Sunday, July 8 – Fifth Annual Tour de Queens
Enjoy a getaway without leaving the city. A summer weekend is a great time to explore the boroughs of New York City. Starting and ending in Flushing Meadow Corona Park, the 19-mile Tour de Queens (above), benefiting Transportation Alternatives, leads riders through the neighborhoods of Flushing, East Flushing, Murray Hill, Auburndale, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechurst and Whitestone with a rest stop at Little Bay Park. Unlike that other Tour going on in France, this relaxed ride is a great choice for families and less experienced riders. Information and registration.
Saturday, July 7 – Live Viewing of the Tour de France
For NYC fans of the Tour de France, there’s nothing better than viewing Fanbian Cancellara and Co. with like-minded souls. On Saturdays through July 21, the Manhattan bike shop NYC Velo teams up with coffee spots around town for viewings of the Tour de France. This Saturday’s venue is Ground Support Cafe in Manhattan. Find out here how to score special deals on coffee. In addition, Red Lantern Bicycles, the bike shop, cafe and bar in Brooklyn that derives its name from the Tour, has got the race on all day, every day.
Down the Road:
Saturday, July 14 – 5th Annual City of Water Day on Governor’s Island
Sunday, July 15 – Women’s Summer Bike Ride velojoy.com and Sag Harbor Cycling Company team up to celebrate our new online Hamptons Riding Guide. Join us for a relaxed 15-mile ride in the Sag Harbor area, post-ride refreshments and 10 percent savings on accessories at the shop. Information and RSVP.
Our exclusive Hamptons Riding Guide is LIVE! With the 4th of July just behind us, the Hamptons summer season gets into full swing — and there’s no better way to enjoy it than on a bicycle. Before you head East, check our exclusive Hamptons Riding Guide, the only online resource that serves up everything you need to enjoy a blissful weekend of cycling around the Hamptons: transportation tips, hotels with bike fleets, bike shops, our favorite rides, places to pause for a quick bite, and more!
Bicycle Link Love from Around the Web
Spotted Around Town — @CitybikeNYC shared a photo on twitter with this message: “Bike #1 scoping out the competition on the street.” Bike sharing vs. motor scooters? No contest, in our view.
Women Rock the Tour de France — In a first in cycling history, six amateur women are riding the entire Tour de France to inspire female cyclists everywhere and to help support the advocacy of the not-for-profi Bikes Belong. The Reve Tour team rides each stage one day in advance of the men’s race, covering every grueling mile, beginning in Liège and ending in Paris. Learn more about the cyclists and follow their stories as the Reve Tour unfolds. On twitter, follow this hashtag: #revetour.
Can We Get Beyond the Stereotypes? — From the way Time characterizes cycling in New York City, you’d think it was February 2011 (ticketing blitzes and the bike backlash) rather than the dawn of a cycling renaissance heralded by a cycling boom, expanding infrastructure and the imminent launch of bike sharing. Beyond that negative characterization, shame on the article’s author for perpetuating stereotypes by calling NYC Mayor Michael Bloomerg’s policies “surprisingly bike-friendly,” but characterizing NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan as “aggressive.”
Hot for NEXT Summer — Our spy at the recent menswear shows in Milan emailed us the bright bicycle-print pocket square in silk due in 2013 from elegant outfitter for gents Drake’s of London. Maybe the prospect of this cheery hue will give the folks across the pond something to cheer about after the absence of red in the Union Jack-inspired uniform designs that Stella McCartney created for the British Olympic team caused a tabloid kerfuffle.
With blazing temperatures continuing to set NYC streets a-sizzle last week, just looking at this photo exerted cooling powers.