The Five Boro Bike Tour saw cyclists from around the country joining New York cyclists as they rolled across the city, touching down in every borough. Thousands of cyclists, assisted by the New York. Police Department, made for a perfect event.

But tragedy also reared its ugly head when a 51-year-old cyclist from Michigan suffered a heart attack, shutting down the race for some 30 minutes on the Queensboro Bridge. The cyclist was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. He was identified by his son as Michael Baren.

The Five Boro Bile Tour began in 1977 and is now the largest cycling event in the country.