Discover Hudson Valley Ride
Discover Hudson Valley Ride
Discover Hudson Valley Ride
Discover Hudson Valley Ride
June 25, 2017

Discover Hudson Valley Ride

5 Routes
Up to 100 Miles

Centered around the Walkway Over the Hudson, the world’s longest footbridge, this ride is all about discovery. For some, that means taking it easy on one of the shorter routes and simply enjoying the gorgeous scenery of Ulster and Dutchess counties. For others, it means discovering what you’re capable of—with more than 5,800 feet of climbing, the 100-mile route is a century worth bragging about.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • Rain or shine
  • This event takes place on streets open to traffic.
  • Helmets are required on all Bike New York rides.
  • New York State law requires that all cyclists have and use a bike bell.
  • Bags are allowed, but there is no bag check.
  • Proceeds from all Bike New York events fund our free bike education programs. Learn more.

All routes begin and end in Victor C. Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie, NY—right next to the Metro-North train station.

STAYING THE WEEKEND

Want to make a weekend out of it? Dutchess County Tourism has plenty of recommendations for where to stay in the Poughkeepsie area, including the following:

Residence Inn Poughkeepsie

Holiday Inn Express

Courtyard in Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

 

Note that anyone riding the 100-mile route must either stay in the area the night before the ride, or drive up on the morning of. (No trains leave NYC early enough to get 100-milers to the start area in time to get rolling.)

 

There’s also plenty to do in the area (besides riding bikes)! Dutchess County Tourism has you covered there, too.

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Train

On the day of the ride, Metro-North Railroad extends the courtesy of suspending its bicycle permit requirements. Nevertheless, space for bikes is limited according to the conductor’s discretion and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

See Train Schedule

Carpool

We recommend using Google Maps to plot your route. Enter Victor C. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601 as your final destination. We encourage riders to use the event’s Facebook page to connect and organize carpools.

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What are the Day-of registration Details?

Online registration is closed, but you can still sign up for the ride on-site. Registration is available from 7AM – 9AM in Victor C. Waryas Park on the morning of the ride. The registration fee is CASH ONLY and is $90 for adults and $70 for youth 14 years and under. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your chosen route’s start time in order to register on-site.

 

When does the ride start?

It depends on which route you choose to ride:

  • 100 miles: 7:30 – 8:15AM
  • 75 miles:  8:00 – 9:30AM
  • 55 miles: 8:45 – 9:45AM
  • 33 miles: 9:00 – 10:15AM
  • 15 miles: 9:30 – 10:15AM

 

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MATERIALS FOR MY RIDE?

You should receive a confirmation email immediately after you’ve registered. Final details will be sent closer to date of the event. For the Discover Hudson Valley Ride, bibs will be distributed at check-in on the day of the ride.

 

IS THE ROUTE CLOSED TO CARS?

No. The route is open to traffic. Riders are expected to obey all traffic laws.

 

Can I switch routes during the ride?

Yes. There will be certain points on each route at which you’ll have to decide whether to continue on your chosen route or switch to a different route. The juncture will be marked; follow the signs for your chosen route.

 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  • Helmet. (And you gotta wear it. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.)
  • New York State law requires that all cyclists have and use a bike bell.
  • Photo ID so you can check in and get your cue sheet.
  • Water bottle(s)—you’ll be able to refill them at the start and at every rest area.
  • Cash so you can stock up on cool Bike New York gear and get some grub at the finish festival.
  • We strongly recommend that you bring an extra bike tube and a patch kit, and check your bike before the Tour. Here’s some info to help with that. Bike repair along the route is free, but there’s a charge for parts.

 

What about bad weather?

All Bike New York rides are rain or shine unless otherwise noted. In the event of severe or potentially dangerous weather, we’ll be in touch regarding contingency plans.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE REGISTRATION FEE?

Your registration fee covers entry to the ride, a cue sheet, access to services and amenities along the route (such as rest areas and SAG support), and a commemorative T-shirt. We also provide a complimentary breakfast before the ride. Local food vendors will be at the finish festival, but your post-ride meal is not covered by the cost of entry.

 

WHERE DO PROCEEDS FROM THE RIDE GO?

Bike New York is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and all proceeds from our events fund our free bike education programs. In 2015 alone, we taught bike riding and bike safety skills to more than 17,000 kids and adults throughout New York City.

 

How do i get to poughkeepsie?

Visit the Lodging & Travel page for up-to-date information.

 

CAN I get a refund for my ride entry or GIVE/SELL MY REGISTRATION TO SOMEONE ELSE?

No. Entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. This is partly due to insurance/liability reasons. If you cannot attend for any reason, email info@bike.nyc to request that your registration fee be converted into a tax-deductible charitable donation.

What is the elevation gain for each route?

15 mile – 950 ft

33 mile – 2019 ft

55 mile – 2932 ft

75 mile – 4232 ft

100 mile – 5899 ft

 

Are there age restrictions?

Youths ages 3 to 9 must ride with an adult on a tandem bike, in a child’s seat, on a tag-along bike, or in a bike trailer. Youths ages 10 to 17 may ride their own bikes, but must remain in close proximity to the adult with whom they were registered.

 

MY CHILD WILL BE WITH ME IN A TRAILER OR CHILD SEAT. DOES SHE HAVE TO BE REGISTERED?

Yes. Each person participating in the event must be registered. Youth entries are available at a lower price. Children under the age of three are not allowed on Bike New York rides.

 

WHAT TIME IS THE RIDE? WHAT IS THE EARLIEST/LATEST I CAN GET THERE?

Check-in and breakfast begin at 7:00AM; start times depend on your route choice. The longer the route, the earlier the start. Cue sheets will be distributed ten minutes before the beginning of each start window. The starts are staggered in this way to keep the ride flowing smoothly, spread out the cyclists, and minimize our impact on the roads and local communities.

 

HOW LONG DOES THE RIDE TAKE?

That’s up to you! You can ride at your own pace and stop at rest areas for as long as you like, provided you remain in front of the SAG vehicles trailing the back of the pack. The finish festival closes at 4PM, so be mindful of your pace and ride accordingly.

 

CAN I GET THE ROUTE CUE SHEET AHEAD OF TIME?

No. Cue sheets will be given out on the morning of the ride, ten minutes before the beginning of the start time for each route. This allows us to make any necessary last-minute adjustments to the route and ensures that people start the ride at the right time—when rest areas are open and SAG vehicles are in position.

 

Am I required to have a bell on my bike?

According to New York State law, all bikes are required to have bells.

 

IS THERE A PLACE TO DROP OFF MY BAG?

No. You must take your bag with you on the ride. 

 

Are there any bag restrictions?

No.

 

IS LUNCH INCLUDED AT THE END?

No. However, you will be able to purchase food from local vendors at the finish festival. Bring cash and an appetite.

 

IS THERE A LOST AND FOUND?

Check at the T-shirt/information tent at the Finish Festival to see if your lost item has been found. If not, email info@bike.nyc two days after the event to see if we found it. Lost-and-found items that remain unclaimed after two weeks will be repurposed, donated, or discarded.

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Discover Hudson Valley Ride

The Routes

All routes begin and end in Victor C. Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie, NY—right next to the Metro-North train station.

15 Miles

This family-friendly route option takes riders across the Hudson via the Walkway and onto the tranquil rail trail and scenic backroads of Ulster County before circling back over the river and into Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Start window: 9:30 – 10:15AM

Elevation gain: 950 ft
Click here for route map.

33 Miles

Same as the 15-mile route with an additional 18-mile loop on the backroads of Dutchess county.

Start window: 9:00 – 10:15AM

Elevation gain: 2019 ft
Click here for route map.

55 Miles

The 55 mile route begins like the 15 and 33, but veers south after the first rest stop in Ulster County before returning to the Walkway Over the Hudson. It also includes an additional 18-mile Northern loop even deeper into the woods of Dutchess County  toward the town of Clinton.

Start window: 8:45 – 9:45AM

Elevation gain: 2932 ft
Click here for route map.

75 Miles

The 75- and 100-mile routes start out like the 55 mile, but return over the Hudson River via the stately Mid-Hudson Bridge. The 75 mile route includes an additional 20 mile northern loop through woods and farms.

Start window: 8:00 – 9:30AM

Elevation gain: 4232 ft
Click here for route map.

100 Miles

The 75- and 100-mile routes start out like the 55 mile, but return over the Hudson River via the stately Mid-Hudson Bridge. Running north all the way to Elizaville, this challenging century features more than 5,500 feet of climbing and a well-deserved sense of achievement at the end.

Start window: 7:30 – 8:15AM

Elevation gain: 5899 ft
Click here for route map.

 


Use Strava, the official cycling app of Bike New York, to track your DHV experience and share it with friends! Registered riders will receive a link a few days before the event to download the route on Strava.

 

More info on Strava routes can be found here

Along the Route

Rest Areas

Rest areas along the route offer cyclists a chance to rest, fill up their water bottles, and refuel for the road ahead with complimentary snacks and refreshments.

Toilets

Toilets are located in Waryas Park and at every rest area.

Bike Repair

Bike repair stations are located in Waryas Park and at each Rest Area. Bike repair is free, but there’s a charge for parts.We strongly recommend that you bring an extra bike tube and a patch kit, and check your bike before the Tour. Here’s some info to help with that.

Marshals

Volunteer marshals will be riding with you, and will be stationed along the route to provide roadside assistance.

SAG (Support & Gear)

If you are running out of steam, get hurt, or fall too far behind, SAG vehicles positioned at Rest Areas along the route will transport you and your bike back to Waryas Park.

Finish Festival

Local food vendors and live music will be waiting for you at the finish festival in Waryas Park. Bring cash—and a big appetite. Refuel, relax, and celebrate your finish to the sounds of The Other Band.

 

Official Merchandise

Get kitted out in official Bike New York and Discover Hudson Valley Ride gear—we’ll have shirts, jerseys, water bottles, and much, much more for sale at the Finish Festival. All proceeds fund our free bike education programs, so shop away!

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