Rough map of the route. This is for decor purposes only and should NOT be used for navigation!
The Route Sheet
On the day of the ride we will give you a great route sheet. We do not release copies of the route sheet in advance, for four reasons:
1. Not everyone is as honest as you. When we release the route sheet in advance, we get a lot of people who do the ride without paying and helping raise money for Transportation Alternatives.
2. Believe it or not, the route sheet is usually not ready until just a day or two before the event. Why? Because our excellent route-marking crew heads out right before the big day to check for any last-minute changes. It is VERY common for them to come across a road that we have used for years, only to discover that it is closed for construction. When they return from marking the route, the route-marking team is THE final word on where the route goes -- even I don’t know the route until I hear back from them.
3. If we distribute the route sheet before the ride, we get a LOT of email like this: "I see the route goes down Maple Street. You people are idiots. Everyone knows that Oak Street is much better than Maple Street. I will be riding on Oak Street instead. Will there be a rest stop for me on Oak Street?"
4. We ALSO get a lot of email like this: "I see from the route sheet that the ride will go right past my house. I will start pedaling from in front of my house, and then do the route in reverse order. Can I get a lift back to my house after the ride?"
Hope you understand! When we’ve released the route sheet in advance bad things happen to us, and we hate when that happens!
1. Have a friend starting from Manhattan, but you want to start from Brooklyn? Cool! Wait at The Whole Foods Market Brooklyn start line for them -- all the Manhattan routes (except the 18-mile ride) will pass right through the Brooklyn start, and you can meet up there. (It may be The Whole Foods Market Brooklyn Start Line for you, but it's the exact same location as The Whole Foods Market Brooklyn REST STOP for the Manhattan riders).
2. Here's an example of how route distances are calculated:
If you pick, say, the Manhattan Start Line/35 mile route you will start pedaling in Manhattan and finish in the exact same spot 35 miles later.
If you pick The Whole Foods Market Brooklyn Start Line/35 mile route you will start pedaling in Brooklyn and reach our Manhattan finish line in 22 miles, where you can celebrate and grab some souvenir goodies. When you're ready, pedal another 13 miles back to Brooklyn, for a total of 35 miles. (Of course you can always grab the subway from Manhattan back to Brooklyn... )
Clear as mud? You bet!