Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-12-06, 09:53 AM   #1
HopedaleHills
Streetfire
Thread Starter
 
HopedaleHills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Slightly Off Center
Bikes: Trek 1200c, BMC Streetfire, Gary Fisher Wahoo
Posts: 723
NYC Century Tour Report

Well, my wife and I had a great time at this event. We got to NYC on Sat afternoon and spent some time exploring the upper west side and CP on our bikes. Sunday we got up at 5:00AM and left the hotel at 6:00AM which got us to the start at 6:30. We decided to do the 35 mile ride rather than the 50 because we had theater tickets and didn't want to be rushed trying cleanup, eat, and get to the theater on time.

We started at 7:00 and rode the 17 miles through the upper west side, down through Manhattan and over the BB, then up Prospect Slope to Prospect Park and the first rest stop. From there we rode through several neigborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens to the next rest stop at Astoria Park. That was around mile 30. The final leg was over the Triboro to Randells Island, then the pedestrian bridge back to Manhattan and a couple miles back to CP. We pulled back into CP just before noon.

Overall the ride was alot of fun. I saw all manner of bikes from Xmart specials to classic steel to expensive roadies, all kinds of riders, and every jersey ever made. It was very interesting riding through the local neighborhoods and crossing the bridges was very cool. The route was marked pretty well and the marshalls were at the tough spots to help direct you. The only complaint I have is that the road conditions were mostly terrible. There were even sections where they were paving and we had to ride on the trenched surface. Man, will that rattle your teeth after a while. If I had known I would have put slicks on the MTB and rode that.

The one thing that suprised my was how high the bridges really are and how tough riding Prospect Slope was, it seems to go on forever. Much to my surprise, when I downloaded the GPS data it had 3970 ft worth of total climbing, much more than I thought.

Here is the map from the GPS


The Start


Riding in the upper west side


On the BB


Prospect Park


View from some unknown bridge in Brooklyn


Astoria Park


On the Triboro


We're done


At the Finish
HopedaleHills is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-06, 10:25 AM   #2
NOS88
Senior Member
 
NOS88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 6,490
Sounds and looks like it was a blast! Thanks for the report with pictures.
__________________
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831
NOS88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-06, 12:03 PM   #3
pastorbobnlnh 
Freewheel Medic
 
pastorbobnlnh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Ascending or Descending the NH Mountains NW of Concord!
Bikes: Snazzy* Schwinns, Classy Cannondales, & a Lonely '83 Santana Tandem (* Ed.)
Posts: 10,229
Good job Tim! Too bad you couldn't have made that ride on a vintage Kool Lemon Varsity.
__________________
Bob
Dreaming about riding in NH's summertime!

Visit my websites:
FreeWheelSpa.com orpastorbobnlnh.com
pastorbobnlnh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-06, 12:20 PM   #4
PaulH
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes:
Posts: 3,305
Thanks, Tim! That looks as if it was a blast!

paul
PaulH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-06, 12:41 PM   #5
HopedaleHills
Streetfire
Thread Starter
 
HopedaleHills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Slightly Off Center
Bikes: Trek 1200c, BMC Streetfire, Gary Fisher Wahoo
Posts: 723
Quote:
Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
Good job Tim! Too bad you couldn't have made that ride on a vintage Kool Lemon Varsity.
Now that's funny
HopedaleHills is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:27 AM.