We are now 4 Days away from our annual Bike to the Beach New York charity ride. I am sure that you are getting excited ride day. I hope that your training has been going well and that your fundraising efforts have been rewarding. The funds we raise make a real impact in the autism community and for local non-profits such as the Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism, the Flying Point Foundation, and Yes She Can. Each of these great non-profits has a ride team, and we hope that you get to meet their riders this weekend.I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what you can expect this week. It is important that you READ THIS EMAIL IN FULLto ensure that you are aware of the events surrounding B2BNY and our ride requirements.
We are excited to be working with our friends at Bike and Roll again this year, the New York area’s largest bike rental company.Last year bike rental setup took a lot of time and effort the morning of the ride, causing a few riders to have to leave late. In order to make sure everyone takes off with ease (and on time) this year, we are having bike pickup the night before the ride and opening bike setup at 3:30 AM on Friday for those who can’t make it to packet-pickup.Bike pickup will occur at Sid’s Bikes West, at 19th Street and 7th Avenue and will go from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Pleaselet us know if you will not be able to make it to Sid’s to get your bike set up, so that we can account for how many bikes we will need to set up the morning of the ride.If you are renting a bike, please click herefor more details on picking up your bike, this information is very important to help you have a smooth start to your ride day. [Back to top]
(2) Packet Pick-UpBike to the Beach events will begin on Thursday night with a pre-ride packet pickup and pre-ride shopping at Sid’s Bike Shop. Pick up your jersey, cue card, ride tips, and goodies at the following location and time:
Start time: The ride will begin promptly at 5:00 AM
Parking: There are many parking garages in the area, and some street parking. Please check the Icon Parking Website for weekend or overnight deals.
We will depart at 5:00 AM, sharp.Riders must arrive at the starting line by 4:15 am to allow at least 20-30 minutes for rider check-in. If you have a bike rental, please come early so that you can be fitted on your bike. If you are not checked-in by 4:30 AM you will not be allowed to do the first portion of the ride and you will be driven to the first rest stop. You can view the whole century route here.
Metric Century Ride Start Info
This year we are offering a METRIC Century ride of approximately 56 miles.
Handlebar bag(to keep your phone, food, shades or map within an easy to reach location)
BAG DROP INFORMATIONA van will be available to transport any luggage or bags that you need brought to the finish line. We will give you a luggage tags at packet pick-up and when you check-in for the ride so that you can label your belongings accordingly. Please label with you name and rider #. RULES OF THE ROAD Most of the first leg is in the city. Please follow bicycle safety protocols (including use of hand signals), stay in the designated bike lanes, and OBEY ALL RULES OF THE ROAD. There are many cross streets during the Brooklyn portion of our ride, and it is important that each of our riders STOP at every intersection.To ensure your and others’ safety, each rider should follow the these three steps at every intersection:
STOP your bike.
Take your foot off of the pedal and put in on the ground
Look both ways or wait for the traffic signal to indicate that it is safe to cross the intersection.
THE ROUTE We will start our journey at 5:00 AM. The first portion of the ride will be about 20 miles to the first rest stop at Jacob Riis Park.The remainder of the ride is mostly along bike-friendly back-roads in Long Island that parallel the LIRR. We will be riding through some commercial areas, so, as always, be careful.Cue sheets will be provided throughout the route, but please review the route maps our website to become generally familiar with the route. The metric ride starts at rest stop #3. We also recommend that you use our Strava route to guide you with turn-by-turn directions.Our rest stops are stationed approximately every 15-17 miles, or, about one per hour for those biking at a 15-mile-per-hour pace. Each rest stop will have water, nutritional bars, bananas, hydration beverage from Motive Pure, and water. Each stop will have additional food items, such as sandwiches, Clif Bars, Powerbars, fruit, and other fun snacks. If there are any special dietary items that are needed, we suggest that riders bring such items. Each rider should pick-up a cue-card at each rest-stop. We anticipate that will riders finish between 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM. If you are on pace to finish after 4:30 PM, we may assist you by asking you to drive in a car for a portion of the route (most likely to the next rest stop) for you to continue your ride.SIGNAGEThe route will be marked with road signs (see examples below). However, please familiarize yourself with our route on our website before the ride and pick-up a cue-card at each rest-stop because sometimes signs are removed or damaged before/during the ride.FRESHEN UP ON RIDE SAFETY AND TIPSBike to the Beach is a long group ride that will take place on both city, suburban, and rural roads. It is important that each rider familiarize themselves with ride safety tips, including the proper use of hand signals. In order to help us host the most fun and safe ride possible, please view the following videos:
Learn how to ride safely and follow the rules of the road:
Watch this great Bike Safety Video from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Use Strava: Don’t get lost!! We’re excited to be able to offer you a Strava route for the ride this year, so that you can get turn-by-turn directions on your phone while you ride.You can also compete against fellow riders on certain segments along the route. Below are the instructions on how to download the Strava route, as well as some tips to keep your phone alive for the ride.
You have signed-up to ride a bike 100-miles (or 56 miles). Chances are that you will either have a flat tire OR come across one when you are on the road with the other riders. Although our ride is fully supported with chase cars and bike mechanics, you will be happier if you can change your own flat tire. This video has all of the information that you need to change a flat:
This video was made with the hope of Spokes, etc. and was video captured and edited by John Hibey. With his eye for his subject matter and ear for unique music, John Hibey is able to make the most mundane subjects interesting to watch and consume. We hope you enjoy this video and learn a lot![Back to top]
(7) The Finish-line
Bike to the Beach will be hosting a finish line party for all of our riders, volunteers, and their friends and family at our finish line at theJohn Scott’s Surf Shack(540 Dune Rd, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978). The Finish-line will open at 11:15 AM.We hope that you will stay around to join us for the festivities. Please invite your friends and family to celebrate your accomplishment. At 4:00 PM we will have our group picture and closing ceremonies.[Back to top]
(8) Getting Home BUSESWe encourage all participants to stay the weekend at the beach… you made it this far, why turn back? If you must go, buses are available to transport participants (and their bikes) back to New York after the ride.This year we have joined with Skedaddle to organize all of our bus transportation needs. Some of the buses are guaranteed to run, others will only run if 9 or more folks sign-up.Bike to the Beach has set up GUARANTEED buses back to the city on Friday and Sunday. You still have to pay for the bus and bike transport, but these buses will be waiting a the pick-up locations and will deliver you and your bike back to the city (and Wantagh). To sign-up for these buses, follow the links below:Friday Bus Home – Sign-up now Where: Busses depart from the John Scott’s Surf Shack Time: Depart approx 7:00 PM Friday End point: Wantagh and ManhattanSunday Bus Home – Sign-up Now Where: Busses depart from the John Scott’s Surf Shack Time: Depart approx 7:00 PM Sunday End point: ManhattanWhen booking please use the signup use the coupon code “Bike2Beach” to get a discount and donate a portion of your bus fare to Bike to the Beach!USING THE LIRRThe Long Island Raid Road has two stations fairly close to our finish line. Each bicycle taken on board LIRR trains requires a permit. No more than one (1) bicycle is allowed per cyclist on a train, at a time. You can get the detailed information on getting a permit from the MTA LIRR here.If you would like to find your way to the LIRR, there are a few options available:
(9) Medical Needs and Certifications We want to make sure that you are safe on Friday. Here are some important questions that we would like to know the answer to:
Are you CPR Certified or do you have any medical background that could be used to aid a fellow rider?
Please describe any medical condition about which our support staff should be aware: Your answer
Do you have any additional information that our staff would need to know about during the ride? Your answer
Please fill out this form to let us know if you have medical needs of which B2B should be aware, as well as if you are CPR certified or have any medical background that may be able to aid a fellow rider. [Back to top]
Thank you for registering for Bike to the Beach for and for all of your fundraising efforts. We will send a second, follow-up, email next week. We look forward to a great Bike to the Beach!