Velo Bella-Kona Ride

Putting it into perspective

Monday, May 08, 2006

What is the Largest Recreational Cycling Event in the U.S.?

The New York City Five Boro Bike Tour.

And this past Sunday I was lucky enough to be a part of it.

A few short hours after stumbling around drunk with some of my best buds from undergrad at a wedding in Central Park, I found myself biking through the very same park with my best friend from highschool. By the time we got to the Bronx my hangover had almost worn off.

I taught Winsome the ways of flair and she was a pro in no time.


With 30,000 other riders in the event the flair made it really easy to keep track of each other amid the masses.

We were biking with this dude who had quite the cockpit set-up...iPod with speakers and cell phone. We were rocking out to the dance hits of the 80's for hours and hours on our cruiser bikes.

All the roads were closed and it was quite amazing. At times we'd ride down one side of a busy freeway. It was sort of this weird fantasy coming to life - no cars on the roads, only bicycles.

We even biked over the Verrazano Bridge to Staten Island - they closed the lower deck!

Many peanut butter crackers later we finished. A ferry ride completed our journey back to Manhattan. And a wave from a green lady.