The first annual Arverne By The Sea Bicycle Race was held on Beach 73 Street last Sunday under cloudy and threatening skies. Despite the weather, nearly 100 riders came from both Rockaway and the rest of the metropolitan area for a series of races that accommodated local amateurs and professionals. The 1.6-mile course took riders both on Rockaway streets and on the boardwalk. The top prize in the professional race was $1,000, while amateur winners won a bicycle. Pictured, the pros come off Beach 73 Street and onto Rockaway Beach Boulevard.