Bike New York today announced that registration for the 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour presented by REI, America’s largest cycling event, sold out in less than one day. This comes after a similar sellout in 2011 and an overwhelming demand for lottery spots in 2012. Those who were unable to register still have several ways to ride in the Tour.
“This year, the Tour sold out in record-breaking time,” said Ken Podziba, President and CEO of Bike New York. “I’d like to thank our riders, volunteers, city agencies, and of course, TD Bank, REI and all of our other sponsors for their commitment to this wonderful spring-time tradition, which supports our free bike education programs throughout the year!”
Although regular registration has closed, there are other ways to ride in the 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour. Riders can sign up as gran fondo Giro d’Italia Five Boro participants in the Tour and enjoy an “Italian style” experience throughout the Tour route. This new VIP registration category includes a priority start at the front of the Tour, an exclusive, limited edition “Made in Italy” bike jersey, breakfast, and a gourmet Italian Pasta Party at the finish line! gran fondo Giro d’Italia riders will also receive a timing chip, not for competition, but simply for the fun of timing their individual climbs up the Verrazano Narrows Bridge before reaching the Tour Finish Festival.
“Ride for a Reason” Charity Component
Prospective riders can also “Ride for a Reason” and champion one of Bike New York’s 43 charity partners. Additionally, those who do not get into the 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour can guarantee an entry spot into the 2013 Tour by volunteering this year during Tour weekend or Bike Expo New York.
Held annually the first Sunday in May, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is America’s largest cycling event. The Tour is produced by Bike New York, the city’s premiere bicycling organization, in association with the City of New York and the New York City department of transportation. The event provides participants the unique and fun experience to bike through all five boroughs – a 40 mile, traffic-free ride for 32,000 cyclists. Proceeds from the event fund Bike New York’s education programs.