August 2016 - BICYCLING EVENTS
Super September Events
By Darryl Caron
September is THE month for organized bike events, so please get out there to enjoy these wonderful rides and support the good causes!
The second annual Catskill Mountain Cycling Challenge is on Sunday, Sept. 4 at Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville. It’s a non-competitive fundraising event with four routes of 29 (Reservoir Loop), 55 (Andes-Bovina-Roxbury Loop), 62 (Catskill Scenic Trail Loop), and 103 (Century Challenge) miles in the beautiful western Catskills. New this year is the 62-mile ride that’s half gravel grinder and includes the Catskill Mountain Scenic Trail. The event includes a lunch, T-shirt, cycling orientated kids’ activities, and use of the Catskill Recreation Center for riders. The challenge is presented by Overlook Mountain Bikes and proceeds benefit the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation. To register, visit catskillrecreationcenter.org.
Challenge yourself and change the life of a child at the Camp Challenge Ride for ‘Health and Happiness’ on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne. Cycle through the beautiful southern Adirondacks on the 30-mile route – whether you’re a casual or seasoned rider, all levels are welcome! All proceeds benefit the Double H Ranch, a “serious fun” not-for-profit camp with recreational and therapeutic experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses that’s free of charge. If a friend or family member would rather not ride, they can do the Camp Challenge 5K Trail Run/Walk. The ride minimum fundraising commitment is $250; for the run it’s encouraged but not required. Register at doublehranch.org.
The 46th annual MHCC Century Weekend is on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11 at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs. The weekend features routes of 100, 62, 50 and 25 miles, departing from Carlsbad Pavilion BOTH days, and there are short family rides within the state park all weekend. This classic cycling weekend has no fundraising and no gran fondo sticker shock, just one registration that’s good for two days! For the best deal, you can volunteer part of one day, and ride free the other day. All rides include well supported rest stops and catered after ride buffet. The popular weekend is presented by Mohawk-Hudson Cycling Club and all riders are welcome. To register and/or volunteer, go to mohawkhudsoncyclingclub.org.
The fourth annual Tour de Daggett Lake: Ride for Rosie’s Love will take place Sunday, Sept. 11 at Daggett Lake Campsite, just north of Warrensburg in Warren County. The tour has “incredibly scenic” rides of 65 and 20 miles in the southern Adirondacks, and is a favorite of Tim Bonnier, owner of Tomhannock Bicycles. Riders can enjoy a chicken lunch at the Daggett Lake Pavilion. Event proceeds support the Rosie’s Love charity. For more info, checkout daggettlake.net.
Join the sixth annual Saratoga CF Cycle for Life on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Saratoga Train Station in Saratoga Springs. Ride at your own pace on their fully supported, picturesque routes of 17, 32 or 62 miles in the Saratoga County and Sacandaga Lake areas. Cycle for Life supports the fight to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. The fundraising minimum is $150 or raise more to earn great prizes. The event is open to individuals or you can start or join a team. Register today at neny.cff.org.
The Rensselaerville Ride: From Hill to Hollow will be a weekend of cycling on Friday-Saturday, Sept. 16-17 at the Carey Institute for Global Good in Rensselaerville. It’s a family friendly weekend with challenging routes for all ages and abilities. Come on Friday at 5pm for the free Pond Hill Challenge 3.5-mile, 940-foot time trial hill climb to an elevation of 2,200 feet. On Saturday, enjoy beautiful views on four supported rides of 10, 24, 44 and 64 miles through the hills and hollows of Rensselaerville and surrounding Albany County towns. All Saturday riders receive a BBQ lunch, one craft beer ticket, and live music from The Lustre Kings. On campus lodging is available. Sign up before 9/1 to get discounted ride prices, visit careyinstitute.org.
Tour de Habitat, a cycling event to benefit Habitat for Humanity Capital District, is back on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Druthers Brewing in Albany. There are fully supported routes of 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles in Albany County, bringing together riders of all experiences and comfort levels. This is a community bonding event with a post ride buffet and free pint for every rider at Druthers. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity, who is dedicated to supporting families in need of decent, affordable housing. Register as an individual or create a team and ride with family or friends. Sign up early because early registration ends on 9/2. Find out more and register at habitatcd.org.
The 9th annual Lance Gregson 1-Eye Classic cycling rides and picnic is on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Town Park and Beach in Schroon Lake. As this event is meant to encourage cyclists to get to know each other and have a good time while riding with friends, there is no formal registration. You can come in the morning, sign a waiver, meet some other happy cyclists, grab a map and go riding. But don’t forget to come back for the picnic to relax, take a chance on the raffle, and listen to really good music! There are routes of three, 12, 26, and 40 miles that are titled Easy Does It, Scenic Route, Lance’s Loop, and Cyclist’s Dream. Learn more at facebook.com/schroonlakecycling.
Join the sixth annual Columbia County Rotary Ride on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Volunteer Park in Valatie. Organized by Garrick Dardani of Steiner’s Ski & Bike, and the Tri-Village Rotary Club, there’s a 10-mile fun ride for everyone, a 30-mile road ride in the Kinderhook area, and a 62-mile gravel grinder ride on dirt/paved roads (road bikes fine) in scenic Columbia County. The gravel grinder is fine for road bikes and supported with SAG vehicles, rest stops, and a well-marked route. All are welcome and there’s a free cookout after the ride. This event benefits the CYCLE Kids program at Ichabod Crane Elementary School in Valatie and other Rotary charities. Register at bikereg.com.
The inaugural Let It Shine Charity Ride is a scenic fall loop through Rensselaer County’s countryside on Sunday, Sept. 25, starting and finishing at Tomhannock Bicycles in Johnsonville. Two distances appeal to riders of all abilities – the 35-mile course offers avid cyclists a challenge with rolling terrain and the 10-mile loop is great for recreational riders and families to enjoy. There will be a pre-ride tune-up tent, water stations and SAG wagon. All proceeds will benefit the Gabby Rocco Let It Shine Foundation, with a mission to support families grieving the loss of a child. For details and registration, visit gabbyroccofoundation.org.
I’ll see you on the bike!