Had a great time riding the Westchester Cycle Club’s Golden Apple on Sunday. The day could hardly have been better: a fall-like feel with summer greenery.
Did the 50-mile loop this year after getting a rather late start. The 50 this year seemed hillier than last year’s 75-miler; my Garmin tallied about 3,900 feet of climbing, which sounds a bit high but is probably close.
There were a few hills thrown in that I hadn’t tackled before – Croton Avenue between Baptist Church Road and Jacob Street in Cortlandt Manor and Lalli Drive in Somers, for instance, plus a short hump on Moseman Road in Yorktown Heights that most rides avoid by using Hanover Street instead of Front Street.
So clearly the route masters had a sense of humor this time around.
As usual, the club did a great job running the event. The routes were well marked with signs and volunteers stationed at major turns. You hardly needed a cue sheet.
Congratulations to event organizer Kate Marshall, club President David Wilson and the dozens of WCC volunteers who gave up a spectacular day of riding to help the cause.