seatpost 7.29.10: nyc cycling culture this week

Weekend bike rides for the NYC metro area listed by the velojoy blog include the Ride Brooklyn Baseball Tour, The Tour of the Litchfield Hills, plus two benefit spinathons in the Hamptons.

velojoy presents a list of bike rides in New York City, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey for your weekend enJOYment:

Sunday, Aug.  1 – The Tour of the Litchfield Hills

That other Tour is over now (sigh!) so it’s time to turn our attention elsewhere. Take a break from New York City, and join in the scenic Tour of the Litchfield Hills.

This fully supported, seventh annual non-competitive event features routes of 100, 75, 50, 30 and 12 miles, beginning at Coe Park in Torrington, CT. (Walking routes through downtown Torrington also available.)

Sign up online or register on the day of the event beginning at 6 am; the 100-milers are off at 7 am with staggered starts thereafter. The event drew 1,100 participants last year; it supports cancer care, treatment, education and prevention for residents of Northwest Connecticut.

Information and registration.

Sunday, Aug. 1 – Bike Brooklyn Baseball Tour

Washington Park 1890
Washington Park 1890. photo:

Offered by Gotham Sidewalks: NYC Walking and Bike Tours, this 2-hour, 10-mile ride along urban bike paths leads you through 100 years of baseball history from Washington Park in Park Slope, where local gentlemen’s clubs played baseball in the late 19th century to Hotel Bossert in Brooklyn Heights, where the Dodgers toasted their 1955 World Series win over the Yanks. Departs at 11 am from Ride Brooklyn Bike Shop, 468 Bergen Street. Bike rentals available. Information and registration.

For the spontaneous…

Want your weekend cycling getaway to be more spontaneous? The advocacy group Transportation Alternatives publishes an online guide for traveling with your bike by train, bus or ferry. Access rules vary widely — so, um,  some advance planning may actually be required.

In the Hamptons:

Saturday, July 30 — Ride the Zone Benefit Outdoor Spin

Main Beach, East Hampton, NY
photo: velojoy

Combine the group energy of a spin class with the sensation of pedaling under an open sky at Ride the Zone’s Outdoor Spin to benefit Project ALS. This popular annual event, from 4 – 7 pm at Sporttime Amagansett features spinning with RTZ instructors, as well as activities for children including Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater, tennis lessons and face-painting. Non-cycling friends and guests can check out a Tracy Anderson Method class or yoga. Refreshments, too.

Project ALS supports research to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Learn more at the organization’s website.

To register for the event, call Ride The Zone at 631.329.8622, or e-mail

Saturday, July 30 — (B) East HNF Hamptons Spin for the Cure

Meanwhile, (B) East Real Ryder Fitness Studio is sponsoring the second annual HNF Hamptons Spin for the Cure. The two-hour spinathon gets underway at 3 pm at (B) East’s Amagansett studio; an after party at Amagansett Beach Club runs from 7 – 10 pm.

It’s all to raise awareness of and help find a cure for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), the most commonly inherited form of peripheral neuropathy. Learn more at the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation website.

Event information and registration.

Down the road:

Friday, Aug.  6 – Time’s Up! Moonlight Ride in Central Park

Beginning Saturday, Aug. 7 – Summer Streets 2010

Early registration special offers:

Sunday, Sept. 12 – NYC Century Bike Tour, featuring America’s only urban century ride.  Sign up before Aug. 22 to be eligible for Express Start in Central Park or Prospect Park, without having to check in first.

Saturday, Sept. 25 – The Night Ride 2010 starting in Greenport, NY. Early-registration discounts to first 100 registrants — while they last.

Sunday, Oct. 3 – Bike MS NYC benefit ride. Discount on registration through Aug. 4.

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