Start/Finish: NJ Side of the GWB Bike Path. Going through: Bergen, Rockland, Distance: 32.8 miles, Climbing: 1,339′.
I don’t like out-and-back rides. So when people tell me they want to go to Piermont, my incluination is to turn it into a loop. For experienced riders, this can be a coffee-shop ride. For newer riders, it’s an easy way to get a taste for longer days on the bike. Busy roads are largely avoided, and it’s easy to stop and rest and eat at halfway.
The route also includes about 1.5 miles of gravel. Yes, dirt and small rocks. However, it’s very easy gravel. When I first did these roads, most everyone was riding 20mm tires, and they were no problem on narrow tires. And thanks to how long these paths have been traveled, they’re pretty well-packed and doable in all weather, save snow and heavy rains. Flats shouldn’t be a worry. Not only is this way fairly quiet, it’s also a way to flatten the climb you have to go up by spreading it out over longer, shallower grades.
The Piermont Bike Ride particulars.
Start: NJ Side of the GWB Bike Path.
Finish: NJ Side of the GWB Bike Path.
Going through: Bergen, Rockland counties.
Distance: 32.8 miles
Includes: A PDF with intelligence and a GPX file to upload to your bike computer or mobile device. A how-to can be found here.The PDF prepares you for the route and can be glanced at, printed out and/or uploaded to your mobile device. The GPX is to be uploaded into your bike computer or mobile device so you can let the machine give you the directions as you ride along.