Friday, September 20, 2013

New Paltz 2013 recap

Last Saturday was TTC's annual ride to New Paltz - you couldn't ask for a nicer day! TTC's treasurer Tom Gallagher sends in his recap - photo credits to Amy and Caroline! 

Twenty club members came out for the annual New Paltz ride on Saturday, September 14th. The day which started a little chilly, was a true beaut blue sky day to be sure, and the ride went off with a hitch…until club member John Murphy hit the pavement as the peleton rolled through Monroe.  Fortunately, John sustained only a few scratches; more importantly, his prized Waterford came through unscathed.  Big time kudos to Jeff Stern who pulled the entire 54 miles! The pace he set was perfect and allowed the entire group to stay together all the way into New Paltz.   As is the tradition, the group enjoyed a sumptuous lunch (and libations) in New Paltz at the Gilded Otter before 5 brave riders – Gerrard Hawkins, Dave Vallaro, De Hurst, Andrew Murphy, & Amy McCann (welcome back Amy!) ventured out to pedal home to West Millie.  Word is that “Super G” stepped up big time to pull the group home.  Special thanks to Wolf Von Bistram for driving the Sag Wagon.  All in all a perfect day on the bike!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Two weekend rides for you!

Great fall weekend coming up - 2 rides for you to enjoy the great weather!
  • Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. BJ will be leading a beginner cyclocross ride over at Tourne Park in Denville. Meet at the River Access parking lot on Old Denville Road/Norris Road, and BJ will walk you through the basics of cross. You don't need to plan on racing, or even have a cross bike - it's great workout, excellent skill building and a great way to learn about this increasingly popular part of the cycling world.
  • Sunday, Sept. 22, Norm and Sherri will lead two mountain bike rides at Jonathan’s Woods and Wildcat in Rockaway. Two rides, one slow and steady and the other faster paced and designed to hit all the fun technical stuff. After the rides are over, everyone will meet up for a pot luck BBQ at their house. Please bring your favorite dish (apps, sides, or dessert) to share.  Meet at the Albrechts house at 10am.  (49A Meriden Road, Rockaway). For directions, etc. please call Norm - 973.879.0820.
As always - any questions,

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Really the last Ladies Wednesday night ride of the season!

Come join us for one last hurrah, ladies! Since it's going to be so summer-like tomorrow, let's try for one more ladies night ride on Clinton Road. Wheels down at the old Village Square Inn - intersection of Route 23 and Clinton Road at 5:45 p.m., and bring a change of clothes - we'll go out for drinks after!

Any questions - .

Friday night and Saturday ride options - plus a NoTubes demo!

Well, it's curtain time for Friday night rides for the 2013 - so let's go out with a party! 
  • Friday night, (hey, it's even Friday the 13th!) we'll be holding a Stan's NoTubes demo before our last Clinton Road ride of the season. Come see how easy it is to set up your wheels tubeless, and get a free Stan's sample for yourself. We'll be at the old Village Square Inn lot on Route 23 in Newfoundland before the ride - be there! 
  • Wheels down for our ride no later than 5:45
  • Post ride - let's go to Vreeland's Store on Macopin, have a drink and some tapas, and celebrate another successful season of Friday night rides. Can't make the ride, but want to join in? Meet us around 8 p.m. - 1383 Macopin Road. 
Then on Saturday, September 14, we have 2 options -
  • The annual TTC ride to New Paltz. Do it one way (you arrange your own transport home) or round trip - weather should be perfect! We'll meet at the shop at 9 a.m. Please RSVP ASAP so we know how many people to make reservations for at the Gilded Otter for lunch. This TTC classic trip is a hoot every year - don't miss out.
  • Closer to home, BJ will be holding another beginner cyclocross skills session over at the Tourne (river access lot on Old Denville or Norris Road) at 11 a.m. Focusing on skill, optional hot laps at the end. New to cross and only have a mountain bike? No problem - bring what you have!

Looks like a fabulous fall weekend - get out there and enjoy it! As always, any questions -

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday night ride update!

Hey - Friday night ride folks. TTC's BJ had a great idea! Let's change the Clinton Road Friday night ride routine up a bit. First, there was talk of doing organized pace line riding this week. If anyone is still up for giving it a try let's all connect just before the rollout and get it organized.

Afterwards, let's hit up the newly opened Vreeland Store on Macopin for a change. Bar is open and the tapas menu is pretty awesome!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Weekend rides

  • Friday Night Ride - Clinton Road - 5:45 p.m. at the old Village Square Inn parking lot on Route 23 in Newfoundland - be there! Not sure how many more of these there will be this season, so make sure you don't miss out!!!
  • Saturday, September 7,  TTC's own Vicki and James will be leading a mountain bike ride up at Stewart in Newburgh. You can either meet them at the first rest stop (Sloatsburg) on the NYS Thruway at 10 a.m., or meet them at Stewart at 11 a.m. (use 400 Ridge Road, Rock Tavern, NY 12575). They plan on doing the 10 mile race loop from the Stewart Six Pack at least once (your mileage may vary!). There are no facilities there, so please bring plenty of snacks and water, etc. This would probably be classified as an intermediate ride - not a lot of climbing, but  it will have a good amount of distance to it. Weather looks great for the weekend - this should be a fun ride! 
  • Also on Saturday, Sept. 7 - TTC's BJ will be leading a cyclocross basic skills session at the Tourne Park in Denville (parking in the small lot on Old Denville/Norris Rd off of Powerville Road- the river access lot) at 11:30 a.m. He'll focus on skills such as barriers, shoulder carries and running starts, etc. - all the things that make a good cyclocross racer. Beginners are always welcome - and if you don't have a CX bike, bring your mountain bike! 
  • The New Paltz ride is rescheduled!!!! Thanks to Tom G. and Jeff S. for stepping up, the ride will now take place on Saturday, September 14. Meet at Town Cycle at 9 a.m. For those of you who only want to ride one way, you'll need to arrange your own way home (but please let us know if you have any extra space!) Please RSVP by Thursday, September 12 so we can make lunch reservations at the Gilded Otter. Rain will cancel. This ride is a TTC annual tradition, and the weather should be great for a mid-September ride through the Hudson Valley to the Shawangunks. 
Lots of dates for your calendar - drop us a line at with any questions!