It was a perfect day for cycling: cool temps, no humidity, and a strong wind blowing in just the right direction. Bike to the Beach NY 2016 was underway by 5am this past Friday morning, June 10. And for the first time NSSA had not one, but two teams participating in the 100-mile ride to raise awareness and funds for autism.
The wind helped push the riders along at a faster pace than ever before, and the first rider pulled into Rest Stop 6 at Corey Beach in Blue Point, NY a little before 10am. We don’t normally see anyone til close to 11:30!
Soon many riders were coasting into the stop, having ridden 75 miles over the past 5+ hours…and ready for a little break in the shade, some water, energy bars, and iced tea.
NSSA had a table at Rest Stop 6, decorated for National Iced Tea…until those helpful winds blew away all the decorations!
Many riders struggled with flat tires, but Bike to the Beach had us well stocked with bicycle pumps, tubes and tools, and riders were soon on their way.
There was even a tandem bicycle this year – a father and son team.
Samantha Grassle was the first NSSA team rider to appear – Yay, Sam!
The rest of Team NSSA followed closely behind. Shoulder rubs were gratefully received.
NSSA’s Velocipedalers, led by Barell teacher Stacey Leo, were right on Team NSSA’s tail
Team NSSA with their fans and supporters and a proud Mom.
And both NSSA teams – we couldn’t be more proud of them – for doing this ride and for raising money for NSSA.
You can still make donations to the teams by going here, typing NSSA into the search box, and selecting one of the teams to donate to.
We thank Bike to the Beach for letting us be part of this wonderful event once again.