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Spring Training: The 2020 C-STS

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Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 9:00am

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Online registration for the SIG/STS programs will open on the morning following the SIG/STS/Racing Team Introductory Meeting. The exact time will be first announced at the meeting and posted on NYCC's website after it.

Interested to learn more about the STS? Join us at the SIG/STS/Racing Team Introductory Meeting on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The meeting is open to members and non-members. 

The C-STS (Spring Training Series) is a non-instructional series of rides for experienced cyclists with good group riding skills. The goal is to get fit, make new friends, discover the wonderful cycling we have in the metro area, enjoy memorable lunch stops and ride safely. Each week we will progressively increase distance and include more challenging terrain. 

The 2020 C-STS begins Sunday March 22, 2020 and continues for 8 weeks through Sunday May 17, 2020. There will be no ride on April 12, Easter Sunday.

Total participation is 20 riders. 

We prefer that riders commit to the entire series just as you would for the SIG. Preference is given to SIG graduates. Riders who wish to participate and are not SIG graduates, please contact Julie Blackburn prior to registering ([email protected]). We want to make sure you have the cycling experience and group riding skills necessary for you to fully enjoy and stay with the program.

We will list the rides on the NYCC website. Sign up on online just as you would with a regular NYCC ride. You should enable Ride Notification Subscription on so you get notifications when the rides are listed so you can sign up promptly if you wish to ride.

We will do our best to accommodate everyone and we ask your help. PLEASE be considerate of your fellow riders. If you can't show up for a ride please withdraw online so that spot can be filled with another qualified rider. This applies to the wait list too.


Your leaders will be experienced NYCC ride leaders. If you have questions or need additional information contact Julie Blackburn at [email protected]

Proposed Ride Calendar (may change)

Date Destination Miles
Ride 1 - 3/22 Teaneck 30
Ride 2 - 3/29 Pleasantville 40
Ride 3 - 4/5 Rivervale 45
4/12 No Ride - Easter  
Ride 4 - 4/19 Rockaways 45
Ride 5 - 4/26 Nyack 54
Ride 6 - 5/3 Jamaica Bay Loop 54
Ride 7 - 5/10 Pearl River 58
Ride 8 - 5/17 Oyster Bay 60


  • HELMETS: mandatory for all riders.
  • PACE: The C-STS rides are at a C-13 pace. You will be expected to maintain an average of 13 mph on the flats.
  • NYCC MEMBERSHIP: All riders must be NYCC members.
  • PUNCTUALITY: Please be punctual, preferably arriving at the start 10 minutes prior to the start time. It is not fair to keep a group waiting, especially in the cold weather we often have early in the season. If you are using mass transit be sure to check the subway and train advisories and timetables before you leave your home to ensure prompt arrival. If you are using MTA Trip planner you should plan to take a train that is one or two trains earlier than the one that gets you to the start at exactly the start time.
  • BICYCLE: Riders must arrive at the start with a bicycle in good working order, suitable for road riding conditions, and maintaining C-13 pace.
  • ACCESSORIES: Please bring two spare tubes, a pump or CO2 charger, and water bottles filled with water or sports drink.
  • FOOD: Always bring pocket food.
  • MECHANICAL SKILLS: You are expected to know how to change a flat tire (although we will help).
  • GROUP RIDING SKILLS: The C-STS leader team reserves the right to disqualify any rider who fails to demonstrate acceptable group riding skills such as riding in straight line, respecting pedestrians and obeying vehicle and traffic law. Safety is our #1 priority.
  • RIDING ABILITY: No one will be dropped on our rides. However, we will assess rider capability early on. If we see that a rider is struggling before we leave the city or has other difficulties, they will be asked to bail at a convenient subway stop or train station. On many rides there will be no other bail options except an expensive taxi ride back to the city.
  • SCHEDULE CHANGES/CANCELLATIONS: Any last minute changes or weather cancellations will be posted on the NYCC message board at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. You will also be notified by email.
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