seatpost 6.24.10: nyc cycling culture this week

Nissequogue River Sate Park
View from the Nissequogue River State Park rest area along the Long Island Harbors Ride route sponsored by Bike New York (see details below). photo: Amy Bolger
Weekend joyrides for June 26 - 27 from the velojoy blog include Bike New York's Long Island Harbors Ride and the Tour de Cure to benefit the American Diabetes Association, plus a women's bicycle racing clinic in Central Park.

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


Women's Bicycle Racer
photo: svacher

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

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