There are some amazing cycling events to participate in this fall, including two major ones, each for a good cause. That means you get to have fun while also making a difference.
Escape New York
Organized by the New York Cycle Club (NYCC), Escape New York takes place on Sept. 25. The Century Challenge route spans a full 100 miles, the Rocklandroll route 65 miles, and the Piermont Pleasures route 50 miles.
All three routes leave and end at Sakura Park, just north of 122nd Street and Riverside Drive, but at different times. The Century route starts at 7 a.m., the Rocklandroll at 8 a.m., and the Piermont Pleasures at 9 a.m. Before Sept. 11, the entry fee is $35; from Sept. 12 to Sept. 21, $45; Sept. 22 until the day of the ride, $55.
Escape NY benefits Transportation Alternatives and Recycle-A-Bicycle.
Bike MS NYC
The second big ride this fall is a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis research taking place on Oct. 3. The Bike MS NYC ride transforms Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive into an enormous bike-only lane. I can tell you from having done this ride last year that it is an awesome experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Like Escape New York, Bike MS NYC offers several different route lengths: 35 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles. All three routes start at the same time. As roads can only be closed for a relatively short period of time, all riders who want to participate must be at the starting line on time. When it says “start time 7:30 sharp,” it really means “be at the starting line by 7:15.” Registration for Bike MS NYC is $50, plus at least $150 in fund raising donations, which you can track online.
Regardless of how much you’ve ridden this summer, these are two rides that every New York cyclist should tackle. See you out there!