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Jerome Ave > Kimball > Pondfield > Parkview > Scarsdale Rd > Fox Meadow > Walworth > Water St > Broadway/NY-22 > Whippoorwill > Old Roaroing Brook > Crow Hill > NY-100 > Seven Bridges > Hardscrabble > Pleasantville

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Author: 
Carol Waaser
Signature Route : 
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Region Name(s): 
Westchester/CT
Level(s): 
B, C
Distance: 
38
Vertical Gain: 
2500
Difficulty: 
63
Difficulty Rating: 
3 out of 5

This is a fairly short ride with a lot of climbing, but it's an excellent way for strong C-riders and slower B riders to enjoy the back roads and splendid views of Westchester County. The ride begins at the comfort station in Sachkerah Woods Playground at Jerome Ave & W Gun Hill Rd in the Bronx. Take the #4 train to Mosholu Pkwy or Woodlawn, or take the D train to 205th St Norwood.

Bring plenty of snack food and fluids. The first pit stop is at mile 15 - a gas station/mini-mart. Then there's nothing until lunch in Pleasantville at the end of the ride. All the significant climbing is after the pit stop, so do a good refueling there and have food with you to eat at the tops of climbs. A lot of the climbing is fairly gentle, but there are a few sections that hit 10% - similar to the steep sections of Walnut. This is a beautiful ride to do in mid-late October when the trees are in their fall colors.

Lunch is at Jean Jacques, a French bistro in Pleasantville. Go ahead and indulge in desert - you've earned it, and you're just a block from the train station. (Of course, if you still have energy to burn, you can ride back to NYC via the North & South County Trailways - about 22 miles to the #1 train, trending downhill.) 

cw 9/11/2018

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