Took my first ride Saturday with the Westchester Cycle Club: a 30-mile loop that covered some roads I’ve cycled on the Golden Apple, in Katonah and Goldens Bridge.
After riding at the B-minus level with the Long Island Bicycle Club, I figured I’d start conservatively and went out with Westchester’s C group. Turned out to be a wise choice — they were a pretty fit bunch. There were some C-plus and B riders sprinkled in, looking for a short warmup for the Bloomin’ Metric the following day.
The ride was billed as having “one hill” — up Route 139 near Reis Park in Katonah — but what was described as “rolling” had a few other inclines at no extra charge.
It’s a different kind of riding than I’m used to, more similar to where I grew up Rockland than the roads of Long Island’s “Gold Coast” that I’d been cycling for the past six years.
Much of the ride was along Route 100, with its infamous rumble strips. What a terrible thing to do to a good cycling road.
I averaged 14.5 mph — more than respectable for an introductory ride.
The riders were a friendly bunch and I’m looking forward to joining the WCC now that I’m living in Westchester.