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Rensselaerville Cycling Festival and Grand Fondo

The Rensselaerville Cycling Festival and Grand Fondo is cycling focused event happening on Sunday September 28th in Rensselaerville. The festival portion will offer live music, market vendors, a barbeque and more. If you’re the type of person who would rather ride their bike, they’re offering a ride in four distances (85, 55, 25 and 8 miles) which will depart and arrive at the festival. The ride is not a race and is aimed to be a great way to experience the awesome scenery of Rensselaerville. The mass start of the ride will include riders from the Jamis – Hagens Berman Professional Cycling Team.

If you’re interested in riding the fondo, register soon as the ride is capped to 400, and they’re getting close. And if you’ve got more questions, check their FAQ section. See you there!

Photo: Roy Saplin/flickr

Windham World Cup: Recap and Photos

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Yesterday, I checked out the Windham World Cup. I unfortunately could only make Sunday’s races, but it was still really awesome to check out a huge caliber cycling event so close by.

The first race I caught was the Elite Women’s XCO (cross country) race. I posted up in the woods in a fast little technical section and the first lap through I was in shock at how quickly, smoothly and effortlessly these women were taking the section. The same thing with the men. Everything seemed effortless and spectating was awesome. From where we had posted up on the mountain, you could see a good deal of the huge course and keep track of who was where in the standings. The weather was beautiful and there was really no better way to spend the Sunday.

If you have even the smallest interest in cycling you should try to spectate at a cross country or cyclocross race. There’s tons in the area and there’s typically food trucks, vendors and more.

You can watch the cross country and downhill races both from Red Bull.

2014 Windham Mountain Bike World Cup Festival

This weekend, at Windham Mountain is the Windham Mountain Bike World Cup Festival. This is a UCI World Cup event meaning it’s the highest level mountain biking racing that exists.

These races bring mountain biking’s biggest racers from more than 35 countries, as well as international media. The races are streamed online, broadcast around the world and are on Universal in the US. There are three distinct races for this weekend: Olympic Cross-Country (XCO), Cross-Country Eliminator (XCE) and Downhill (DHI).

The festival is all weekend and there’s even events starting today. Professional level racing starts tomorrow at 5pm, with Saturday’s pro races satrting around noon. Sunday’s elite racing is “big race” of the weekend which kicks off at 1pm, with other pro races happening earlier in the day.

Check the full schedule (warning: pdf) and head down to the mountain check out the races and all the other events they’ve got going on this weekend.

Check out the official website for more info.

Photo: Dai Williams/flickr

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Bike share program coming to Albany (and Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga)

As reported by CBS6:

The Capital District Transportation Committee will launch a pilot program in Schenectady in July, followed by Troy, Saratoga Springs and Albany.

The bike-sharing program will spend a week in each city and will allow registered riders to grab one of 25 bicycles at kiosks. Committee officials say they’ll use the weeklong stints to gauge regional interest in the program, which is being run by Buffalo BikeShare.

This sounds awesome and is the perfect solution for many people who would love to ride bikes when it’s nice out, but don’t care for the maintenance and storage side of owning a bicycle. When you see one of these things around, grab a bike and take it for a ride and maybe these kiosks will become permanent.

Check out the Buffalo Bikeshare website to get an idea of the operation.

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No. 22 Bicycle Company announces new framebuilding operation in upstate New York

On the heels of the bad news that Saratoga Frameworks has been shut down by Divine Cycling Group comes the great news that the team will be joining No. 22 Bicycle Company. Not only that, but the team is setting up shop locally.

I’m interested to know if this means they’re buying the ex-Serotta facilities from DCG, or select machines, or if they’re setting up shop completely separately.

No. 22 Bicycle Company, a boutique brand of titanium frames and complete bikes, announced today that it is launching a new framebuilding operation in upstate New York.

The operation will be composed of a team of industry veterans, drawing from the production staff of the recently closed Saratoga Frameworks with a combined 53 years of titanium building experience. The team will be led by Scott Hock and includes Frank Cenchitz as head welder, Caleb Sesselman as welder, and Bill McDonald bringing his considerable experience to finishing and paint.

Read the full press release via No. 22 Bicycles.

Tour of the Battenkill

Take a few minutes to watch this video for a super hard but fun race that happens right over in Washington County. Stockwell Media did a great job with the video.

2013 Albany Cranksgiving

The 2013 Albany Cranksgiving alley cat will be held on November 23rd at 7pm at the Henry Johnson Monument in Washington Park. Bring a bike, backpack, lock and about $25 for shopping.

An alley cat is a typical bike messenger race, but Cranksgiving is a bit different. You are given four or five manifests and on those will be a few simple turkey dinner items. You ride to the market and pick up those items. Come back, show your receipt and then get the next one. The finish is always at the local watering hole and the food from the race is donated to Albany Homeless Action Committee.

If this is your kind of thing, come out and have some fun on your bike, all for a good cause.