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The Epic Ride – Presented by Focus and SONY Action Cam

July 27, 2014 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and partners for a 40-mile bike ride along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfronts.

Starting at Newtown Barge Playground, Greenpoint and finishing at Rockaway Beach, the route showcases the potential of a fully completed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway combined with a completed Jamaica Bay Greenway.

Following the ride, join the after-party at the beach with food from the Rockaway food vendors and a swim in the ocean. Participants can make their own way back independently via the  A train or by bicycle.

Alternate starts are available at Owls Head Park (26-mile ride) and Floyd Bennett Field (14-mile ride).


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$30 BGI & TA members. Become a BGI member

$40 General Admission

By participating in The Epic Ride, you are supporting Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, the non-profit organization committed to the establishment, development and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. When complete, this 14-mile landscaped route for pedestrians and cyclists will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.

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Epic Route Map

The ride will start at Newtown Barge Playground, Greenpoint and will finish at Beach 81st St, Rockaway Beach.

Rest stops will be offered at Owls Head Park, Bay Ridge and Ryan Visitor Center, Floyd Bennett Field.

Download the print ready fold-able Epic Ride Turn Sheet.

Download The Epic Ride Guide 2014

Ride Details

  • Pre-Ride Information

  • Download The Epic Ride Guide 2014
  • Download the print ready fold-able Epic Ride Turn Sheet.
  • The  Epic Ride will take place rain or shine on Sunday, July 27, 2014. 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.
  • Brooklyn Greenway Initiative provides reasonable accommodations for special events with adequate notice.  To request disability accommodation for The Epic Ride, please contact Kadie Bell at kbell@brooklyngreenway.org at least 10 days prior to the event.
  • The Epic Ride is going Green!

  • The Epic Ride is Brooklyn’s first event to be certified by the Council of Responsible Sport to ensure that we increase The Epic Ride’s social benefits while reducing its environmental footprint.
  • Corporate Teams

  • 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 team (minimum four members) for a discounted price of $35 per person.
  • 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 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.
  • Volunteer

  • Volunteering at The Epic Ride is a great experience, with camaraderie, goodwill and loads of fun! Volunteers and bike marshals play an integral role in creating an unforgettable experience for participants of The Epic Ride.
  • Register to Volunteer Here. 
    • Volunteer Roles
    • Ride Marshals are crucial to keeping the ride running smoothly and safely. They are experienced cyclists who provide assistance along the route. Strong people skills, flat repair skills, and basic bike repair knowledge are a must. We are looking for the following Ride Marshals: Ride leaders to ride in the front and set the pace/lead the route Support riders who will ride in the middle with the group Sweeps to ride at the back of the group and offer any bike maintenance that may be required Responsibilities include helping riders with flat and bike repair, responding to road emergencies, providing information to participants, encouraging slow riders, and assisting riders boarding SAG (support and gear) vehicles. At the end of the ride, Ride Marshals join us at the finish line for the after party.
    • Course Marshals assist with safety, communication and directions on the course. Though riding is not required for the Course Marshal position, basic cycling knowledge is helpful and strong people skills are a must. On event day, Course Marshals meet at the start line and will be driven to their location on the course by an event courier. Responsibilities may include alerting participants to specific road conditions, assisting with crowd control and road emergencies, encouraging slow riders, and providing information to participants, spectators, and nearby residents.
    • Event Day Volunteers are an integral part of the event. They serve many functions, which may include setting up, checking in riders, serving snacks and beverages at rest stops, providing information to spectators and community members, managing the bike valet, and assisting at the after party at Rockaway Beach. No riding or bike skills are required, and volunteer groups are welcome.
    • Event Day Volunteers can select from the following roles:
      Start line in Williamsburg: Set up equipment and supplies, merchandise tent, check in participants, provide information, direct and assist riders, clean up and breakdown.
      Rest Stops at Owls Head Park, Bay Ridge and Floyd Bennett Field: Volunteers set up the area, greet and assist cyclists, check in participants who are starting from those locations, distribute snacks and water, direct traffic flow, and pack down.
      Finish Festival at Rockaway Beach: Roles include set up, cheering participants on at the finish line, managing the bike valet, merchandise tent, and pack down.
  • Volunteer Benefits

    In appreciation for their hard work, all volunteers are guaranteed the opportunity to pre-register for The Epic Ride 2015 and receive discounted registration for one of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s sporting events.

  • Volunteer T-Shirt

    Every volunteer receives an official Epic Ride t-shirt. Please pick your t-shirt size when registering as a volunteer.

  • Volunteer Training

    All volunteers are required to attend a mandatory briefing session prior to the event. Details to follow. Volunteers will also receive a volunteer handbook via email that will provide all details pertaining to volunteering at event. Do you have questions that weren’t answered here? Send us an email at epicride@brooklyngreenway.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • FAQs

  • What am I supporting by riding The Epic?

    By participating in The Epic Ride, you are supporting Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, the non-profit organization committed to the establishment, development and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. When complete, this 14-mile landscaped route for pedestrians and cyclists will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.

  • 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 Ride 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 with a minimum of four riders can ride together. Teams can also take advantage of a discounted registration ($35 per person; regular ticket price is $40). 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. We are currently finalizing the route and will post the 2014 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 Ride?

    Return trip can be made via the A train, by ferry, 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 Rockaway food vendors. Snacks and water 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. 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.

  • 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 epicride@brooklyngreenway.org 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 2014 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 14, 2014. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Do I need a helmet for the ride?

    Yes, helmets are required for The Epic Ride.

  • What if the weather is bad?

    The 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?
    • Helmet
    • 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.


Thanks to our Event Sponsors


Kiwi Energy, Green Asphalt, Grow NYCNYC Compost Project hosted at Build It Green!NYCREINextdoorBikeSmithRed Beard BikesBrooklyn Roasting CompanyBrooklyn Running CompanyLola Granola, YelpBrownstoner, BlankslateGoGoSqueezeLululemon, and Ride Brooklyn.

Thanks to our Event Partners


The Epic Ride is supported by partners including Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Volunteer Committee, Regional Plan Association, National Park Service, DOT, and the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. Special thanks to the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, the NYC Department of Transportation, and The Ryan Center at Floyd Bennett Field. 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 Eric Adams; The Charles Engelhard Foundation,The J. M. Kaplan Fund; Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The New York Community Trust; LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund-The New York Community Trust; and NYC Council Members Brad Lander and Steve Levin.