CBC’s Annual Paddy O’Pedal St. Patrick’s Day Ride
8:45 a.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013
Start Point: West 72nd Street Entrance of Central Park, north benches
Mid Point: Traditional Irish Breakfast in Yonkers, NY
End Point: Central Park, NYC
Mileage: 20-ish miles
Pace: Cardio-burning Casual
COST: $16 online/$20 at pre-ride huddle. A traditional Irish breakfast is included. Riders who pay will receive a special meal wristband. Those who do not not wish to pay will have to make other arrangements for food if they wish to return to Manhattan with the group.
We will meet at the benches on the NE corner of the West 72nd Street Entrance to Central Park. We will conduct a pre-ride huddle and then depart. If you are late, you can meet us uptown. Please call to confirm time and location.
Traditional Irish Breakfast
You do not want to miss this meal! The proprietor of Eileen’s Country Kitchen, an authentic Irish restaurant, has offered CBC’s Paddy O’Pedal crew a special rate on this hot, fresh meal which includes delicious Irish soda bread, Irish bacon, black and white pudding, eggs, toast and coffee/tea. All other beverages are additional. You will be given a special wristband to indicate that you are joining us for the meal.
Most rides are pay-as-you-go for snacks/meals. However, this one happens to be a pre-paid meal as we will be seated in a special area just for Paddy O’Pedalers instead of waiting in line like everyone else — see, we take care of our riders!
The Route — subject to change! Please call to confirm.
We will ride the Hudson River Greenway north until 181st Street. Then we will head east to Broadway and continue north, crossing the Broadway Bridge into the Bronx. We’ll continue to head north until we enter Yonkers, just north of Van Cortlandt Park. We’ll stop for an amazing breakfast before heading back to Manhattan. Riders can peel off from the group ride at any time.
The Paddy O’Pedal celebrates the love of the Irish. So come in as much green as you can! A costume is even better as we will vote on who has the best St. Patrick’s garb!
Properly fitted helmets are mandatory. Please bring layers in the event of colder weather. Additionally, bring a charged phone, ID, money, Metro Card, credit card, ATM card, water, snacks, patch kit and/or spare tube, air pump or cartridges, and a multi-tool. Make sure your bicycle is in good working condition — tires, brakes, chain — and that you are ready to ride in a group!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
CBC’s Annual Easter Bike Hop (for Chocolate) Ride
9:00 a.m. Sunday, March 31, 2013
Start Point: Roosevelt Tram Station at East 60th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan
Mid Point: Aigner Chocolates, 103-02 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills, Queens
End Point: Mahattan via Brooklyn, or peel off as you like
Mileage: 22-ish miles, roundtrip. The terrain is fairly easy with mild hillage.
Cost: $16 online/$20 at pre-ride huddle. An exclusive Bunny Box of Austrian chocolate and coffee is included in the ride fee. Notes: This ride is a “go” even if it rains. Riders must wear a properly fitted helmet, bikes must be in good working condition, and a waiver awaits your signature.
We’ll start in Manhattan, cross the Queensboro Bridge, and ride through the neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Woodside, Rego Park, and Forest Hills. Queens riders can meet us at the bridge! After we make our destination, we will ride back to Manhattan through Brooklyn, crossing the Manhattan Bridge. Riders can also opt to take a train back. Helmets are mandatory, and participants must sign a waiver.
Aigner Chocolates will prepare a special “Bunny Box” exclusively for us EB Hoppers, which is included in the ride fee. This rich, gourmet Austrian–style chocolate made with love by the Aigner family of chocolatiers is not to be missed. We will learn about how this amazing delectable is made, purchase our choco bunny box and then head to the cafe next door to enjoy them with coffee or tea.
Be sure to bring a bag or way to carry the rest home!
Start Time: 8:45 a.m.
Start/End Point: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Destination: Washington Irving’s House in Irvington, NY
Mileage: 20 miles one-way, 40 miles round-trip
Terrain: Fairly easy with few major hills. Some bumps, but half the route is traffic-free!
Get your costume and ride with us to Washington Irving’s house, Sunnyside, in Irvington, NY! We’ll ride from the Bronx to visit the beautiful home of the writer responsible for “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle”.
We’ll leaf-peep and enjoy the scenery on our way to some culture! There are Metro-North train stops along the way if you choose to peel off before the ride ends. (Just make sure you have your bike permit!)
Once at Irving’s house, Sunnyside, we’ll be treated to a special Halloween festival. The ride is free. However, there is a $14 admission fee for entry into the author’s beautiful mini-estate along the Hudson River. Hot soup, hot cocoa, and other foods will be available for purchase. Also bring enough money for your incidentals, including transportation costs should you decide not to ride back.
Please note that you do not have to take public transit to meet us at the start point. Feel free to ride from wherever you live to the start point:) And, if this ride sounds like fun but you are unsure of your riding level, come out! You can always turn back if you want.
As usual, helmets, closed-toe/rubber-soled shoes, and spare tubes are required for this ride.
NOTE: If you can swing reading one or two of Washington Irving’s short stories before the ride, it may enhance your overall experience.
**Make sure to call us at (917) 536-6120 to confirm your RSVP for this ride.**
CBC’s Annual NYC Pilgrim Pedal
8:00 a.m., Thursday, November 22, 2012 – rain, light snow, or shine
Start/End Point: East 23rd Street and the East River, Manhattan
Set your DVR to record the parade and ride with us so you can eat more later! This ten- to 12-mile bicycle ride starts and ends in Manhattan after riding through Brooklyn and Queens. This fun tour is for everyone and includes prizes for the best costume and best-themed bike. One of the best features of this tour is the sit-down social during the quaint snackery stop for coffee and pastry midway through the ride. And, riders can order a T-shirt proving they rolled out on Turkey Day!*
Unlike open registration rides, all CBC tours include at least two certified instructors. One instructor usually leads while the second instructor brings up the rear so no one falls behind or gets lost. This feature of CBC tours is an added bonus for all riders.
And, CBC’s mantra is riding safely through knowledge and practice. We are a bicycle riding school after all! Thus, if you also want to work on riding strategies, just let your Pilgrim Pedal touring coaches know your riding goals above the usual one of having fun riding on Gobble, Gobble Day. This component of CBC tours is complimentary!
Since the Pilgrim Pedal ends before the Houston Texans v. Detroit Lions game at 12:30 p.m., there is no reason to miss out on this very special tour. (The Washington Redskins are playing against the Dallas Cowboys at 4:15 p.m.)
Cost: $15 per rider. *T-shirt is an additional $8.*
Properly fitted helmets are mandatory, and all participants agree to ride bicycles in good working condition. There are no refunds or rain dates, and participants must sign a waiver. Children under 1 year are not eligible, and all other children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
CBC’s Annual NYC Twelve Miles of Christmas Rides
(Well, actually 24 miles, but who’s counting?!) Join us for one or both rides!
“Christmas Tree Hop” A
10:00 a.m., Sunday, December 23, 2012 – rain, light snow, or moonlight
Start Point: Downtown Manhattan.
“Christmas Tree Hop” B
4:30 p.m., Sunday, December 23, 2012 – rain, light snow, or shine
Start point: Downtown, Manhattan
We love Christmas so much we’re offering this wonderful ride not once, but twice! These fun twelve-ish-mile rides take folks on our “Christmas Tree Hop.” It starts downtown at Bowling Green Park and ends at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan. Riders will see the fantastic lighted Christmas trees of Manhattan in all their glory. There will be a gourmet Italian hot chocolate-and-treats stop along the way – it’s one of the best features of the ride!
These tours are fun for everyone and include prizes for the best costume and best-themed bike.
The route includes bike lanes, the greenway, and some street traffic. Please note that there should be less traffic on the Sunday morning Hop. If you plan to bring your children, please plan accordingly.
Unlike regular open registration rides, all CBC tours include at least two certified instructors. One instructor usually leads while the second instructor brings up the rear so no one falls behind or gets lost. This feature of CBC tours is an added bonus for all riders.
Since Christmas is just around the corner, there is no reason to miss out on these very special tours.
Cost: $15 per ride.* Register now ! Properly fitted helmets are mandatory for everyone, and all participants agree to ride bicycles in good working condition. Participants must sign a waiver. Children under the age of one year are ineligible. Children must also wear helmets and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. +For the rides after sunset, riders must also have a front white light, a rear tail light, and a bell.+
Since these rides are really fun, in the event of a snowstorm they will be postponed and turned into a NYC New Year’s Bicycle Ride.
CBC’s Annual NYC Bike Valentine:Love Learning to Ride for All Ages
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2013
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Learn to Ride Session*
*Eash session is generally 45-minutes, although folks may practice longer if there are no lines.
While students are learning, family members may join the activity table and have some snacks!
Bike Valentine: Love Learning to Ride celebrates the love of riding for all ages!
Everyone must wear a properly fitted helmet, wear closed-toe, rubber-soled shoes, long sleeves and pants. Bikes must be in good working condition. Participants must sign a waiver. Parents must maintain visual control of their children while standing aside for the learning session unless asked for assistance.
The cost is $35. And yes, there will be chocolate treats!
CBC’s Free Riding Group: NYC Fun Cyclers
Weekend mornings Throughout the Year
The purpose of this group is to get together and responsibly ride the streets of NYC and beyond! Riders with a sense of adventure and enjoyment out of getting around town on cycling wheels –with pit stops at fun snackeries — are the best fit for this group. Helmets and a short waiver are required. Riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Some rides are casual, others are at a brisk-casual pace, and others are just for kids! Each ride listed will include this information. Other rides are pre-paid if reservations are required at some delicious snackeries. This, too, will be noted.
Destinations have included City Island, Hoboken, NJ, Queens, Yonkers, as well as local Manhattan end points. Our Leaf-Peepin’ Halloween Ride in the fall will take place outside the city.