Thursday, May 07, 2009

We're Riding in Rain

Originally uploaded by bikes@vienna
The headline needs to be sung to the tune of "Singing in the Rain".

Sunday we rode with 30,000 other cyclists to tour the five boroughs of New York. It rained much of the day. We still had a good time.

We drove to Staten Island after closing the store on Saturday. We left the hotel at 5:20 AM to go to the ferry. We arrived at Battery Park and then as close as we could get to the starting line at 7:45 AM. We crossed the starting line at 9:30 AM. I'm a bit perplexed by the fact that Al Tyre rode his trike across the starting line at 8:03 AM. Maybe I should do the math and calculate the number of riders passing the starting line each minute. Perhaps then it will make more sense.

Ces and I rode a Barcroft Columbia. We had lots of comments and people taking photos of the tandem. Lauren and Luann Fulbright rode their new Rans Crank Forward bikes and they were constantly getting questions about their bikes. I was proud of them because they rode every hill and completed the ride smiling.

For me, much of the fun of this ride is cycling where 364 days a year it would be impossible. With the rain the views were not as spectacular. We had a little clearing so the Queensboro Bridge view was terrific, but the Verrazano Narrows was fogged in.

This event got me out riding in preparation. I looked forward to it for months. Now it is time to starting working towards RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) in July. You can learn about RAGBRAI at

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