On the Columbia Outdoor Biking Orientation Program (COBOP) incoming freshmen will complete a “tour de Hudson Valley” as they bike a four day route from Tarrytown, NY back to the Columbia Campus. During COBOP’s 150-mile bike trek, you will ride alongside rivers and farms on winding tree-lined roads through the lower Hudson Valley. At the end of the trip, the whole group bikes across the George Washington Bridge, down the west side of Manhattan, and right into the gates of Columbia. Although all participants take the same route, intimate groups of six or seven first-years and two or three leaders ride together for the entire trip, sharing tents, cooking as a unit, and traveling at their own pace. At the end of the day all the BOP groups come together to relax around the campfire and share stories, eat delicious food, play games, and enjoy the company of fellow classmatess. While we accept all levels, some basic biking experience is required. As long as you’ve ridden a bike with handbrakes, you’ll be set.
Check out our BOP Leader page to see this year’s trip leaders!