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I was going through some old video footage and came across some from March 2015. It’s winter fat biking in Grafton.
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…
Full story–>> Snow biking added to Empire State Winter Games
Sometimes, a nice and easy 28 degree ride is all you need. That’s the kind of morning it was today at Kinns Rd Park in Clifton Park. Not everything has to be hardcore rocks and roots.
My first fat bike race was a blast. The annual HRRT Giving Thanks MTB Race added a fat bike class this year. Fat bike are a so much fun to ride, I decided to race it today. If you have never ridden a fat bike, get on a friend’s and give it a spin. You’ll probably want one too.
The race, at Schenectady’s Central Park trails, is a ~6 mile race course on about 95% singletrack. And regardless of the bike you are on, the singletrack is a good ride. For me, being on a fat bike made it better. Riding a fat bike is definitely a different feel and a different workout. I felt good for this time of year, although I did fade a bit at the beginning of the second lap, and then I managed to regrouped to finish strong. I finished the 2 lap race in 5th place with a time of ~1:17:00.
What a great day for biking…or I should say, fat biking. I took a drive over to Grafton State Park today with my On-One fat bike. My plan was to ride an ~8 mile loop that I use for training rides. But when I got there and started to ride, it was just too much fun. 40 degrees, dry, and a bike that will go over and trough just about anything. No, the fat bike isn’t as fast as my Cannondale Scalpel, but it might be more fun to ride.
When I finished my planned ~8 miles, I took a left and rode the next trail…and then the next trail…and then the trails in the opposite direction. By the time I got back to the car, I had been out for nearly 3 hours. It was a fun day of mountain biking and being on a fat bike only enhanced the day of riding.
On Saturday November 14, 2015, our friends at HRRT Cycling Club and Team will holding their 3rd annual Capital District Bicycle Gala at the Edison Club in Rexford, NY. The Gala is to raise funds for the NICA NY High School MTB League and support overall cycling safety in the Capital District. In addition to the Gala, a Specialized Fat Boy Comp is being raffled for $25.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $100.00. If you have wanted a fat bike, here’s your chance to win one and at the same time, support youth cycling in New York. Tickets for the Gala are $50.00/person and $100.00/couple.
Tickets for the Gala and Fat Boy raffle can be purchased via BikeReg.com at:
3rd Annual Capital District Cycling Gala
Unsafe Roads. Distracted Drivers.
Riders afraid to ride on the Road.
What will make this years Gala different?
First- The Custom License Plate Frame
EVERY attendee will go home with a frame for their car- reminding the motorist behind you of the life of a cyclist.
Fundraising Effort Redirected
All Proceeds to benefit equally the following missions
1/ NICA NY High School MTB league and Sponsorship of hosting a local race and team
2/ Missions to improve safety of local roads and trails to protect our cycling destinations and improve the quality of offering.
How will this be done?
1/ Share the Road Signs placed roadside- seasonally “May- September” in the areas of Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga County and beyond. These signs will have a message and will be sponsored by the local cycling community.
2/ MTB Trailheads- Signage with maps placed at Central Park
3/ Repair Stands- installed on the bike path between Schenectady and Albany
4/ Advocacy- Sorting out plans locally to have a voice in the municipalities concerning bike lanes and missions.
The 2015 Gala will focus on keeping our community of cyclists safe and thriving. Youth is key to growing the sport, but also is protecting the safety and structure of what we have. Protecting our roads, bettering our trails and locations to ride.
Our cycling community rocks.
The passion for the bicycle is evident.
Riders help each other.
Parents are seeking bicycle opportunities for their kids.
People want to be involved.
Teams achieve more.
We can make our roads safer.
Will you join us?
Please. It makes a difference to bring forward thinking minds together.
Shop Owners, club leaders, riders, parents and industry partners.
Share your ideas. Spark passion.
Date: Saturday, November 14th, 2015
Time: 7pm- Midnight
Location: Edison Club, Niskayuna
Tickets: $50 pp or $100 couple, presale only
Tickets are available in advance through November or when event reaches capacity. Event will Sell out at 225 capacity.
Live band and DJ, sure to provide dancing all evening long
Tickets include, open bar Craft Beer from Chatham Brewery, and Wine
“Cocktail” Party Food- Butlered Hors D’oeuvres, Pasta Station, Garlic Bread, Cheese, Fruits, Veggies, Coffee, Tea, Fabulous Dessert
Keynote Speakers- Jason Cairo- NICA NY League Director, Paul Winkeller- President New York Bicycle Coalition
We will be Raffling off a Specialized Fatboy Comp Size Medium at the Event! Donation from NICA! Value $2200!
Purchase tickets here online, or the night of the event. You DO NOT have to be present to win! Winner drawn at 10:30 pm at the Gala, will post to facebook following!
Huge Silent Auction thanks to our Sponsors!
Silent Auction Items (listed as donated): HRRT Cycling Jersey & Bottle, Strider Bicycle, EMS 2 day Kayak Rental, Gatherer’s Granola, Mona B Bicycle Bag and Scarf, Sigma Buster Lights, GU Basket, 2 Farmers Daughter Entries, Overnight stay for 2 at the Burke View inn East Burke Vermont, 3 Tropper Brinkerhoff Memorial Race Series Entries, Stained Glass Custom Bike Art, P90x2, Huge Selection HRRT branded wearables, 2016 Capital District Tri Club Membership plus Visor and Transition Matt, Smith Helmet and Glasses Combo, Big Cool Basket from Grey Ghost Bicycles, Race Entries to the Williams Lake Race,
Title Sponsor- Mass Mutual/The Affinity Group
License Plate Sponsor- SIS Financial
Trail Repair Stands Sponsor– Fronhoffer Design & Grey Ghost Bicycles
2015 Sponsors- HRRT, S.I.S. Insurance, New York High School Mountain Biking League, Chatham Brewery, Grey Ghost Bicycles, Fronhoffer Design, Spa City Bicycle Works, Wrenegade Sports, Strider Bicycles, GU, Sigma, Mona B, EMS, Gatherer’s Granola, Capital Region Bicycling Racing Club, NYCROSS, Burke View Inn, Capital District Tri Club, Don Massone, Butts on Bikes Inc, Freemans Bridge Sports, Brian Echer, New York Bicycle Colalition, Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club,Sarah Dzikowicz, Independent Team Beachbody Coach, Pretty Personal Gifts, The Hub, Patriot Multisport, TRT Bicycles
Can’t Attend But want to Make a Difference? Donate to the event through our Donation box. All Companies and Individuals will be recoginzed at the event and online.
The 2013 and 2014 Galas were a HUGE Success! We raised over $6000 for NICA!
More Information: Heather Rizzi @ 518-847-2419