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Candy, Candy Revenge! – Bike Snob NYC


Final week I shared my plans to exorcise the demons which have haunted me for many years by unleashing my vengeance upon the 5 Boro Bike Tour–or, extra prosaically, to point out my son a very good time since I used to be in a position to wrangle us a few payment entries because of that promotional video I did for the organizers. Effectively, this previous Sunday was the fateful day, and I’m happy to report I used to be profitable on all counts.

As a semi-professional blogger and bike media barnacle my registrations included a most well-liked beginning place and media credentials. The Tour route is 40 miles, and driving to the beginning from our dwelling would have meant an additional 15 miles on prime of that, which might have been a bit a lot for my almost-but-not-quite 12-year-old son. So we elected to take the subway as a way to make our 7:30am begin time, and headed to our native station at 6am.

You’re allowed to take bikes on the subway, and the standard technique of ingress avec bicyclette is to pay your fare on the turnstile, then have the token sales space clerk buzz you in by the service entrance. Nonetheless, the token sales space was empty, and it occurred to me the clerk should have been the MTA worker I’d seen coming into the deli mere moments earlier than. Happily, a useful straphanger who’d already gone by the turnstile went to open the servie entrance for us, however sadly it turned out to be locked. So we had been pressured to go each our bicycles and ourselves over the turnstile, which, should you’re not accustomed to the best way these items are configured, is extraordinarily awkward. We did pay our fare, although I remorse not withholding it out of precept.

As soon as on the practice, we affixed our numbers. Like a schmuck I’d heeded the Tour’s no-backpack rule (despite the fact that I had each media credentials and particular tags permitting me to hold a bag) and as an alternative went with a handlebar bag in addition to that charity experience mainstay, the fanny pack. With solely twist ties at my disposal I couldn’t put the quantity on the bag, however fortunately the non-aero brake cables of the Vengeance Bike got here to the rescue:

Regardless of the early hour we weren’t the one 5 Boro riders on the practice, and so far as I used to be involved the race had already begun. The primary assault got here at 168th St., the place a breakaway group made the switch to the A practice in an try to open a spot. Nonetheless, I made a decision to let the transfer go:

In the meantime, my son entered a state of deep psychological preparation that an onlooker may need mistaken for sleep:

Unannounced service adjustments threatened our begin time and compelled an extra practice switch, although this did afford us a chance to measurement up the competitors:

This solely intensified my son’s intense resolve and hyper-alert state:

Lastly, we reached Chambers Road mere moments earlier than our designated begin time, and commenced the cyclocross portion of the occasion:

For all of the frustrations that got here with the subway journey, it did deposit us virtually precisely the place we would have liked to be, and we joined the formidable queue of riders:

The place I instantly felt deeply insufficient about my lamely unadorned fanny pack:

The one different time I’d performed the 5 Boro Bike Tour I recall the gang being so thick that we principally walked all the best way from decrease Manhattan to love Central Park. Not this time! After possibly 5 or 10 minutes of shuffling at most we reached the beginning line:

And from then on it was easy crusing:

After heading by Central Park and into Harlem, the Tour then visits the Bronx:

For like 5 seconds:

Whereas the Tour route is a unbelievable showcase for the town, it actually does give the Bronx brief shrift. Then once more, we do reside there, so in our case no less than we had been nonetheless getting our cash’s value*:

*[Disclaimer: our fancy registrations were free and we paid no moneys.]

After fleeing the Bronx, the Tour heads again into Manhattan, and the riders get their first style of car-free freeway motion on the Harlem River Drive:

Then it’s over the 59th Road Bridge:

And onto the dramatic sweeper into Queens:

The views from the bridges are spectacular, however the porta-pottys on the relaxation areas are a detailed second, particularly if it’s a must to go:

In all sincerity, each relaxation space we availed ourselves of was extremely well-stocked:

And I used to be in a position to remodel my handlebar bag right into a veritable horn of loads*:

*[Disclaimer: we brought our own Haribo.]

There have been additionally ample retrogrouch vitality bars, or “bananas” as they’re generally known as:

And whereas they had been much less in style than their sickly-sweet pre-packaged counterparts you’d beter imagine I partook within the downtube shifter of vitality meals:

[Photo: Elliott Weiss]

Along with serving as locations to refuel and relieve your self, relaxation areas additionally permit you to take within the vibrant hues of each spring and cycledom:

And naturally to take a look at the bikes, akin to this purpose-build charity experience slayer:

Talking of facilities, moreover the well-stocked relaxation areas, 100% car-free route, mechanical assist, and useful marshals each three toes, in addition they ship you numerous footage of your self afterward:

Right here we’re turning the screws to the peloton:

By the best way, somebody someplace commented that I used to be morphing into the Lone Wolf:

I don’t assume I’ll ever be worthy to imagine that mantle, however I’m honored nonetheless:

Anyway, from Queens it’s onto Brooklyn:

The place I fully did not get a photograph of longime commenter and 5 Boro Bike Tour volunteer Leroy executing an unimaginable feat of marshalling whereby he managed to cease like your complete experience for cross-traffic. It was actually miraculous, like Moses parting the Fred Sea.

Bridge views, harbors, parks, and structure are far more stunning than concrete slabs. Nonetheless, having the run of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is nothing wanting elegant:

From there, the Tour takes you over the Verrazzano Bridge, as soon as the longest suspension bridge on the earth, and one upon which you’ll solely experience a bicycle every year:

Not solely does this make it a hotly-contested Strava section, however it additionally means it’s laborious to determine whether or not to absorb the view of the harbor:

Or of the freakshow in entrance of you:

Alighting on Staten Island, we hugged the waterfront after which rolled into the end on the ferry terminal:

Right here’s me taking video of my son’s end, resplendent in my classic Nashbar t-shirt:

The organizers despatched a follow-up e-mail apologizing for the lengthy ferry waits. Maybe this was the case for folks with later begin occasions, or who lingered on the ending occasion, however as for us we had been in a position to get proper on a ship with none undue problem:

I don’t know if my erstwhile Kestrel-riding tormentors had been on the market with me. Nonetheless, I do know I returned not solely with a (borrowed) Kestrel of my very own, however with a son who rode the Tour with significantly extra aplomb than I did all these years in the past. In all it was an exquisite day. Revenge is a dish finest served candy.

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