Updated 10/23/2011 03:09 PM
Over 6,000 Cyclists Participate In 17th Annual Tour De Bronx
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Thousands of cyclists rolled through the streets of the Bronx Sunday in the 17th annual Tour de Bronx.
The state's largest free bicycling event enticed more than 6,000 people to come out this year. The course started in Concourse and took riders on either a 25 or 40-mile route through the borough.
Organizers said they hope the tour shows off the borough's many attractions while encouraging active living.
"It's a way for them to experience the Bronx through a different vantage point, through different lenses, and you can enjoy our wonderful cultural institutions, our parks, beautiful scenic routes through our wonderful neighborhoods," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
"You just come through some sections, I'm a New Yorker, raised in New York, and you just see different parts you never seen before just riding on a bike, and that alone is awesome," said Olga Arias, a first-time participant.
After their tour, bikers were treated to a festival at the New York Botanical Garden, with live entertainment and refreshments.