Dash For Cash-Less July 4th Beach Roll
The Dash For Cash race at Floyd Bennett Field, followed by a ride to the beach for post-race hangs, had become a TBD team 4th of July tradition, and one we all were very much looking forward to this year. Sadly, a week before this year’s event, the race promoter announced that he was unable to negotiate a suitable arrangement with Aviator Sports (the entity charged with issuing permits), as the promoters of the Tuesday Night FBF series had, and the 2019 edition of the race would be cancelled.
While our rare opportunity for a mid-week daytime race on the scorching cracked asphalt of FBF were dashed (too soon?), we would not forgo the latter half of the tradition - the ride to the beach for team hangs. Race or not - the beach roll drew a crowd of TBD & friends. Dutifully, we assembled at Hungry Ghost in Brooklyn for breakfast coffees, some of us schlepping from the Bronx (me), and one even made the reverse schlepp from the beach to add some extra miles (Scott brilliantly rented a beach-side AirBnB for the holiday). Our casual caravan looped through Prospect Park, and moseyed on down Ocean Avenue toward the shore.
This year, we opted to head further East, toward Scott’s AirBnB on Rockaway Beach, where he and his pals graciously let us park all of our bikes. We then found a suitable patch of unoccupied hot sand to park ourselves for the afternoon. The waves were mellow and water very cold, which was much welcomed given Ra was beating down on us and temps rose well into the 90s. We had to take regular cool down dips. I’d never been to this part of the Rockaways and was pleasantly surprised to see the many concession options, which included ice cream, smoothie bar, bao & taco shacks (which most of our squad opted for), and poké (my favorite hot summer day meal). Fancy!
After a couple more hours of storytelling & nap time, we all were sufficiently sunburnt, despite continuous but clearly inadequate sunscreen application. We headed back home to a delightfully empty NYC, and were thankful that we got to carry on at least part of this beloved TBD team tradition. But, we’re still holding out hope that Dash For Cash may return once again next year. Till then… don’t forget to (very fastidiously) apply that sunscreen, kids!
After schedule conflicts ruled us out from the Cycle-Smart Cyclocross Camp that we know and love, our friends at Cycle-Smart did the next best thing and brought cross camp to us as part of an incredible weekend at the beach.
In our latest Weekend Roll Daghan recaps three beautiful days spent practicing cyclocross skills and riding hidden trails with our friends from Cycle-Smart amidst the multi-million dollar homes in East Hampton.
While this year’s Dash For Cash was cancelled, TBD still carried on at least part of our beloved July 4th tradition.
A spicy training ride to substitute a weekend of no racing in NYC followed by an excellent brew stop.
A brutal heatwave landed on NYC this past weekend - cancelling concerts and triathlons alike. But the team continued to train as temperatures hit triple digits and Daghan captured it all in our most recent Weekend Roll
A weekend spent in the mix racing bikes early in the morning in Brooklyn and hanging out at the beach in the Hamptons - all in our latest Weekend Roll
For three hours per year we get a small glimpse of how truly great New York City could be when 5th Avenue is transformed into a pedestrian plaza and street party as part of the Museum Mile
When you do everything wrong, but still manage to have an incredible day on the bike, especially when leaving the concrete jungle behind for gravel and dirt roads in the Hudson Valley.
Looking to mix things up, the team headed up state for a burger, beer and train ride back to NYC
Another special weekend of bike racing in New York City