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NYC Century coming upbikeridah
Aug 15, 2002 7:08 AM
Anyone have any comments (good or bad) on this ride? I passed on the Bike NY ride (thankfully) which I heard was crowded and poorly run. I'm just looking for casual ride through the other boros. So is this worth it?
re: NYC Century coming upSteve Bailey
Aug 17, 2002 3:36 AM
>So is this worth it?

Yes. it's a wonderful ride. How many times do you get the chance to ride all the way down 5th Ave. with little or no cars ?. It takes you into areas of city you never knew existed, like a section of the old Long Island Motor Parkway between Cunningham and Alley Pond Parks in Queens, or all the way around the north end of Douglaston, or onto the Kissena Velodome for a lap around, or over the Triborough Bridge, onto Wards Island, etc...

It's a lot of fun, good food stops, although I found it to a bit more difficult then other centuries due to all the stop/starts at stop signs and traffic lights. Don't plan on anything important in the afternoon.

I strongly advise you to pre-register, as it's a zoo at 6:30 AM if you show up to register day-of-event. I also seem to recall they don't let you roll out at anytime, instead holding everyone at the start till 7. Annoying.

Steve B.
re: NYC Century coming upelsaltamontes
Sep 6, 2002 1:57 PM
I highly recommend it. You'll see NYC more than the locals have. On a bike! Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge was a thrill. Seeing the different neighborhoods. Make sure you do the full century (extra 25 miles to Bronx). Again, some areas feel like you're in a different country.

Don't expect an athletic event by any means. It's a relaxed, see the city, meet new people kind of ride. Good luck, I can't make it this year... But will be back soon.

Bring a camera!