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Cyclists Take New York in Century Bike Tour

By Tom Liddy | September 18, 2011 1:24pm

MANHATTAN — Throngs of cyclists hit the streets Sunday for the annual NYC Century Bike Tour — a 100-mile, four-borough odyssey that takes riders through green spaces, city streets and neighborhoods.

The ride kicked off around 6 a.m. at 110th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard on the northern edge of Central Park.

From there, the route cut through Manhattan before going over the Brooklyn Bridge. 

There, cyclists went around the periphery of the borough and into the Rockaways before looping back around through the northern portion of Queens.

Then they ride into The Bronx before coming back into Inwood and Washington Heights over the Broadway Bridge.

There were also a variety of easier routes, ranging from 15-75 miles.

Traditionally the tour is held the Sunday after Labor Day, but it was moved back a week because of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.