Snow biking added to Empire State Winter Games

SARANAC LAKE – Racers jostling with each other down a snowy mountain on skis and snowboards is wild enough, but the Empire State Winter Games is about to take things to a new level – doing the same thing on bicycles.

Snow biking will be the new sport at this year’s games from Feb. 4 to 7, 2016. Mount Pisgah Ski Area, owned and run by the village of Saranac Lake, will be its venue.

It’s a bold move intended to shake up New York state’s own version of the Winter Olympics. Local municipalities and agencies took over the sports festival after the state abandoned it in 2010, and therefore they have more freedom to add new sports – even ones no one plays yet.

Fat-tired snow bikes have become more common lately, but while Adirondack residents may have seen people use them for winter commuting or athletic training, they probably haven’t seen anything like bike cross, a two-wheeled equivalent of snowboard cross or ski cross. Bikers start en masse at the top of a ski run and try to be the first one down, with some rough-and-tumble action on the way.

Fat tires are not required, according to new ESWG manager Tait Wardlaw of Lake Placid. If you want to use regular tires and feel you can pull it off, go for it.

The same goes for cross country bike races around the ski runs and a “winter bike enduro” that’s a combination of the two: Bikers will race around the ski center to the top of a run, and then down…

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