The Cycle Craze


My husband is nuts—certainly when it comes to bicycling. He is completely obsessed. Last spring, he woke up at 3 am(!) so that he could make it in time for the beginning of the Montauk Century (yes, that’s 100 miles of riding). He actually asked me if I wanted to come along. Let’s just say that I was still sound asleep when he was miles into his all-day ride. A couple of years ago, he decided to forget the train and instead rode his bike from our place in Ossining to his office, which just happens to be located in the East Village! Yes, that East Village, the one in Manhattan. I don’t recall how long it took him, but he did later sheepishly admit that it might not have been one of his best ideas.

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He’s not alone in his mania. A friend of mine, a member of the Westchester Cycle Club, spends almost every weekend going on long—30- to 50-mile—bike rides. And I have a cousin who rides his bike most every day for two or so hours. Bicycling, if you haven’t noticed, is in.
Perhaps you’re like these cycling enthusiasts, too. Or perhaps, you’re more like me—someone who likes to ride (two of my favorite vacations were spent riding gorgeous country roads in foreign lands from inn to inn) but isn’t a complete fanatic. Or perhaps your bicycle has been parked in your garage since you graduated high school. Whatever level of enthusiasm you hold for bicycling, you’ve got to admit that this is the best of times to hop on a two-wheeler. Cycling is green (and that’s BIG nowadays). It’s healthy (that too is much in vogue). And it’s fun.

Which is why we include an interesting, info-filled package on getting around on two wheels in the County. Ironically, Managing Editor John Bruno Turiano, who produced the package, hasn’t been on a bike for some time. “My bike is old and run-down,” he confides. “I used to ride by the Bronx River Parkway down to Scarsdale. Not recently though.” But now, he is determined to get a new bike; credit working on this assignment. “I want to try the Croton trail,” he says. He thinks he’ll be doing it on a new bike. He knows what kind, too—he learned it in our pages.

Perhaps you haven’t yet heard, but Westchester Magazine is scheduled to launch a new business lifestyle magazine, Westchester 914INC. Premiering in the fall, 914INC. will cover the people, issues, and trends affecting the county business scene in a smart, lively way (but of course!). And we can use your help. Our cover story for the premiere issue is “The Power Dozen”—the 12 most influential people in Westchester’s business community. We want to hear from you. Tell us who you think they are. You can let us know by logging onto our website,, where you’ll find an online nomination form. You can also find out more about the new magazine on our site. And do keep an eye out for our premiere issue of 914INC.—scheduled to make it onto newsstands this October—to see if your nominee is indeed one of our “Power Dozen.”

Esther Davidowitz

Photo by Halina Sabath

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