Registration is now open for Bike the Barns, a new, fully supported recreational road cycling tour providing a personal connection with the rich agricultural movement of the North Country.
The Saturday, Sept. 24 agritourism event is presented by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and will feature rest stops and interactive experiences at seven farms in the Champlain Valley. Three routes of differing lengths will begin and end at Mace Chasm Farm in Keeseville, where a celebration of local food and music will cap off the day’s activities.
Ride distances begin at just 10 miles with a “Family Fun Ride,” but those looking for a longer adventure can choose a 35 or 50-mile option. Each showcases the beauty of the region while linking the cyclist directly to the local farms that complement the small towns and villages along the route.
Registration starts at $50.
As a fully supported event, guests will have help if they need it along the route, as well as water and restrooms at each farm stop. Additional featured farms include Echo, Essex, Reber Rock, Ben Weaver, North Country Creamery at Clover Mead and Fledging Crow Vegetables.
The 2016 route celebrates the Lake Champlain Valley, a fertile landscape bounded by the Adirondack High Peaks region to the west, with Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east. Rolling hills and open countryside with lake and mountain views in every direction characterize the terrain in the valley.
Proceeds from Bike the Barns will be used to support local farms and a portion of every rider’s event fee will go directly into the FarmShare Fund.
For more information on Bike the Barns, contact Jacob Vennie-Vollrath at ANCA (518) 891-6200.
Photos: Mace Chasm Farm in Keeseville and Bicyclist courtesy of Bike the Barns.