Bike Events

Bicycle Events Held Annually in the ANCA Region

The display of events on ANCA’s Bike the Byways website (expected to go live in April, 2011),  will be limited primarily to annual events that occur at the same time each year.  The “Events” page will include links to the website’s Bike Shop page and Tourism Info page, where users can find more details about these and other bike-related events.

In addition to the events listed below, check out these other sources of bike event information for the region:

Cyclotour Guide Books events page, http://www.cyclotour.com/events.htm

The New York Bicycling Coalition, http://www.nybc.net/events-calendar/

Adirondack Sports & Fitness, http://adksports.com/

Following are the ANCA region’s suggested bike events so far:

Wilmington / Whiteface 100K – The Leadville Qualifying Series races are designed both to provide qualifying opportunities for riders to get into this year’s Leadville Trail 100 and also provide an excellent opportunity to race and ride in some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain in the Adirondacks. This 100 kilometer race will provide entry to 100 athletes into this year’s Leadville Trail 100, considered the best mountain bike race in North America.

Along with mountain bikers, this race also appeals to road cyclists and triathletes who aspire to ride off-road. They are long and hard, with lots of climbing, but similar to the classic course at Leadville, lack technically demanding singletrack trails, and consist mainly of rugged jeep roads and gravel and dirt roads. The LQS courses are challenging yet do not require exceptional bike handling skills. They are a perfect cross-over event if you are a roadie or triathlete and are looking for something hard yet different.

The event will coincide with the second Wilmington Bike Fest, which will include the Whiteface Uphill Bike Race on Saturday, June 18, plus the official opening of new mountain biking trails on Hardy Road in Wilmington, live entertainment, barbecues and more.  For more information or to register, visit the official event site at http://www.leadvillequalifiers.com/wilmington.  For more information on the Wilmington Bike Fest, visit http://www.whitefaceregion.com.

Tour of the Battenkill Spring Preview Ride, Cambridge and southern Washington County (3rd Sunday in March).  Fully-supported, non-competitive ride on the course known as America’s Queen of the Classics, 62 miles (25% on dirt roads), a prelude to the Tour of the Battenkill professional races occurring in mid-April.

Tour of the Battenkill Spring Preview Ride, Cambridge and southern Washington County (3rd Sunday in March).  Fully-supported, non-competitive ride on the course known as America’s Queen of the Classics, 62 miles (25% on dirt roads), a prelude to the Tour of the Battenkill professional races occurring in mid-April.

Black Fly Challenge raceBlack Fly Challenge, Inlet and Indian Lake (2nd Saturday in June).
Mtn Bike/Hybrid Bike race follows a 40 mile course through the Moose River Recreational Area starting in Inlet, New York and finishing in Indian Lake, New York.

Lake Placid Adaptive Cycling Festival, Lake Placid (2nd Saturday in June). A fun-filled day of cycling, confidence building, skills instruction and gear demos for cyclists of all abilities.  Promoting body powered cycling for all people no matter what their physical limitation or cycling experience.  Day-long event consisting of beginner, intermediate and expert-level bike rides in the Lake Placid area; instruction on a variety of equipment; gear demo’s for people to borrow and try new cycling equipment and a BBQ dinner.

Saranac Lake Tandem Rally (last weekend in June).  Choose from 3 scenic routes to ride on Saturday and on Sunday, with the terrain ranging from rolling to hilly and the distance ranging from 14 miles to metric centuries.  20 tandem limit.

Cycle the Erie Canal – PTNY’s cross-state bicycle tour along the Erie Canal – leaves from Buffalo July 11 and finishes up in Albany on the following Sunday, July 18. 500+ cyclists who hail from 36 states, Canada and France.

FANY Ride (last week of July) – Five hundred miles Across New York is a 500-mile, 7 day ride from Niagara Falls to Saratoga Springs, with 200 rider limit.  Also a 250-mile option.

Ididaride! Adirondack Bike Tour, North Creek (3rd Sunday in August).  This is a 75-mile loop through the scenic Central Adirondacks, beginning and ending in North Creek.//

Tour de Farm, Greenwich (Sunday, August 22), a supported bike ride  through the farmland that serves as a scenic backdrop for the Saratoga National Historical Park. It features two routes, a 15-mile loop and a longer, 35-mile route. After a complimentary safety check, both rides begin at Hand Melon Farm and pass by a number of farms that have been protected.  There will be delicious local food and refreshments at the finish and participants will receive coupons for purchases at participating farm stands and businesses. Long route begins at 9 a.m., short route at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.agstewardship.org or www.saratogaplan.org.

Stratton Memorial Ride, Saranac Lake (last Saturday in August).
All riders and all abilities welcome, includes century, half-century, quarter-century, and kids rides.

Bike the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway (Sat, 28 August, 2010), All day – starts at 8 AM at Erie Blvd and State Street, Schenectady, following the Byway Route to Crescent Park, Halfmoon for refreshments. Ride will continue to Cohoes, Waterford and return over Church Hill to Crescent. Ride returns to Schenectady terminus via Route 9 and Mohawk Hudson Bikeway west. A moisture wicking, long sleeve tee shirt will be available for a donation of $17 or more to the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway Coalition, Inc.

Adirondack Mountainbike Festival, Old Forge. Mountainman Outfitters is hosting the Adirondack Mountainbike Festival Sept. 18th and 19th. Events will include a cross country and downhill race as well as other fun bike rodeo events.

Boo, Bash and Dash (Sat, 25 October 2011), nice fall event at Dewey Mountain.

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2 Responses to Bike Events

  1. Mountainman is hosting the Adirondack Mountainbike Festival Sept. 18th and 19th.
    Events will include a cross country and downhill race as well as other fun bike rodeo events.

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