In the August edition of the Adirondack Gearzette, a monthly newsletter brought to you by BikeADK. Doug Haney of Bike Adirondacks offered a detailed recap of this year’s weekend at Paul Smith’s College, a look at a new single-track system in Elizabethtown, and announced some cycling events planned for the fall season.
Great Camp Sagamore Experience August 21-24 and September 18-21:
If you enjoyed the weekend, or are craving it, the Great Camp Sagamore experience August 21-24 (road) and September 18-21 (gravel) may be the ticket for you. you need. This Sunday-Wednesday all inclusive an event includes two days of driving bike and you live like a Vanderbilt.
Dates of remaining events in 2022
August 21-24: Road
September 18-21: Gravel
Mileage: 20-25 miles per day travel
This multi-day experience in beautiful Raquette Lake combines road or gravel cycling with a modern mini-vacation that gives you a real connection to the scenery and history of this special place. Each morning, professionally guided bike rides will be held on nearby low-traffic roads (or traffic-free in the case of gravel events) featuring incredible Adirondack scenery and gently rolling terrain. Afternoons are spent exploring the camp and relaxing. Think canoeing on pristine Sagamore Lake, hiking through the lush pine forest, rolling a frame or two at the historic outdoor bowling alley, or simply lounging lakeside in an Adirondack chair with a good book.
Learn more and register here.
On Deck: Pat Stratton Ride, August 27:
The August Classic will take place on Saturday, August 27. Now in its 22nd year, the Saranac Lake Kiwanis Club’s Pat Stratton Ride raises tons of money for local youth programs ($11,000 last year) and features a finish line BBQ with food fresh pies. Register here.
Named after a local plumber and cycling enthusiast, the Pat Stratton Ride is a road bike ride featuring some of the most breathtaking scenery and terrain in the northern Adirondacks. It is also known for the world famous freshly baked pies available to all at the finish line. A barbecue hosted in the ski area of the village of Saranac Lake, Mt. Pisgah.
But here’s what it’s really about. Children. Your registration supports a wide variety of youth programs, including an annual bike rodeo, free helmet distribution and fitting, a school backpack program, support for foster children , scholarships for summer camps and much more.
The 2021 event raised $11,000 for area youth programs, an increase of $2,000 from 2020.
New BETA trails in Elizabethtown:
The Barkeater Trails Alliance has done it again with another network of fun mountain hikes.Bicycle trails, this time in Elizabethtown. The new trails, totaling approximately 3 miles, are located across Highway 9N from Blueberry Hill Bicycle trails, and it’s easy to ride between networks. Learn more about the new BETA Trails in this Guest blog by Phil Brown.
Enjoy the upcoming fall rides
Registrations are filling up fast for the September 24 Handlebarley gravel tour and the October 8 gravel tour. Bike farm-by-barnsBicycle live. Both will sell. Handlebars, for example, as of August 4, there were only 14 places left.
The Handlebarley is a fall gravel tour held at Paradox Brewery on Saturday, September 24:
This mixed-surface ride has it all, the best of which is that 95% of the route is on rural roads in the southern Adirondacks. You’ll experience everything from smooth paved terrain to gravel roads that see more horses than vehicles.
In addition to the original 42 mile route, we have added a new 20 mile round trip route to Elk Lake Lodge. Or you can combine the two for a damn good (and great) day.
Just take the road names as evidence – Ensign Pond, Old Furnace, Breed (and Sand) Hill, Corduroy and Johnson Pond. Along which, you’ll see lots of water, but also historic farmhouses, stacked stone walls from the 1800s and the remains of old mills as you go from cobbled country roads to gravel roads that wind through through thickets of fragrant cedars.
look at this blog post starting with the inaugural event in 2021. The 2022 event will feature two course distances. The original 40 and a longer, more difficult option. More information on the handlebar here.
Bike the Barns is a 25-30 mile ride scheduled for Saturday, October 8:
After a two-year hiatus, Bike the Barns returns Saturday, October 8 with a laid-back tour of the beautiful agricultural landscape of the Champlain Valley. Hosted at The Hub on the Hillthis 25-30 mile ride includes visits to Reber Rock, Juniper Hill and Echo Farms and culminates in a finish line celebration with local foods, craft drinks from Brewing usableand live music by the cheeky willies.
And best of all, your registration supports Adirondack North Country Association important work to strengthen local food systems to drive economic growth, reduce food insecurity, and contribute to positive community and health outcomes. Learn more about Bike the Barns here.
To keep tabs on BikeADK updates, including upcoming events, visit https://www.bikeadirondacks.com/
Photo above: These Great Camp Sagamore Experience 2021 guests decided to try Weekender 2022 at Paul Smith’s College. Obviously, the RV option suited them (and their doggo) well. Photo by Dave Kraus. Photo courtesy of BikeADK.