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We got this press release a few days ago…the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is one of several “bucket list” rides in my future — what a fantastic way to see New York City! We provide this announcement just about every year…hopefully it is of interest to our east coast readers and maybe, just maybe, I will make it to NYC one of these years to participate!

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Bike New York Announces Registration Details for 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour

Rush registration for America’s largest cycling event opens on January 22

(New York – Dec. 20, 2012 ) – Bike New York today announced dates and details for the 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour, held Sunday, May 5, 2013. The Tour will be returning to a “rush” first-come, first-serve registration system which will open on Tuesday, January 22 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

Held annually the first Sunday in May, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is America’s largest cycling event with a 40 mile, traffic-free ride through all five boroughs for 32,000 cyclists. The Tour is co-produced by Bike New York, the city’s premiere bicycling organization, and the New York City Department of Transportation, in association with multiple City of New York departments. Proceeds from the event fund Bike New York’s education program

“This annual springtime ritual –which keeps growing in popularity — is simply the most exciting way to experience the dynamic, diverse neighborhoods in all five boroughs of our great city,” said Ken Podziba, President and CEO of Bike New York. “Bicyclists wait all year to feel the thrill and freedom of riding 40 miles on car-free streets, highways and bridges as they only can in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour.”

2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour regular registration will be a “rush” registration system, similar to 2011 where the Tour’s first-come, first-serve registration system sold out in less than 24 hours. With the return to a rush system, Bike New York anticipates a similar sellout for the 2013 Tour.

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, will once again serve as title sponsor.

“TD Bank is proud to continue sponsoring the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, the marquee cycling event in New York,” said Chris Giamo, Regional President, TD Bank. “We feel it is important to invest in our communities, and the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is a fun, environmentally friendly way to see the City while experiencing the TD Bank brand.”

Those interested in participating in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour will have the opportunity to register starting on January 22 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Adults must register themselves individually. Youth registration will take place in conjunction with an individual adult registration. All youth registrations must maintain a one child to one adult ratio. Participants hoping to ride with friends and family will have the opportunity to link their registrations together after the event sells out.

Bike New York has also partnered with onPeak to provide more options for out-of-town visitors to find accommodations with competitive rates at convenient locations throughout the city. Details to convenient and affordable accommodations will be available during the registration process.

Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia New York City

Bike New York, in partnership with the Giro d’Italia, is adding a new way to ride the TD Five Boro Bike Tour. This new VIP registration option will give riders the chance to test their limits, with a timed climb up the Verrazano Bridge. In addition, all Giro riders receive an exclusive Italian-made Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia New York City jersey to wear during the event. Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia New York City registration opens on January 22 at 12:00 p.m. EST. It is only available for riders 18 years of age and older. “We’re excited to partner with the Giro d’Italia and bring two of the world’s largest cycling events together,” said Podziba. More details will be available in the following weeks.

“Ride for a Reason” Charity Program

Regular registration and the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia New York City are not the only ways to ride in the 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour. Prospective riders can also “Ride for a Reason” and champion one of Bike New York’s 43 charity partners.

“Last year’s ‘Ride for a Reason’ charity program was a great success, raising more than $1.1 million for our partner charities,” said Podziba. “Based on last year’s fundraising accomplishment, we’re excited to see this year’s results from our charity partners. Fundraising for a charity is a tremendous way to give back and support a meaningful cause while having the time of your life.”

Below is a full list of Bike New York’s charity partners:

· Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter

· American Liver Foundation

· ASPCA

· Big Brothers Big Sisters

· Broadway Green Alliance

· BronxWorks

· Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

· CancerCare

· Community Access

· Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

· dance4life

· Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

· First Descents

· Gilda’s Club New York City

· Haiti Hydroelectric, Rotary Club Metro NYC

· Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation

· Hope for the Warriors

· Innocence Project

· JDRF

· Kids of Courage

· Korean American Community Foundation (KACF)

· LIVESTRONG Foundation

· Marty Lyons Foundation

· Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)

· Muscular Dystrophy Association

· National Stroke Association

· New York Cares

· OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services

· Only Make Believe

· Planned Parenthood of New York City

· Ronald McDonald House New York, Inc

· Sanctuary for Families

· Sephardic Bikur Holim

· Special Olympics New York

· Team Boomer – Fighting Cystic Fibrosis

· Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research

· Team Hole in the Wall

· The Blue Card

· The Life is Priceless Foundation

· The Nature Conservancy

· UJA-Federation of New York/Sports for Youth

· Water For People

· YAI Network

Volunteer Opportunities

Those who do not get into the 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour can guarantee an entry spot into the 2014 Tour by volunteering this year during Tour weekend or Bike Expo New York. Bike New York volunteer applications will be online in January.

Bike Expo New York

All 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour participants will pick up their rider packet and Tour vest at Bike Expo New York (BE NY). Located at Basketball City on Pier 36 (along South St. at Montgomery St., Manhattan, NYC), BE NY will take place the two days before the Tour, Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. Free and open to the public, the BE NY provides a perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to celebrate all things bicycling against the backdrop of New York. Garnering more than 43,000 attendees, BE NY 2012 was the most attended inaugural consumer bike expo in the country.

Companies interested in exhibiting at BE NY can email exposales@bikenewyork.org.

For more details about the 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour and Bike Expo New York, visit www.bikenewyork.org.

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About Bike New York:

Bike New York is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes and encourages bicycling through education, public events, and collaboration with community and government partnerships. To learn more, visit www.bikenewyork.org or follow Bike New York on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BikeNewYork) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/BikeNewYork).


About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®:

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing nearly 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDMoneyLoungeUS and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank is one of the few banks in the world rated Aaa by Moody’s and trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD.” To learn more, visit www.td.com.

Have any of our readers participated in the Five Boro Bike Tour in years past? We’d love to hear about your experiences. Also, what other big rides would you nominate for a “bucket list”?