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Lake Byram and SW Connecticut

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Lake Byram and SW Connecticut

Saturday, September 10, 2022 07:00 AM


There aren't many nicer roads to ride than the well-maintained, hilly and winding roads of the southwest Connecticut Panhandle, lined with beautifully landscaped, over-the-top 5K sqf homes and tax-dodge horse farms.  This ride covers more than 60 miles of them! It's like riding a roller coaster without rails through an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Featuring the nirvana-like 2.5 mile descent on Cognewaugh Road, my favorite road of all time.

We'll take the South County Trail north and start the climbing on some classic NYCC segments like Payne, Whippoorwill Crossing, and around Byram Lake, before entering Connecticut. Overall ascent of 8.2K' (69'/miles avg), though much of that are rollers once we reach Connecticut.

As ever, we may drop riders with major mechanicals or who are having a bad day with the 20 MPH pace, particularly during the first half of the ride.  Final Ride with GPS file will have the many Metro-North bail points (and a few strategically-placed bike shops) marked as POIs, please use Ride with GPS (your own account, or the club's account, free of charge to members, link). Please bring navigation tools of your choice; paper cue sheet linked below.

There is approximately 2 miles of hardpack around Byram Lake and Mianus River Gorge (shown on route file). Riders with experience on unpaved surfaces should have no trouble on ordinary road bikes with tires 25mm wide or thicker.

New in 2022: This ride has always featured Kensico Cemetery--the descent through which is a highlight--but only this time did I notice the graves of Anne Bancroft, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Harriet Quimby, to name just a few, lying just a short distance from Tecumseh Drive where the route traditionally ran. Detour! (Add another mile or so and a couple hundred feet to stats above.)

Brief rest breaks every 25 miles or so, with a longer break for lunch.

Ride with GPS (file subject to tweaks until Friday night) here:

Riding Style. We stick to the advertised pace on the flats (this week, dialing it up to 20 MPH); exceed this pace as is safe and appropriate on the descents; reduce pace while climbing to maintain consistent effort (i.e., at one’s own pace); and pause at the top of major climbs to regroup.  Pacelining optional.

Bring: two water bottles; two spare tubes; air supply; navigation tools; bungee for the train; credit card + cash (digital wallets don't always work).

Charles A. Dana Center, just inside Central Park to southeast of intersection of 110th/Lenox
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Before You Ride

  • Make sure your bike is in GOOD working order.
  • Pump up tires to the pressure specified on the sidewall.
  • Bring essentials: helmet, 2 spare tubes, pump, patch kit, 2 water bottles, pocket food, ID, and cash (credit optional).
  • Eat a good breakfast consisting of carbohydrates and proteins.

Bicycle helmets are required head attire for all NYCC Club rides.

Earphones are not allowed while riding. Aerobars are not allowed while riding.

If you signed up and find you cannot make the ride, please remove yourself and open the slot for others.


Ride Waiver Acknowledgement

By joining this ride you indicate your agreement with the Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement.

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