We ride rain or shine.
So usually we hesitate to even mention the word “rain”.
But we just did, so we offer optional rain insurance.
Here’s how it works:
If you wish you pay an additional $21. On ride day if it rains 1” or more any time between 4 a.m. - 7 p.m. the insurance company pays you $150. (Want a larger payout? You can pay double the premium -- $42 -- and get double the payout if it rains: $300. Your choice)
It doesn’t matter what you paid for the ride -- you get $150. The payment will be made by check.
You do NOT need to show up on ride day to collect. So if you wake up and it’s pouring, you can stay home and go back to sleep. We’ll mail your check to you. (If you are a ride volunteer that part doesn’t apply to you -- you have to show up even if there’s a satanic firestorm).
If you bought souvenir clothing such as racing jerseys or T-shirts you still get that stuff AND $150. HOWEVER... if your racing jersey or T-shirt is being held at the finish line for you you’ll either have to pick it up there, have a friend grab it for you, or pay a modest fee to have it shipped to you after the ride.
Photo by David Rabbiner of a cyclist cooling off under one of our rest-stop water stations
The Fine Print
This is real insurance, which we buy from a real insurance company. These are reliable folks, but we pay you when they pay us. If the insurance kicks in they will send one check directly to us. That means that we’ll send out your check as soon as we get our check and give it a couple days to clear the bank. (We trust them; we just can’t afford to lay out all that dough!)
Please remember that we are NOT guaranteeing that it won’t drizzle; we’re protecting you against a torrential downpour.
The rain is measured in Central Park, Babylon, and Montauk at a professional weather station or at an airport. If it rains more than 1” in any one of those locations, the insurance pays off.
Examples of rain accumulation:
Central Park: 1”
The insurance would pay you, even if you didn’t start in NYC, and even if you just stayed home.
Central Park: 0.5”
The insurance would not pay, since it didn’t rain 1” in any one of those locations.
Clear as mud? You bet!