NYC Marathon Route Ride?

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I know that last year there was a ride organized to follow most of the NYC marathon route. I was out of town that day, so I missed it. Having run the marathon a couple of times, it would be a blast to do it on a bike - at least I'd have a better finish time ;-)

Are there any plans to organize one this year?

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Basil (not verified)
Peter O'R usually leads this.....

....not sure if it's listed this year but, if not, I suspect there are a number of us who'd be happy to the ride anyway so can stay in touch here on the message board.

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<a href="">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
Check out the listing in the November bulletin (nm)
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Timothy McCarthy (not verified)
Ride listings

Peter O'Reilly will lead the NYC Marathon Route on Sunday, November 2.

November NYCC rides are posted on the website. Look for Ride Listings in the Rides section. The November bulletin has also been posted and it lists all November rides. It can be downloaded from the home page. Check either for details.

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linda (not verified)
Thanks so much

Thanks for the info.

I haven't been able to print the November bulletin since my Acrobat keeps crashing (there's a joke in there somewhere). But I did see it listed on the rides page.

See ya at 95th street!

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Jay Fitzgerald (not verified)
The R Train

Can someone help with approx travel time on the R train from Manhattan to the donut shop (and start) at 95th street?

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Chris T (not verified)
R Train Time

My friend Mary E., who lives in Bay Ridge, informs me that it is 90 minutes from times square to 95th street, just in travel time.

In other words, forever

That's why I would probably ride my bike there.

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<a href="">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
some subway travel advice

Chris's estimate is about right. If you are coming from Manhattan, I recommend taking another train line into Brooklyn and switching to the R train at a common stop such as Pacific St or 36th St. (The R train is particularly slow in Manhattan as it makes many stops and travels far downtown before heading to Bklyn).

If you are running late, hop off the R train at some point (past 9th St, or is it Atlantic Ave?? - pulled from top of my head) in Brooklyn and look for the group traveling down 4th Avenue. Point is the R eventually runs under 4th and it's the longest stretch of the course.

Of course riding to the start as Chris suggested is another way to go and to get a few more extra leisure miles of cycling.

See you Sunday!

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Basil (not verified)
Start time 9.00 AM???

Just received the (paper) bulletin today and read some of the details.
Isn't the 9.00 AM start time later than last year or is my memory fading with age?
I'm just wondering if we'll make all the bridge crossings before they close? I know I was late one year and rode it alone and ended up having to jump in with the cars on the 59th St bridge - probably not something an entire group would want to do (then again there could be safety in numbers!)
(just thinking aloud here - no need to respond Peter unless you feel like doing so!)

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Basil (not verified)
Bridge closings for cars

FYI - from (marathon page) - these closing presumably apply to cars. It's probably left to the discretion of police on duty whether or not they allow bicycles after these times???

The following closing times are among those planned for Sunday, November 2. These times are subject to change.

Verrzazno-Narrows Bridge, Staten Island-Brooklyn
• Upper level (both directions): closed 12:01 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
• Lower level, Staten Island-bound side: closed 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
• Lower level, Brooklyn-bound side: closed 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
• Please note that bridge allows vehicular traffic only. No spectators or pedestrians (other than marathoners) are allowed on the bridge.

Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn
Closed 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Pulaski Bridge, Brooklyn-Queens
Closed 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Queensboro/59th Street Bridge, Queens-Manhattan
• Lower level: closed 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
• Upper level will remain open

First Avenue, Manhattan, 59th Street-125th Street
Closed 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Willis Avenue Bridge, Bronx - Manhattan
Closed 8:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

Madison Avenue Bridge, Bronx - Manhattan
Closed 10:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

Central Park Transverses
• 79th Street Transverse: closed to motor vehicles 11:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.; open to pedestrians all day.
• 86th Street Transverse: open to motor vehicles and pedestrians all day.

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<a href="">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
schedules, closings, etc

I am aware of the nyrrc's stated schedule. Given my past experience, it is not well enforced. For instance, you will find traffic on 4th Ave during that time. Not much (which of course is nice) and such is true despite a very visible police precense.

As for bridge closings, specifically the Pulaski and 59th, some years I have crossed them on the pedestrian/bike paths while other times on the roadway.

The only instance where I was not presented with a choice was in 2001. The bike/ped path for the 59th st bridge was closed off due to post 9/11 security concerns. In that instance the police officer manning the ped. entrance came up w/ the suggestion and looked the other way, no less.

Riding over the bridge's roadway with a group cyclists has not been a problem. (Actually I think it is safer than on the path. That's just my opinion and a long topic for another post.) If one decides he's really not comfortable with this - one of the beauty of this ride is that is contains plenty of bail-out spots. Just be sure to carry along a metro-card ;-)

Even with a 9am start, we should be finished or close to finishing the ride before the canon is fired for the start of the foot race. Let's hope for good weather.

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<a href="">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)

The NYCC C-ride start time has been changed to: 8 AM. The start location is the same.

The elite woman runners are starting earlier this year - 9:35 am to be exact. Starting our ride at 9:00 am (or more like soon there after) is cutting it way too close.

Please arrive promptly for an 8 AM start. Thanks.

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linda (not verified)
Another train option...

You can take the Q Express(57th, 42nd, 34th, 14th, Canal)and change at DeKalb for the R across the tracks. I had to go out to Brooklyn this morning and it took me about 35/40 minutes from Times Square to the 77th Street stop. Granted it was rush hour and I made good connections, but it was much faster than the R alone.

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Carol Wood (not verified)
The Q train schedule... online at

It looks like the 6:57am Q express at 14th St. will get you to DeKalb at 7:15, leaving 45 minutes to transfer to the R local or to ride to Bay Ridge. Or if you miss the 6:57 you can get the 7:10, which gets to DeKalb at 7:29.

But if you get there early, I hear the pumpkin and spice donuts at Dunkin Donuts are yummy. And you will need lots of calories to survive this grueling event!

This ride is a lot of fun and I look forward to it every year. Peter, I will be there again this year, unless I don't finish last week's assignment--in which case I will a wreck and you wouldn't want me anyways.

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<a href="">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
Reminder - 8 AM Start Time

The start time has been revised to 8 AM (same location); the listing in the club bulletin and weekly email notice no longer applies. Thanks. -Peter

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