Sop and go: Five Boro Bike tour a wet one

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Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head: The wet weather did not kill the riders’ spirits.
Warm up: Janet Braxton rests at the Brooklyn Roasting Company cafe at the Navy Yard before finishing the trip towards Bay Ridge and eventually Staten Island.
Rest stop recharge: Megan Ayers and Theresa Sanderson take a breather at the Brooklyn Roasting Company cafe at the Navy Yard.
Pedaling ponchos: It was no cake ride for the 30,000 or so bicyclists who took the 40-mile ride around the city in the rain.
No hands: The roads were slippery, but that did not stop the cyclists.
Not something you see everyday: Bicyclists head towards the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to reach the Staten Island finish line.
Keep it up: A bicyclists rides through Bay Ridge — the last Brooklyn neighborhood he saw on the Five Boro Bike Tour.
Finishing strong: Bicyclists ended the 40-mile ride around the five boroughs with a trip over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Rains came down, spirits stayed up.

More than 32,000 cyclists braved brisk, wet weather for the Five Boro Bike Tour on May 1. The 48-degree day and sporadic showers were a hassle, but the annual bike marathon was no flat tire, one rider said.

“I wouldn’t say it ruined it — it just was less pleasant,” said upstate resident Manny Morales.

A friend who planned on riding with Morales bailed last-minute, so Morales commiserated with fellow cyclists who slogged it out in the sopping wet, he said.

“I was pretty much alone, with 30,000 other close friends,” Morales said.

The 40-mile ride, which famously closes down portions of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, began in Manhattan and took riders through the Bronx and Queens before depositing them in Brooklyn’s sweet embrace — and later forcing them onto Staten Island for the ride’s finale.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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