This year Bike New York Five Boroughs Bike Tour required you to come to the Bike New York bike expo to pick up your packet, instead of mailing it out. I’m guessing this was done to keep people from selling their slot in the race. This was a better situation than last year, where you paid a $15 fee to be in a lottery, and if you won, you got to pay for an entry into the race, if you weren’t chosen, you still were out $15. Feh.
I went up to NJ and me and the family spent the night with old friends and the inlaws. So, I took NJ Transit into Penn Station, walked over to the 34th st / Herald Square subway entrance, caught the F down to East Broadway, and walked the 4 blocks down to the bike expo.
Entered in, got directions, and then turned right and fell in love.
After drooling over the trophy, I went and picked up my packet. #9520. I was in the Blue group, so I had to be there bright and early on Sunday at 7am for a 7:45am start.
I then walked up and down the expo, looking at all the vendor stalls, picking up some swag, trying everything that was free.