Tour de Staten Island registration?

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Does anyone have a registration for the Tour de Staten Island that they are not using?  If so please message me.  Thanks.

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Thanks For Posting!

I don't have a registration that I'm not using but thanks for bringing this event to my attention.

1,000 riders on SI?  That's 995 more than what we're use to having on our regular Sunday rides so I think we'll be heading elsewhere.  Hopefully they'll have a full sized ferry in use for the 7:30AM departure instead of the Alice Austen that they normally run.

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registration closed, but you can help as ride marshal volunteer

https://secure3.convio.net/ta/site/SSurvey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_US...

Check the link.

As for going on an overpack ferry full of bikes, take the 6:30 AM boat. Paraphasing a Civil War Confederate general axiom, "Git there firstest with the leastest."

One reason to do Tour de Staten Island - riding to the yet-to-be opened Fresh Kills Park, either on the 25 or 40 mile ride.
* Alfredo

http://freshkillspark.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/alex-maclean-fk-roll-8306-0261.jpg

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Tour De "Stagnent Island", WHY?

Dear contemplative NYCC members,

This ride is not for the faint of heart but, I'm jaded on this to a fault!  As a former member of SIBA, a new member of NYCC and a life long Staten Islander I must write this message with the utmost emphasis:

Unless you've been there lately or know the planned route with your eyes closed, I must tell you that the conditions out here are abominable to say the least.  As a native and until recently regular rider on this rock, I must disuade you from the almost suisidal ride from ferry to landfill and back.  The cars, with their self important drivers, roubaiux style roads with cobbles from 1901 showing through the gaping holes in the pavement and the methane toxicity of the closed but, never dorment Fresh Kills Landfill area [soon to be park!] will make most strong riders take the bus home, Casual riders should be very warey and high end bikes have a spare wheel set and a sag wagon.  Forget the fact that it was the largest single area landfill on the planet and identifiable from space.

Just sayin'... Ride ON

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Stay Away From SI

Thank you!

This is the best post EVER to keep non-Staten Islanders from riding in the Forgotten Borough.

I've been seriously worried that the 1,000 people registered for the Tour de Staten Island will fall in love with the same cycling experiences that I take the ferry for on a regular basis.  

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Speaking as a marshal for

Speaking as a marshal for this ride last year, I did the course completely sight unseen as a graduate of the SIG.

The course was completely doable, with the uphill around the light house being the most difficult portion of the entire ride.  There was also a couple of descents that might have been a bit dangerous, and was conveyed to the event organizer personally post-event.  They appreciated the warnings and assured me that they will develop a safer route for the future.

Despite these challenges, there were plenty of "casual" and "strong" riders that had no problems with the course.  There were no accidents from the previous year and drivers were respectful.

For what it's worth, I will be marshalling this upcoming ride.

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Had a blast!

I was a volunteer marshal again for my 3rd Tour de SI. Was waiting for the 7:30am ferry along with Alfredo.

When we were almost by the ramp; security started closing the doors and saying the ferry was full(lower level).

I ran back inside the terminal and asked the security if I can take my compact folding bike upstairs to the upper

level. I folded my Bromtpon bike in front of him and he said to go try but that I maybe turned away. Security

didn't say anything and I walked pass all of them to get on the upper level of the ferry. That was the only hiccup

for me through out the day. Weather was nice and TA staff/volunteers were helpful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgIzMOUcFac&list=UUHyRS8bRu6zPoymgKaIoDLA

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+1 Yes, except for certain rough spots, it's fine

As you can see in Ernest's video, there were nice spots on Tour de Staten Island.

Of course, there were rough spots - esp. Fingerboard Rd., which was terrible. But watching out and flanking around potholes and having a new pair of 28mm Conti gatorskin tires, it was all right.

Traffic was okay, save for one idiot driver who sped past a red light.

Having done the 25 miler, it was extended to 5+ miles riding a loop in Fresh Kills Park (photo by Bob Castro, below). It's an understated and underrated beauty to cycle in, looking like an idyllic Elysium. It's like no other place in New York City. When the park opens in a couple of years, it'll be very popular.

Thanks to TA and other organizing staff & volunteers like Ernest, Eric and Raleigh for this great first Big Apple bike event of 2014!

Alfredo