It's first come, first served Tuesday for the New York 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour, which takes plan Sunday May 5.
Starting Tuesday Jan. 22 at noon, riders can reserve a place by registering online for the popular one-day 40-mile ride. This year's date is Sunday, May 5, rain or shine.
The largest cycling rally in the United States, this fun tour allows 32,000 riders to pedal traffic-free through all five boroughs of New York City. When this system of registration was last used in 2011, the spots sold out within 24 hours. The cost is $86 per rider.
The rules state that adults must register themselves individually. Youths must be signed up by a parent or a guardian on a one-child one-adult ratio. Children under 3 years old are not permitted. Youths 3 to 9 years old must ride on a child seat or tandem. Those 10 and older can ride their own bike in “proximity” to a supervising adult.
This year in partnership with the Giro d’Italia, Bike New York offers a competitive, VIP Giro d’Italia Gran Fondo ride with a timed climb at the entrance to the Verrazano Bridge. The cost for entering as a Gran Fondo rider is $325, which includes a charitable donation to Bike New York’s educational program for New York school children. Gran Fondo riders get a special, much coveted Gran Fondo jersey. The Gran Fondo option is open only to those over the age of 18.
Proceeds from the event are used to fun Bike New York’s education programs. The Tour is co-produced by Bike New York and the New York City Department of Transportation. The title sponsor is TD Bank.
“This is simply the most exciting way to experience the dynamic, diverse neighborhoods in all five boroughs of our great city,” Ken Podziba, president and CEO of Bike New York said today.
He noted that participants come from all over the region and the world. The route includes food-filled rest stops and riding through parts of the city such as the Verrazano Bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island that are otherwise never closed to cars.
There are no priority slots or guaranteed registration for those who rode in previous editions of the Five-Boro Bike Tour. Those who do not register before the ride is sold out will still have a chance to ride as a VIP for one of several charity partners.