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Old 09-11-09, 09:14 AM
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cue sheet?

I know this has been asked before, but does anyone have the cue sheet for this year? The turns aren't always clearly marked and I find it helpful to be able to review beforehand.

Thanks.
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Old 09-11-09, 09:30 AM
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I'm waiting on the same thing, really wonder why the cue sheets aren't available yet. I would like to review as well.
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>>>Seems like more marshals than riders<<<<<

I've opted to help out at the Astoria Park rest stop this year, rather than riding. I guess some of us are starting to get a little old!
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Old 09-11-09, 10:37 AM
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Cyclist don't get old.
They just pedal slower .
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wow, the 75 miler is actually 86 miles??
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Old 09-12-09, 10:41 AM
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So......anyone going to attempt a meet-up?

Assuming that I don't over-sleep (again) I'll be at the 110th and 7th entrance at 5:15/5:20ish and eventually head for the cue pick-up line. Blue Trek with a rack pack. May tie something like a balloon to be back of the bike as an ID.
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Old 09-12-09, 11:57 AM
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im willing to meet up! im going to meet up with pgoat too i thought it was said at the malcom x ? but can give you calls when im there?
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Old 09-12-09, 12:31 PM
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are roads closed for this ride or u guys are riding with the traffic?
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im willing to meet up! im going to meet up with pgoat too i thought it was said at the malcom x ? but can give you calls when im there?
I can come to Malcolm X instead. Look forward to meeting a fellow archi.
Still want to head to the que line not too long after 5:30, otherwise you end up a ways back in the pack.

edit hkb... just pm'd about meet up. With only a few people and no ninja riders 7th St may work better.

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Old 09-12-09, 07:04 PM
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are roads closed for this ride or u guys are riding with the traffic?
With traffic, but it's not bad. Not much traffic in Manhattan that time of morning, and since they let us out a couple hundred at a time, the ride is very spread out.

We've worked out the meet-up for 5:15 to 5:30ish at the 7th and 110th entrance to the park for anyone who wants to come.
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Old 09-12-09, 08:16 PM
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I'm willing to meet up. I;ll be riding my black Pedal Force ZX3. I'll be wearing a blue jersey and a black Giro helmet. I'm coming over from Staten Island and will be on the 5:00am ferry. Anyone else coming from Staten Island ??
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Old 09-12-09, 09:17 PM
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Anyone else doing 15 or 35 mile? This will be the first ride with more than one person as well as my first ride off of Staten Island so I'm not sure what to expect.
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Old 09-13-09, 03:18 AM
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showering and on my way gonna be gorgeous today can't wait til the sun cracks!
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Well, that was fun :-)
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Excellent ride....and GREAT day all around !!!!
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but the stairs on the Triboro bridge are no fun. Oh well.
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Old 09-13-09, 06:46 PM
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they never are...

I had a blast... Met lots of nice people along the way. I had wanted to do the 100 but did the 75 instead. That was plenty!

Anyone else see the adorable teeny puppy at the Kissena rest stop?

And did that woman on the pink cruiser bike really do this ride in stiletto heels? That was impressive!!
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Old 09-13-09, 09:20 PM
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Had to work today but saw the ride heading down Flatbush and had to comment.

When I heard that the route had been detoured up Knapp and Gerittsen to Ave. U and down Flatbush, I had to wonder if they were closing a lane on Flatbush for the tour. I used to ride, as part of my LI - Brooklyn bike commute, the lower section of Flatbush between Ave. V and the Belt and found it to be one of the most dangerous roads you can bike on anywhere in the city, with cars doing 50-55 on a 3 lane road, no shoulder, and a dangerous interchange at the Belt. I no longer ride this section of Flatbush and head down the bike path to Plum Beach and Knapp St instead.

This morning I saw no lane closure and bikes both on the sidewalk (which is also in terrible shape) and on the road. This was at 10:30AM and there was a fair amount of car traffic on the road. So maybe I'm being overly cautious, but I have to ask - What were they thinking using this portion of a very unfriendly to bikes section of road ?. Why did they not use the bike path past Plum Beach ?. Granted that the sand there can be annoying, but a broom and shovel cleans it right up for a day. All 3 of the prior NY Centuries I've done used this section of the bike path with no issues I was aware of. What made them choose Flatbush ?.

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Old 09-14-09, 05:14 AM
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It was a great ride, the route was well planed, the rest stops were staffed great and even though many people were riding you did not feel like you were crowded and could ride at your own speed.

The concept of staged starts should be use on other rides.

Thanks to all that made the ride possible!
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Old 09-14-09, 05:23 AM
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great ride, am hurting this morning...nothing some 530am steam room can't fix.

about 30mins into the ride i took a really nasty spill in brooklyn. it was crossing the wooden bridge with cobble stones on both sides. one rider to my far right slammed the brakes and slide out, the guy to my immediate right saw it and did the same. the one to my immediate right was a bit ahead of me when he slid out. i had to choose to feather the brakes or roll into him and launch myself over my bars. i tapped on the brakes and the bike just slid out from under me. i landed left shoulder first and my left cheek was sliding along the ground. i distinctly remember seeing puddles of water sliding past my oakleys. i took 2 secs and popped up to check my bike, more concerned about the bike anyways. left hood was bent in and i just pushed it straight.

another hard crash was coming down the bridge onto cross bay blvd. The headwind was serious so I got into a 4 person paceline. i was riding with another F3SL who was leading the descent, a female marshal was behind him, another male marshal behind her, and then me. Apparently the paceleader tapped his brakes, the female marshal's front wheel tapped the back of his wheel and she went down hard. bike went right she went left. we all stopped since it was a very dangerous position, moved up the road to caution those descending as well as warning vehicular traffic.

I think she was ok, i stopped for about 10 mins when the marshals stopped. I really hope she is ok, i saw road rash from her shoulder down to her forearm. she landed on her stomach and slid a good 15 ft.

Triboro stairs sucked...but making the decision to go to the bronx instead of going back to manhattan was epic. After all the stairs, you get this wonderful shaded descent. then empty out into the blazing sun to decide my fate, i swung left with my crew...boy was i in for a surprise. Legs were pretty much done but wasn't cramping at all so i pushed on. i cruise down towards randalls island and what am i greeted with? an upramp that was viciously steep and i was in the big ring. That was a struggle of a climb and it's damn hard to unclip in the middle of a climb so I just had to suffer through it...that part sucked royally. Coming into the finish down in the bronx river was fun but a bit sketchy rolling through some parts of the bx. I tell you this much, rolling past Post Rd by ****men reminded me of fond memories of my youth going into that area.

Physically I'm fine, a bit sore here and there. My slid out was pretty violent and witnessing the marshal's crash really reminded me why i wear my helmet. Road bikes move quick, it's my first real slam thank god everyone that I saw go down was ok.

Escape and then MS...god save my legs.
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'Glad so many people enjoyed the ride. I was the guy supervising the "GU" sports drink table at Astoria Park from 8am to 1pm. I'd love to have engaged more of you in conversation about the ride, but I had a miserable cold and had completely lost my voice by 11am!

Just a comment on the staff: Although this was my first year as a volunteer and the first time I had met many of the TransAlt organizers, I immediately realized why so many riders come back year after year. This ride is an important fundraiser for TA; however, none of the people in charge ran it as if it was about money. From the moment I arrived at my station in Astoria Park, it was clear to me that the ride was about the participants and making sure that they enjoyed every mile of the experience. There were no "martyrs" in this volunteer crew, as I've seen among the volunteers who show up for many other charity events. All the folks making sandwiches, guiding cyclists through the park, and recycling the mess were there because they love cycling and want to share the experience with as many people as possible. Fever, laryngitus, and all, I had a great time, and I look forward to returning next year.

So, regarding this "GU" stuff, I noticed that the reactions ranged from "Mmm, not bad" to "Yyyyyyeck!!!!!!!" And I have a feeling that many of those who commented positively were doing so because they thought I was a representative of the company that manufactures the drink. Not to start a GU-Bashing frenzy here, but having donated the product to the event, the manufacturers of GU would probably be interested in some feedback from 6,000 riders. Anybody care to step up?
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Honestly, at around the astoria park stop I wished there were more GU stations like at Marine Park. I'm almost positive that it had helped me power through the century. Now in terms of whether or not the stuff tasted ok I can't comment specifically. It wasn't awesome tasting I was just downing it to help me fuel for the ride so that didn't matter much to me.

Total M - 103.82
Total Ride - 7:32m
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Old 09-14-09, 08:16 AM
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Great ride, awesome weather.

I had commented earlier in this thread about how poorly the roads were marked prior to the ride. Well, I stand corrected. This ride had the best markings of any of the NYC centuries I have done, and I've done the last 6 years.

The volunteers were amazing as always, thank you guys for making this happen. My favorite part of the rest areas was the PBJ and banana sandwiches. It took two staples of rest stop food that you can get sick of quickly, and with a little extra work by the volunteers, made it enjoyable. It's small things like this that make the NYC Century, with their limited food budget, so enjoyable.

Tom, regarding the GU, my opinion was shared by the half dozen or so people I spoke to about it on the ride. The orange has a bitter aftertaste, wouldn't drink that one for free (well, after the first bottle anyways). The raspberry was ok, and the blueberry was good. I even grabbed some extra packets at the finish line to take home.

One last thing, I found the person responsible for the road markings after the ride and told her I thought it was the best I've seen in years, she was so happy to hear that she literally gave me a huge hug and thanked me. These people really care!!! So, if you enjoyed the ride, send an email to TA and let them know. If you didn't, send an email and let them know. If you want something changed, get involved, the TA does care and will listen.
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to the above posts:

Yes, yes yes, having volunteered a lot with TA over the last several years i can assure you they are awesome people and they really do care about not just the riders but quality of life in general for NYC. If you ride in the area you owe it to yourself to volunteer at least once to check it out. And 99.9% of the volunteers you'll meet and work with are terrific as well.

I marshaled the 75; I saw maybe three spots where markings needed improvement but they were hairpin turns and so forth, not easy spots to mark. Other than that it was pretty flawless, and the general feedback I heard from people there was that markings have improved a lot over previous years.

One thing to think about is how these markings are done. Basically, a TA Staffer and a volunteer (as in unpaid) or two get out there on their bikes and ride the routes with spray paint and paperwork. They do the same thing with orange paint to mark hazards to be fixed by the DOT. The latter is even slower and more laborious - you're moving at snail's pace to spot problems in the road's surface and stopping constantly to spray paint and fill out detailed forms. Due to human error, stuff happens. It's hard work and volunteers are always needed, so please consider helping out on your favorite ride(s) by volunteering now and then.

And to Papa Tom - I manned the sports drink a few years ago at Astoria (I believe it was Accelerade back then). people were griping all day about how bad it tasted. Then again, some people loved it...you can't please everyone.

I gavooned a lot of PBJ yesterday - thank you to all the rest stop volunteers and staff!
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I had commented earlier in this thread about how poorly the roads were marked prior to the ride. Well, I stand corrected. This ride had the best markings of any of the NYC centuries I have done, and I've done the last 6 years.
My wife and I drove up from Virginia Beach to do the ride for the first time, meeting a friend who drove up from DC. Two things had concerned me from reading about past NYCentury's: the possibility of a poorly marked course, and another sense I had that perhaps the rest stops would be poorly manned or out of food. Neither was the case -- at all.

Per it's reputation: this ride is just a magnificent way to see the city. We got a cheap hotel in Ridgefield, NJ near the Meadowlands, drove in at 5AM and street-parked for free at 100th just off Central Park.

The ride start was very well-organized, we hadn't registered early enough to receive our bibs in the mail, and there was virtually no wait. Others have written about the "chute" type arrangement -- once you pick up your registration you're somewhat directed from then on, as if in a cattle chute, etc... this sounded worse than it was, and we sort of skipped the wave of exiting riders we were "packed in with" so we could stop and fill our water bottles (there were hose bibs right aside the start "chute") -- it seems like you have not much choice, but you do.

The ride start was fairly breathtaking, being such a great time of day to ride the city. Manhatten was mostly asleep, slightly damp and chilly...just cool enough to make you aware of fall's onset.

Honestly, not much can parallel riding unimpeded down through Manhatten and across the Brooklyn Bridge, catching glimpses of the cruise ships and the carrier Intrepid on the Hudson, reflections of the city in the mirrored glass of the Javitz... etc.

We loved riding through the neighborhoods we'd only heard or read about -- Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, etc. and we were thrilled to find the 69th Street Pier at Bay Ridge, just before picking up the Shore Park portion. We walked out onto the pier and got great pictures with Manhatten, Jersey City and the Statue of Liberty in the background. And we stopped at Nathan's... which amazingly lived up to it's reputation of offering a damn good hot dog.

We found the stops to be very well-manned and the food to be right-on. Being from the South and knowing the havoc Paula Deen-type food can cause on a bike ride, we avoided the Krispy Kremes at Prospect Park!

We ranked the SAG stops with some of the very best we've experienced.

Marshalls and fellow riders were great. Riding back through Prospect Heights, several locals filled us in on the neighborhood and the directions, making sure to stop if a bunch of us didn't make it through an intersection with them. One Marshall couched us in how to read the markings... which were very, very good.

And yes, portaging the bikes up and down the stairs of the Tri-boro RFK bridge was an unexpected beatch... I would stop and go back and carry my wife's bike, which made for double-duty. Even so, the views from atop the bridge were spectacular.

At any point during the ride, you could stop and enjoy some piece of the city's history -- I loved crossing the Pulaski Bridge and stopping to read the memorial marker -- realizing the bridge was only just a wee bitter older than me.

Thanks to everyone who marshalled and made this ride happen. Great Job. Really! Great Ride!

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