Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 5th Annual Discover Hudson Valley Ride—we couldn’t have asked for better friends, old and new, to spend such a gorgeous day with. We’re looking forward to seeing you all again at the 14th Annual Twin Lights Ride on September 28, 2014, in Highlands, NJ. The registration fee goes up on July 7, so get it while the gettin’s good!
Location: Victor C. Waryas Park – Poughkeepsie, NY
Mileage Options: 100, 75, 55, 33, or 15
Regardless of which mileage option you picked, all routes start and end in Victor C. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601.
- BY TRAIN
- On the day of the ride, Metro North has extended the courtesy of suspending its bicycle permit requirements for the day; nevertheless, space for bikes is limited according to the conductor’s discretion and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that cyclists riding the 100-mile route must either drive to Poughkeepsie on the morning of the ride or arrive by train the night before. (There are no trains that leave early enough on the day of the ride to accommodate 100-milers.)
Mileage Option Start Window Train departs Grand Central Terminal Train arrives at Poughkeepsie Station 100 7:30 – 8:15AM NO TRAINS AVAILABLE 75 7:45 – 9:45AM 6:43AM 8:33AM 55 8:15 – 10:00AM 6:43AM 8:33AM 33 9:00 – 10:15AM 7:43AM 9:39AM 15 9:30 – 10:15AM 7:43AM 9:39AM
- BY CARPOOL
- If you plan to drive to Poughkeepsie, we encourage you to carpool with other riders in order to reduce your carbon footprint and use Google Maps to plan your trip. Visit the official Discover Hudson Valley Ride event page on Facebook to find and coordinate with other participants. Help us help the environment.
Figuring Out What to Bring
This ride is rain or shine, so check the weather and pack/dress appropriately. (Those who rode through the deluge last year know from experience how important this is…) You’ll definitely need:
- A helmet. (And you gotta wear it.) No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
- A bike bell. New York State law requires that all cyclists have and use a bike bell.
- Photo ID so you can check in and get your cue sheet.
- Water bottle(s)—you’ll be able to refill them at every rest area.
- Cash so you can stock up on cool Bike New York gear—including jerseys and water bottles—and get some grub at the Finish Festival.
- A spare tube & patch kit. Bike repair along the route is free, but there’s a charge for parts.
Tuning Your Bike
Don’t wait until the last minute to determine whether your bike is road-ready. We’ll have repair stations at rest areas along the route (labor is free, but there’s a charge for parts) to address minor issues, but we highly recommend that you get your bike tuned up a few days prior to the ride. Most bike shops offer this service for a reasonable fee, depending on the extent of the necessary tweaks/repairs.
Don’t own a bike yet? Take our free How to Buy a Bike class and saddle up!
Tuning Your Body
It’s never too early (or too late) to start training. Check out our time-tested training tips, build exercise into your daily routine, and most importantly: ride! Wherever and whenever. It really can be that simple.
All Bike New York rides feature SAG support, fully stocked rest areas, and incredible views–but that goes without saying.