Catskill Mountain Cycling Challenge - Sept 3rd

The Catskill Mountain Cycling Challenge carries forth the long tradition of recreational road cycling in the Western Catskills. Building on the Tour de Pepacton and the Ride-n-Peak, our 2017 Cycling Challenge brings you six routes (five of them new!) and includes a very challenging gravel grinder. Your scenic pedal will support new programming at the Catskill Recreation Center (CRC), being designed to encourage greater participation in recreation through incentive packages and more diverse programming.


Less than 2 months until Eric's Ride - THE ride for mental health

The Ride for Mental Healthis one of the first rides in the country to benefit mental health. The proceeds raised will be donated to McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, for the education, research and treatment of mental illness including anxiety, borderline personality disorder, depression, eating disorders and substance abuse.  Our mission is to raise funds for McLean so that we can help accelerate the progress being made to help others who suffer from mental illness. THE Ride for Mental Health is dedicated to the memory of a wonderful young man named Eric who died at 21 from mental illness.


We also hope to end the stigma surrounding mental illness through education and awareness. The promotion of this ride is a start.  Many if not most of us are touched by close friends and relatives who have suffered with one type or another of mental illness.

NY Bicycle Coalition ride!

Join us Sunday, May 21st for the first ride of 2017 to benefit the NY Bicycling Coalition ( The Hudson Valley is home to many great rides and we are excited to offer a couple of our favorites! We also have the privilege of partnering with Kingston's own craft brewery, Keegan Ales!! The ride begins at Keegan's, with 22 mile and 48 mile route options. Both routes boast scenic rural views on the area's backcountry roads. The longer route option includes the very challenging climb on Dug Hill Road to the Ashokan Reservoir.
Our host, Keegan Ales, will provide us with a place to launch our ride and return for refueling with food, rehydrating with some of the finest Mid Hudson brews and and the camaraderie of fellow cyclists!

As you may know, NYBC is the only statewide bicycle advocacy group working to keep NY roads safe for all cyclists. For example, NYBC has been working tirelessly on trying to pass a 3 foot passing law in NY. This early-season ride is a way for us to meet other cyclists in our region, raise awareness of NYBC, membership and support, and to enjoy the sweet bounty of the Mid-Hudson Region.

NEW!! A companion ticket has been added so folks can join their friends and partners for the after ride activities!

The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter has joined with Bike New York and the 2017 TD Five Boro Bike Tour

The 40th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter has joined with
Bike New York and the 2017 TD Five Boro Bike Tour
as an official charity partner and has
3 spots available to benefit
the Alzheimer’s Association!

  As a rider, you receive guaranteed entry, fundraising guidance and incentives.
All participants must agree to meet a fundraising minimum of $1,000.

The TD Five Boro Bike Tour is a 40-mile five borough recreational (not a race) ride through New York City on closed roads. The Tour attracts 32,000 participants and is the largest event of its kind in the U.S. This rain-or-shine event heads north through the heart of Manhattan to Central Park and continues on to historic Harlem and the Bronx, returning south along the East River on the FDR Drive. From there it crosses into Queens and then Brooklyn, where cyclists take over the highway before making the thrilling climb up -- and down -- the Verrazano-
Narrows Bridge to Staten Island.  

Spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, please contact Longest Day
Event Manager Lauren Voorhees at 845.471.2655 or

914.391.3161 or email

















Spring Fling - Celebrate Earth Day!

Biking, Potluck Lunch & Club Meeting

WhenSaturday, April 22, 2017,  sign in begins at 9:15 am

Where: Saugerties Reformed Church, 173 Main St., Saugerties

Come bike in northern Ulster County.  Greet old friends and bring along new.  Scenic mountain vistas, waterfalls, and farms.   Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of your ride.

9:15 am – sign in begins

9:45 am– A/B/C rides leave

10:30 am– D ride leaves

12:30 am - Potluck lunch is with club meeting.   Please bring an appetizer, main dish or dessert to share. Drinks will be provided.

Rain cancels. Any changes will be posted on April 22 by 7 am on the MHBC Facebook page and at on the ride calendar.

Parking is available behind the Church in the parking lot off of John St.  Please enter the Church in the back from the parking lot. 

Cue sheets will be provided.

For more information contact either Gail at (845) 430 – 2182, thorntondds@hotmail.comor

Barbara at (845) 625-4168,


A/B ride: starts 9:45am

C ride starts 9:45am

D ride: start 10:30am

2017 MHBC Inventory

Over the years our club has purchased (with your dues) a good number of items to promote and enhance MHBC. Such as bicycle repair tools, ice coolers, a banner, etc. If you are in possession of any club property please compile an inventory list and forward to me or any other board member or officer. Our club secretary will maintain this list. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Jan Meeting

The next meeting will be on 1/18/17 at McCabe & Mack at 7:00PM. Skype will be available to call into if you would like to join (Skype name: mhbc.vp).

During this meeting we will be voting on two constitutional changes. These changes are outlined below.

The first change is to remove any mention of the price of membership from the constitution. The second change makes the membership period reflect a calendar year. Please see link below to access the old and the new constitution on the website. For a limited time they will not need a password to be accessed.

During the 2017 year, the board is committed to reviewing the constitution.


Change one:


“Section 7: MEMBERSHIP Annual dues for an active MHBC membership are $20.”



Change two:


Membership Period:

The membership period of the Club shall commence on March 1st of a calendar year and extend until March 31st of the following calendar year. Memberships received after September 1 will be valid for the following year.


Membership Period:

The membership period of the Club shall commence from January 1st of a calendar year and extend until December 31st of the same calendar year.


Current Constitution

Proposed New Constitution

2017 Membership Available!

We are excited to announce that the MHBC has created an online store. The store will allow the purchase of memberships online with no additional processing fee for the member! In the future, we will use the online store for selling items like t shirts and jerseys.

The Mid Hudson Bicycle Club is increasing the price of the family membership to $25. This price increase will cover the additional insurance fee's incurred by a family membership. 

We will still be accepting mailed in membership forms, but we highly recommend that members take advantage of the store. The store allows members to opt in to the MHBC email distribution list and saves members the cost of the stamp and check they would use to send the form to the P.O. Box. Online sign-ups are much more manageable for club officers to track than checks sent to the PO Box so, to the extent practicable, we request that you sign up online if you are able. 

The 2017 mail in form will be available in early 2017.

Fall Roundup Information

November 12, 2016     10:00AM Ride D16, C23 or B28 miles through the Rondout Valley of Ulster Co.

The O&W Marbletown Rail Trail is near by for anyone who wants off road riding. Start: High Falls Fire House, Fire House Road, 12440.

There will be a Pot Luck lunch after the riding. Please bring a dish to share. Paper plates and plastic utensils will be provided.

Stove and refrigerator will be available to heat or cool food.

If the weather is terrible and rides are cancelled we will have lunch and the election of club officers for 2017 beginning at 12noon.




Any questions contact Bill Miller at 845 657-9764 or email

MHBC Meeting


MHBC Meeting

MHBC Board Meeting Wednesday 10/19/16 at 7 PM.

Location: McCabe & Mack, 63 Washington St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Please park where you would like and proceed to the door facing the parking lot. Please call (845)-204-8332 if have issues getting in the building.

If you would like to join the meeting remotely, please send a friend request to MHBC.VP on Skype. If already a friend, call to be connected.

MHBC Meeting

MHBC Board Meeting Wednesday 9/21/16 at 7 PM.
Location: McCabe & Mack, 63 Washington St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
This will be the first time using this location for MHBC meetings. Please park where you would like and proceed to the door facing the parking lot.
If you would like to join the meeting remotely, please send a friend request to MHBC.VP on Skype. If already a friend, call to be connected.

Summer Picnic!

The summer picnic is approaching quickly. Remember to mark your calendars for 7/23!

The ride will start at 9:30am.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in. Routes will be posted on facebook before the event. Lunch will be at 12:30. Pizza, salads, and beverages with be provided by the club. For information or to volunteer contact Debbie Glazer at or 917-287-2300.

11th Annual Tour De Kingston

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Where: Forsyth Park, 157 Lucas Avenue, Kingston NY 12401. Parking is at Dietz Stadium, 170 North Front Street, Kingston NY

When: Sunday June 26, 2016. Registration opens at 8am, rides depart at 9am (25, 28 and 50 mile rides), 10am (10 and 18 trail rides) and 11am (FREE Family ride - details below). 

What: The 11th Annual Tour De Kingston offers bike rides for all abilities and interests. 

• The 5-Mile Family Ride is FREE and makes a loop of Uptown and Midtown Kingston attractions. The ride is perfect for beginning riders and children, as the route is flat and the pace is kept slow. 
• The 10 mile rail trail ride is an out-and-back route that makes use the paved Hurley Rail Trail. The trail is flat, so beginners and older youth will find it enjoyable. Riders can go as far as they want and then return by the same route. At the 5-mile mark there will be a rest stop with water.
• The 18 mile rail trail ride follows the paved section of Hurley Rail Trail and continues on to its unpaved section and the unpaved Town of Marbletown Rail Trail. Riders can go as far as they want and then return by the same route. At the 9-mile turnaround there will be a rest stop with water and snacks. This ride is for intermediate riders and due to the dirt sections, a mountain or hybrid bike is recommended. 
• The 25 Mile Road Ride travels along scenic back roads and includes some rolling hills and a rest stop at about the 12-mile mark. This ride is suitable for intermediate riders. Hybrid or road bikes are recommended.
• The 50 Mile Road Ride features steep hills on narrow roads in remote parts of Ulster County. This is a challenging ride for experienced road cyclists. 
• The 28 Mile Road and Trail “Endurance Ride” uses the Hurley, Marbletown and Wallkill Valley rail trails, some single track and road sections to challenge the fittest and most adventurous bike riders. There are no rest stops and you will be self-supporting for many parts of the route. This ride is recommended for experienced bikers. Mountain, Hybrid, Cyclocross or Fat bikes are recommended.
• Refreshments are provided at the start and at designated TDK rest stops. On return to Forsyth Park, all riders are invited to stay for the BBQ cookout, raffle drawing and scholarship awards ceremony.

Why: It’s your chance to see the historic, cultural and scenic attractions of Kingston and Ulster County. The rides use low-traffic back roads and the extensive rail trail network to let you explore what Ulster County has to offer. And as you ride, you will be helping to support the YMCA, the HealthAlliance Foundation and the Tour De Kingston Community Scholarship Fund.

How: Register online at or pick up a registration form at your local bike shop. There is no registration fee for the 5-Mile Family ride, but we encourage you to sign up online. Advance registration for all other rides: $30 for individuals and $50 for couples/families. Day-of event registration: $50 for all riders. There is no charge on the day of the event for the 5-Mile Family Ride; it is a FREE ride. 

All proceeds benefit Tour de Kingston Community Scholarships, the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County and the HealthAlliance Foundation. •
For more information, email: