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Question for Central Park NYC riders(4 posts)

Question for Central Park NYC ridersavitar
Jun 14, 2002 4:58 PM
Being newly back into this sport, I would like to know what some of your normal lap times are.. how many laps you normally do.. and do you ride early am or after work.
I am really amazed at the "bike show" every night... being all the great bikes and riders.. sometimes the machinery is uplifting to see.

I have been using a HRM and at the top of the hill (the harlem hill?) I am getting up to 184bpm if I push the way up, which for me is staying at about 12-14mph. BTW I am 40
Nice Ride - Hilly Too - Don't forget the Nyack ride - much bettejose_Tex_mex
Jun 14, 2002 6:04 PM
I think people just don't realize that Central Park is actually quite hilly, especially on your way back downtown. I like to ride when the park is closed - between 12:00 and 15:00 - less crazies.
Normally, we will do 3 or 4 laps, take a break, and then 3 or 4 more. Laps are a bit over 6 miles so it's a nice workout. Average - hmmm, low twenties.
If you can make it to the top of the hill and crest at 14 mph with an HR of 184 - that;s good for any age. At my peak during the season my max crest velocity is 17 mph for the first few laps. Not many people sitting on my wheel at that point.
If you do not already know about the Nyack ride you need to do it some Sat or Sun. Hundreds of cyclists converge on Nyack and Piermont NY. Very trendy town - I saw Billy Baldwin there last week. Some Saturday head out to the GWB. Probaly want to take the West Side trail as far as you can. However, there will more than likely be many cyclists making the trip. Once you cross the bridge you can go to ways - left or right. Take a left and go the scenic route.
They are changing the traffic pattern there but basically you want to start down the hill. As you descend you will see a hot dog truck on your right and the enterance to the Palisades Park on your left - enter the park here.
From the bridge Nyack is about 20 miles. A little under half is in the Park. The park is nice and hilly and there's always a wheel to jump on. At the end of the park make a left, go under the overpass, and make a right at the light - 9W. Take this for a few more mile. You have to make a right at light where they are doing construction. Sorry to say that the name of the road escapes me. Again, just follow the cyclists. You'll go through Piermont and then Nyack. If you are interested in exact instructions I'll get them for you. I will probably be doing the ride this Sunday from the bridge. It's supposed to rain though...
You might want to go to mapquest. See if they have the Runcible Spoon Deli in Nyack mapped. This is pretty much the mecca for cyclists. However, there's Nyack beach (I think that's the name) a little further. Stop in and say hi to Rosie O'Donnel while you are there.
Best of Luck
Typos - Hot Dog Truck on Left - Spell Check Off...jose_Tex_mex
Jun 14, 2002 6:06 PM
Nice Ride - Hilly Too - Don't forget the Nyack ride - much bettePygme
Jun 14, 2002 6:20 PM
I was there last July. Myself and 24 other police officers rode from Houston to LA to NY rasing money for Lukemia. We were put up in the Hilton Times Square. I heard about Central Park and rode my bike one morning through that insane NYC traffic. I turned out 8 laps and had a blast! It was nice not to have to worry about cars although the roller bladers and chicks in bikinis were a hazard. Central Park was truly an oasis in a desert!