Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) is seeking volunteers for their Mountain Bike Festival weekend, from September 1-3.
Festival volunteers will serve as a host for the event and a resource for activities in the region.
Volunteers are asked dedicate at least 4 hours to be “on-call” during the specific time slot agreed to fill in order to receive the full benefits. A volunteer schedule can be found here. » Continue Reading.
Event registration is now open for the Ausable River Association ‘s 6th Annual Ride for the River, which will take place on Sunday, July 16, 2017. The family-friendly event is a fully supported road cycling tour featuring three distance options, all showcasing the Ausable River watershed.
The Ausable River Association (AsRa) created Ride for the River in 2012 to celebrate the resilience of local communities following the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.
In partnership with Cycle Adirondacks, the 2017 ride will feature opportunities for cyclists to learn about the impacts of road salt, invasive species and undersized culverts on Ausable streams and habitat.
The Adirondack Mountain Club has published Cycling Routes of the St. Lawrence River Valley and Northern Adirondacks, a cycling guidebook in electronic form.
Two cycling trip leaders in the ADK Laurentian Chapter, Tom Ortmeyer of Potsdam, and John Barron of Ottawa, ON have incorporated experience gained over a number of years of leading trips on both the Canadian and U.S. sides of the St. Lawrence into a guidebook that will appeal to cyclists of all levels of fitness and ability.
The region is divided into five areas: the Northern Foothills of the High Peaks; the Northwestern Adirondacks; Massena/Cornwall area; Potsdam/Canton area; and the Thousand Islands. Each area offers several days of riding. » Continue Reading.
The Champlain Valley sometimes seems like a forgotten part of the Adirondack Park. Instead of big mountains and valleys, it offers rolling vistas of farms, fields, and forests stretching to the shores of Lake Champlain. There’s no denying the beauty of the bucolic scenery, but outdoor recreationists such as hikers, paddlers, and backcountry skiers tend to gravitate toward other parts of the Park.
Yet the Champlain Valley’s many quiet, country roads are ideal for cycling, so it’s no surprise that the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) chose the region for a new annual event called Bike the Barns. » Continue Reading.
A new Tour of Wilmington Whiteface, a two-day mountain and road bike event, will be held June 3rd and 4th, and features both the 7th annual Wilmington Whiteface 100K mountain bike race (WW100) and the 16th annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race.
The Saturday and Sunday event is expected to bring hundreds of cycling enthusiasts to the Wilmington region to race in both the 69-mile long mountain bike race and the 11-mile road race to the summit of Whiteface Mountain, New York State’s fifth highest peak. » Continue Reading.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has announced a new model for Cycle Adirondacks 2017.
Now in its third year, the August 19th to 25th fully supported road bicycling tour will feature three primary hub communities – Schroon Lake, Keene Valley and Saranac Lake – with two consecutive nights at each. Organizers say the result will be more ride distances and options to pedal as few as three days or as many as six during the week long event.
On days the tour doesn’t move between hub communities, guests will have the ability to choose short or long ride distances. They may also choose to take a day off their bike in favor of other activities, such as hiking, canoeing, browsing shops or restaurants. The Wild Center will be a featured activity on Aug. 24 when the tour stops in nearby Saranac Lake for the third straight year. » Continue Reading.
To really understand this story, you have to bear in mind two distinctive things about North Creek.
One, it butts up against the mountains much tighter than most Adirondack communities. Start on the path that runs beside Town Hall (within sight of the Hudson), and within minutes you’re climbing steeply up Gore Mountain, entering one of the largest wilderness complexes in the Park. » Continue Reading.
So this is the shoulder season. The leaves are gone. It’s chilly outside, wet and gray. You don’t feel like hiking. You’re looking forward to skiing, but you don’t want to sit inside until the snow comes.
It’s a great time for mountain biking. You don’t need views, fall colors, or sunshine to enjoy riding on a well-designed trail through the woods. As for that chill in the air, you’ll warm up soon enough.
That was my thinking when I drove to Wilmington last weekend to check out some new trails off Hardy Road.
The nonprofit Barkeater Trails Alliance maintains a network of mountain-bike trails on both sides of Hardy Road, some easy, some not so. I have ridden there more than once. After Keith McKeever, a BETA volunteer, told me the group recently created two new trails, both for beginners, I drove over as soon as I had a free day.
Cycle Adirondacks, a week-long bicycle touring event created by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), concluded its second-year last month. The event ridership doubled from the first year to more than 300 with 2016 participants traveling from 35 states and provinces to experience the Adirondacks with WCS.
The 2016 route started and finished in Hadley-Lake Luzerne, and included overnight stops in Ticonderoga, Keeseville, Saranac Lake, Indian Lake and Northville. In total, cyclists pedaled through six different counties and 45 communities across a 404-mile journey from August 21-27. » Continue Reading.
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. » Continue Reading.
Wildlife Conservation Society has announced its Cycle Adirondacks 2016 Community Concert Series lineup. The August 20-27 road cycling tour will feature seven consecutive evenings of free entertainment in six different Adirondack communities.
Each venue is open to the public and offers a beer garden featuring Good Nature Farm Brewery and local food concessions. Entertainment begins at 7 pm nightly. » Continue Reading.
Will the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Park Agency write to urge the U.S. Congress not to gut the federal Wilderness Act of 1964? Would Governor Cuomo allow this or encourage it?
Why should these state agencies write to Senators McConnell, Schumer and Gilllibrand to strongly oppose a bill that opens up all federal Wilderness areas to bicycling? Our Adirondack State Land Master Plan echoes the federal Wilderness Act of 1964. Bicycling in Wilderness areas is disallowed in our federal and Adirondack Wilderness (and Primitive, Canoe) areas because bikes are gear-leveraged mechanical transport, a highly complex machine, just not a motorized one. And machines – motorized or not – cancel out the values and benefits of an enduring wilderness, those very rare places where human beings exercise humility and are not allowed to dominate the landscape as we do everywhere else on earth. » Continue Reading.
The Ausable River Association and High Peaks Cyclery will be holding the 5th Annual Ride for the River on Sunday, July 31st at the Hungry Trout Resort. Ride for the River celebrates the Ausable River and the communities that call its watershed home. Proceeds from the event support AsRA’s work to protect and restore the clean waters of the Ausable River. The event began in response to the devastating flooding of Tropical Storm Irene to celebrate the resilience of local communities and raise funds to support AsRA’s stream restoration work. » Continue Reading.
The roads were torn up and dusty, with holes almost a story deep in places. It was difficult to navigate around the construction, and visiting a shop on the main Park Street thoroughfare was all but impossible.
Yet, the positive energy in Tupper Lake was palpable.
Have you been to Tupper Lake lately? I’ve been there several times recently for a variety of reasons, and in this outsider’s opinion, great things are going on. » Continue Reading.
The theme for this summers Saranac Lake Community Rides in Downtown Saranac Lake is bring your bike, bring your helmet and bring a friend.
The free bi-weekly event spearheaded in 2015 by the North Country Healthy Heart Network and Cycle Adirondacks features family friendly group bicycle rides beginning at 6 pm from the Berkeley Green. Rides will be hosted on July 20, August 10 and 24, and September 7 and 21. » Continue Reading.
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