The Tour allows participants to ride car-free through New York City as part of the largest recreational cycling event in America. The journey starts in Lower Manhattan. You'll head north through the heart of Manhattan to Central Park and continue on to historic Harlem and the Bronx, returning south along the East River on the FDR Drive. From there you'll cross into Queens and then Brooklyn, where cyclists take over the highway before making the thrilling climb up and down the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island. The route is 42 miles, mostly flat except for the bridges.