Duathlon Training…

After a short 2 week setback in my training, my fitness is back to where it was before I got sick. In fact, I might be a little bit ahead of where I was. I’ve incorporated running into my training routine, and while I’me still not a big fan of running, it has certainly helped improve my overall fitness.

The only reason that I am running is because I am also training for the HRRT Central Park Off Road Duathlon in Schenectady. Each year I want to race a duathlon but always shied away because of the runs. This year I’m all in. I’ve been running twice a week with no bike on those days. With 5 weeks until race day, today was my first bike and run training day. A 10 mile bike with a 2 mile run…one step at a time…



Farmer’s Daughter Gravel Grinder

The Farmer’s Daughter Gravel Grinder is a non-competitive “gravel Gran Fondo” of 100K, approximately 65 miles long, almost entirely on dirt roads with some sections of off-road thrown in as well. You’ll ride through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Northeast, with plenty of climbing, and plenty of fun descents to match. The ride, named after the Chatham Brewery’s ale born and brewed in Columbia County in beautiful upstate New York offers a challenging course with rewards at the finish. A selection of gourmet food truck vendors will be at the finish area to allow riders to relax and replenish after a long ride. All riders 21 years or older completing the ride will receive a coupon for one free pint of Chatham Brewery’s Farmer’s Daughter Ale.

Directions: The start/finish is at the Columbia County Fair Grounds. Google: 182 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. Start Time: 9:00 AM, Sunday May 15, 2016. Free Parking.

Course description: The course will be approximately 65 miles in length with 6,000 feet of climbing. Approximately 45 miles of the ride will be on maintained gravel roads. Several “sections” will be on unmaintained dirt paths or double track trail. A cyclocross bike, gravel grinder bike, or adventure bike is optimal for the course, and a hard-tail mountain bike would also work well. Two fully supported Aid stations, portable toilets, and sweep vehicles will be provided. Be sure to carry some food and water, though, as well as the usual spare tubes, tools, and pump. Be prepared for a challenging but fun ride!

Benefit a local land conservancy: Proceeds from the Farmer’s Daughter Gravel Grinder will benefit the Columbia Land Conservancy. The CLC works with the local community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat, and rural character of Columbia County, strengthening connections between people and the land.

The Farmers Daughter Gravel Grinder is a USAC Non-competitve gran fondo event run under USAC (Permit # 2016-944 is pending). Participants are NOT REQUIRED to have a USAC license. Participants are NOT REQUIRED to purchase a one-day license. All participants will need to sign an event waiver at check-in.

Register on BikeReg.

Ride the Ridge – Maple Moonshine Fat Bike Criterium

Ride the Ridge – Maple Moonshine Fat Bike Criterium

Maple Ski Ridge and HRRT Present the 2016 Ride the Ridge Series. Event #1- Maple Moonshine Fat Bike CriteriumSaturday, March 12th – 6:30 pm. Registration Fee: $20, register online at bikereg.com.

PicsArt_1424277110049WHERE: Maple Ski Ridge, Rotterdam NY WHAT: With its short lap format, success in a winter Fat Bike criterium requires cyclists to hold their own on a fast, snowy course that covers the lower portions of Maple Ski Ridge Mountain. Wide tires will be the tool of choice for riders to navigate the varied terrain in this spectator friendly, one of a kind event…

More info here: Ride the Ridge

Giving Thanks MTB Race #fatbike

PSX_20151126_180850My 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.

2015 Capital District Bicycle Gala

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?

Everyone. Everything.

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