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For the editor:

Have you ever found yourself under a clear September sky with a group of strangers-turned-friends gazing in awe at a rusty old bicycle engulfed in flames? We didn’t have one either, until the grand finale of the 5th Annual Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival over Labor Day weekend. We always rise to the top in our celebration of trails and the people who love and care for them.

We had the honor of sharing the weekend with runners from across the northeast and across Canada, and from as far away as North Carolina and Chicago. Over 275 adults and children enjoyed the unique Adirondack-style trail, wild forest terrain and small-town hospitality that Wilmington has to offer.

Bike Fest is a major fundraiser for the Barkeater Trails Alliance and this year we raised over $11,000. Proceeds will directly support our ongoing work to build, maintain and defend a sustainable network of community and backcountry trails for mountain biking, backcountry skiing and other human-powered sports in the greater High Peaks region. .

We would like to thank Roy Holzer and the City of Wilmington for hosting the event, and in particular John Langford and the Wilmington Parks Department for working tirelessly throughout the weekend preparing the festival grounds, driving shuttles and so many other things that helped make the event possible. .

A huge heartfelt thank you to the over 50 local runners and BETA board members who volunteered their time to plan the event, lead rides and group clinics, direct traffic, setup, clean up and help with so many logistical tasks. We constantly hear participants say they love the sense of community and the feeling of discovering the trails “Like a local.”

We are forever grateful to everyone in our Community Partnership Program, with special thanks to the following businesses and organizations that support Bike Fest and the local mountain bike scene in so many ways: Speed ​​Science Coaching, Placid Planet Bicycles, High Peaks Cyclery, Human Power Planet Earth, Solace Cycles, Little Supermarket, High Peaks Builders, Cadence Lodge, Wilderness Van, Bike Adirondacks, ROOST, Whiteface Region Visitors Bureau and Adirondack Land Trust.

Spicy, bass-heavy thanks to North Country Public Radio’s The Beat Authority host David Sommerstein for his live DJ set that kept us rocking late into the night. And thanks to Island Vybz and Hex & Hop Brewery for providing tasty food and drinks on Saturday night.

Finally, no Bike Fest would be complete without the Hardy Kids MTB Race and associated kid-centric activities throughout the weekend. The Hardy Kids (and their parents!) are an inspiration to us all. Surprisingly, a new beginner-friendly pump track at Randy’s Bike Park just before the event thanks to a hard effort led by volunteer builder KC Brousseau, the Hardy Kids and the City of Wilmington.

We are very grateful to offer an event that highlights two of the things we are most proud of: our trails and our community. Thanks.

Josh Wilson,

executive Director

and Jamie McGiver,

outreach coordinator

on behalf of the Barkeater Trails Alliance Board and Staff



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