5BBC - New York's Five Borough Bicycle Club


Weekend Trips 2008

You need a vacation. We can fill that need. This year we're going to Montréal, Cape May, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Maryland's Eastern Shore, Coastal Long Island and Connecticut, the Berkshires, the Taconics, the Hudson Valley, and the Delaware Water Gap. Join your 5BBC friends for a weekend – or an extended weekend – of bicycling bliss. We've got the details below, and registration will be opening momentarily.

Signing up for our trips remains easy, as we’ll again offer online registration via www.active.com. And we’re again offering 10% early-bird discounts if you register more than 30 days before a trip.

See individual trip descriptions below for prices and the riding styles of each trip. To ask questions please e-mail me, or call our Weekend Trips information line, at (212) 932-2300 x138.

Fred Dieckamp
2008 Weekend Trips Coordinator

Photo: Jim Zisfein

An Addition to the 5BBC’s Springtime Classic
May 17-May 18 (depart Saturday morning, return Sunday evening)
Trip No. MCW
Space Available: 12 people
Deposit: $150
Regular price: $275
Early-bird discount price (Deadline April 15): $250
Transportation: van
Lodging: business class hotel, double accommodations
Trip Rating: A, B
Mileage: Flexible; Approximately 65 - 100 miles per day, mostly flat
Leaders: Ken Williams and Wentworth Price

For years cyclists from across the Northeast have come together to ride a springtime classic, the 5BBC Montauk Century. There’s no wonder why: the ride is flat, scenic and superbly supported. Though, not everyone is up for biking 145 miles from Manhattan to Montauk in one day. Now, you can do it in two days on our third annual Montauk Century Weekend! This year our weekend option will include additional mileage opportunities for those interested in completing a fairly easy twin century over the two days. You’ll start pedaling east from Manhattan Saturday morning, following the same Montauk Century route, and being supported by a private SAG van, which will also tote your weekend bag. Near the midpoint, we’ll gather for a fine dinner together and then retire for the evening at a hotel. Sunday morning, we’ll have breakfast and join the throng for the rest of the route out to Montauk, enjoying all the Montauk Century event day services along the way. After you arrive in Montauk, just hop in our van and we’ll bring you, your bike and gear, back to the city. Simple, Convenient, and Comfortable.

Please note that the weekend trip price includes the $65 registration fee for the Montauk Century event. If you have already paid for the event, please let the trip leaders or Weekend Trips Coordinator know so that you may receive reimbursement for the fee after the trip.

Memorial Day Weekend in Amish Country
May 23-May 26 (Friday morning to Monday evening)
Trip No. PDT
Deposit: $150
Regular price: $365
Early-bird discount price (Deadline April 23): $330
Transportation: van or carpooling
Lodging: farmhouse; shared rooms, double or triple accommodations
Trip Rating: B
Mileage: Moderate, 40 per day on rolling hills
Leaders: Steve Sakson & Andrea Mercado

Step back to a simpler time during our trip to bucolic Lancaster County, the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. We’ll ride up and down rolling farmlands, through lush pastures, and over historic covered bridges, accompanied by the clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages and the friendly smiles of Amish farmers. We’ll visit a working gristmill, and picnic on the site of an early settlement village. We’ll lodge at a local B&B, home to a working dairy farm, where we’ll experience the country life, first hand, including a chance to milk the cows. Dinner will be a unique experience every night. One evening, we’ll be guests at the home of an Amish family. We’ll also partake of a traditional Penn Dutch all-you-can-eat smorgasbord, and we’ll cap off the weekend with an elegant dinner at a historic colonial inn. Great for singles and couples.

Savor the French Canadian Ambience of Montréal
May 30 - June 2 (AM departure, PM return)
Trip No. MTL
Space Available: 25 people
Deposit: $250
Regular price: $720
Early-bird discount price (Deadline April 30): $650
Transportation: Luxury motorcoach
Lodging: hotel, double accommodations
Trip Rating: A, C
Mileage: 12, 60, 30 miles
Terrain: Mostly flat, very scenic
Leaders: Steve Sakson and Wentworth Price

Fun-loving cyclists unite and join us for a truly amazing weekend of cycling north of the border! We’ll travel in a comfortable motorcoach, dine at some of Montréal’s finest restaurants and lodge at a nice and centrally located boutique hotel near Old Montréal. The riding is on mostly flat and scenic terrain, the spectacular night tour and the enormously festive Tour de L'Île are superbly supported and jam packed with excitement. We will even offer you an opportunity to choose your own “adventure;” on Saturday you may elect to do your own thing, a group quick spin in the nearby countryside, a tour of tasty local treats or a combination of choices. So if you enjoy the excitement of sharing the road with 40,000 cyclists from all over the world, a lively night scene and fine dining in a bike-friendly world-class city this is the trip for you.

Please note that since this weekend trip travels to Canada, proof of U.S. citizenship or residence will be required at the US/Canada border. After more than 25 people sign up for the trip, they will be placed on a waiting list.

Long Island and Connecticut Combo via Train, Bike & Ferry
June 14-June 15 (Saturday morning to Sunday evening)
Trip No. STS
Deposit: Total Price
Regular price: $140
Early-bird discount price (Deadline May 14): $125
Transportation: Train and ferry, self supported
Lodging: Dorm rooms
Mileage 65-75 miles/day
Trip rating A-B. Ability to maintain all-day pace of 17 mph on flats. Ability to follow cue sheet. No point-drop-sweep.
Leaders Dennis Griffin, Susan Rodetis

Picture perfect views of the Long Island and Connecticut shores and the beauty of L.I. Sound are among the highlights of this unique ride. Early Saturday, hop onto your LIRR station of choice to arrive at Smithtown at 9:15 AM, where this trip starts. We cycle along the North Fork, past farms and wineries, to the Orient Point ferry. The boat zips us across the Sound to New London, a historic whaling and seafaring community, now a scenic resort town. That night we’ll sit down to a deelish shore-type dinner, and overnight at Connecticut College dorms. Sunday’s bike ride skims the shoreline and ventures inland to a petite ferry crossing the Connecticut River. Trip ends at New Haven Metro North station approximately 5 PM. You must have rear and front lights, a lock, and cyclometer w/mileage metering. You will carry your own toothbrush, light toiletries, and overnight clothes. We provide bedding and towels. Trip runs even with rain as we’ll have a fun alternative transport plan. Note: Train fares will be individually paid for by each tripper and are not reflected in the trip cost. Current Off-Peak rates are $9.50 for LIRR Grand Central to Smithtown, LI and $14 for New Haven to Grand Central.

Return of a Classic! Delaware River & National Recreation Area
July 3-6 (depart Thursday night, return Sunday evening)
Trip No.: PPP
Regular price: $330
Early-bird discount price (Deadline June 3): $300
Deposit: $150
Transportation: van and/or carpooling
Lodging: lodge (4 room lodge with bunk beds)
Trip rating: A/B
Mileage: flat-to-hilly, 150 miles in 2+ days
Leaders: Fred Dieckamp & Steven Libby

Spend Fourth of July weekend riding in Jersey’s Delaware River region of Warren and Sussex counties. We’ll cross over in to PA to see Dingmans Falls. More extreme cyclists may add a 25-mile extension to also visit Bushkill Falls. The next day we’ll bike along Kittatiny Ridge to High Point State Park and return along the Delaware. On Sunday, we’ll ride to the Delaware Water Gap and then kayak (or canoe) on the river to soak away our cares before returning to NYC. We’ll eat out one night at the Walpack Inn (http://www.walpackinn.com/). Other highlights of this trip include visits to historic Millbrook Village and a craft center. Accommodation is in a lodge belonging to the Appalachian Mountain Club. Ride is limited to 14 trippers.

New Ride! Explore the Sites of the Pioneer Connecticut River Valley
July 3-6 (depart Thursday night, return Sunday evening)
Trip No.: AW
Regular price: $320
Early-bird discount price (Deadline June 3): $290
Deposit: $150
Transportation: van or carpooling
Lodging: eco lodge (private and dorm-like accommodations)
Trip rating: B
Mileage: Various, on rolling hills
Leaders: Josh Gosciak & Ted Kushner

What better way to celebrate the cycling season than a bicycle tour in lovely Amherst, Massachusetts, the gateway to the picture-perfect Pioneer Connecticut River Valley? We'll spend the weekend at a mountaintop retreat, a self-styled Eco Village (yes, and reputedly the highest point in the region), solar-powered and energy efficient. After a cozy night in the bunk (there are private and dorm-like accommodations), we'll chow down to a sumptuous breakfast before coasting (literally) downhill to the famous Norwottuck Rail Trail. We'll travel along the Connecticut River, to Greenfield and Poet's Seat, with majestic views of the valley, then on to Historic Deerfield and Northampton. Sunday, we'll take the van to Amherst, and take it easy: Visiting the Peace Pagoda, the Yiddish Museum, Emily Dickinson's home, and tours of some of the local college campuses. We'll have an early dinner, and will get back in the city around 10 PM. Trip includes van to and from Amherst, two-night's accommodation, with breakfast and dinner. Ride is limited to 7.

The Harlem Valley Rail Trail
Photo: Sharon Behnke

Rail Trails and Country Roads
July 26-27 (depart Saturday morning, return Sunday night)
Trip No.: HVRW
Regular price: $175
Early-bird discount price (Deadline June 26): $160
Deposit: $100
Transportation: Metro-North Railroad and self-contained
Lodging: budget lodge (semi-private rooms & communal bath)
Trip rating: A/B
Mileage: flat-to-hilly, 100 to 170 miles in 2 days
Leaders: Jim Zisfein and Cesar Vasquez

This self-contained 2-day trip features an escorted ride, a hike, a swim, and admission to one of New York's best bicycling events. Saturday morning we take the train from NYC to Wingdale for an escorted bicycle ride on the acclaimed Harlem Valley Rail Trail and low-traffic country roads. Saturday afternoon's activities include a hike to beautiful Bash Bish Falls, an optional ride up a steep mountain road to a spectacular vantage point, a visit to a museum of the industrial history of the region, and a refreshing swim in a lake formed from an abandoned iron ore mine. Dinner is served at the historic Taconic Wayside Inn. On Sunday we join Bike New York's Harlem Valley Rail Ride, a hugely popular and fully supported event with 30-100 mile options. Then it's a short spin back to the railroad station for the train home.

Photo: Caryn Greenberg.

Lancaster's Crown Jewel
August 16-17 (Saturday morning to Sunday night)
Trip No. CB
Deposit: $150
Regular price: $240
Early-bird discount price (Deadline July 16): $220
Transportation: van or carpooling
Lodging: motel; double accommodations
Trip Rating: A/B/C
Mileage: Various, on rolling hills
Leaders: Manuel Sanudo and Martial Henrys

Discover some of Pennsylvania’s most famous rural scenery and best biking as we join 3,000 other riders in the annual Covered Bridge Metric Century. This major Northeast biking event, produced by the Lancaster Bicycle Club (http://www.lancasterbikeclub.org), offers the choice of 62-, 31- and 15-mile routes, with a maximum of seven different historic covered bridges, followed by a post-ride party at a brook-side park. You’ll get a free T-shirt for doing the ride and will be rewarded with a traditional Lancaster County smorgasbord dinner on Saturday night.

New addition to the lineup! The first in the Presidential Homes Series of Rides
Sept. 13-14 (Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon)
Trip No. SHP
Deposit $100
Regular price $185
Early-bird discount price (Deadline Aug. 13): $165
Transportation: Metro North Railroad and self-contained
Lodging: College campus
Trip rating: B/C
Mileage: 65 miles in 2 days, some hills
Leaders: Susan Levine and Stephen Jackel

Pack your panniers for a self-contained trip to the historic Hudson Valley. We'll head up on Saturday morning via train and over the course of the weekend we’ll ride the highways and byways of beautiful Dutchess County to the Franklin D. Roosevelt presidential library and the estate of railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt's grandson. Tours of both sites included. Sleep in style at a stately Tudor mansion on the campus of Vassar College. Expect to ride about 20-25 miles on Saturday -- from Beacon to Vassar, where we'll drop off our gear, have lunch and then continue to the FDR library. On Sunday, 40 hilly miles and the Vanderbilt tour before we head home by train from Poughkeepsie.

Easiest 100 miles in the East
October 3-5 (Friday afternoon to Sunday evening)
Trip No. SGC
Deposit: $150
Regular price: $430
Early-bird discount price (Deadline Sept. 3): $385
Transportation: Van or carpool
Lodging: Motel, double accommodations
Trip Rating: A/B/C
Mileage: 65 miles or 100 miles, mostly flat
Leaders: Steve Sakson and Wentworth Price

This annual event is often rated the best century ride in the East, and the easiest! No wonder it attracts more than 6,000 riders every year. But, don’t worry about crowds. The Seagull features only quiet country roads through the Chesapeake Bay’s finest farmland. Sponsor Salisbury University offers top-notch support with plenty of rest stops loaded with goodies, including pie a la mode. By midday we’ll reach Assateague Island State Park, where the wild ponies roam, and where you can take a dip in the ocean before heading back. Saturday night features a hilarious karaoke scene with the finest local talent, or perhaps an extreme bowling excursion featuring dayglow pins and blacklights. Sunday we’ll take a shorter cool-down ride before heading home.

New Ride! Visit the Jersey Shore, Cape May, Atlantic City and get in a Century as well
OCT. 25-26 (depart Saturday morning from Bay Head, NJ, return Sunday evening)
Trip No.: CME
Regular price: $180
Early-bird discount price (Deadline Sep. 24): $160
Deposit: $100
Transportation: van or carpooling
Lodging: motel; double accommodations
Trip rating: A/B, averaging 15 mph
Mileage: 100 to 170 miles in 2 days
Leaders: Josh Gosciak & Alfredo Garcia

The Cape May Century: A soon-to-be 5BBC signature event. The ride starts at 9:30 AM sharp, at the train station in Bay Head, NJ. Trippers will catch the 7:07 AM train at Penn Station on Saturday to Bay Head. We'll head down along the coast to lovely Cape May, where a heated pool, a hot tub, and sumptuous dinner await us. Shared rooms with ocean views, and an all-you-can-eat breakfast are included. On Sunday, we'll take a more leisurely route back up the coast to Atlantic City, visiting Lucy the Elephant and other boardwalk sights, before we load up and van it back for the ride to NYC. Ride limited to 6 self-contained riders, w/gear, tools, and a change of clothes for one night. Note: Trippers, at their own expense, may take NJTransit to Bay Head, New Jersey, on Friday night, October 24th, after 7 PM (i.e. off-peak) and make arrangement to sleep over for the start the next morning. These expenses are not reflected in the prices listed above.

Summary of weekend trip rules

  1. To go on a weekend trip you must be a member of the Five Borough Bicycle Club.

  2. Our rides come in several varieties. In some cases we take vans or carpools to locations within 6-hour drives, and ride through the locale. In others, we go self-contained, meaning you carry most or all of your overnight gear with you. On these trips, we either bike from a specific meeting place in the metro area, or take commuter trains to nearby starting points.

  3. You may sign up by mail, and pay using a check or money order, by using this form and mailing it to the 5BBC, 891 Amsterdam Ave., New York, 10025.  Or you can register online at www.active.com where registration fees apply.  When registering by mail, you may enclose just a deposit (exact amount listed with each trip), but must make full payment no less than 7 days before the trip.  We offer a 10% discount for early registration, more than 30 days prior to the trip.  To be eligible for the discount, you must make full payment by the early discount deadline, which is listed with each trip.  When registering online a small fee applies, and you must pay the full amount up front. 

  4. Cancellations, or transfers between trips, are restricted by club rules, and subject to withholding costs based on non-refundable expenses incurred by the club, such as lodging and event fees.  Full refunds are available if you find a substitute to take your place.  No refunds for cancellations less than 14 days prior to a trip.

  5. Your trip leaders will contact you a week or so before the trip to confirm your attendance, inform you of the details of the trip, answer your questions and tell you the meeting place and time.   Questions?  E-mail weekends@5bbc.org

  6. Full recitation of weekend trip rules can be found here.

Archive of weekend trips from: 2006, 2005, and 2004.