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As the city that never sleeps becomes more and more of a cyclist's city, 6,000 New Yorkers will climb on their two-wheelers today to participate in the 15th Annual Tour de Bronx. In the state's largest free cycling event, riders can choose between 25 and 40 mile routes, both of which will pass by the new Yankee Stadium, St. Ann's Church (the oldest in the borough), and the Historic Longwood District.The event will be capped off with a free end-of-ride festival at the Bronx Botanical Gardens, with live entertainment and refreshments. This year's Tour de Bronx is dedicated to the memory of Megan Charlop, a former Monetefiore employee who was killed while riding her bicycle on Crotona Avenue. Yet despite this tragedy, the event is meant to be a celebration of the ever-growing cycling culture in New York City.
The Tour de Bronx is not the only event of its kind in NYC, there's also a Tour de Brooklyn and a Tour de Queens, both of which are smaller and younger spin-offs of the original. (We're still waiting on Staten Island and Manhattan.)