One Day Bike Events

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There are a few local one day bike events that any biker rider worth their salt should have on their to do list.  There is one local “bucket list” ride that everyone should do at least once.

First things first. Saturday morning bike ride.
CAFE TOUR STARTING FROM FORT HILL SATURDAY 10 AM.  01/09

For directions to Fort Hill bike path access search for directions to intersection of Mercer Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence through Google Maps or GPS. Parking is overlooking the river on the West side of the highway.

Saturday
A slight chance of showers before 7am, then a chance of drizzle after 7am. Patchy fog after 4pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Northeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Also the NYC Five Boroughs registration opens on Tuesday Jan 12 at 10 AM. Spots sell out quickly.  If your even thinking about it, just do it.  I guarantee you won’t regret it.  If you want to meet and ride with us, join the group. amidnightrider.com when you register.


 

The To Do List:

  • The Woonaquatucket Watershed Ride: 62-42-30 10 and 5 mile options.

The ride was a nice mix of bike path and low traffic urban and rural roads.  A couple of the highlights were Blackstone Boulevard, the Blackstone Valley and Burriville bike paths.  Riding through the city of Pawtucket was a tease to the coolness of riding through the Brown University area and downtown Providence. CLICK HERE for more.

  • The Midnight Marathon  26.4 miles

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Let me say right from the get go that this is a very very cool event.   Riding the Boston Marathon route at midnight with hipsters,  working stiffs, grandparents, co-eds etc. spanning the gamut of shapes, sizes and abilities is a  really unique and fun thing to do on a Sunday night. CLICK HERE for more

 

 

  • The Buzzards Bay Coalition “Save the Bay Bike Ride” 75 miles
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Falmouth MA during the Save the Bay Ride

This one is not on my list because of the caveat of having to raise a few hundred dollars on top of the entry fee.  I am a fan of the coalition so I drive the SAG and do any minor repairs on this 75 mile ride.

Click Here for their website.

 


Which brings us to the bucket list.  There is only one that is so spectacular, easy, fun and unique.  Don’t miss this one.

  • The New York City Five Boroughs Bike Tour.  40 miles

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On the first Sunday in May, 32,000 cyclists of all skill levels come from around the world to roll through every borough of New York City on streets totally free of cars. For one day, the roads are yours, the bridges are yours, the City is yours—there’s no better way to experience the Big Apple. Produced in conjunction with the City of New York, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI is the largest charitable bike ride in the U.S., with proceeds funding our free bike education programs. CLICK HERE for all the info.

 

We drive to New York on Saturday morning. Check into our hotel in Staten Island then take the free ferry to Manhattan for registration. After that the city is all ours to explore and experience.

Sunday is an early start, and I mean early.  We need to be at the ferry by 5:30-6 AM in order to get to the city for the start.  There is a long line at the terminal and we may have to wait for a second ferry to makes it’s way back from Manhattan.  The ferry passes close to the Statue of Liberty and is always escorted by one or two Coast Guard gunboats.  They get pretty close and make good photo ops.

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Coast Guard Gun Boat in NYC

We can expect to finish between noon and 1 PM in Staten Island.  A short 4 mile ride back to the car at the ferry terminal, will get us on the road by 1:30 at the latest.  It’s a pretty quick getaway and a one hour drive to our lunch stop on I 95 in Conneticut.  From there it’s an easy ride back to good ole Massachusetts.

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