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.
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.
An Addition to the 5BBC’s Springtime Classic
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Rail Trails and Country Roads
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.
Lancaster's Crown Jewel
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
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
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
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