Thousands brave Riverdale's hills in Tour de Bronx

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Some 10,000 avid cyclists went on a whirlwind tour of the borough in the Tour de Bronx.

Participants had a choice to make: the 25-mile route or the 40-mile route. The latter took them through the northwest Bronx, up and down the notoriously hilly landscape.

From Manhattan College Parkway to Fort Independence Street, riders huffed and puffed their way to the finish line. Rest stops along the way offered riders water and snacks.

Both routes ended at the New York Botanical Garden, where they could stretch out on the grass and listen to the musical stylings of the Lickety Split Band.

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GBD 10463

It is a pleasure to see the Bronx become a bike tour venue. In the "bad old days" years ago, even NYC Marathoners would just "touch base" in the Bronx by running over one of the East River or Harlem River bridges, and then immediately head back to Manhattan.

Let's hear it for the intrepid 40-milers who visited the Northwest!

Wednesday, November 1