GrNY is an informal club for gravel riding in the New York metro area. Rides involve dirt and paved surfaces, since it is difficult to string together continuous unpaved routes in our area. The basic idea is to get away from cars and seek gravel where we can find it.
Join us for rides that emphasize:
- Fun exploration
- Non-competitive atmosphere
- No dress code (whether lycra, MTB baggies, or flannel)
- Pacelining is discouraged, particularly on gravel roads, unless you know your ride partner well.
- Some members enjoy challenging rides, but the goal is the experience, not speed/stats.
If you’d like to join the Strava group, where you can RSVP for rides…
First click “join group” on Strava. We want to include people who might actually join rides. That’s why we will check that you:
1) live in the broader NYC Metro area (e.g. NY, NJ, CT), and
2) are capable of riding the distance of our shortest rides (35+ miles of hilly terrain).
If your Strava profile says you’re in London, or Paris, Des Moines or wherever – you won’t be approved for membership. And we also won’t approve you for membership if, when look at the stats on your profile, we see that all the rides you’ve logged to Strava are short rides. Almost all GrNY rides are more than 35 miles and typically on hilly terrain, so you should be used to regularly riding at similar distances and elevation gradients. That said, privacy is an issue and some people have their profiles locked down. Others have never used Strava before. That’s okay.
If your Strava profile doesn’t reflect your location or riding ability, click “join group” then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your Strava profile or your profile name. If you don’t hear back from that address, you are welcome to email Steve at email@example.com. He can also approve your membership to the Strava group.
Once you’re a club member communication via Strava is an issue. Strava has a policy of gradually muting clubs as they grow in size. To get around that problem we’ve created an email mailing list.
To get on the mailing list visit https://grny.org/email-list/ and follow the instructions on the page. We try to keep emails to a minimum. And please realize you have to confirm your email address to be fully signed up – some people miss that step. Check your spam folder if you don’t see the confirmation email within a few minutes.
Finally, if you want to get a sense for the rides we do, we’ve put “ride reports” on our website (https://GrNY.org) for many of our rides.