Monday, August 17, 2009

Cambridge Valley Cycling Fall Benefit Bicycle Ride

I have started cycling as a form of crosstraining for my 15K training plan. I love it! I got my old, rusty bike with a flat tire tuned up at the Downtube Cycle Shop on Madison Avenue in Albany. I usually ride down to the Corning Preserve bike path and ride for about an hour and a half.

I am thinking of doing this ride in September:


CAMBRIDGE, NY – Historic covered bridges, picturesque farmland, and quaint villages create an unparalleled backdrop for the fifth annual Cambridge Valley Cycling Fall Benefit Bicycle Ride on Saturday, September 19, organized by Cambridge Valley Cycling. Choose from three distance options originating in beautiful Washington County, NY, home to the famous Tour of the Battenkill and Balloon Festival Classic races. The 100 mile ride begins at 8 am, with a 50 mile ride at 9 am, and a 25 mile ride at 10 am. The pre-registration fee is $20 for individuals and $30 for families (add $5 for day-of-event registrations). To register, go to (search: Cambridge) or contact Cambridge Valley Cycling’s Jana King at (518) 677-3530.

Taking in three covered bridges, the 25 mile route passes into Vermont, providing a two state experience. The 50 mile route, possibly the most perfect “two state half century” anywhere, passes through Salem, NY, Rupert, VT, West Pawlet, VT, and Hebron, NY, with moderate climbing and the reward of unsurpassed scenery. Century riders will tour Arlington, Manchester, Rupert, and West Pawlet, in Vermont, and Argyle, NY with difficult climbs along the scenic Hudson Valley. Routes include unique country stores and water stops.

Rides originate at the Washington County Park, Lake Lauderdale Facility on Route 22, four miles north of the village of Cambridge. Arrive early as the famous Cambridge-based Double K Farms will provide pre-ride donuts and refreshments. Enjoy lunch and pie-a-la-mode at the conclusion of the ride. Proceeds will benefit Road to Recovery (an American Cancer Society program providing cancer patients transportation to and from treatments) and Cambridge Valley Cycling.

All riders must sign a release form, wear helmets, obey traffic laws, and check in at the end of each ride. Support vehicles are provided. Riders under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration fees are non-refundable. Registration will be limited to 200 participants.

For more information visit or call 518-677-3530.

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