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Old 10-22-18, 02:56 PM
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Tour de Bronx; rode it recently?

2018 Tour de Bronx will take place this Sunday. Have volunteered as a marshal many times in the past;
but not in the last couple of years. And rode by myself most of the time. I got nominated as a ride leader
this year. By default perhaps, since I might be the only one that has done the ride before.

So here is the reason for my post; need to know if there are/were changes from previous years. Below
are my comments to some queries posted by my group. Please let me know of any updates:
"Loveland, there will be 2 rest stops before the finish area. Based on previous years; the following will be served:
bagels(w/ cream cheese), bananas, orange juice, granola bars(brand depends on that year's sponsor), water. Finish
area will serve pizza slice and drinks(again, brand will depend on sponsor). But it's always a good idea to bring your
own snacks/food/nutritional supplements/drinks."

"At the Meet-up site this was asked: "anybody know what the pace is like for the 40-mile ride, and about how long it will take?"
This was my reply: Haven't gone on this ride the last 3 years due to Bike MS scheduling conflict. So these are my observations
from previous years. There are arrow marks on the road; one can follow the route on their own. Rider(s) can either go before
official 10:15 start; or catch-up later. So if a rider does this; you can go at what ever pace you want and that will also dictate what
time you'll finish. Note that if you go to early/fast or late/slow; rest stops may not be open or already closed. I like to ride with the
official start/group. The roads aren't closed to traffic, but there is a safety cell in the beginning. Police will be closing off/blocking
streets temporarily while the riders pass. This also means that the group gets to ride without stopping for red lights/stop signs.
Police pace cars move about 15mph?(guess on my part, don't use bike computer/apps). The official group will stop at two rest
stops; maybe for 20 minutes each time. Reaches the finish(Botanical Gardens) around 3pm?"

Thanks for any info folks!

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Old 10-26-18, 05:26 AM
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That sounds about right, I do the 25 mile ride because I also ride to and from the event so my day winds up being about 40 miles which is good enough for me.
The weather is looking ok no rain but cool so dress accordingly.
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Sorry for hijacking the thread, but I was thinking about doing it. I actually registered and everything. How crowded is it? More importantly, how tight are the riders? Riding in a tight group of strangers with various skill levels puts me off a bit.
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That sounds about right, I do the 25 mile ride because I also ride to and from the event so my day winds up being about 40 miles which is good enough for me.
The weather is looking ok no rain but cool so dress accordingly.
Yeah; looks like we got lucky with the weather. Rain Fri., Sat and Mon; but looks good for Sun.
Might wear shorts with removable arm sleeves for my top.
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Sorry for hijacking the thread, but I was thinking about doing it. I actually registered and everything. How crowded is it? More importantly, how tight are the riders? Riding in a tight group of strangers with various skill levels puts me off a bit.
Last year's ride had 10,000 cyclists show up. Most of those were for the 25 mile route though.
So if you want less riders around you; go for the 40 mile route. I try to stay as far right as possible.
This way; I know a rider can only pass/squeeze by on my left. I'm used to big crowds(Five Boro Bike Tour,
etc.); so it doesn't bother me too much. I even do these rides w/ clipless pedals.

Try it once; maybe you'll have a good time. Even if you don't; at least you get free pizza and a Tshirt.
In this clip I did the 25 mile route with a friend. Her first group/charity ride/event. She had a blast:
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Sorry for hijacking the thread, but I was thinking about doing it. I actually registered and everything. How crowded is it? More importantly, how tight are the riders? Riding in a tight group of strangers with various skill levels puts me off a bit.
Everyone's idea of crowed or tight is different, but it's far less the the 5 boro!
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Did anybody here do it today? I couldn't make it even though I signed up.
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I was supposed to lead a group with 14 riders; ended up being a group of 5.
Everybody on Brompton folding bikes. None of the other riders ever did it
before. No sun; a bit chilly. But that means less riders/lines/bottlenecks. At
the end; everybody had a blast.

Really proud of my crew. I thought it was going to be a slow paced 40 mile
cruise. But they were going fast; attacking hills. Our tiny folders passed a lot
of roadies and hybrids. None of us walked; but we passed a lot carbon fiber
roadies walking uphill.
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