Welcome to the Westchester Cycle Club website! We've been riding together since 1975 and are a not-for-profit organization in Westchester County, New York. Our purpose is to educate the general public about safety and the benefits of bicycle riding, to promote community awareness and enjoyment of cycling through organized bicycling events, tours, lectures, demonstrations and other bicycling activities for members as well as for the general public, and to promote bicycle use, and development of cycling facilities as a non-polluting, non-congesting, quiet means of recreation and transportation. We have been designated the top bicycling club in the country in 2011 by the League of American Bicyclists.
We're open to everyone—not just Westchester residents, not just inveterate cyclists—and we'd love you to join us. A $20 annual membership provides you and your family with a variety of rides; beginner or expert, you'll find something just right. Our Orientation Ride will help you find just the right paced group for you. We offer lots of member-led rides throughout the entire county as well as Putnam and Duchess and Fairfied (Ct) counties. Rides are scheduled on weekends as well as many weekdays and evenings and wind their way through some of the Lower Hudson Valley's most scenic areas. We also schedule multi paced rides once a month with food, drink and camaraderie afterward. The highlight of the year is our renowned GOLDEN APPLE TOUR- a fully supported event with routes from 25 to 100 miles. For a more complete picture of what the WCC is all about, read our More Info page.
If you're a new member, make yourself welcome by taking a peek at the sage advice of our new members committee. You can find lots of information on our Link-o-Rama page or join an informal chat group on Yahoo. Please treat yourself to one of our immediate benefits: member discounts at a many Westchester bike shops!
Register for the WCC Tailgate Party!
June 8th, 2013
By Bari Wood - updated 5/24/13
Please register for our next WCC Event - our Tailgate Party! Join us for our multi-level rides starting in Armonk at a new venue in North Castle's Community Park. Following the rides, a great catered luncheon will be available for just $20! Please use the header link above to Register.
WCC Bike Camp on June 15, 2013
Join us. We're filling up.
By Bob Hermann - updated 5/25/13
Want to learn to ride a road bike? ride better and with confidence? ride faster? ride in groups? ride along with cars? ride over those hills? This program is for you. It focuses on safe riding and skill development.
Mariandale needs a guaranteed head count by June 8. We may be able to add a few more by June 12 if we don't hit the cap.
What is Bike Camp?
Our purpose is to help cyclists learn first-hand the skills that will make them comfortable that they can ride on the roads in a safe, enjoyable manner. We want you out on the roads with us.
A survey taken after last year's inaugural Bike Camp found we had happy campers. We're revising the format to emphasize what worked best and try some new things.
What's the format?
We are planning a nearly all-day Saturday event, including classroom instruction and practice rides and drills. A menu of workshops and activities will be offered. We will have many seasoned ride leader to help you personally. Camp directors are Bob Hermann and certified instructor Kate Marshall. Event planning is by Christine Castaldo and Bari Wood.
We will be indoors. We'll have a film; an overview, with question and answer, with discussion about bike selection, fit, clothing, and problems one is likely to encounter. Break-out sessions will focus on particular skills and interest areas, such as "electronica" (Garmin, Strava, MapMyRide, etc.), nutrition and training to ride. This will be followed by a lunch break. While lunch is going on, your bike will be checked out for tire pressure and safe-riding mechanical aspects.
Afternoon session topics:
We will be outdoors, where you will take part in group activities on
- Starting, stopping, turning and shifting.
- Riding in traffic, including hand signals and left hand turns.
- Climbing and descending hills.
- The flat tire – our most popular demonstration last year!
- Basic mechanics and bike maintenance.
We can adjust this morning-afternoon schedule to deal with the forecast weather.
Bike Camp is at gorgeous Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center on the Hudson in Ossining. Morning coffee and a nice buffet lunch are included. You'll also get a reflective WCC safety triangle to put around your jersey or hang on your bike.
Bike Camp sold out last year. Price is $45. Register here.
Register Now for the Golden Apple Tour
Sunday, September 1st!
By Katie Marshall - updated 5/11/13
Enjoy a day of a carefree riding!
What people are saying about the Golden Apple:
“Amazed and impressed at the number of volunteers that did their jobs so well as a team.”
“Nice tree covered routes which were nice.”
“The picnic at the end is the reason I plan to come back again next year. It's well run and delicious.”
“I am a newbie, riding only 3 months and was nervous before the event. I needn't have worried; support, organization, food was great- all I had to do was pedal and pedal and pedal.... This was my first bike event; thanks for the positive experience. I will be doing more.”
“Quality vs. price excellent. I especially enjoyed the fact that there was still food, etc. when we came back from the 100-mile ride. Most events are usually already cleaning by the time I get back.”
“Been doing this ride for 10 years and WCC always does a good job.”