Last summer the Queen of Philadelphia’s large scale group rides, Alexandria Schneider, organized a ride down Broad St. Attracting over 1000 cyclists who rode in a non-partisan bike ride who ride to the Wells Fargo Center. In my write up of the ride I stated; “I don't know when Alexandria Schneider's next ride or what the theme will be. But I can't wait.” Well, the wait is over.
On Sunday, May 7 at 7am Ms. Schneider will be leading a ride down Broad St. prior to the start of the Broad St. Run. For those of you who can’t make it to the start just wait at City Hall and around 7:20am the ride will sweep through. All you have to do is join in. (https://www.facebook.com/events/260390147735939/)
I know there will be people who will say that the course of of the Broad St. Run is not for cyclists. However cyclists pre-riding a race route is not as unusual as you think it is. Since 2009 there has been a midnight ride prior to the start of the Boston Marathon. Complete with the local transit authority providing a special train to get cyclists and their bikes to the start and post ride pancake breakfast. And Boston is not alone. Similar pre-marathon rides are also held in Charleston, SC, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and New York City.
So what you can do to prepare for this ride?
- Go to bed early. - If you are going to be at City Hall at 7am, staying out and partying should not be your first choice. Remember you have to get up and ride to City Hall.
- Make sure your bike is in good working order. - Is your bike squeaking when you ride it? Do you have problems shifting gears or using your brakes? Get your bike tuned up as soon as possible, you won’t want to miss this ride.
- Bring a spare inner tube. - No one plans to get a flat tire. Having a spare inner tube will mean if you get a flat someone with tools can change it for you. Or you can help out a fellow cyclist in need.