I've never seen so much chaos.
The ride over the Washington bridge had all of us white knuckled.
Words cannot describe it. Even George, an Olympian racer and Italian groomed rider was shaken.
Based on this experience we quickly realized that tomorrow's (Sunday) grand finish route needed to be altered. At a minimum the ride over the bridge and along the river can not be a group ride. Anyone riding that portion needs to fend for him or herself.
We have modified the route on our webpage accordingly and now have the ride billed as the final mile starting at 56th street and 9th avenue. This seems much safer.
If you want a taste of what today's ride was like, check out this video recap (at 16X speed and slow motion for the endo I caught on tape
as well as George clearing the bike lane and then later helping a woman straighten out her wheel after hitting a beam on the bridge... Total insanity..
If the video makes you nauseous, well you can imagine how we felt! However, if you play it back at half speed or less, (a YouTube option) it settles down a bit..,