For your weekend cycling enJOYment:
Saturday, June 26
Tour de Cure
The Tour de Cure national series of fund raising cycling events, held in 43 states to benefit the American Diabetes Association, comes to NYC this weekend. Cyclists of all levels, from beginning to competitive, can choose from 15 and 30 mile rides in Manhattan, or 55 and 100 mile routes over the George Washington Bridge to Bear Mountain. Enjoy breakfast at the start, fully supported rest stops, and lunch plus special activities including a children’s zone at the finish line. You’ll be helping the 1.2 million New York City residents affected by diabetes.
When: 6:30 am for the 100 mile ride; later, staggered starts for shorter routes
Where: Start and finish at Pier 92/94, West 54th Street and the West Side Highway
Information: Register online. Same-day registration available.
Saturday, June 26
CRCA Women’s Bike Racing Clinic
Have you been curious about bicycle racing for women? Has an intimidation factor put a damper on your
ambition? Here’s your chance to get your feet wet in a three-lap simulated race around Central Park sponsored by the Century Road Club Association, the largest bicycle racing club in the U.S. Obtain instruction, assistance and advice from experienced women racers who will ride the field with you.
When: 6 am
Where: Central Park, Rambles parking lot, north of Boathouse on the East Drive north of 72nd St.
Information: Download the flyer
Sunday, June 27
Long Island Harbors Ride
The Long Island Harbors Ride, sponsored by Bike New York, takes cyclists past scenic harbors, mansions and fishing towns along Long Island’s North Shore (see photo, top). Select from 15, 30, 52, 78 or 103 mile distances. There are group riding options on the 15 and 30 mile routes. In addition, novices will benefit from a Class on Wheels along the 30 mile route; a certified cycling instructor will teach basic skills and road rules. Well-stocked rest areas, full SAG support and a post-race festival with food and music are included.
When: 7:30 am for 103 mile ride, staggered starts thereafter
Where: Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood, New York
Information: Register online until 5 pm Friday. Same-day entry available.
Ride the Zone’s New Watermill Studio
Ride the Zone has opened a new Hamptons spin studio in Watermill. Among weekend offerings: Cyclo Zone, a 45-minute sweat-fest focused on speed, quick moves and fast cadence, and Old School, a 45-minute combination of climbs, sprints and “riding it out” perfected by studio owner Marion Roaman. All the RTZ studios now offer a choice of leaning or upright bikes.
What: Ride the Zone Watermill
Where: 688 Montauk Highway (behind Suki Zuki Restaurant)
Information: Register online
Top: View from the Nissequogue River State Park rest area on the Long Island Harbors Ride route. Photo: Amy Bolger