A great photo by Heather Burkman, but no; these are not our expert trained leaders.
The Escorted Rides
We offer optional escorted versions of these routes:
There is no extra chage for this service.
Expert leaders will ride with your group to cheer you on and help you have a teriffic day.
If you would rather do the ride on your own, that's great! If you want to do the escorted version of the ride, no need to tell us in advance -- just register as usual.
FOR THE 18-MILE ROUTE
Meet at the Manhattan start line ONLY at noon.
FOR THE MANHATTAN 35-, 55-, and 100 MILE ESCORTED RIDES
Meet at the Manhattan Start Line at 7:00 a.m. sharp.
FOR THE BROOKLYN 35-, 55-, and 100-MILE ESCORTED RIDES
Meet at The Whole Foods Market Brooklyn Start Line at 7:30 a.m. sharp. You are waiting for those folks who started the escorted ride in Manhattan to pedal on over and meet up with you at the Brooklyn start line. If they run just a little late be patient -- we can't wait for you to join the group!
Note that if you start the escorted ride in Brooklyn the escort leaders will PROBABLY end their day in Manhattan -- it's up to you to follow the route on the last easy 13 miles back to Brooklyn (or you can always hop the subway!)
Pay attention to the times that the escorted rides begin -- you should already be fed, dressed, been to the batrhrom, have your water bottles filled, completely ready to rock.
It is quite common for people to start the day with the escorted ride, and then decide later that they don't need help, so they pedal off on their own. Nothing wrong with that -- just please tell the escort leaders that you're taking off, so they don't go looking for you.