Originally Posted by ghostofcrujones
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.