Dirty Apple Ride 2019

Upcoming Events

 
  • Daffodil Ride
    Saturday, April 13
    This years' Daffodil Ride will be a Pot Luck event.  Please use the "All" Ride to indicate what you are bringing.

  • Tush Tuneup
    Saturday, April 27
    Saturday April 27 and 28th we are running The WCC Classic Away Ride Weekend, The Tush Tuneup.
    This is an ALL level ride, as long as you know you can ride at least 38 relatively easy miles and accurately read and follow a cue sheet.
    The ride has 2 distance options, as well as a few sub-options.
    The main 70 MILE ride leaves the Patterson NY Metro North Station at 9am Saturday.  
    The Shorter route leaves the Ten Mile River Metro North Station at 10am covering of 38 miles.
    There is also the option of driving to Great Barrington, parking, and riding locally.
    Rides around Great Barrington can be pancake flat and varying distances suitable for D Riders.
    Riding in the valley is relatively flat and very pretty.  Go farther afield and you can find some challenging hills.
    The group generally has a small party at the Day’s Inn in the afternoon Saturday.
    Dinner Saturday night will be on your own at any of the many local restaurants of Great Barrington, many within easy walking Distance from the Day’s Inn.  Grab a group of friends and head out, there are many restaurants within walking distance.

    After a good night’s sleep, breakfast is available at the Day’s Inn or for more choices there are several coffee shops nearby.
    We leave Great Barrington from the Day’s Inn at around 9am to return to our cars.

    This was originally a totally self supported ride, where riders carried clothing on your back for the evening and the next day’s ride along with anything you might need to repair your bike.  
    Today, to allow for a wider range of cycling and mechanical skills, we will TRY to have SAG coverage, and Luggage Transport , meaning a driver will be available to pick up a broken down bike and or rider and deliver them to the bike shop for repairs, the hotel or their car.  We still expect riders to repair simple flats on their own.
    HOTELS:
    We are holding a Block of Rooms at the Days Inn Currently SOLD OUT!  You may stay anywhere you wish, but rides will end and start at the Day’s Inn.  

    This ride will have many small groups of riders who ride at a similar pace, but there is nothing wrong with riding alone if that is what you prefer or if your pace does not match with other riders on your route.  If you know you are off the back of your starting area riders, please call the SAG to alert him that you are riding alone and inform him as to your approximate pace.  He will look out for you.  At least if we know you are still out there, we will search for you if you are missing after your expected arrival time.  STAY on your route.

    The SAG vehicle will leave Patterson with the riders form there, and follow those riders on the route.  There MAY be other drivers as well at both locations who will accept your luggage to take it to the hotel and back on Sunday.

    Luggage will ONLY be accepted in a DAY Pack, up to 2500 cubic inches in storage.  
    Larger bags and conventional luggage may be rejected.  PLEASE PACK LIGHTLY!!!
    Clothing should be minimal and include:
    A warmer set of undergarments, pants, shirt, and light jacket for evening, and a set of riding clothing for the next morning.  All this along with a 1 quart airline type bag for your toiletries, should easily fit in a 2500 cu in pack.  There is a CVS next door to the Days Inn for additional needs.  If you do not have such a back pack, please borrow one.  They are everywhere.

    Of course, your bike bag should have at least 2 tubes, a pump of some kind, tire levers, and we also recommend a master link for your chain in case it breaks.  
    The sag vehicle will have some extra tires and a floor pump just in case, if they are used tires you can have them, if tire or tube is new you will have to pay for it.
    The SAG vehicle should also have a spare chain and additional tools as well.
     
    There is a $20 fee for the SAG coverage and arrival party supplies.  
    If you show up Saturday for the ride with out pre-paying the $20 fee on the WCC Website. Please have CASH -  The Payment option should be up by April 1.  I recommend holding off paying until 2-3 days prior to the event as there are NO REFUNDS.  

    VERY IMPORTANT: In event of weather cancellation of the ENTIRE WEEKEND, you can apply your fee to another event ride later in the year or next year. HOWEVER - WE DO NOT CANCEL IF ONE OF TWO DAYS WILL HAVE BAD WEATHER - WE DRIVE TO GREAT BARRINGTON AND RIDE LOCALLY ON THE GOOD DAY!!!  THIS is to keep Good Relations with the HOTEL.
    A small property like this cannot afford mass cancellations, so we agreed NOT to cancel unless the ENTIRE Weekend is BAD.

    Regarding SAG, we need a few drivers to assist us with SAG and Luggage from BOTH starting areas.  If you have someone driving up (not riding) Contact me.  We will try to provide some gas money for appointed SAG Drivers from the SAG fees.

    If the weather cooperates, this is both an easy and a beautiful ride. You are likely to see Llamas and Hippie Cows along the route.  Please obey all traffic laws and stay in the shoulder of the roads at all times if possible, and ride safely!
    The Cue Sheets are under review and will be up on the site in the next few weeks Most likely unchanged from Last Year.

    Bill O’Connell

  • Martha's Vineyard Single Sign in
    Thursday, May 23
    Martha’s Vineyard AWAY Trip Weekend - Guide 2019
    By Bill O’Connell
    You should NOW be making reservations for our return to Martha’s Vineyard on the weekend of Memorial Day 2019.
    Most of us will be going on Thursday, May 23 and departing Sunday May 27.
    You may stay for shorter or longer times, but I recommend avoiding travel on Friday or Monday as these days will likely have horrendous traffic.  For those who are there, we will have rides Thursday Afternoon, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but the main ride is Saturday.
    All Planned Rides Below are weather permitting of course.  The schedule is always going to be flexible, since weather is unpredictable at best.  At least in May there should be no hurricanes!
    Denise Simon helped me to run such great events in 2016 and 2018 that I cannot wait to go back!
    Denise found these great hotels, and the wonderful restaurants we used.  She has far better knowledge about all things MV than I do, so please thank her for her work in making this trip possible!
    For non-riders there are Beaches, Lighthouses, Kayaking, Shopping, sightseeing, museums, and even riding a bike, are all options here.
    I am adding as many details as practical here.  
    There will be links to websites to assist you with checking schedules and making reservations.  
    I will not add schedules below as these may change between now and May and the Website is always the best source for current information.
    LODGING
    Lodging options abound, both on the Island (recommended) and on the Cape (doable).
    
The ONE CAVEAT - Cancellation Policies at the On Island Inns are often several WEEKS in advance. It is a catch-22 as if you wait too long you may not get to stay where you want, yet you may be stuck if weather turns bad.  That is the life of a cyclist, we had to cancel in September 2017 when a storm hung over the area for days and ferry service was shut down.  This SHOULD not happen in May, but stranger things have happened.
    Weather can be quite changeable, it can be sunny or rainy, warm or chilly, so be prepared to ride regardless, or spend the days shopping and walking around in a rain coat if you do not want to lose your reservation money. You MAY get better terms on Cape Cod. But that may involve multiple Ferry Trips.   It also makes after ride activities difficult due to Ferry Schedules.
    The names of our PRIMARY INN’s on the Vineyard are the Dockside and the Madison. These are all “downtown Oak Bluffs - as per our usual practice, you may stay anywhere you like, there are many other options.
    The Madison Inn is a bit more expensive with in room bathrooms.
    http://madisoninnmv.com/
    The Dockside is the most modern and is yet higher in cost.
    http://www.vineyardinns.com/
    Please call or go online to reserve soon if your plans are solid. Those who decide late, may have to stay either farther afield or stay at more expensive accommodations.
    STAYING  on the Cape.
    This is OK as we will hold the rides for the first Ferry from the cape each morning IF WE KNOW YOU ARE COMING!!!
    The FERRIES that arrive before 9am arrive in Vineyard Haven ONLY, the First Steamship Ferry to Oak Bluffs arrives at 10:30AM  The First Island Queen Ferry arrives Oak Bluffs at 9:40AM.  So unless you make other arrangements, you will have to take the 6 or 7AM SteamShip Ferry to Vineyard Haven and Ride over to Oak Bluffs - There are some HILLS on this route.
    If we do not know you are coming, or if you arrive after 9am - you are on your own. I suppose you can find us as our routes, particularly on Saturday, are posted.  It is riskier on other days because we may wander off course to see certain sights.
    The LAST Ferry back at night is 6:30 from Oak Bluffs and 9:30 from Vineyard Haven.  Friday ONLY there is a 8:45 Island Queen returning from Oak Bluffs.
    That means that you will miss out on much, if not all, of the Nighttime Dinners, Group Activities, and the Charms of Oak Bluffs at night.  I seriously do NOT recommend this option, but you are free to do as you please.

    FERRIES
    Taking the Ferry from the cape to the vineyard with your bike is reasonable and fast and gives you a sense of true adventure.
    There are two choices for ferries:
    Fares and Parking Rates for both are similar.
    The Island Queen - closer parking to ferry.  No cars.    https://islandqueen.com/
    Steamship Authority - Huge Parking Lot with shuttles.  Lots more ferries. Only way to go if you are taking a car.        https://www.steamshipauthority.com/
    If you are coming WITHOUT a car, make sure you take the Ferry to OAK BLUFFS,   I know all too well how far a ride it is with luggage on your back from Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluffs.
    If you plan to take a car, make reservations early!!!
    All Ferry information and schedules is freely available ONLINE!!!  Unless you are internet incapable, please check these on your own.
    CARS
    IF you bring a CAR - and IF you have a NON-Riding Driver - LET ME KNOW!!!
    If the Driver is willing to assist with transportion to Fridays SUNSET Dinner, and or SAG Coverage, there will be SAG funds available to assist with your FERRY Fares.  This is what the SAG Fee is for!
    OTHER OPTIONS FOR NON-RIDERS
    I know that I do not have to mention the scenery, the beaches, Kayaking, shopping etc.
    There are also Galleries, and Museums. SURPRISE!    
    http://mvol.com/events/
     Oak Bluffs, every night we walked around the “Campground” of “candy cottages” they are cute and scenic and just as interesting at night.
    I won’t even mention Backdoor Donuts, but they will get you riding a few extra miles to burn off their deliciousness!  And it is right across the street from one of the Hotels.

    SAG
     - There are TWO SAG options if you break down. (If you are hurt - call 911!)  First, we should have at least one car, that will be available to SAG Last year, and I expect again this year Bobbie Bodine and Pat O’Connell drove SAG and did a great job..  
    Second - The MV Transportation Bus system has Bike Racks and travel on all major roads.  We will, for the most part, be very close to bus routes most of the time.  Rates and routes are available online.  If you MUST use this for rescue, because the SAG vehicle is not available I will reimburse you for your costs.
    There is a $20 NON-Refundable EVENT fee.  This will be used partially for SAG and partially for offsetting the costs of refreshments at one or more after ride events.
    IN the event of total weekend cancellation, you may apply the fees for a later ride and we will transfer them for you, but again, no refunds. As you may have surmised the Martha’s Vineyard trip CANNOT be cancelled due to policies at the Inns. Most will agree that $20 is a very minimal financial risk compared to many event rides you sign up for, and that the policy is quite reasonable. If you can find a better deal, take it!!!   There will NOT be a way to pay up until about a week or two prior to the event, so do not go looking for it now.
    Thank you for understanding.
    FOOD
    There are too many restaurants on the Vineyard to mention.  
    As a GROUP - if you plan to join us (and we may have limits) We had very good food and service at Jimmy Seas and at Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company.  So the plan at least as of January, is to return to these two places.
    Theoretically, Thursday Night would be Jimmy Seas, and Saturday would be the “fancier” Chowder Company.  Food was great at both.  And Reasonable.
    As I recall there were options at both for those who do not eat seafood.
    Last time on Friday Evening we went to see the Sunset at Menemsha Beach - weather permitting this would be a nice Friday Night dinner opportunity.  There are Lobster Roll places near the beach, but I will add at least one other take out option for food for those who would prefer other options such as 7a Foods.  I still salivate when I think about Liz Lemon (the sandwich - not the person - you have a dirty mind!)
    7A Foods will also be one of the Food Options on our long ride on Saturday.


    RIDES
    Last year 19 riders took this trip, they should be our best sales people , as every one of them had a great time. Information on Lodging Rates and locations will ONLY be sent to those who sign up for the ride!!!
    ALL Rides are suitable for D riders. We tend to ride as 2 or more groups at most events. The faster group does more miles and rides at a C+ Pace, faster C riders can tag along. The Slower Group rides at a C Pace but will slow down for D riders and wait periodically. There is no reason to NOT take advantage of these events.  Life does not have to be boring!  Come out and RIDE!
    Sign up for the rides if you wish to stay informed.
    Last time we did several shorter routes - the ones through the East and West Chop Lighthouses was sublime, and the Edgartown Loop was gorgeous!
    I would suggest, if you have the legs for it, to add South Beach to your Edgartown ride, it is FLAT out and Back and you can stop at the Grass airport and the Ocean Beach on the South Shore.
    Some of us also did the “North Route to West Tisbury and then on the Lighthouse - it was nice but there was a lot of Traffic and the shoulders were less than ideal.  The southern route across the Island on the bike path was much better, particularly for slower riders.
    On the LONG ride days, those wishing to see the entire island while cutting their saddle time will have the option to take busses for parts of the route.
    Primarily, most of the C/D Riders chose last time to lock their bikes together near the lunch stop in West Tisbury and take the Bus out and back to the Aquinnah Lighthouse.  This is almost a shame, as parts of the ride back including the Menemsha bike Ferry are highlights of the tour.  Some of you should consider taking your bike WITH you on the Bus (there is a limit) to the Lighthouse then ride DOWN to the Ferry take the Ferry and then take another Bus from Menemsha back to West Tisbury or beyond.  I suggest a DAY PASS fo the busses on Saturday if you plan to use them just in case you use more than 2.
    BUS INFORMATION
    http://www.vineyardtransit.com/Pages/index
    Again, this is an ALL levels Ride, mostly on Bike Paths that are Flat-Flat-Flat. What we did last year that worked for those wanting to see the entire Island but not ride all 55 miles, is that we did Bike Paths to Edgartown and then West to Tisbury, where those choosing shorter miles locked their bikes together and took the ferry to the Lighthouse at Aquinna (Gay Head) while the masochists found out that there are indeed Hills on the Vineyard. Of course the reward for the longer route is the ride along Menemsha Beach and the Ferry Ride across the cut.
    I hate to say it, but there is ALMOST too much to see in just 4 days of riding!
    If the weather cooperates - you will LOVE Martha’s VIneyard!
    What to do NEXT?
    If you THINK you can come - Go to the rides Schedule and SIGN UP!
    I Will NOT be doing Mass mailings to the club, so if you are NOT SIGNED UP, You may miss Valuable information and updates. I will be mailing ONLY to signed up riders.
    Once you have reservations - Update the Sign up with that information.
    I will need to know - again on the sign up Sheet - if you are bringing a CAR.  And if you have a NON-RIDING guest who can and is willing to help with SAG.
    Also include the DAYS that you plan to be on the Island.
    If you decide to stay OFF Island - I also need to know - add this to your sign up.  Remember that if you are NOT on a FERRY that arrives at 9am, you may have to catch up and meet us along the route.  ALSO The 3 ferries that arrive by 9am arrive in Vineyard Haven - the first ferry into Oak Bluffs arrives at 10:30.  You will have to take the 6 or 7AM ferries and ride over to Oak Bluffs unless we can make other arrangements.