Today I rode 100 miles in the annual Bike MS NYC ride. This is a very popular ride (as you can see above) and was especially challenging this year.
I ride in honor of my stepmom Joanne, who has MS. Thanks to those of you who gave to the National MS Society in support of this ride! I realize I’ve been doing a lot of charity rides this year, so I didn’t campaign hard for this one. If you didn’t get a chance to give to this one, I’ll hit you up in the spring to donate to the Bike MS Chesapeake Challenge.
This is the same ride I did last October, but this year they changed the course. It got a lot harder! Last year all the riders opened with a fast, flat, traffic-free 30-mile loop around Manhattan; this year (for reasons of scheduling traffic through the Lincoln Tunnel) the 50- and 100-mile riders skipped the Manhattan portion of the ride and rode directly to New Jersey through the tunnel. The 100-mile course then rolled over a lot of hills almost all the way to Bear Mountain. It was also windy and a little brisk. Furthermore, I apparently ran over something sharp and punctured my rear tire around Nyack about 1/3 of the way through the ride. I was able to change the tube without any trouble, but it slowed me down. This was a tough ride, but I finished and I had a good time doing it! Here are a few more photos and a map of the route.
The ride started by the cruise ship terminal.