Each weekend Nyack sees a southern swarm of bikers riding from Manhattan. On Saturday, look to the north as over 100 cyclists pass through Nyack as part of the Great Hudson Valley Pedal from Albany to Battery Park.
Twenty-five states and Canada are represented in the fifth annual event beginning this morning in Albany. ‘€œWe have riders spanning ages 6 to 80, plus many volunteers in communities along the route ready to welcome riders and help them discover what makes the Hudson Valley region so unique,’€ says Robin Dropkin, Executive Director of Parks & Trails New York.
The 125 bikers will arrive in Nyack on Saturday afternoon and stay in a “tent city” at the upper plateau at Nyack Beach State Park. Riders will dismount for a few hours for shuttle service bus to downtown Nyack from 2p to 6p. They resume their ride on Sunday morning after an early breakfast at the Runcible Spoon from 630a to 8a.
After riding down 9W to the George Washington Bridge, the Great Hudson River Pedal will travel the bike path along the west side of Manhattan to South Street Seaport. The six day ride features five Hudson River bridge crossings including Lower Hudson Valley stops at Hyde Park, West Point, Beacon NY, Bear Mountain and the Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site.
The Great Hudson Valley Pedal is organized by Parks & Trails New York, a statewide not-for-profit organization working to create a network of parks, trails and open space across the state for all to use and enjoy. PTNY also sponsors an annual eight day, 400 mile ride following the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany.
Source: Parks & Trails New York