HUNTINGTON BICYCLE CLUB - GOLD COAST TOUR
The Huntington Bicycle Club Gold Coast Tour has been a revered North Shore cycling event, now in its 38th year. 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 Astors to the Vanderbilts, this was THE place to be for some of the most notable Americans. The mansions constructed during that period numbered in the hundreds. The Gold Coast Tour draws cyclists of all ages and ability levels from Long Island as well as NYC, New Jersey and Connecticut.
GOLD COAST TOUR 2019 ROUTES
(Routes for 2020 will be similar)
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 scenic vistas of Huntington and vicinity with a vertical climb of 645'.
Vintage Villages (55 miles)
You will also enjoy the harbors and hills. Then you peddle 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, show you why Long Island's North Shore is call the "Gold Coast" with a vertical 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'!
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Kids Need More Camp Adventure, an 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
- Food and beverages will be available at all rest stops and at the finish. (12 mile Trial Tour participants are eligible for food only at the finish.)
- SAG (Support and Gear) wagons will be provided on all routes.
- Routes will be clearly marked and cue sheets will be provided.
- Free T-Shirts guaranteed for all who are pre-registered by June 15.
- GPS files will be available ONLY for Pre-Registration (NOT same day), and will be emailed to you in advance of the Tour.
TOUR START and SUGGESTED START TIMES
All routes begin rain or shine at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn.
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
(Tour closes at 5:00 pm. No support will be available after that time.)
By car: Long Island Expressway to Northern State Parkway to Deer Park Ave (Rte 231) north. Bear left at the fork and continue for 3.5 miles. Turn right on Pulaski Road;proceed 1.5 miles to Harborfields High School. Park only in designated areas.
By LIRR: Take the LIRR, Port Jefferson branch, to the Greenlawn Station. Turn left (east) on Gates St to the end (0.2 miles).
There are 3 parking lots at the Start/Finish, adjacent to Harborfields High School: 98 Taylor Ave, Greenlawn, NY 11740.
Additional Parking 3 blocks away on Gates Ave (LIRR station)
HELMETS and SAFETY
ANSI or SNELL approved helmets are required. Cycling safety & strict adherence to all cycling rules of the road are imperative.
HUNTINGTON BICYCLE CLUB MEMBERSHIP
Join us for an exciting season of cycling! HBC offers all levels of structured road rides in the touring or recreational class every weekend. Cyclists of all abilities meet from April through November. Experienced leaders who are trained in road safety and bicycle mechanics take our members on scenic and safe routes through all parts of Long Island. Members also meet to ride in the off-season.
- Ride more safely
- Get fit and improve your riding skills
- Make new friends
- Have fun and enjoy nature
- Become active in cycling
- Remote trips
- Social Events
Membership in the Huntington Bicycle Club:
- $25 Individual
- $30 Family
Membership is not required to register for the Gold Coast Tour.