Classic road cycling event benefits Ausable River Association
The 10th Annual Ride for the River, benefitting the Ausable River Association (AsRA), will be held in-person on Sunday, July 18. Proceeds from this road cycling tour support AsRA’s work to protect the clean waters, healthy streams, biodiverse habitats, and scenic beauty of the Ausable River watershed.
Hosted by Bike Adirondacks (BikeADK), registration includes fully supported cycling routes of 30 and 45 miles, event t-shirt, a post ride BBQ, and live music. In addition to the in-person ride, a virtual ride option is also available allowing cyclists to experience the routes, or create their own ride. The virtual ride is separate from the in-person event day.
Full event details and registration are now available at bikeadirondacks.com/events/ride-river.
Ride for the River was created by AsRA in 2012 to celebrate the resilience of local communities following the devastating flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene. The 2020 Ride continues to celebrate our local communities and river while raising funds to restore damaged portions of the river and address the growing concern over road salt, particularly around Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY.
“With both the in-person and virtual option this year, it’s our goal to showcase the river in a way that works best for the most people.” said Tyler Merriam, AsRA Donor Outreach Associate. “It will be good to see riders again who’ve participated in all 10 years of Ride for the River, but it’s also fun to keep the event open to people who love the Ausable River but live outside the area.”
The event was held completely virtual in 2020. For that event cyclists from nine states and 42 different communities registered.
“One of the lessons from the past year is that people want to participate in something that benefits a
good cause, even if they can’t physically be there for the event,” said Doug Haney, BikeADK Owner and Founder. “The Ausable River Association does amazing work, and whether you experience the watershed on July 18 or any time you visit the Adirondacks, it’s important to support it.”
BikeADK will also host the “Tailgater,” a late afternoon group ride starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 from the Hungry Trout Resort. The bonus event allows cyclists to experience an additional day of riding in the watershed and finishes with appetizers and drinks overlooking the Ausable River from the Hungry Trout patio.
Routes (30 & 45 miles) will be marked by the morning of Sunday, July 18 for the event day and virtual registrants are invited to ride them at their leisure the week following the ride. Riders who can’t make it to Wilmington can ride in support of Ausable River Association on a favorite route near them.
For complete event information, visit bikeadirondacks.com/events/ride-river.