Frequently Asked Questions
- Who are you guys?
Recreational bicyclists who ride in Westchester, Putnam and sometimes Rockland and Dutchess counties in New York State, north of New York City. Most of our members are from New York City, Westchester and Putnam.
- What kind of rides do you do?
All. Sometimes even on dirt. The club has a ride category system: A to D for road rides plus HP for rides with a lot of hardpack roads, and M for mountain bike rides. We try to schedule a ride at every level every Saturday and Sunday, sometimes more than one as long as the start locations are far apart. We also often schedule rides during the week. For anyone new to the club or thinking about joining, we offer Orientation rides.
During the season, we also have casual rides - flings, we call them - that start and end at the same location during the week. On special occasions, we have multi-level rides tied to events like the Cinco de Velo first weekend in May. Look at the Ride Categories page for more info.
- Do you race?
No. Some of us ride really, really fast and it may look like we're racing but we're not.
- How do I know which ride level to go on?
There are a couple of ways. Take your cycle computer on your next ride and when you get home, note your mileage and average speed. Then look at the ride level descriptions on the bottom of the Ride Schedule page. Please note that the speeds listed are averages; a B ride may average 15 miles per hour, but there will be parts where you're going 35 mph and parts where you are giving it all to do 3 mph. It's best to underestimate; nobody likes getting dropped.
You can also contact the New Members committee to talk about your riding skill and level. Go on one of the Orientation rides and talk to the ride leader. Also, review the New Members page and the Ride Categories.
- What does it cost to join?
Dues are $30 per household per year.
- I'm really cheap. Can I go on club rides without paying dues?
Guests are welcome on club rides. Contact the ride leader by phone for meet up location; only members can access ride start locations on the website.
- What do I get for being a member?
- Access to MyWCC
- Free turn-by-turn navigation on your smart phone, using RideWithGPS, for many cue sheets posted on the WCC website.
- Ride reminders
- The monthly newsletter - Plain Spoke'n, delivered electronically, of course!
- Access to the Cue Sheet Library on MyWCC
- Discounts at local Bike Shops
- And may other things, like meeting like-minded, friendly cyclists
- What's so great about MyWCC?
MyWCC is the club's interactive membership system. MyWCC includes the ride schedule, events calendar, newsletter distribition, member polls, cue sheet library, club photo album, club statistics, ride leader incentives and membership roster. In tech speak, MyWCC is a PHP/MySQL script written by our webmaster Bruce Wells and it rocks.
- Where do the rides start and end?
Wherever the Ride Leader says. The most popular start location is Crittenden School in Armonk because it's centrally located, has plenty of parking and access to awesome roads. And it is close by a supermarket with an awesome craft draft list where you might find an after ride gathering. Talk about awesomeness.
- What about meetings?
Yes, we have meetings. The Board of Directors meets once a month; if you'd like to attend, contact the club president. In the spring and fall, the Programs Director organizes Member Meetings, which are usually held at a restaurant and feature a presentation related to cycling. Look at the Events page for more information.
- Can I Volunteer?
You sure can. Lead rides, organize events, write news, take photos - did I mention that we are all volunteers? Even me, the omniscient voice that is guiding you now.
- Are my membership dues waived if I volunteer?
- How do I get one of those awesome ride jerseys?
You can earn it by leading rides. The club has an active incentive program which is described on the Ride Leader Information page. Or you can buy one from the Incentives Director. See the Gear page for more info.
- What is the Golden Apple?
Every September, the club sponsors the Golden Apple, a self-paced tour of Westchester and Putnam Counties. We have marked routes of 25 to 125 miles and provide maps, food, rest stops, directions and other services to all riders. The Golden Apple represents the culmination of the cycling season, and many cyclists, members and non-members, come to challenge themselves and enjoy a fully supported ride. We have had over 1,200 cyclists participating. It's lots of fun for everyone involved.
- What ages are club members?
Our members are all ages, but mostly reflect the demographics of Westchester County. Riders under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult in order to ride with us. You should print and bring this form to a ride if you are bringing minor.
- How do I join?
Go to the Membership page for instructions on how to join.
For more information, call 914-721-6018.
As a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit corporation, the WCC makes its IRS Federal Form 990 available upon request for public inspection.