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Does anyone here do the Gimbel's ride?(5 posts)

Does anyone here do the Gimbel's ride?Live Steam
Sep 6, 2003 12:37 PM
I have always heard about the Gimbel ride that starts out of the Cross County Mall in Yonkers, NY. Sounds like it could be fun and fast. I hear that it attracts over 100 riders every Saturday and Sunday morning and starts about 9AM. The ride supposedly splits up into two or three different groups about 10 or 15 miles out. More info and input is appreciated.
re: Does anyone here do the Gimbel's ride?twospoke
Sep 8, 2003 6:57 AM
I do it every once in a while.
It starts about 9:15 right in front of Macy's, the first 10 or 15 miles are a slooow warm up 12-15 mph with lots of riders
joining in along the route. then it picks up pace and splits into three groups, I am not sure what the first split is all about. but the second one goes pretty fast, and the last split goes really fast. there are also two sprint points along the route. It's pretty much a race style ride, so come prepared in case you get dropped.

It finishes an Rt 1 / Boston Post Rd. at the Mamaraneck town line. I hope this helps.
Hey thanks!Live Steam
Sep 8, 2003 7:25 AM
That sounds pretty fun. From what I have heard, one of the splits is to accomodate one of the guys who originated the ride about 30 - 40 years ago. Supposedly this ride hasn't missed a weekend in that many years - rain or shine. I am going to join the ride to see what it's about. I like FAST! :O) I'll just have to find out the hard way where the sprint points are :O)
re: Does anyone here do the Gimbel's ride?torquer
Sep 8, 2003 7:36 AM
Don't look for a Gimbel's at Cross County Mall; it became a Stern's some time back. (I don't know what its called now, since I join the ride several miles north.)

100 riders sounds high. Maybe it has reached that number at some point, but it certainly starts off with fewer (maybe 50 on a good-weather, no-race early summer weekend) with additional riders joining at various points as it heads up Route 100 (Central Park Avenue) through White Plains, and up Route 22 past the Kensico dam in North White Plains. Pace is easy up to the dam, with everyone socializing, checking out new equipment, making excuses for poor race performances etc.

Riders are a mix of active racers (Cat. 2's through 5's, Masters, Women), wannabe/has-beens (yours truly), and even occasional newbies. Some of us try to be courteous and helpfull to strangers(despite our natural inclinations), but we almost never stop for anyone's flats/mechanicals, and only grudgingly for crashes.

On Rte. 22 just south of Armonk, the first split occurs, right onto Rte. 120 South, "American Can Hill". (I think American Can Corporate HQ is gone to, but this is veering into a discussion of real estate history, which would be tedious even over at Non-Cycling Discussions, so I'll stop.) This is the shortest option.

I mile or two further up 22, the real significant split occurs; continue up 22, or turn left up Rte. 120 North.

I would recommend fit, experienced riders new to Gimbels take the Rte. 22 option; Rte. 120 North starts with a series of stairstep hills that causes many newbies to drop off, and the pace remains hard throughout, so unless you're with an experienced companion, you may find yourself alone in the wilds of Westchester. Its pretty, but probably not the ride you had in mind.

The group rides conclude in Rye/Mamaroneck, with a sprint on US 1; from there smaller groups ride at recovery pace back to their origins. (NYC riders have the option of riding New Haven trains home from here as well.) Rte. 22 group gets in to Rye about 11:00; Rte. 120 North group gets in 30 to 45 minutes later, depending on route and pace. Budget another 45 minutes to ride back to Cross County if that's where you're parked.

Give me an e-mail address if you want more info.
Hey torquer thanks. Please send me more info!Live Steam
Sep 8, 2003 12:07 PM
I am really looking forward to doing this ride. It will give me the opportunity to explore new territory and meet new people. I will probably do it with one or two people from my club. You can send email to the address below. I'll try to plot the route on a map from the info your provide. Thanks again, Bill AKA Live Steam