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Bike Tours

Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:09 am

does anyone here ride in bike tours? today was the NY Century. I just finnished the 55 miles segment. grueling, but was satisying to finnish.

started in Harlem at the top of Central Park. biked up through Harlem and than downtown on Riverside Drive and 9th Ave. Went over the Brooklyn Brige and than down to Prospect Park where the first rest stop was. Had b-fast trail mix, oranges, and Accelerade. than headed west over to the Belt Parkway and biked along the shore under the Verrazano all the way around the bottom of Brooklyn and Coney Island and than up to the Canarsie Pier, where the 2nd rest stop was. More oranges and Acelerade and some bananas.

Headed back west through Canarsie, Brownsville, Crown Heights, and Bed-Sty. Arrived at the East River via Williamsburg and biked along the riverfront up to Queens. The third and final rest stop was in Astoria Park underneath the Triborough Bridge. Biked over the Triborough and than through Randalls Island Park and biked back to Manhattan over a footbridge. Finnished several hours after beginning at 110th and Lenox Ave.

felt so proud of myself to finnish. i used an 8 speed Giant i had bought in Orlando.

anyone else do this stuff?
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RE: Bike Tours

Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:29 am

I've ridden plenty of tours, but I've never had the chance to do one in a large urban area. I'd love to ride an organized tour in downtown NYC or Chicago (well, maybe if Chicago wasn't still led by Dick Daley).

One of my toughest was 113 miles through central Michigan. About 3/4 of it was directly into pretty healthy headwinds, and I did it back before I knew anything about cycling, so I was on a mountain bike with knobbies. I probably generated enough wattage to do 200 miles on a modern, high-end road bike!

If you ever get the chance, go on an organized tour, like the ones offered by The experience is amazing. You show up to the airport, hand your bags to the guide, and the next time you see them, they're sitting on your bed in your room. The guides are required to learn about the local areas...even down to details like where the best coffee shops are, and where the best local, off-the-beaten-path shopping and events can be found. It's everything you would look forward to in a vacation, with virtually none of the headaches you'd expect.

I'd really like to do the Trek Travel ride up in Maine....the photos look amazing...


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