What kind of weather should I expect? Here are the average highs and lows for various places on the route at the time of the ride:
Paramus, NJ: Average high 83°F / 28°C Average low 68°F / 20°C
Lake George, NY: Average high 79°F / 26°C Average low 61°F / 16°C
Burlington, VT: Average high 78°F / 26°C Average low 62°F / 17°C
Pittsfield, MA: Average high 77°F / 25°C Average low 60°F / 16°C
Thunderstorms are not infrequent in upstate New York and in New England at this time of the year. If it rains, it can feel very cold on long descents. You should bring a base layer or two, leg warmers, and a rain jacket.
How do I get to the start? You can reach the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan via public transportation from any of the three major local airports, and from there you can take NJ Transit Bus 168 to the Paramus Park Mall (within half a mile of the start). If you are not flying but traveling within the NYC-Metro area with an unboxed bike, there are two NJ Transit train stations within 3 miles of the start. There is parking at the start hotel, and you can keep your car parked there for the duration of the ride; but if you’re within the NYC-Metro area and can take public transportation, we request that you do so, because we’d like to take up as few parking spaces as possible during the four days that you’re out riding. Bike boxes will be stored securely for you until you return.
How much will the hotel at the start and finish cost? Accommodations at the Hampton Inn in Paramus for the nights before and after the ride are not included in the entry fee. We will get a group rate for both Saturday Wednesday nights. More details will be provided soon. If you’d like to share a room for those nights, we can put you in touch with other riders who would also like to share.
Will food be provided? Hot meals and snacks will be provided at all three overnight controls, both dinner and breakfast. There will be omnivore, ovo-lacto vegetarian, and vegan options. Please let us know of other allergies or other dietary concerns in advance so we can discuss accommodations. For the rest of the route, it will be your responsibility to purchase it along the way. No parts of the route are remote from civilization, and there are plenty of shops to buy food and water, or use a bathroom. Of course, not all of these will be open at the hour when you pass by. We have chosen intermediate controls which should be open when you arrive.
What will the overnight accommodations be like? As a default, you will share a motel room with another rider of the same sex who arrives at about the same time. If you’d like to stay with a specific person, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can I ride through the night instead of sleeping at an overnight control? We do not recommend it and highly discourage it. If you follow our daily stages, most of your riding will be during the daytime, when shops and convenience stores are open and you can appreciate the scenery. But you may do so if you 1) notify us of your plans before the ride, 2) do not expect any assistance or support once you’re past the overnight control, and 3) find some alternative means of proof of passage for intermediate controls that are closed when you pass through (e.g., a time-stamped photo of you at the control).
Is there cell service throughout the route? In most places there’s good cell service, but there are some stretches where it’s spotty or even non-existent. Let us know if you will be carrying your own Spot Tracker. (We will not be providing these.)
Can I have a drop bag? One drop bag will be transported from the start to the first sleep-stop, and from their to the third sleep-stop (and from there to the finish). Another drop bag will be transported from the start to the second sleep-stop (and from there to the finish). More details regarding the size and weight limits will be provided later.
Will there be mechanical support? Be sure that your bike is in good working order before the ride! Please try to be as self-sufficient as possible, but we expect to have a few volunteers out on the route who are expert in making bike repairs. There are a few bike shops on or near the route.
What if I have to DNF? If you can’t continue for any reason, please call one of the ride organizers and we will make every attempt to get you and your bike to the nearest location where you can return to the start by bus or train.