Are you looking for something a little bit different to do? The Five Boro Bike Tour in New York City on May 5, 2013 might just be something to try! NOTE that regular registration is already filled – but – there are a few other ways in which you can still participate.
A number of years ago, our riding group decided to try out the Five Boro Bike Tour ourselves. Always trying to find something a little bit different, we thought we’d give this a shot. This is my review.
As one could imagine, there are a lot of riders at an event of this size. It’s kind of neat to be among thousands of other cyclists – especially when roads are shut down from motorized vehicles for the day. It’s a great way to see the different parts of the city from an entirely new angle.
The thousands of riders do present some problems, however. Shortly after we started the ride, I noted a lot of folks pushing their bikes. Not sure what to think, it finally dawned on me that we had come to a “hill” in the city. Because there were so many riders (of all abilities), they found climbing to be difficult – so they pushed. Their “hill” was a mere speed bump to us Central Pennsylvanians.
Unfortunately, because there were so many riders who got off to push, there was no way to continue riding until you reached a spot when folks stopped pushing and began to ride (it left room to pass).
The multitude of riders also caused bottlenecks to occur when the route went into smaller areas/bike paths. So, we found that the ride was a lot of stop-and-go. Typically, a cyclist (at least this one) likes the “go” without the “stop,” and I found this to be a little frustrating.
Nothing was too difficult. The rest stops were well stocked – and they served as great locations to reconnect with the other riders in our group. Know that, before you begin, you should let any riders in your group know to wait at a rest stop to reconnect. Even though there were so many riders, it was pretty easy to connect.
If you’re coming from out of the area, you should try to get into the city early the day before. Since you’ll probably need to spend the night to be ready for the morning start, you might as well take the opportunity to enjoy the city the day before.
Also, since the ride is in early May, you should plan on dressing for a cold weather start. It was mighty drafty – and the winds whipped between the buildings.
There is the opportunity to purchase a photo or two from the ride – as the organizers have professional photographers hired to catch riders at different locations (searchable by your bib number).
I’d say the Five Boro Bike Tour is on the list of events that you should do at least once! It’s well organized and a great way to see many different parts of the city.