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RBC Ride 'Round Rockland Century

Experience the beauty of autumn in Rockland County riding scenic routes in the Hudson Valley! Sponsored by 9W Bikes and It's Coffee in Stony Point, all routes will start bright and early on Sun Sept 22 from Rockland Lake State Park (Parking Lot #1) at 8a, so choose your route and your brew accordingly! 

  • Light Roast (37 miles, 2,311 ft elevation): If you are looking for a shorter route at a more leisurely pace, This Ride's For You. Ride the core of our scenic Rockland roads while skipping the big climbs. This spectacular route heads north to Tomkins Cove then turns south up to Mott Farm Road and then to Gate Hill Road for the biggest climb of the day before heading down the Willow Grove descent. There is a planned stop at Mile 26 at the Orchards of Concklin for refreshments before heading back to Rockland Lake. See the 37 mile route map here.

  • Half Caff (66 miles, 4,574 ft elevation): This metric century course offers amazing scenery, traveling many of the same roads as the 100-mile ride (skipping Perkins Drive). There will be a stocked rest stop at Mile 28 at Lake Welch Beach before the woodland ride up Tiorati Brook Road and out to Seven Lakes Drive before heading down Willow Grove and back to Rockland Lake. See the 66 mile route map here.

  • Full Perk (103 miles, 8,574 elevation): Cap off your cycling season with iconic climbs and fast paced downhills. This ride features the climb up Perkins Drive at Bear Mountain, and Mott Farm past Camp Addisone Boyce. After the Rest stop at mile 43, the route heads south with a final climb to Tweed Blvd and back to Rockland Lake. See the 103 mile route map here.


Registration
There is no charge for this ride, but registration is required. Not an RBC member but want to join the fun? Join the Rockland Bicycling Club today and be in the loop for future rides, meetings and bicycle related news. We're working hard to represent the cycling community on issues like 24/7 access to the Shared Use Path on the Mario Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge; the new single file cycling law in Orangetown; the bicycle bypass on Greenbush Rd near Blauvelt State Park, and community slow rolls to encourage more people to rediscover the joys of riding a bicycle. All dues go to supporting the club and our advocacy efforts to make cycling safer in Rockland County.

RBC members should register at RocklandBicyclingClub.org as your would for any of our regular weekly rides. Members of other clubs and non-members should register at Eventbrite.com.

Pre-registered riders will receive the final route links for use with GPS devices a week before the ride. Printed cue sheets will be available at registration.We recommend participants buddy-up for this self-paced, unsupported ride. Deli, water, and bathroom stops will be noted in advance. The 100 and 65 mile routes have a rest stop at Lake Welch Beach and the Orchards of Concklin; the 36 mile route will also stop at the Orchards of Concklin.


What do I need to bring?
Deli, water, and bathroom stops will be noted in advance.You must bring:
  • Helmet – please bring with you to registration
  • Photo ID
  • Extra tube, tools, and pump
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
Are the roads closed to traffic?
The roads are open to traffic. Cyclists must obey all traffic laws while on this ride. We recommend participants buddy-up for this self-paced, unsupported ride. Please ride single file, as several of the communities through which we will be riding have laws that ban riding two abreast.

Can't decide "weather" you want to ride?
The RBC Century is a “rain or shine” event. In the event of extreme weather, we'll keep you updated on the status of the ride on our website!

Thank you to our sponsors, It's Coffee and 9W Bikes!

It's Coffee logoThe 2019 RBC Ride 'Round Rockland Century is sponsored by
It's Coffee in Stony Point (51 US-202) with
emergency road support is being provided by 9W Bikes
9w Cycles logo
Need to know more? Email RocklandBike@gmail.com with questions!

Rolling By The River Community Slow Roll Bike Ride (June 2019)

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By Dave Zornow on 1/03/19 updated 8/30/19

About 40 neighbors near the Nyacks and Piermont went for a slow & social, bike ride, Rolling By The River, on Sunday June 2. The event was produced by the Rockland Bicycling Club, and promoted by the Village of Nyack Recreation Department, Upper Nyack, Piermont and Nyack News And Views. Special thanks to event sponsors R2M Realty, Hartell’s Deli and Velo Bistro & Wine Bar for the “after party” ice cream social at the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center. Upper Nyack Mayor Karen Tarapata talks about plans for the village’s Riverhook Park.

Upper Nyack Mayor Karen Tarapata talks about plans for the village‚Äôs Riverhook Park. Special thanks to Upper Nyack Mayor Karen Tarapata, who hosted a brief stop at Riverhook, the former sheep farm near Nyack Beach State Park which the village is turning into a park, and Village of Nyack Trustee Maria Lorenzini, who helped to check in participants at the start of the ride.Despite predictions of threatening weather, it was a beautiful day for a bicycle ride. And it’s always a great day for ice cream, so it’s safe to say a fine time was had by all!

Slow rolls are frequent events across the state and the country in places like Syracuse and Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, Worcester, Oshkosh -- and Piermont, NY. Events like Slow Rolls were one of the many recommendations in the 2018 Greater Nyack Bike Walk Master Plan (BikeWalkGreaterNyack.com), a six month project funded by the New NY Bridge Community Benefits Fund, studying bike and pedestrian behavior in the Nyack river villages and hamlets in the Nyack School District.

This article originally appeared on NyackNewsAndViews.com.


Orangetown Greenbush Rd Bike Bypass Opens

By Dave Zornow on 8/01/19 updated 8/30/19

The Greenbush Rd / Rt 303 Bypass officially opened with a ribbon cutting on July 13 attended by RBC members, NYS Senator David Carlucci, Rockland County Legislator Harriet Cornell, Orangetown Supervisor Chris Day and former supervisor and project champion Andy Stewart. Senator David Carlucci secured the $125,000 in state funding necessary for the project to be completed.

RBC President Mike Hays represented the club speaking about the need to create more bike/ped infrastructure. The 1/4 mile path parallels Rt 303 near the site of a fatal crash with a tractor trailer that killed cyclist Robert Carl Pinckert in 2003.
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