It’s 20 miles from the George Washington Bridge to Nyack, a trip that most people don’t give a second thought about when driving. But for 5,000 cyclists who will bike that route on Sunday morning in the 2014 Gran Fondo NY , it represents the culmination of months of training — and 80 more miles to go before reaching the finish line.
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During National Bike Month, cycling advocates tout the increasing popularity of this recreational activity. The CitiBike Bike Share program is one sign of the sport’s success. Another is the increase in the number of folks with spokes visiting Piermont, Nyack, Rockland Lake and points north.
But how many cyclists are there on the roads? And will the Shared Use pedestrian / bike path on the new Tappan Zee Bridge boost that estimate?
Former Nyack Trustee Steven Knowlton and 7,000 bicyclists will race through Nyack on May 18 as part of the The 2014 Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York. But unlike some cyclists, victory will be a question of reaching a fiscal goal as well as the finish line for Knowlton. Here is how you can put some fuel in Knowlton’s fundraising tank as he races to support The Nyack Center.
There’s a family-friendly celebration of cycling this Sunday on the Hudson. The first annual Piermont Bike Festival invites families and friends who enjoy riding bikes together to an on-site Bicycle Expo, Bicycle Challenge, AAA Bike Safety Rodeo, bike tune-ups from 12n-6p at Flywheel Park in Piermont.
South Nyack, Sept 9 — Cars and cyclists should use extra caution while riding on River Road in South Nyack from now through November. That’s because crews working on the new Tappan Zee Bridge are beginning utility work that will reduce sections of Piermont Ave/River Road to one lane during daytime hours. After hours there’s still reason to take it slow: temporary steel coverings on the roadway will create uneven driving surfaces that might mean flats for cars and more serious bumps for bicyclists.
Nyack, May 18 — If you add up all of the weekend numbers, Nyack should set another 35,000 or so seats at the table this weekend with a Saturday afternoon parade, a Sunday world class bike event and the second Street Fair of 2013.
If you want to take in Nyack by the numbers, consider these digits: 7000, 70, 105, 8000 and 25000. Those are cyclists, countries, miles, feet and estimated Sunday Street-farians.
by Dave Zornow
Nyack, May 22 — Thousands of cyclists pedaled through the village last Sunday morning in the 2012 Gran Fondo New York International bike race. And although only a handful of bikers lead their respective categories, there were winners all around. “I would describe the day as fantasy baseball camp for cyclists,” said Michael Benowitz from New City. “Five thousand bikers gathered on the George Washington Bridge, sang the National Anthem were off!”
by Dave Zornow
In the 1966 movie, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! it was a submarine of stranded Russians making an unexpected visit to a sleepy New England coastal village. This Sunday in Nyack, it’s the Italians, Canadians, Australians, South Africans, Japanese and lots of Americans too — on bikes. Cyclists from 48 states and 70 countries will compete in the 2nd annual Gran Fondo New York ride on May 20. It’s a 110 mile event from New York City to Bear Mountain and back where riders compete on four timed vertical climbs as much as 1253 feet.
Organizers say the 5,000+ riders will come through Nyack between 7:45a and 9a — with the bulk of the pack traveling North along Piermont Road, Gedney, 4th Avenue and North Broadway between 8a and 8:30a.
by Dave Zornow
It’s been almost three months since my near death experience. And since that moment, I have frequently thought about what transpired during that second of time.
I was exactly one second away from a serious accident on a otherwise quiet, peaceful Easter Sunday morning on North Broadway in Nyack.
by Dave Zornow
Nyack, May 7 — This Sunday about 2500 cyclists will ride by The Runcible Spoon bakery, a popular destination for NYC bikers. But unlike most weekends, most of them won’t be stopping for a scone or a muffin. The Gran Fondo, a 40 year old Italian cycling tradition, comes to New York City and rides through Nyack early Sunday morning (5/8).