EVENT IS SOLD OUT!
Join us for a 40-mile bike ride from Williamsburg to Rockaway Beach, showcasing the potential of a fully completed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway combined with a completed Jamaica Bay Greenway.
The Epic route will be marked, allowing riders to travel in a group that moves at their own pace. Rest stops with refreshments, restrooms and basic bike maintenance will be available along the route.
Upon completing the ride, participants are invited to an after party at Rockaway Beach with live music and delicious food from the newly re-opened Rockaway food vendors. Your return trip can be made via the A train, a Rockaway ferry to Wall Street Pier 11, or by bicycle along Flatbush Avenue.
Alternate starts are available at Owls Head Park (26-mile ride) and Floyd Bennett Field (14-mile ride).
BGI and TA members – $25 Become a BGI member
General admission – $35
Team registration (four riders) - $120
Join The 5th Annual Epic Ride Facebook Event for updates and special offers.
Epic Ride Guide
Download the Epic Ride Guide and read it thoroughly. It includes important information on preparing for the ride, check in and start times, what to expect on the day, the turn sheet, and other tips for a fun and safe ride.
Epic Route Map
New in 2013
Workplace involvement in The Epic is a unique way to support employees and make a contribution to a valuable cause! Companies situated close to the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway will also benefit directly from its completion:
- Your employees can use the greenway to commute to work;
- Customers and clients can reach you by traveling along the route;
- Your business becomes more accessible to people who work or play;
- And a bonus: Getting fellow staff members involved promotes a healthy workforce!
The Epic is all about teamwork – it’s a great opportunity for team building and a fun way to develop team spirit among colleagues.
Register your four-person team today for only $120 ($30 per person; regular ticket price is $35 pp).
Become a Sponsor
The Epic presents a remarkable platform for sponsors to target the New York metropolitan area. Over 500 cyclists and thousands of spectators gather for the unique opportunity to ride 40 miles along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts. As a sponsor of the 5th Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride, you will have the opportunity to increase your brand visibility and recognition. Key benefits to your business:
- Direct exposure to 500+ participants and thousands of spectators.
- Direct exposure to BGI and our partner organizations’ databases via mailings, e-newsletters, website and promotional materials.
- Wide exposure to 1.7 million New York residents through BGI’s media partnerships with Yelp and Brownstoner.
- Involvement with a progressive event that demonstrates community-driven change and is a key element of NYC’s sustainability agenda.
- We will work with you to tailor a partnership to meet your specific business needs.
- Your sponsorship will support the planning and implementation of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a 14-mile long recreation and transportation facility that will connect four regional parks and numerous new waterfront open spaces.
- For more information, email Olivia Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What am I supporting by riding The Epic?
By riding in The Epic, you will support the planning and implementation of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a 14-mile long recreation and transportation facility that will connect four regional parks and numerous new waterfront open spaces.
Where does the money go?
Your charitable donation covers the cost of amenities provided for the ride—everything from food to entertainment as well as behind-the-scenes expenses. We work hard to ensure that our price is a fraction of the charge of other major bike rides. Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is a 501c3 non-profit organization and any proceeds from The Epic go to support our mission.
Can children ride the Epic?
Children can join The Epic at the Floyd Bennett Field start and enjoy a 14-mile ride to Rockaway Beach. Children who will operate their own bicycle must be at least 10 years of age and be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 3-9 years must ride on a tandem bike, tagalong bike, or a bike trailer.
Can I ride in a team?
Yes, teams of four can ride together. Teams can also take advantage of a discounted registration price of $120 per team ($30 per person; regular ticket price is $35 pp). This is a great team building opportunity for colleagues, students, friends and family.
How experienced do I need to be at riding?
Riders must be confident riding with traffic on the roads and able to maintain a pace of 10 mph.
Are there different speed groups for the ride?
Yes, we will stagger the start with a fast group (15+ mph) and a leisure group (10-15 mph).
Are there different starts?
Yes, alternate starts are available at Owls Head Park (26-mile ride) and Floyd Bennett Field (14-mile ride).
What is the route for The Epic?
The Epic travels along portions of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway and the Jamaica Bay Greenway, which are situated along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts. Some of the route is on-street, so participants must be confident riding with traffic. The route for this year’s Epic ride will be slightly altered from previous years due to the affects of Hurricane Sandy. We are currently finalizing the route and will post the 2013 route map on the website once it has been confirmed. Stay tuned for updates!
How do I get back at the end of The Epic?
Return trip can be made via the A train or by bicycle along Flatbush Avenue.
Is lunch provided for riders at the finish line at Rockaway Beach?
No, but riders can purchase food from the many newly re-opened Rockaway food vendors at the Rockaway Beach Club. Snacks will be provided at the start and rest areas along the route.
Will there be an after party?
An after party will be held at the finish line at Rockaway Beach and Beach 96th Street. There will be live music, food available for purchase and you can have a swim in the ocean!
What happens if I start the ride, but cannot finish it due to unforeseen circumstances?
You can leave the ride at any time. However, once you leave the route you will no longer have access to services including rest areas and bike marshal support.
Is bike repair offered along the route?
Rest areas will have a bicycle mechanic station for minor repairs. Ride marshals should be able to offer some assistance for minor repairs while on the route. We strongly recommend bringing an extra bike tube on the route, pumping up your tires the day before and getting your bike tuned up ahead of time at BikeSmith.
Will there be food and refreshments along the Tour route?
Yes, the start and each rest stop will have all sorts of nutritious snacks and goodies to keep you going until the end!
Can I sell or give my ticket away?
No. Registration is non-refundable, non-deferrable and non-transferable. If you decide not to ride, we can convert your registration into a charitable contribution. Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Please email email@example.com if you want to explore this option.
How can I find out where rest stops, water stations and bike maintenance hubs are along the route?
This information will be available on the 2013 route map, which will be posted on this website and emailed to all registrants as part of their registration pack. Registration packs will be emailed by July 18, 2013. Stay tuned for updates!
Do I need a helmet for the ride?
Yes, helmets are required for The Epic.
What if the weather is bad?
The 5th Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride will take place rain or shine. There is no rain date. In the event of cancellation due to severe weather, your registration fee is non-refundable and instead will be considered a charitable contribution to Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. If it’s going to be a sunny day, don’t forget your sunscreen!
What else should I bring on the ride?
- Water bottles filled with water
- Appropriate clothing: be prepared for rain and/or intense sun
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Extra tire tube (check for the size on your tire)
- Money: although we provide snacks and water, you may want to buy a full lunch from the Rockaway Beach food vendors
- Bring a camera and fully-charged cell phone so you can Tweet, Facebook and Instagram along the way.
- Treat your bike to a full tune up before the ride from BikeSmith.
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
Thanks to our Event Partners
The Epic Ride is supported by partners including Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Volunteer Committee, Regional Plan Association, National Park Service, and the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. Special thanks to the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, the NYC Department of Transportation, and Aviator Sports and Events Center.
Event sponsors include Kiwi Energy, Green Asphalt, Industry City, Douglaston Development, EDGE, Con Edison, Yelp, Brownstoner, Brooklyn Flea, Ice Breaker Merino, BikeSmith, Ride Brooklyn, Runa Clean Energy, Heart of Tea, Urban Rustic, Uncommon Goods, Brooklyn Roasting Company, The Bagel Store, Frava, Lola Granola Bar, Ryde Safe, Low Tide Bar, Motorboat and the Big Banana, and The Bolivian Llama Party .
Additional support is provided by the NYS Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program under Title 11 of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, sponsored by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; The J. M. Kaplan Fund;The New York Community Trust; LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund-The New York Community Trust; and NYC Council Members Sara González, Brad Lander and Steve Levin.