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    * BrightonBrighton

    Time: 09:00

    Brighton Beach and other Russian-speaking neighborhoods remain homophobic and transphobic. Every day LGBTQ individuals face discrimination in their homes, workplaces and medical facilities. RUSA LGBT (http://rusalgbt.com/), the Russian-speaking American LGBTQ association, will march in support of Brighton Beach’s LGBTQ community on Saturday, May 20, and Fast and Fab will join them. There is Russian street food to be sampled and Russian boys and grrrrls to be ogled! If you would like to participate, be at the Christopher St. Pier (Pier 45 opposite West 10th St.) at 9 a.m. We’ll ride down the West Side bike path, cross the Brooklyn Bridge and head down Ocean Parkway to meet the march organizers on the boardwalk between Ocean Parkway and Beach Walk at 11 a.m. The march will begin at noon, with speeches and performances to follow. David Roycroft leads the pack; contact him at droycroft (at) gmail (dot) com or 917-683-6464.

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    * Bloomin' MetricBloomin' Metric

    Time: 07:02

    Rolling hills, winding back roads and views of Long Island Sound are the chief attractions at the Bloomin’ Metric bike tour, owned and operated by Sound Cyclists of Connecticut (http://www.soundcyclists.com/). According to the event website (http://www.bloominmetric.com/ ), distances are 40 km (27 mi.), 75 km (48 mi.) or 100 km (63 mi.). Local gal Christine Bisceglie is happy to meet riders at the Green’s Farms Metro North station and shepherd them to the starting location, Sherwood Island State Park; the 7:02 a.m. from Grand Central (7:20 a.m. at Fordham for the uptown crowd) will get you there in time and you will need a Metro North bike pass. There will be coffee and bagels at the start and then food, ice cream and live music after the ride; registration is $ 65 from March 1 through April 15, and $ 75 from May 1 until the ride sells out (the cap is 2,600 riders) in mid-May. You do get a pretty nice t-shirt made of a wicking technical fabric. Bob Nelson, Patrick Guilfoyle and Tim Guscott will ride the metric century at a pretty quick clip, so get on that butt blaster at the gym if you want to join them. Bill Clarke and Alan Barnett are happy to have low-maintenance riders accompany them and predict a pace around 15 mph average. Christine will take ride partners who are not going to set the forsythia on fire. Afterwards there’s a great little picnic on the beach, and if it’s really warm roll up the shorts and take a dip in the Sound! If there’s a group you would like to ride with, e-mail them; Chris at cbisceglie (at) yahoo (dot) com; Bill at biclar (at) aol (dot) com or Bob at fastnfab (at) gmail (dot) com, or text Bob at 212-567-7160.

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    * QuakertownQuakertown

    Time: 07:30

    Our ride over Memorial Day weekend rolls through scenic New Jersey farmland with a rented pickup truck to handle luggage and rest stops. We’ll meet at the PATH station at West 14th and Avenue of the Americas, on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Riders will drop bags in the pickup, take their bikes on the PATH to Newark’s Penn Station and then, with cue sheets and the pickup as our support, begin the 90 miles to the Weisel Hostel in Quakertown, Pa., about 30 mi. northwest of New Hope; house parents John and Geri Ann McLaughlin have rented us out the whole hostel. En route, we’ll have stops for food and fuel, and yes, the pickup will pick up tired riders and their bikes as necessary. The goal is to get everyone to the hostel by 6 p.m. so we can clean up and go out to eat. The hostel has air conditioning in the dorm rooms; there are options for picnics and barbecuing; Nockamixon has a huge public pool as well as kayak rentals and horseback riding, among other attractions. Monday we’ll cycle back to Newark via a different route, again with the pickup as support. To hold your place in the ride, write a check for $ 100 to Bob Nelson at 165 Seaman Ave., Apt. 3H, New York, NY 10034-1989. The $ 100 covers most of the cost of $ 48 for two nights at the hostel, plus truck rental and SAG supplies; we settle accounts once all the bills come in. We do need people to help with driving the truck, and will switch off among the riders if we don’t find such a person. Bob Nelson: fastnfab (at) gmail (dot) com or 212-567-7160.

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    * QuakertownQuakertown

    Time: 07:30

    Our ride over Memorial Day weekend rolls through scenic New Jersey farmland with a rented pickup truck to handle luggage and rest stops. We’ll meet at the PATH station at West 14th and Avenue of the Americas, on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Riders will drop bags in the pickup, take their bikes on the PATH to Newark’s Penn Station and then, with cue sheets and the pickup as our support, begin the 90 miles to the Weisel Hostel in Quakertown, Pa., about 30 mi. northwest of New Hope; house parents John and Geri Ann McLaughlin have rented us out the whole hostel. En route, we’ll have stops for food and fuel, and yes, the pickup will pick up tired riders and their bikes as necessary. The goal is to get everyone to the hostel by 6 p.m. so we can clean up and go out to eat. The hostel has air conditioning in the dorm rooms; there are options for picnics and barbecuing; Nockamixon has a huge public pool as well as kayak rentals and horseback riding, among other attractions. Monday we’ll cycle back to Newark via a different route, again with the pickup as support. To hold your place in the ride, write a check for $ 100 to Bob Nelson at 165 Seaman Ave., Apt. 3H, New York, NY 10034-1989. The $ 100 covers most of the cost of $ 48 for two nights at the hostel, plus truck rental and SAG supplies; we settle accounts once all the bills come in. We do need people to help with driving the truck, and will switch off among the riders if we don’t find such a person. Bob Nelson: fastnfab (at) gmail (dot) com or 212-567-7160.

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    * QuakertownQuakertown

    Time: 07:30

    Our ride over Memorial Day weekend rolls through scenic New Jersey farmland with a rented pickup truck to handle luggage and rest stops. We’ll meet at the PATH station at West 14th and Avenue of the Americas, on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Riders will drop bags in the pickup, take their bikes on the PATH to Newark’s Penn Station and then, with cue sheets and the pickup as our support, begin the 90 miles to the Weisel Hostel in Quakertown, Pa., about 30 mi. northwest of New Hope; house parents John and Geri Ann McLaughlin have rented us out the whole hostel. En route, we’ll have stops for food and fuel, and yes, the pickup will pick up tired riders and their bikes as necessary. The goal is to get everyone to the hostel by 6 p.m. so we can clean up and go out to eat. The hostel has air conditioning in the dorm rooms; there are options for picnics and barbecuing; Nockamixon has a huge public pool as well as kayak rentals and horseback riding, among other attractions. Monday we’ll cycle back to Newark via a different route, again with the pickup as support. To hold your place in the ride, write a check for $ 100 to Bob Nelson at 165 Seaman Ave., Apt. 3H, New York, NY 10034-1989. The $ 100 covers most of the cost of $ 48 for two nights at the hostel, plus truck rental and SAG supplies; we settle accounts once all the bills come in. We do need people to help with driving the truck, and will switch off among the riders if we don’t find such a person. Bob Nelson: fastnfab (at) gmail (dot) com or 212-567-7160.

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