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Gold Coast Tour 2021


Congratulations to all the participants and volunteers of the 2021 Gold Coast Tour!

 

For those of you who joined our club to either ride with one of our groups on the Gold Coast, or go on your own, I hope you enjoyed the routes. The weather was comfortable for the rides and the road conditions were relatively good. 

 

Thanks to all the members who volunteered to lead, sweep, create or pre-screen the routes. Your time is greatly appreciated.

Most of all, thank you to our Gold Coast Chairman, 

Steve Labiner, who has overseen all the details of this effort.

 

As for all members, new and old, you can continue to benefit from all the Club perks:

  • Access to the RWGPS library
  • Discounts at bike shops
  • Forum discussions and information
  • LAB Newsletters
  • Events calendar access: including our Club rides at Smith St. on the weekends, and Breezy Park on Tuesday and Thursday.

             Hope to see you on the road!

 

              Karen Gellert, HBC President


The Huntington Bicycle Club Gold Coast Tour has been a revered North Shore cycling event for over 38 years. Our various bicycle routes wind their way along the beautiful and historic North Shore of Long Island from Great Neck to Huntington. The Long Island Gold Coast, as it was called, was a favorite retreat of the rich and famous. Starting at about the turn of the 20th century and through the 1930’s, the North Shore was a virtual Who’s Who of High Society. From the Astor’s to the Vanderbilt’s, this was the place to be for some of the most notable Americans. The mansions constructed during that period numbered in the hundreds, and many are visible on the Gold Coast Tour.

The Gold Coast Tour draws cyclists of all ages and ability levels from Long Island as well as NYC, New Jersey and Connecticut.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Kids Need More, Camp Adventurean organization of concerned parents who created a camping experience for their children diagnosed with cancer and their siblings. Camp Adventure now serves the east coast and tri-state area. It remains one of the only camps of its kind to serve child cancer patients and siblings.  www.kidsneedmore.org

 


In addition to riding the Gold Coast, there are many benefits of being a Huntington Bicycle Club member, including:

  • Organized rides every weekend and holiday from April thru November each year.
  • 10 to 15% discounts for members at most local bike shops.
  • 20% discount on a RWGPS Premium annual subscription.
  • 20% discount on Road ID account.
  • Supplemental ride insurance on club rides thru LAB (League of American Bicyclists).
  • Group participation at many offsite rides in the tri-state area.
  • Workshops and technical assistance available throughout the year.

* Membership is valid for one year, but must be renewed each year.


GOLD COAST TOUR 2021 ROUTES

Trial Tour Twelve (12 miles)

This pleasant flat route meanders through Greenlawn, East Northport and Elwood for 12.9 miles (We dare not say 13!).  A ride leader will be available to guide those who are ready to start at 9:00 am. Novice cyclists will learn the rules of the road for group riding and the use of cue sheets and road markings to follow a tour route.

Huntington Ramble (25 miles)

A family-friendly excursion (without steep hills) exploring the neighborhoods of Greenlawn, East Northport, Commack, Kings Park and vicinities with a vertical climb of 645'.

Vintage Villages (55 miles)

You will also enjoy the harbors and hills. Then you pedal though a string of charming and historic villages-Laurel Hollow, Oyster Bay, Locust Valley, Roslyn, Old Westbury, Brookville and others with a vertical climb of 2,751'.

Grand Tour (70 miles)

Harbors, hills, vintage villages, views of Oyster Bay Harbor & Mill Neck Bay & the affluent communities along the way, shows you why Long Island's North Shore is called the "Gold Coast" with a vertical climb of 3,334'.

Century Challenge (100 miles)

Even experienced century riders find this one a challenge. Your tour includes all the beautiful sights of the other tours plus 35 more hilly miles with a vertical climb of 4,524'.

TOUR START

All routes begin rain or shine at the Gates Ave. LIRR Lot in Greenlawn.

DIRECTIONS

Southern State Parkway to Exit 42 - Deer Park Avenue West. (Or Long Island Expressway or Northern State Parkway to Deer Park Avenue North). Cross Jericho Turnpike, then Deer Park Avenue becomes Park Avenue. Drive on Park Ave. about 1/3 mile to Greenlawn Road. The road will split, the right fork is Greenlawn Road, about 2 miles to the tracks. At tracks make a right. (Or L.I.E or Northern State to Deer Park Ave. North.)

By LIRR: Take the LIRR, Port Jefferson branch, to the Greenlawn Station. 

 

SUGGESTED START TIMES

100 miles 7:00 am

70 miles   7:30 am

55 miles   8:00 am

25 miles   8:30 am

12 miles   9:00 am

 

 

What’s different about this year’s ride

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in place of rest stops we have recommended stops along the routes. All HBC club rides usually include food and rest breaks. Bike repairs and SAG wagon support will not be available this year.

 

HELMETS and SAFETY

ANSI or SNELL approved helmets are required. Cycling safety & strict adherence to all cycling rules of the road are imperative.

It is recommended that all riders bring water bottles and spare tubes. All participants must sign the waiver.

 

Please support our Gold Coast Fund. A portion of the Gold Coast proceeds have been donated in the past to several charities including:  Kids Need More, Camp AdventureNew York Bicycling CoalitionThe Lustgarten Foundation, The Head Injury Association

Gold Coast Fund

Please support our sponsors. Thank You.

Flanzig
Peoples
Gellerman
ScottsBalls
Delicacies Deli
Woodbury Deli