The North Fork Century 2012

A Bicycling Magazine Cool Ride of the Month


Beautiful Flat Routes for

Beginners & Experts

25 miles • 50 miles • 72 miles • 100 miles


SUNDAY AUGUST 26, 2012

•No fundraising required •





The Best Rest Stops •  No Fundraising Required • Superb Support

 

Free Hot Showers at the Finish Line • All Ages Welcome


Kids 12 and Younger Ride Free

 

 

AND...


Free Beer from our Friends at




(Provided you are 21 years of age and can prove it!)


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Welcome!


Glen here -- your tour director and humble servant since ‘97.


The North Fork section of Long Island is, well, what the Hamptons must have been like back in the day -- browse through the photos of the North Fork ride route on each page of this web site to see what we’re talking about. We'll ride on low-traffic quiet country roads through lush farmland and past wineries, small towns, and along the coast of the Sound. 


You'll have your choice of a 100-mile full century, a 72-mile ride, an extra-lovely 50 mile ride, or a family-friendly 25-mile route. Everyone starts pedaling the ride together on the same roads -- you can decide right in the middle of the ride which distance you want to do.


The route is flat, Flat, FLAT... no significant hills at all on the 25- or 50-mile routes, one modest hill on the 72-mile route that any B-class cyclist can handle, three short but nasty hills on the 100-mile route. (But nothing you would write home about...)


Oh yeah... did we mention that our friends at the amazing Greenport Harbor Brewery are providing FREE BEER?  We couldn’t be happier about having these great guys on the ride.


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Photo of the North Fork route by Janine Irizarry


ALL routes start and end at:

Greenport High School

720 Front Street

Greenport, NY map


You can either get to the Greenport start/finish line on your own, or use our OPTIONAL transportation to get your bike and you from Manhattan to the ride and home again.  We’ll serve a light breakfast in Manhattan and in Greenport.  (Or eat breakfast in BOTH places if you’re a hog like me!)


We'll be there all along the way with a painted route and cue sheet. Full rest stops with snacks, sports drink, and a few surprises. On-demand S.A.G. (bike rescue) service if you run in to trouble en route.


New to long-distance riding?  We offer optional escorted rides for the 72-mile route and the 25-mile route at no additional charge -- pedal with our trained leaders who will help you have a great ride.


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Photo by Patricia Dore of the North Fork route


We offer free luggage service -- bring a small bag with a towel,
shampoo, and a change of clothes for our free hot showers at the finish line.  We’ll keep an eye on your bag so you don’t have to pedal with it. 


At the finish you’ll also find free massage and a free hot meal for meat-eaters and vegetarians. The meal is prepared and served by the great crew at the Greenport Fire Department. This event is a fundraiser for them, and we couldn’t ask for a better partner.


We Love Your Butt

... and we want it to stay lovely. That’s why we are proud to provide free samples of



thanks to our friends at Paceline.



And We Love to Eat!


For years I have purchased Larabar energy bars at full price because they are my favorite -- the only energy bar I actually put in my own mouth. Now the Larabar folks have joined us as a sponsor and I couldn’t be happier -- enjoy them at our rest stops. (By the way, when I say that Larabar is now a “sponsor” that means that they are giving us free Larabars, and that’s great! It does NOT mean that they have given me piles of cash or a new carbon-titanium custom bike. Yet.)


What’s All of This Going to Cost Me?

Less than the price of a decent concert ticket.


Less than a dinner in a good Manhattan restaurant.


Less than a bad date. (MUCH less than a bad date!)


The price of the ride ranges from $87 - $250, depending on which options you choose. (But to hit that $250 total you would have to select a LOT of options!)


Kids 12 years old or younger on ride day pedal for free.


If you prefer, volunteer to help run the ride and you can pedal some or all of the ride for free.


We’re looking forward to a fantastic day of riding.  On the following pages is everything you need to know -- how to register, what to pack, when to show up, where to start the ride, and much, much more.


Sign up now!


Ride Hard.  Have Fun.  Don’t Act Like a Jerk.


Click here to go to the next page, or use the navigation menu at the top of your screen.


Glen

Your tour director and humble servant

glen @ north fork century.com



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Presents

Photo of the North Fork route by Pamela Cattel-De Maaijer