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09-21-09, 09:20 AM
Does anybody have an idea how tough is the 30 mile route for NYC ms bike?
I will biking with my wife and she is not really a regular biker and I know FDR drive has a lot of uphill flyovers.
Is the bike route going up the flyovers or are we staying in the flat roads?
Are there any bridges in the route?
And the other routes, for comparison's sake please.
09-24-09, 02:33 PM
The 30 mile route is easy for regular riders and challenging for non-riders so take it easy. It's a tour, not a race. The FDR is pretty easy, even the inclines up to the elevated parts. There's one short, but steep hill when you're up around Broadway heading to the first rest stop, but you'll see/hear people downshifting so put it in the granny gear and glide up. The 2nd half is the harder part because people's muscles tend to tighten up during the rest stop, then they have to climb small inclines and fight headwinds on the Henry Hudson. Again, take it easy and ride your wife's pace.
The 60 and 100 mile routes break off at the Lincoln Tunnel and head up the Palisades I think, then come back over the GWB. It's hilly, but familiar to people that ride that area.
30 Miles: This is for participants of all levels. Ride the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive, Harlem River Drive and the West Side Highway --- TRAFFIC FREE! This route is mostly smooth and does not have any steep hills.
66 Miles: This is for cyclists seeking a more challenging ride. This route includes the traffic free 30 mile route, plus an exhilarating traffic free ride through the Lincoln Tunnel! Once through the Lincoln Tunnel,* participants will ride on roads open to traffic, including riding over the George Washington Bridge.
100 Miles: This is an extremely challenging route intended for experienced cyclists only. The route extends from the above 66-mile route into Congers, NY where there is a rest stop**, then returns back to Manhattan via the George Washington Bridge. This route includes steep hills and roads open to traffic.
*Riders going through the Lincoln Tunnel must be at the Tunnel entrance by 11 a.m. in order to be allowed to continue on the ride.
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