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    * BearBear

    Time: 08:00

    This is the scenic way to the Bear Mountain Bridge; we ride up the east side of the Hudson and make stops at a pastry shop in Tarrytown and a café in Peekskill, ride over the bridge, up the mountain and then hit a deli in Tomkins Cove and a patisserie in Nyack on the way home. There are (hilly!) back roads on the way up, and on the way back we use Bike Route 9, hugging the river as much as possible, to stay off busy 9W. It is a long day; we cover about 100 mi.; bring money and pocket food; there are bail-out options as far as Peekskill but after that basically not. Folks who don’t have all day for the bike, feel free to hang until Tarrytown, have a snack with us at the Pastry Chef and head home; you’ll clock about 35 mi. Patrick Guilfoyle and Bob Nelson are your sherpas; meet at Bob’s place, 207th and Seaman Ave., at 8 a.m., and do RSVP to fastnfab (at) gmail (dot) com, or 212-567-7160.

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    * Bradley-TweedBradley-Tweed

    Time: 09:00

    Tweed Blvd., high in the hills south of Nyack, has stunning views of the Tappan Zee Bridge, but you have to get to Tweed Blvd. in order to appreciate them, and that will involve a combination of low gears and high effort. Don’t worry, we’re not out to drop you, just to make you work. Bob Nelson takes us up Tweed, down Bradley and along Lake to Rockland Lake, which we loop once on our way back to the sublime Patisserie Didier Dumas in Nyack. Meet at the New York side of the George Washington Bridge, Cabrini and 178th, at 9 a.m. Distance is about 70 hilly miles; there is a cue sheet on the Fast and Fab website (http://fastnfab.org/cue-sheet-bradley-tweed-rockland-lake-to-nyack) if you want to download it. Yes, I know it’s Easter. Do you celebrate? RSVP to Bob at fastnfab (at) gmail (dot) com or text 212-567-7160.

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    * Tour d'Staten IslandTour d'Staten Island

    Time: 04:18

    What you need to know is that there are 50-mile and 35-mile routes and that you have to hit the Staten Island Ferry Terminal by 7:30 a.m. to make the start of the 50-miler and by 8:30 a.m. for the 35-miler. You do have to pay a registration fee; as always, it’s not huge but it does go up the longer you wait; go to http://biketours.transalt.org/statenisland for more details and to register. Both rides take you to see Freshkills Park, which until it was closed to the garbage haulers in 2008 was the world’s largest landfill, at 2,200 acres, and indeed was the largest structure ever built by humans. The park won’t be finished until 2036, but there is a three-mile bike path so we ride through the damn thing. The Tour is run by Transportation Alternatives, which has the good sense to start at the Flagship Brewery near the ferry, and we should get some decent rest stops. Your favorite bike geeks, Bob Nelson and Patrick Guilfoyle, are already registered for the 50-miler; holler at Bob with questions: fastnfab@gmail.com or 212-567-7160.

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    * The Bob Nelson CenturyThe Bob Nelson Century

    Time: 08:00

    This ride is named for its principal booster, who generally needs it to train for the Boston to Provincetown Ride in June. This century might be a couple of miles short of the 100-mile mark, but the hills more than make up for it. The views along the east side of the Hudson River can be breathtaking, but save some breath for the climbs! Once we cross the Bear Mountain Bridge to the western shore, there are a couple of serious climbs but then level ground as we skirt the Hudson, and you can practically smell the city once we hit Nyack, often for a pit stop at Patisserie Didier Dumas. Riders should download the cue sheet in advance from http://www.fastnfab.org/CueSheets/bearmountainbridgeew.htm and show up at Seaman and 207th in Inwood for a departure at 8 a.m. sharp. Pace is B15 or faster, depending on the group. We will make plenty of deli stops, but bring pocket food too, as this is an all-day adventure. Those with less ambition, or less compulsion, might consider riding to the first stop in Tarrytown, where a gourmet deli and bakery beckon; round-trip is about 35 mi. and you’ll need to reverse the cue sheet to get home. Your leader for this expedition is Bob Nelson, available at fastnfab (at) gmail (dot) com or 212-567-7160.

               
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