It can be easy to forget that Brooklyn is, for the most part, surrounded by water. From the East River and the New York Bay, to Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Brooklyn’s coastline is worth a tour. And there’s no better way to see all of it in one day than by bike.
Registration is now open for The Epic Ride, a 25-40 mile bike ride from Greenpoint to Riis Park Beach presented by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI). Now in its eighth year, this scenic tour of the Brooklyn waterfront will draw thousands on Saturday, July 23 who will ride to fundraise for the completion of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.
Riders will have the opportunity to discover hidden and far flung neighborhoods, pedal through city, state, and national parks and take in spectacular bridge and city views along the Brooklyn Waterfront and Jamaica Bay Greenways. Participants will be fully supported by experienced marshals and mechanics along the route and refreshments will be offered at scenic rest stops. Following the ride, participants can continue the fun at The Epic After-Party at the Riis Park Beach Bazar with bands, refreshments and a dip in the sea.
“The Epic is the quintessential mid-summer bike ride around the entire Brooklyn waterfront, ending up on the beach where many riders cool off with a plunge into the Atlantic,” said BGI Co-Founder Milton Puryear. “The feel of the ride is relaxed and collegial and ‘of the people.’ Riders get to move at their preferred pace with a fast and a moderate group starting sequentially at the beginning,” Puryear added.
A 2015 Epic rider said, “What a gorgeous day, the ride was great and the after-party was fantastic! It was a relaxing ride, great destination, well organized and very friendly people. My favorite ride of the summer!”
By participating in The Epic Ride, riders will be supporting Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, the non-profit organization committed to the development, establishment and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. When complete, this 14-mile landscaped route for pedestrians, runners and cyclists will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.
Tickets available at www.epicride.nyc