Century bike tour adds discounts for refueling along the way

Stopping for a nosh at the 2011 Century Bike Tour. Via FB.

The NYC Century Bike Tour on Sept. 9 offers plenty of company as you wind your way through routes starting at 15 miles and going up to 100 miles. Beyond just the victory of touring the city on bike, it’s added another incentive this year: Bikes & Bites, where riders can stop at local businesses along their route and get discounts and freebies at places like Nathan’s, Brooklyn Label and Rockaway Taco. Apart from the obvious refueling perk, this program also allows you to see places you might not normally ride by or visit, and thus brings new customers to businesses and new haunts to you! Deals on offer include lavender (and regular) lemonade, hot dogs, pizza, health juices, lemon ice, knishes, sandwiches, and more from various local vendors in Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens.

The Tour, now 23 years old, has routes designed to highlight the integration of bikes and bikers into the city, and allow riders to see the city neighborhood by neighborhood. On Sept. 9, you and close to 6,000 of your new riding buddies take to the streets for a cause close to your hearts: all proceeds from the NYC Century Bike Tour go toward transportation alternatives for better biking, walking, and public transport in NYC.

Other Tour highlights include a giveaway of the last of 3 Trek Bicycles (given away after each registration deadline), commemorative water bottle and t-shirt, finish parties in Central Park with music and massages, and (a smaller one in) Prospect Park, and free admission to the Prospect Park Carousel.

Registration deadline is Sept. 7 for $65, but riders can register after September 7 and day-of for $75. Details on food and drink deals are here.