Look | Bikers Bask in Sun During 5 Boro Bike Tour

The hum of 32,000 cyclists could be heard spinning through 42 miles of road through all five boroughs during the annual Five Boro Bike Tour on Sunday. 

Bronx-born and spandex-clad Josh Triber, 33, taking a break in Harlem before hitting the FDR Drive South, said he’s never seen the city this way before.

"I've driven  the city billions of times, my whole life, and it’s pretty unreal," he said. "It’s nice and it’s kind of surreal because I see red lights and my instinct is to want to stop, but no, I can keep going freely."

But bike traffic slowed many riders down at the five bridge crossings. Coming off the FDR Drive about to climb the Queensboro Bridge, Delia Kenkel, 51, who drove in from Ithaca with five friends caught her breath and marveled at the back up of cars on the FDR's North bound lanes.

"We were passing cars headed in the other direction — we were going faster than they were, people were smiling and honking and saying 'Hey!' It felt terrific," Kenkel said.

Bikers at the starting line on Church Street near Battery Park in the 5 Boro Bike Tour.

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Bikers riding through Central Park in the 34th annual 5 Boro Bike Tour.

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Bikers at the starting line on Church Street near Battery Park in the 5 Boro Bike Tour where pyrotechnics marked the start of the race.

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Bikers at the starting line on Church Street near Battery Park in the 5 Boro Bike Tour.

( Stephen Nessen )

Bikers riding through Central Park in the 34th annual 5 Boro Bike Tour.

( Stephen Nessen )

Bikers riding through Central Park in the 34th annual 5 Boro Bike Tour.

( Stephen Nessen )

Bikers riding through Central Park in the 34th annual 5 Boro Bike Tour.

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Bikers crossing the Madison Avenue Bridge into Queens during the 34th annual 5 Boro Bike Tour.

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Bikers getting on the FDR Drive headed south during the 34th annual 5 Boro Bike Tour.

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Many helmets were decorate for the occasion.

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Many helmets were decorate for the occasion.

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The entrance for all bridges was slowed down by the number of bikers on the road.

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Queensboro bridge was temporarily shutdown for the 5 Boro Bike Tour.

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