Kingston, NY—Ride, ride, ride. Ulster County, in the middle of the Hudson Valley, is home to the best mountain, trail, road and BMX biking in the greater New York metropolitan region. With glorious scenery, and bike routes ranging from beginner easy to technically challenging Ulster County offers biking opportunities for all skill levels. There will be two great opportunities to experience biking Ulster County on August 7th and 8th when there will be two races at either end of the County.
At the top of the majestic Catskill Mountains, Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort is hosting an All Terrain Mountain Bike Series sponsored by Overlook Bikes from Woodstock, NY on Sunday, August 8. The Cross Country Mountain Bike Race is part of the NYS Mountain Bike Series. The Race will feature a challenging five-mile undulating course of fire roads and single track between the Discovery and Overlook Lodges. Pro riders will have to complete four laps, expert riders – three laps, sport riders – two laps, and beginner riders – one lap. The first 75 people to pre-register for the race receive a free t-shirt. Registration can be done online at www.bikereg.com and more info about the race series can be found at www.nysmtbseries.com.
In southern Ulster County, the Wildcat Epic 100 is a new 2-day mountain biking experience that will take place on August 7th and 8th, around New Paltz.
This event features individual riders competing over 100 miles of riding in two days, on a course that links together many of the great riding areas of the region. Organized by Genesis Adventures, Inc. (www.genesisadventures.com), Adventure Junction (www.adventure-junction.com) and designed by Gardiner, NY local Gunter Spilhaus, the Wildcat Epic will attract riders of all levels. Day 1 is on the Shawangunk Ridge between Minnewaska State Park and the Mohonk Preserve. Day 2 will take riders past the apple farms south of New Paltz, via the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail between Gardiner and Rosedale. Both days start and finish in New Paltz at the Historic Huguenot Street, and will have less than 10 percent of paved road. Registration can be done online at www.BikeReg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=9576.
In Woodstock on Sunday, August 22, the Tour de Family 2010 features two bicycle rides for recreational and experienced riders. The intermediate course for recreational riders is a 25-mile tour, while there is a challenging 50-mile tour for experienced riders. Registration for the 50-mile ride is at 8:30 a.m., while registration for the 25-mile ride is at 9:30 a.m. The bicycle ride is sponsored by the Family of Woodstock. More information is available online at www.familyofwoodstock.org.
For those looking for a more extensive ride, the Catskills Century is scheduled for September 12th. The ride offers a 6, 20, 50 and 100 mile ride fully supported with bike mechanics and food. The rides start and end at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge. For more information and registration see: http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=11007
For more information on visiting Ulster County and its wealth of recreational resources, go to: www.UlsterCountyAlive.com
Source: Lisa Berger