskill, Crotonville, Ossining, and Tarrytown. Then back over the Hudson on the Shared Use Path. Shouldn't be crowded because it will be late in the day. Wow! What an adventure, huh?!

      Some history of The Rip Van Winkle Bridge, a cantilever bridge spanning the Hudson River between Hudson and Catskill, NY. The structure carries NY 23 across the river, connecting US 9W and NY 385 on the west side with NY 9G on the east side. The bridge is named after the 1819 short story of the same name by Washington Irving, which mentions Hudson and Catskill. The bridge was built by the newly created New York State Bridge Authority, opening on July 2, 1935, at a cost of $2.4 million ($44,760,000 with inflation). A multi-year repainting project was completed in 2009 which removed all lead-based paint.

      Pace & Regroups
      This ride is listed as B pace, but we'll ere on the lower end of 14mph, because it's 200 miles. Yowsa! Regroups are listed as "Occasional", but we'll ride as a pack on flat and rolling terrain to maximize drafting and chances of surviving the distance, slowing to regroup over larger hills. I have not yet but will add rest stops to the online route (convenience stores, gas stations) and likely a lunch stop (cafe). The lunch stop will be short and sweet, under 30 min, so the rubber on our tires doesn't go cold. Come prepared to ride with abbreviated stops, so we don't get trapped riding in the dark on the tail end.

      Pep Talk
      200 miles are equal to 11001000 miles in binary. All those ones and zeros can't be that bad, no?
      200 miles are equal to C8 miles in hexadecimal. Surely, you can handle C8 miles! I mean, who couldn't?
      While you need to come to this ride correct, we will surely have an esprit de corps to help us all through the fun times, the crazy times, and the bad times. We will all go through lots of physical, mental, and emotional cycles, but we'll do this together. A rising tide lifts all boats, or rolling rubber propels all bikes, or something like that. Think of this ride as the good old days from your childhood, when you'd leave your house in the morning to hang out with the local kids and then spend the entire day outside getting into adventures until the sun went down. On the flip side, if your childhood was bad (sorry to hear about that), don't think about that and just focus on how good you have it now being a member of the best bike club in the known universe, the Rockland Bicycling Club.

      Only Want To Ride Halfway? We Have A Solution!
      Maybe you only want to ride one way and have a loved (and/or captured) relation pick you up in Catskill, NY (the halfway point) for lunch? That's an option too, if you want to personally arrange it. My suggestion is to trick a loved one with this line, "Hey, the summer solstice is coming up. Let's do something together and celebrate! Do you want to take a ride in the country on June 19?" If they say yes, then you say, "Ok. I'll ride my bike and you drive to meet me in Catskill, and it will be so lovely, then we'll have such a fantastic lunch together, then drive home together in bliss." This is fool proof conversation, so stick to the script.

      Anyone Want To Volunteer To Drive SAG Support?
      The best way to ensure Plan A goes well is to have a Plan B. While a SAG vehicle will not be necessary, it never hurts. Anyone want to volunteer spending the whole day stalking the pack in their vehicle? I'd cover your gas, snacks, lunch/dinner, plus give you the following to carry: tools, tubes and tires, pump, energy bars and gels, water, and other snacks. It'll be a long day of slow driving, but hey, you'll be out in the country enjoying the Hudson Valley fresh air and you'll be the most important member of the team! Contact me direct at Sign In if you want to drive SAG.

      Onward to victory!

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