Sunday, Feb 5 - B17/65+ "Plains of White #12"

  • Home
  • Sunday, Feb 5 - B17/65+ "Plains of White #12"
5 replies [Last post]
Anonymous's picture

Plains of White #12
Leader: Neile Weissman

Starts: 09:00 AM from 23rd Street & First Avenue
Ends: 4:00 PM in lower Manhattan or subway stop in the north Bronx with many chances to bail sooner.

Another in an everchanging series through the Bronx and Westchester via roads less traveled by. The ride's ""structured improv"" format dictates we maintain a cohesive group at a steady pace. As is usually the case in Westchester, expect some hills. Bring lunch/bail money and a Metro North bike pass.

RSVP: soupstone-at-mindspring-dot-com

Serious rain, or the failure of at least three people to RSVP by Saturday night, cancels. Check the message board on Sunday morning for ride status.


* Latest NWS forecast: Mostly cloudy and windy. Highs in the mid 40s. Temperature falling into the lower 40s this afternoon. West winds 15 to 25 mph."

Anonymous's picture
Rob Marcus (not verified)

I plan to hook up same place as last week.
Keep me posted.

Rob Marcus

Anonymous's picture
Neile (not verified)
Rob, I have replied to you offline.

If anyone wishes to meet uptown, or the Bronx, email me to arrange a time/location.

Anonymous's picture
Neile (not verified)
The ride is ON. (nm)
Anonymous's picture
Neile (not verified)
wrap up (in four parts)

"#1 Lower Manhattan to Yonkers:

The plan was to make an easy run to meetup with the Riverdale contingent. A couple of flats were efficiently dispensed with, but still required we push the pace and shorten the route to make the rendevouz.

#2 Yonkers to Hartsdale

Hills were the idea, and the terrain between the two points did not disappoint. (Hills are pretty reliable that way ...) Caught a couple of gems off the beaten path, plus a number of twisty, sweeping downhills. Coffee and snacks at the cozy Hartsdale Starbucks/Metro-North station.

#3 Hartsdale to Pelham Bay Park

Plan was to work over east and for an easy speed run down Mamaroneck Road. Fortunately, I screwed up and turned right on *Old* Mamaroneck Road. ""Fortunately"" because the afternoon winds were gusting to the 30s out of the southwest and Old M. had a good deal of tree cover while New M. was wide open and exposed. Also the southeast diagonal allowed us to tack a bit. Still, the winds made this part at least as challenging as #2.

#4 Pelham Bay Park to Lower Manhattan

More of the same -- headwinds -- plus dropping temps and fatigue (me anyway). I made things worse by boxing us into a northeast corner and then getting baroque on the route downtown -- which otherwise would have made a great Urban Adventure Ride.


Ten riders. Great group -- upbeat and supportive.

Typical for off season, there was a divergence of pace among the riders: 1/3 faster; 1/3 slower, 1/3 fine. [In season, with more to choose from, riders can pick rides that more precisely match their abilities.]

Incredible winter weather.

70 miles. 13.5 average."

Anonymous's picture
Rob Marcus (not verified)

"Great ride.

I think Neile's Leadership style is kind of in the realm of ""When you least expect it, EXPECT IT"".

Kept the ride moving and us all together. Besides with no cue sheets what choice did we have? lol.

I guess I fit into one of the the two catagories, slower or fine, cause I know I wasn't in the faster group.

See ya next time.

Rob Marcus"

cycling trips