As the title implies, this is an effort on my part to pull myself away from a fairly active life to wish everyone of you who take the time out of your busy schedules to visit my blog, a Happy Holiday season. I've done my best to be more active online in as far as posting what I've accomplished, but this time of year tends to get very busy for most of us. For me in particular, the rush begins the week of Veterans day, and it forces me to refrain from the internet, as it is an incredibly effective way of distracting myself.
So, from November 8th through to January 15, I'll be passing on both taking on any new projects and refraining from making any new blog postings until the holiday season is over. That all said, I want to wish a Happy Veterans Day to all of our men and women in uniform, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, a Tip Top Tet, Solemn Ramadan, Feliz Navidad, Gong Fei Ha Choi, Kooky Kwanzaa, メリクリ, Hail Festivus, and above all else Happy New Year to each and everyone of you!
As always please, drink and drive responsibly, but never at the same time!
Please join Transportation Alternatives for a premiere event in the grand tradition of Italian cycling -- the first annual Hudson Highlands Gran Fondo on October 10, 2010. Race, ride and relax in the incomparable hills of the Hudson Valley.
Take the challenge with top pros on an 11-mile time trial on the Storm King Highway, take in the autumn leaves on a 23-mile social ride in scenic Harriman State Park and feast at a special hilltop luncheon across the river in Garrison, NY.
9AM: STORM KING CANNIBAL. Named in honor of five-time Tour de France winner Eddy "The Cannibal" Merckx, the Storm King Cannibal is an 11-mile, chip-timed, individual time trial on the historic Storm King Highway (no TT bikes, only standard road bicycles allowed). Race an exhilarating car-free route alongside professional racers in this USA Cycling licensed race or cheer on racers with T.A. staff and volunteers.
11AM: SEVEN LAKES LOOP. Ride with T.A. Executive Director Paul Steely White and 100 fellow donors and T.A. advocates on this 23-mile excursion through the peak of fall foliage in Harriman State Park, New York State's second largest.
2PM: THE FINISHER’S FEAST. Unwind with our hosts Bevis and Clara Longstreth at a hilltop luncheon atop a scenic peak near Anthony's Nose in Garrison, NY. Enjoy spectacular river views and local Hudson Valley food & refreshments. We will celebrate our winners at a special award ceremony and continue the excitement with a live auction.
Transportation Alternatives works to improve your cycling environment, and we get results. The Hudson Highland Gran Fondo will benefit Transportation Alternatives' top bike safety campaigns:
Build a 21st century Protected Bike Lane grid connecting the five boroughs
Win a public Bike Share system to spark increased cycling among all New Yorkers
Increase car-free hours in Central and Prospect Parks
Promote the Biking Rules Street Code of safe, civic riding in Central and Prospect Parks
Construct a high-quality, uninterrupted greenway along the East River
Permit 24-hour bike access to the George Washington Bridge
Redesign the southern ramp on the Manhattan side of the George Washington Bridge
Repave Alpine Hill
Push for increased speed enforcement and widened shoulders along Route 9W
Registration & Fees
Thanks to a matching grant from an anonymous foundation, every dollar you contribute goes twice as far toward better bicycling in and around New York City. Only 100 spots are available, so please register today.
Be a part of the 21st Annual NYC Century Bike Tour -- the country's only all-urban 100-mile bike tour! Registration is now open.
Sign up before August 22, 2010 and you will be eligible for the Express Start on Ride Day. The Express Start allows you to start the ride in Central Park, Manhattan or Prospect Park, Brooklyn without having to check-in first.
There are two great reasons to ride the New York City Century Bike Tour; first, this ride is like no other in the world. The New York City Century Bike Tour is America's only fully urban century ride. You can choose your distance- select from 100-, 75-, 55-, 35-, or 15-mile routes. All routes feature amazing views of New York City with fully stocked rest stops and safety marshals along the course. The tour links NYC's breathtaking bridges and beautiful parks to its incomparable neighborhoods and famous waterfronts. The NYC Century Bike Tour shows you the world's greatest city from the best vantage point, your bike.
Second, you're supporting Transportation Alternatives, your advocates for biking, walking and public transit. You riding in the New York City Century Bike Tour demonstrates to the world that cycling is safe and fun in New York City.
Location/Time: Central Park, Harlem Meer, enter at 110th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. 5:30 am OR Prospect Park, Willink Drive near the carousel, enter through the park or at Flatbush and Willink Drive 6:00 am.
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