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NEW YORK, US (Oct 8) – The Century Road Club Association, a cycling club set up in Central Park in 1898, has added 196 riders this year, driving its membership to more than 600 – in 2000, it added only 35 members. The club’s members’ list is loaded with e-mail addresses from New York-based firms […]

NEW YORK, US (Oct 8) – The Century Road Club Association, a cycling club set up in Central Park in 1898, has added 196 riders this year, driving its membership to more than 600 – in 2000, it added only 35 members.

The club’s members’ list is loaded with e-mail addresses from New York-based firms such as Merrill Lynch & Co., Goldman Sachs, the most profitable Wall Street firm last year; JPMorgan, the third- biggest U.S. bank; Bear Stearns Cos., the No. 5 U.S. securities firm; and Citigroup Inc., the U.S.’s biggest financial company.

The surge is drawing ‘athletes’ who range in age from 25 to 55 and marks a lifestyle shift in New York’s financial world, where country-club sports such as golf and tennis have long been the standard competitive outlets.

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