Quick Start Guide
Electronic gadgets often come with a Quick Start Guide, also known as, “If you won’t read the instruction manual, at least read this one page, you lazy bum, before you break something.”
SO... one of our riders gave us this great idea: a Quick Start Guide. If you don’t want to read all of this lovely yet annoying web site, here’s the minimum you need to know to have fun on the ride.*
When Is the Ride
Saturday September 15, 2018 (This is a new date, and it is correct!)
How Long Is It?
There are four routes -- your choice:
25 miles • 73 miles • 108 miles • 150 miles
The Route Map & Turn Sheet
We do not release the route map or turn sheet in advance.
Is the Route Marked?
Yes. Details here.
How Do I Register?
There’s ONLY one way -- click here.
How Much Does it Cost?
Prices start at $99 for the 25-mile route; $195 for all other routes. Kids 12 and younger ride free on the 25-mile route, and pay regular price for the longer routes. NO FUNDRAISING REQUIRED. \
What Should I Bring With Me?
TWO water bottles, or you will dehydrate and die. (Have a nice day!)
TWO inner tubes that fit your bike (even if you don’t know how to use them, someone else will).
A small tire patch kit and a small pump (see above, re: inner tubes)
A small gym bag or daypack with a change of clothes and a towel for the free hot showers at the finish line.
Your superb good sense of humor.
What Should I Leave Home?
Day-Before Check-In and Bike Loading
If you want you can check in the day before the ride, which will get you riding faster on ride day. This is optional. There is a $12 charge for this. Details here.
Where and When Do I Show Up on Ride Day?
Just look below for the start line and distance you prefer.
There is no water at the Mastic-Shirley start line. You MUST show up with your TWO water bottles ALREADY filled.
Use Extreme Caution Here!
East Hampton is where the 25-mile riders actually start pedaling the ride.
For 99% of you 25-mile riders, you’re going to check in at your choice of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Babylon, or Mastic-Shirley (see above) and we will transport your bike and you out to East Hampton for free.
We’ve heard from a VERY few riders who will already be near East Hampton the night before the ride, and they want to get to that East Hampton location on your own. This note is ONLY for those VERY few. (If you’re not sure if this applies to you, the answer is probably no!)
OK... are we alone now? Everyone else is gone? Good!
If you are driving yourself to the East Hampton location it is:
Living Waters Church
69 Industrial Road
Driving directions here.
You should be there at 10:00 a.m. Too early and no one will be there to help you; too late and we’ll be gone! (So if you’re early and it seems like no one is around, don’t panic -- we’ll be there soon!)
VITAL NOTES ABOUT THIS LOCATION
Our Manhattan, Brooklyn, Babylon, and Mastic-Shirley start lines have all the goodies -- breakfast food, mechanics, water... at this location we’ll have NUTHIN’, since it’s not really a start line for us -- more of a transport depot. Our staff will be there to hand you your rider I.D. wristbands and route sheets, and there will be some portable toilets, but that’s it! Please be SURE to fill your water bottles before you leave the house.
There is no transport back to this location for your bike or for you. If you leave a car here you will need to get a ride back here on your own -- we aren’t able to help with this, and we don’t know of any public transport that goes here.
There is no mass start for any of our routes. Just check the charts above for when and where to show up. (But watch those times in the charts above -- we DO leave these locations when check-in ends. If you are late, we will be GONE.)
The Finish Line
Complete finish line info is here.
How Do I Get Home from Montauk?
This is a one-way ride -- it ends in Montauk, NY and you need to find a way home for your bike and you. These are your choices.
Get a lift home from a friend. Driving directions here.
Take our optional transportation home on Saturday immediately after the ride.
Stay overnight and take your own transportation home on Sunday. (You CAN take the train home on Sunday. You CAN’T bring your bike on that train, even if you have a bike pass -- LIRR rules.)
If you’re staying in Montauk you can leave your bike with us and we will delivery it to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Babylon, or Mastic-Shirley, where it will be guarded by our staff. You can pick your bike up on Sunday any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. NOTE: Sunday bike pick-up for Brooklyn is 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We do NOT load bikes on Sunday itself.
Transportation details here.
Where’s My Bike?
Bikes shipped back to Manhattan will be at W. 33rd Street between 11th Avenue and 12th Avenue.
Bikes shipped back to Babylon will be behind the Babylon LIRR station.
Bikes shipped back to Brooklyn will be available starting on Sunday at 11 a.m. There is NO bike pick-up in Brooklyn on Saturday. Brooklyn bike pick-up is at Bicycle Habitat bike shop/560 Vanderbilt Ave/Brooklyn.
Bikes shipped back to Mastic-Shirley will be at the Mastic-Shirley train station.
Anything Special I Need to Know?
We ride rain or shine -- no rain date, but we do offer optional rain insurance here.
Bring a cell phone if you can
Free showers after the ride -- bring a town, soap, and a change of clothes. We will drive a bag to Montauk for you so you don’t have to carry it.
Your tour director and humble servant
*A friendly note from Glen, your tour director and humble servant who loves you no really. If you decide to just read this one page and skip the rest of the web site that’s cool... see you on the ride!
BUT... if anyone emails to state:
“I read the Quick Start Guide, but how come there wasn’t any info on [some topic that is covered clearly in excruciating detail elsewhere on this web site]?
... that person will be immediately transferred to our help desk in Bangalore, India.
Of course if you DO read the web site, or at least TRY, and STILL can’t find the info you want, by all means drop us a note! We’re always glad to hear from you.