July 2016 - Mountain Biking and Trail Running
Churney Gurney & ADK 80K
Race Festivals for Competition and Fun
By Darryl Caron
You can mix up the dirt in August at two super mountain bike races and each will have a festival-like atmosphere for the entire family!
The third annual Churney Gurney Mountain Bike Race & Festival will be held on Sunday, August 7 at Gurney Lane Mountain Bike Park (near Exit 20) in Queensbury. There will be bike races for all levels of experience with starts from 9-11am, and beginner, sport, expert/pro and fat classes covering 6, 12 or 18 miles depending on the category. The course will have machine and hand built flow singletrack trails with rollers, banks, drops and rocks. Plus, bring the kids 12 and under for their free kids’ race.
Organizers Bob and Heidi Underwood have turned Churney Gurney into a full-on Mountain Bike Festival, with factory demo bikes including Niner and Cannondale, along with Grey Ghost Bicycles providing bike support, their famous BBQ, raffles, and other fun family activities at the parky to the Gurney Lane Pool.
There will be race day registration starting at 7:30am at the Gurney Lane Pavilion. Cash prizes to the top three male/female in pro/open race, and awards to the top 3 male/female in each category. All proceeds benefit Under the Woods Foundation, a summer camp for children on the autism spectrum. For more information and to register, go to bikereg.com.
High Peaks Cyclery will host their fourth annual ADK 80K Race Weekend on August 27 and 28 at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid. On Saturday, there will be ultra trail run and relay races starting at 5:30am, and on Sunday there will be mountain bike and cyclocross races at 8am.
For bikers on Sunday, there are 80K and 40K solo mountain bike races with cyclocross and fat bike divisions, plus an 80K relay with two or four bikers per male, female or mixed team. For runners on Saturday, there are 80K and 50K solo ultra marathons, and an 80K relay with two or four runners per team.
New for 2016, race director Brian Delaney has added the Ultra 80K Duathlon with a 40K run on Saturday and 40K mountain bike on Sunday. All finishers will receive a special branded prize.
For kids and families, they have a 1K trail run and mountain bike races, live music and a BBQ. Register early to save. For details and to register, visit adk80k.com – register early to save.
Get outside and race, and have some fun!