We are always looking for ways to improve the quality of the NYC Century Bike Tour and give riders the best experience possible.
Win a Trek bicycle!
When you register for the NYC Century Bike Tour you are automatically entered to win one of three different bikes from Trek Bicycles! Choose to win a commuter (Allant), mountain (Marlin) or road (Trek 1.2) bike. We will give a bike away after each online registration deadline (July 22, August 19 and September 7), so the earlier you register, the more chances you have to win! Not only that, but the winner will receive a personalized fitting from Bicycle Habitat.
Bikes & Bites
This year, we will offer a totally new component to the NYC Century Bike Tour, called Bikes & Bites. You already know that the NYC Century Bike Tour is the best way to explore and experience the vast array of neighborhoods in New York City. Bikes & Bites aims to add a little flavor to your experience. We are partnering with local businesses along the route that serve iconic New York City dishes or best represents the cultural heritage of a neighborhood. Small, quick bites will be available for cheap. We will still provide riders with the great energy-packed food we have always offered at our rest stops. We hope you enjoy this new way for riders to connect with the neighborhoods they bike through.
Every year, we change the route of the NYC Century Bike Tour to highlight new bike infrastructure, accommodate the requests of city agencies or just to shake things up a bit.
In order to evenly space our rest stops, the 75- and 100-mile routes will now have a rest stop in Forest Park, Queens, replacing the Kissena Park Rest Stop. We will also introduce a “pit stop” in Little Bay Park for 100-milers that will be stocked with water and simple snacks.
We will continue to offer a start and finish site in Prospect Park, due its popularity over the past two years. While we can’t offer the same festivities as the Central Park Finish Festival, staff will be onhand to applaud, and give you your t-shirt and water bottle. Riders on the 15 mile route will be able to check out the Prospect Park Zoo and take a ride on the Prospect Park Carousel for free!
In 2011, the NYC Century Bike Tour a was held a week later than usual, out of respect for the 10th anniversary of the tragedies of September 11th. This year, we return to our regular schedule, the first Sunday after Labor Day, September 9th.
Bike and Roll is the official bike rental provider of the NYC Century Bike Tour. They are offering deals on bike rentals for all participants. Optional on-site pick-up and drop-off will be available for the Central Park site. This is a great opportunity for those who don’t own a bike, don’t wish to travel with a bike or would like to upgrade to a more long-distance friendly bicycle.
We are continuing our partnerships with the following companies, to help heighten the participant experience.
Brightroom Event Photography will be present at dozens of sites along the tour to take action photos of riders at NYC’s most scenic bicycling locations. You can pre-register with Brightroom here.
Champion Systems continues to be the official bicycling apparel manufacturer for the NYC Century Bike Tour. The official 2012 NYC Century Bike Tour cycling jersey, custom-designed and manufactured by Champion, will be available soon.
- For 35, 55, 75 & 100 mile routes, riders can start and end in Central Park (Manhattan) or Prospect Park (Brooklyn). It’s your choice!
- The 15-mile route starts in Central Park, and ends in Prospect Park.
- Rest stops provide food, water, first aid and mechanics.
- There are stairs along the route on the Robert F. Kennedy (Triborough) Bridge.
- The NYC Century Bike Tour rides rain or shine!