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Old 09-01-11, 09:53 AM
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As I mentioned before, I'm bummed out not to be able to do the ride this year. While I have followed part of the route while riding since last year thanks to the markers on the street, I'd like to try the 100mile route on another day. Does anyone still have the cue sheet, or could someone post it afterwards?
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Old 09-01-11, 10:57 AM
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I've seen cue sheets for old rides posted up on bikely, or mapmyride, or other similar sites. I bet a quick google would turn up some cue sheets for you. Have fun recreating the ride!
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Old 09-01-11, 01:35 PM
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There are variations in the route each year, but you'll get the idea. I think the biggest variation is whether it goes to Rockaway or not. The Cross Bay Bridge was closed for a few years and you wouldn't go to Rockaway when it was.
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Old 09-01-11, 02:33 PM
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According to the NYC Century Route Page, and the map this year's 75 and 100 mile routes include the Rockaways.
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Old 09-01-11, 07:37 PM
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It must get crowded going over the Marine Park Bridge. It's so narrow. I guess this ride isn't as big as the 5BBT where it would be a 2 hour wait...
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Old 09-01-11, 07:42 PM
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Not as big. Only 6 or 7 thousand, and the start is staggered and from two different locations (Central Park and Prospect Park). At most you'll have a few dozen riders around you.
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Old 09-01-11, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by zacster View Post
It must get crowded going over the Marine Park Bridge. It's so narrow. I guess this ride isn't as big as the 5BBT where it would be a 2 hour wait...
You would think so, but the ride is so spread out that the ride over the bridge is not crowded at all.
One of the bottlenecks used to be the bridge on the belt parkway from Sheepshead Bay to Flatbush Ave.
but the bike path has washed away and they've eliminated that bridge.
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Old 09-02-11, 08:17 PM
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virtually no bottlenecks on this ride last year, it was great. an absolute blast, i'm really looking forward to it.
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Old 09-15-11, 09:25 AM
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Ride package arrived. Packing this afternoon and heading for NJ Friday morning.
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Old 09-15-11, 02:02 PM
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Go for it

Go for the 100. If you feel tired, hop on a subway, or cut your ride short and bike back with the help of the NYC bike map, which is usually given out at the start.
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Old 09-15-11, 07:21 PM
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100 milers who want to bail can also take the short cut on Randall's Island, over the Pedestrian Bridge, skipping the Bronx entirely.
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Originally Posted by Stacy View Post
100 milers who want to bail can also take the short cut on Randall's Island, over the Pedestrian Bridge, skipping the Bronx entirely.
yep, thats the reason why I don't do the full century, I've ridden all those routes in the bronx a million times so there really isn't anything new for me. plus it's football season, 75 miles lets me get back in time to watch football!
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Old 09-16-11, 07:53 AM
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Can you still register?

I had a conflict, that is now cleared.
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Old 09-16-11, 11:57 AM
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FrankieV, I think I was on that year's Harlem Valley Ride. That was the most intense downpour I've ever ridden in. I really questioned my sanity finishing the 100 in the rain & lightning.

As for as the NYC Century goes, if anyone is concerned about distance or conditioning, I wouldn't think about it too much. The ride is very relaxed with all the stopping and starting. The rest stops are well stocked & frequent. I've ridden the 100 & 75 & if the route is similar to recent years would definitely recommend the 75. It cuts out some junk miles over lots of mangled industrial roads that the 100 includes. Still, if you've never done it before, go for the full route just to see it...

Have a great ride, all!
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Old 09-16-11, 12:57 PM
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Just received some last minute email this morning:

Registration for the New York City Century Bike Tour expires at midnight on Friday, September 16th. Sign-up today to guarantee your spot!

Tomorrow, time runs out to get a $10 discount on the New York City Century Bike Tour. On September 18th, thousands of bicyclists will ride from Central and Prospect parks. Sign up by midnight tomorrow to take part in New York City's greatest bicycle tour.


There also seems to be Day Of Registration.
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Old 09-16-11, 07:46 PM
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Total bummer, but I can't do it. I have a family thing that I need to do. Instead, I've signed up to volunteer to man the Prospect Park start. I'll have to see what response I get from TA, since I just did it now. I'll show up in any case. Their email said they need volunteers for PP. I need to be done by 9:30 or so, but that won't be a problem.
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Originally Posted by Lucky07 View Post
FrankieV, I think I was on that year's Harlem Valley Ride. That was the most intense downpour I've ever ridden in. I really questioned my sanity finishing the 100 in the rain & lightning.

As for as the NYC Century goes, if anyone is concerned about distance or conditioning, I wouldn't think about it too much. The ride is very relaxed with all the stopping and starting. The rest stops are well stocked & frequent. I've ridden the 100 & 75 & if the route is similar to recent years would definitely recommend the 75. It cuts out some junk miles over lots of mangled industrial roads that the 100 includes. Still, if you've never done it before, go for the full route just to see it...

Have a great ride, all!
I don't know what mangled roads your talking about. most of the route in the bronx is fine. People whine about the hills in the bronx late in the ride but if not for the whole ride being so flat, you wouldn't really qualify them as hills. It's an easy ride that you go hard on or cruise easy on. it's as flat as can be. only hills are on the bridges.
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Old 09-17-11, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by motobecane69 View Post
I don't know what mangled roads your talking about. most of the route in the bronx is fine. People whine about the hills in the bronx late in the ride but if not for the whole ride being so flat, you wouldn't really qualify them as hills. It's an easy ride that you go hard on or cruise easy on. it's as flat as can be. only hills are on the bridges.
I agree with Frankie that The Bronx has the worst roads in the century. especially coming off the Trib....oops the R Kennedy. One of the reasons I tend to skip and head over to Manhattan
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Old 09-17-11, 12:57 PM
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The one time I attempted the 100 mile route I must've left the Astoria Rest Stop around 3 pm. By the time I got over the TriBoro there wasn't another cyclist in sight. I immediately went off the route and wound up bailing over the 145th street bridge. Even so, I wound up clocking just over 100 miles for the day counting mileage to and from the start.

This century is like the NYC Marathon. Anyone willing to put in the time can finish the entire route but if you're not all that fast you might be the last one out there
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Old 09-18-11, 04:05 PM
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Well, I survived with only one flat. Thank you NYC streets

Overall it went pretty well. I would've preferred slightly different food choices, but overall I felt it was well-run, the marshalls were excellent and the volunteers worked hard.

I probably won't do it again any time soon, but am inclined to volunteer next year.
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Old 09-18-11, 06:15 PM
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I thought the tour was great.
I marshalled the 55.
I signed up to marshal the 100 but a rough week at work changed my mind.
Everyone seemed to be having a good ride and not many crashes or flats along the way.
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Old 09-18-11, 08:31 PM
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I manned the registration desk in Prospect Park as I had to be home by 9am. The timing was perfect as the last registration was at about 8:05, with a few questions thrown our way after. I saw riders again on Knapp St & Emmons Ave, then again I saw a few in Queens. All this to get a scary bright orange t-shirt.
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Old 09-19-11, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by zacster View Post
I manned the registration desk in Prospect Park as I had to be home by 9am. The timing was perfect as the last registration was at about 8:05, with a few questions thrown our way after. I saw riders again on Knapp St & Emmons Ave, then again I saw a few in Queens. All this to get a scary bright orange t-shirt.
I actually like that t-shirt. Wish they would have given them to the marshals!
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Old 09-19-11, 10:42 AM
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Who did the NYC Century?

I did the 75 mile route being I'm just out of the hospital 6 days ago.Wasn't it lovely!!My first time.And ya know I'm a native new yorker and went over bridges I didn't know existed!Sheer scope of it was amazing.I could of done with a little less wind and maybe a couple degree higher temp.Whay about you?
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Old 09-19-11, 11:24 AM
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Less wind, slightly warmer, but at least it didn't rain

I've been a 100 miles marshal for like 6 years, it's always a great experience.
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