Ride your way to Jamaica

Fifteen Jamaican cyclists will participate in Bike New York’s Five Boro Bike Tour, sponsored by TD Bank, on Sunday, May 1 at 8 a.m., which includes a 42-mile car-free bike tour through the boroughs overlooking iconic landmarks like the Empire State building, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

This is the first Five Boro Bike Fest to include a trip giveaway to Montego Bay, Jamaica, courtesy of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), and a custom Jamaica-themed road bike designed by Jamaican artist Cheery Stewart.

“Cycling is a popular sport around the world and this partnership is a great fit as Jamaica considers a Jamaica-based bike tour,” said John Lynch, Director of Tourism for Jamaica. “Jamaica’s sports tourism industry has become a promising sector for the destination. Jamaica’s alliance with leading sports industry organizations such as Bike New York is a good way to attract potential travelers to learn more about the island and our many active travel experiences.”

The Five Boro Bike Tour starts in lower Manhattan as riders head north through Manhattan into Central Park and continue on to Harlem and the Bronx, returning south along the East River on the FDR Drive. The tour then crosses into Queens and Brooklyn where cyclists take over the highways before making the climb up-and-down the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island, where the Tour Festival at Fort Wadsworth takes place.

Reggae band JamX will add to the excitement with a performance starting at 3 p.m. JamX will also perform at the Tour Festival on May 1 when the first riders arrive at 11 a.m.

For more information on TD Bank’s Five Boro Bike Tour, visit www.bikenewyork.org.

For more travel information on Jamaica, visit www.visitjamaica.com.


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