People Cycling Rides

NYC to Albany - Self Contained.

This is a Approved Ride
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Rick Gallo
Tour Dates
Start Location
New York City
End Location
New York City
Cost (est.)
$1020 (USD + $100.00 ride fee)
$600 (USD
Payment Due
Avg. Distance
41 mi / 66 km
Avg. Elevation
1175 ft / 358 m
Ride Description

Self-Contained Tour – NYC to Albany (with optional four day add-on):

Note:  This is a self-contained tour! Starting on September 29 we stay in hotels / motels but there is no luggage vehicle – your belongings will be on your bicycle. The leader will be carrying some tools and spare parts, but your bike should be ready for a self-contained tour. The days are purposely a little shorter than other tours, but carrying your gear makes for the same type of day as if you are cycling longer distances on an unencumbered road bike. There is one day with higher mileage then the others, but after the first mile from our hotel to the bike trail, the entire rest of this day is on dedicated bicycle paths. In fact most of this tour is on the Empire State Trail: a dedicated paved bicycle trail system which uses mostly rail-trails. Our cycling will have portions off these rail-trails but they are on bike friendly roads. Most of our lodging is near restaurants, but you may have to Uber (or bike after taking off your panniers in your room) to other restaurants.

This type of tour, according to personal needs, can be completed with as little as about 20-25 pounds of gear (although most of us carry more). You will need a bicycle capable of holding panniers or towing a BOB / Burly type cargo trailer. Highly recommended is an easily detachable handlebar bag (this bag carries your most important items and alway… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

About People Cycling

People Cycling is a bicycle touring club, which you can join for free. We offer Domestic and International Cycling Tours which are led by volunteer Ride Leaders. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 15-20 or so) who want to ride an average of 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world. Our tours range in price from frugal getaways to luxurious adventures. We travel road, gravel, or mountain bike styles, and all bicycle types – including e-bikes, recumbents, and tandems are typically allowed.

Our ride leaders are volunteers and do not financially profit on tours they lead. They are also given broad discretion on how to lead their tours, and we consider them our greatest asset.

People Cycling tours are operated at cost or at lower cost (as negotiated by our ride leaders) than individuals can obtain on commercial tours. Within the cost of a tour, there is a nominal fee to support club operations and provide tools to ride leaders to manage their rides.

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