Alpine, New Jersey
United States • 07 May, 2019 • by Jacky Lee
This post is a combination of multiple rides on the same route.
I arrived in New York on the evening of Friday 3rd of May, and it had been raining non-stop for 3 days straight. The forecast finally looked dry the following Tuesday. Tiffany Tu organised a group ride to Piermont and I RSVPed almost immediately because I had been itching for a ride to explore the roads of New York. We met up near the next morning.
First thing we did was stop by at Rapha New York and get acquainted over morning coffee. Tiffany works for Rapha as a ride leader so she’s the perfect local guide to all things cycling in this city. She also shared with me some protips about living & riding in New York – Come to Rapha to for hosing down your bike, because my apartment building doesn’t have any bike cleaning facilities. After coffee we made our way to George Washington Bridge, where we’re linked up with Tiffany’s cycling buddy — Martin.
The thrill of the ride began as soon as we left Rapha. We weaved through traffic, dodged oblivious pedestrians crossing the bike lane, bunny hopped potholes and swerved around broken glass, all within the first few kilometers. This is New York after all, if there was one thing I took away from the countless rewatch of Premium Rush and Terry Barentsen – red lights do not apply to cyclists (sans-police), and cheating death is a NYC addiction.
We’re responsible adults though, so quickly made our way to civilized bike lanes of the Hudson River Greenway, along the of Manhattan
George Washington Bridge
After 15km of bike lane along the Hudson River, we met up with Martin, and crossed into a point at Fort Lee, New Jersey.
If you’re feeling adventurous for off road riding, head over to the end of , walk your bike down a couple of stairs and then gravel your way along the water for around 5 minutes. You’ll reach an right at the foot of George Washington Bridge. Tiff and I did this on a seperate ride.
Alpine, New Jersey
On this particular day, we turned into Henry Hudson Dr instead of going off road. It was free of traffic, with abundant greenery surrounding us. This was the complete opposite of the concrete jungle I have heard & seen so much of. I can only imagine the seasonly variations this route will have throughout the year, I must come back and ride through fall & winter.
Tiff brought me to a secret cliff location near Old Route 9W. Apparently the police will dish out fines if you’re seen there, but we did it for the gram anyway.
60 km in, after some light gravel, we reached , a quant village in upstate, NY. We stopped for a big, carb heavy lunch. I couldn’t resist the urge to down a mid-day beer before we steadily rode through headwind along 9W. Upon reaching Brooklyn, Tiff and I went through Prospect Park where we spotted a pile of Cherry Blossom screaming at us to go and take some cycling photos.
Journal by Jacky Lee