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Julie Rupenski Finishes 40 Mile Five Boro Bike Tour in NYC!

Thousands Brave the Rain for Five Boro Bike Tour

By Lydia Hu

Thousands of cyclists set off from TriBeCa to start a 40 mile bike tour around New York City Sunday morning.

Despite a steady morning rainfall, cyclists from around the world strapped on their helmets and shoes for the 42nd annual Five Boro Bike Tour.

Riders started in Tribeca, Pedaled north to the Bronx, through Astoria, Queens and Brooklyn, and over the Verrazano Bridge to finish on Staten Island.

It’s the only day of the year cyclists can ride over the Verrazano Bridge.

Riders passed through Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island at the 35 mile mark where they pause for a celebration with live music, food, and beer.

Now in its fourth decade, organizers say riders keep coming back every year because this tour is about more than simply riding a bike.

“To look around at the riders, it’s not like other rides around the world where it’s all white men in lycra,” said President and CEO of the race, Kenneth Podziba. “We have people from all walks of life, you have kids, you have elderly people, you have people with disabilities.”

“It was awesome,” said one happy biker. “It’s the most perfect event ever. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Cyclists rode the final 5 miles to the Staten Island ferry where they finished the tour and rode back to Manhattan.

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