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Old 09-05-06, 09:16 AM   #1
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NYC Century route in October

Anyone ever done the century ride around NYC?

http://www.transalt.org/calendar/century/index.html

I am not going to be able to make it there next week for the organized trip, but i was trying to plan a ride for mid-late October. Anyone ever done this either with the organized event or without?

Does anyone know if the event route is still open/obvious outside of the Sept 10th weekend?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-05-06, 09:27 AM   #2
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i ride parts of the nyc century route every weekend. the markings stay on the road year round and they do a pretty good job of making them easy to read. you could ride it without a cue sheet, but it would be a good idea to bring a map with just in case you miss a cue or have to turn back.

[edit] also, the route is on public streets so you can always ride it anytime.
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Whats the terrain like? Is some of it bike paths? or is most of it just congested city streets? Hard to tell from alot of the photos i have seen and i know that the area north of the city limits is a bit winding and hilly.
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Whats the terrain like? Is some of it bike paths? or is most of it just congested city streets? Hard to tell from alot of the photos i have seen and i know that the area north of the city limits is a bit winding and hilly.
it's a little bit of everything. you'll ride on greenways, in parks, on side streets, and a few major avenues. the route designers seem to utilize as much of the greenways as possible and quiet side streets so you'll be riding through some beautiful areas. plus, if you ride on a weekend the traffic isn't too bad (although if you've never been to NYC it may seem heavy).

in the past i've enjoyed roughly 80-85% of it. the parts i personally didn't enjoy were:

1. a few poorly designed bridge crossings. some of which you have to walk across.
2. it goes through some depressed neighborhoods, which isn't bad in and of itself, but there can be a lot of broken glass and potholes.
3. dealing with traffic in northern queens kinda sucks. riders hit this section late in the afternoon when it's hot and everyone is starting to get tired.

BUT it is NYC afterall, so these complaints are just part of the environment. it really is a great century to do.
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