I'll be there unless it rains! Yes.. I hate riding in the rain. ;-)
Here's my advice.
1. Use the Rest stops to load up on food ---- I made the mistake the first time and did the whole thing without stopping. It was an awful experience. Eat as much food as you can and take some home!
2. The Queens Borough Bridge ---- That bridge is horrible and you'll always see people getting flats because of the metal grid. Just be careful you don't fall down.
3. Highway portion in Brooklyn ---- Always make sure when you're going down that final portion that you are not behind someone else! People are dropping water bottles, cameras, keys and you cannot run over these things. Again, make sure you have a clear view of that downhill because they're always scraping someone off at the bottom.
Central Park ------ There a section in the park that's fast downhill with a sharp right turn. Be careful there because that's practically a hairpin if you're flat out.
Remember, this is not a race but a leisure ride. I was able to complete the ride two years ago on a 16' wheel, 3 speed Dahon Piccolo folding bicycle. Goto www.Dahon.com
if you want to see the type of bicycle that is. I've seen children complete this ride in training wheels, bmx, Razer scooters and roller skates. It's not a hard or fast ride but remember to have FUN!!