We may not be getting much cycling done around here, but we’re looking to the future. Basil and Argyll (and Dr. Diarist and I) are registered for the 5 Boro Tour, set for May 3, 2015.Registration was an arduous process; it took nearly two hours to complete, with constant failures along the way. (In other words, it took more than half the time it takes to ride the Tour itself!)
This will be Basil’s third 5 Boro, and Argyll’s second: It’s an absolutely fabulous ride through all five of New York City’s boroughs (Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island) and across a variety of bridges. Best of all, roads are closed to cars (though you do have to do battle with 32,000 other riders of radically varying skill levels).
Judging from the apologetic notes sent out by the registration group, we weren’t the only ones pained by the process on Day 1 of registration. Since, though, all slots are sold out except for VIP spots, so the bugs must have been addressed before too many people gave up.
The remaining (and pricey) VIP level includes a $76 donation to Bike New York, so there’s that, if you itemize. But the experience, as they say, is priceless: When else are you ever going to be able to fly down a NYC expressway, unimpeded by motor vehicles, and under your own (and your Brompton’s) power?