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.
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This was in today’s email:
Congratulations, Old Time Cycling has been selected for our Team Crank sponsorship program. This program will allow your club to receive pro deal pricing on e-Gel, e-Fuel and all of our products as well as some additional benefits. Your account has been activated and you now have access the area of our site reserved for team members.
I’m very excited to announce that Crank Sports will be sponsoring Old Time Cycling with their eFuel electrolyte drink and eGel electrolyte gels. Crank Sports manufactures premium energy gels and hydration drinks for endurance athletes that provide balanced energy, hydration and electrolyte replacement. eFuel and eGel are both gluten free, and no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners…just clean energy!
Adirondack Park Agency: Board Approves Plan to Convert Stretch of Rail Bed Into Recreational Trail
The agency determined that the plan conforms to New York State land regulations. It would convert 34 miles of the existing rail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid into a multi-use recreation trail.
We need your help to make our state a safer place to bike!
While New York State currently has a safe passing law, it leaves a lot to be desired. It’s ambiguous and isn’t easy to enforce. Each person can interpret what “a safe distance” means in their own way.
In order to resolve this issue and make our roads safer, New York State needs to adopt a law that requires a minimum safe passing distance of at least 3 feet. This means that every person who is driving a motor-vehicle must pass people who are biking by giving them at least 3 feet of space.
There’s no reason this shouldn’t be part of the existing law and we need your help to make it a reality. Please take a moment to email your legislators.Tell them that you support the implementing a 3 foot safe passing law because it means safer roads and streets for our friends, families, and communities.
Clean Bottle is supporting Old Time Cycling with their unique water bottle. This bottle is so easy to clean…and so easy to drink out from without spilling and dripping like so many other bottles out there.
Opens from both ends for easy cleaning. It’s that simple.
Never hassle with dirty, moldy bottles again. With a removable top AND bottom the Clean Bottle is easy to, well, clean! Using only BPA-free plastics, the dishwasher safe Clean Bottle is guaranteed for life.
Thanks Clean Bottle!
Become an expert at riding berms in under 60 seconds! Berms are a feature of nearly every trail centre, so it’s a skill worth practicing.
I love Bicycling Magazine online. I read their website so much more than the printed magazine (and I subscribe to it). It’s a much bigger data base of resources for training. I admit that I don’t do everything that I should in my training, but some of the Bicycling online articles for training, have definitely improved my racing.
So I wanted to share some of the great information that you can find on Bicycling.com. It’s much easier to get fast than you might think, and do what works for you.