Wednesday, March 25 Dinner Event
Featuring Cycling Pro Paul Levine
By Peter Cohen - updated 2/27/15
By Bill O'Connell - updated 3/02/15
The Tush Tuneup is the Club's Longest Standing Away Event. It started many years ago a a self supported ride from the Southeast Train Station to Great Barrington, MA.. This 70 mile ride started with a major hill climb just to get out of the station area and ended with a long climb on Farm to Market Road near the end of the ride.
Clearly riders were a tougher group then, having walked 10 miles to school, uphill both ways, as children. The ride was done by riders of all levels, though mostly C paced riders and above took part. They carried their clothing and supplies for the overnight on their backs, making the climbs even tougher.
When I took over the ride three years ago, I decided to make it more inviting to a larger group of riders. I opened a second start point at the 10 Mile River Metro North Station for a 38 mile route each way with far fewer hills. Today even D riders will find this version of the route manageable.
There are also local rides in Great Barrington that members can do, if they prefer to drive up.
If you stay in the valley there, the routes are quite flat, and you can make them tougher by climbing the hills on either side of the valley.
Last year we were partially rained out, preventing a trial of our new start location for the 70 mile route. This year, weather permitting, the longer routes will start from the Patterson Metro North Station, eliminating several of the difficult early and late hills. To get these miles back, the route now uses part of the Alice's Restaurant route to get a 73 mile distance. There is also a flatter and easier 66 mile version using the top end of the older route. B+ Riders may choose to switch entirely to the ALice's Route from Salisbury, CT on up. (PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU DO THIS so I can give the route information to the SAG driver just in case).
We have also added SAG coverage and Luggage Transport ,no more backpacks (unless you want to rough it).
To pay for the SAG and luggage services, as well as some other perks that will kick in if we have enough riders signed up, there is a $20 Event Fee. You MUST pay this fee - IN ADVANCE - to participate. The fee will appear in the WCC Store by 3/15.
By the way, we stay overnight in Great Barrington. This quaint but bustling village in Massachusetts has a main street loaded with interesting shops. You may stay anywhere you wish, but we have held a block of rooms at the Day's Inn at an exceptional rate of $71.20 a night. (+tax). There is also a great cancellation policy we were able to negotiate. If the weather looks bad for the weekend, you may cancel up until Friday afternoon. (you can cancel for other reasons as well if needed).
We have again booked the Barrington Brewery for Dinner Saturday night. The price and PRE-Pay for this option will also be in the WCC Store by 3/15. The seperate room they give us is very small. If you wish to sit with the group, sign up EARLY. The first 30 people signed up will be given preference for group seating. Later reservations may have to sit in the main room, same food, but with other late signees. If you have a group that you would prefer to sit with outside the group room, just email me and I will set that up for you. Again, you can eat anywhere in town you like, the dinner is an OPTION. Also , those who have not PREPAID will have to have dinner in the main dining room to keep things sane. The club will give me a single check with a preset amount and we cannot manage other diners in the group area. (the waitresses get nasty!)(they really do!).
When the weather is good, this is a gorgeoous ride! You will know you aren't in "Kansas" (Westchester) anymore. How often do you see Hippy Cows and Llama's on a ride!!!
Don't miss it, and if you have done it before, I know you will want to do it again!
FINALLY - I am looking for VOLUNTEERS to be RIDE LEADERS and sweeps and take groups up from both start points. I am also looking for "Volunteers" who know they are driving up, or have a spouse who is driving up, to take Luggage up in their vehicle. Since a heavier car uses more gas, if we have enough funds, there will be some incentive for helping us in this way. In addition, I am looking for a responsible person to drive the route at the back (we will train you) as a SAG. You may have to pick up a rider with a broken bike and transport them to a bike shop and if possible back to the ride. (or back to the start on Saturday or the Finish on Sunday. We will PAY for this - Call me for details. If you are going to drive up anyway, this can pay for your Hotel Room, Gas, and even more. Ideally you should have an SUV or Minivan and a Hitch Mount Bike Rack for this duty.
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