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Albany Bike Expo Sidewalk Sale

This Sunday, May 3 the Albany Bicycle Coalition is hosting a sidewalk sale meets swap meet at the Albany Bike Expo. If you’ve got stuff to get rid of, $10 gets you a space. If you’re interested in picking some bike stuff up, shopping is free so be sure to swing by. There will also be a bunch of other bicycle themed happenings from 10am to 4pm. More info is on the ABC website.

Do you have bicycle and outdoor gear to sell? Albany Bicycle Coalition is putting together a sidewalk sale at the Albany Bike EXPO, this Sunday, May 3th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Washington Park Lakehouse.

For a $10 minimum donation, Albany Bicycle Coalition will provide an approximately 5’x5′ space for you to showcase your sports and outdoor equipment to EXPO attendees, and any proceeds you make are yours to keep. We only ask that you set up by 9:30 a.m. and keep cars outside the exhibit area.

Please call (845) 853-2047 or e-mail rohan.d.parikh@gmail.com by Thursday, April 30th if you are interested in joining us on Sunday.

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2015 Tour of the Battenkill

The 2015 Tour of the Battenkill is next weekend, April 18 and 19 in Washington County.

Battenkill is an enormous single day bike race and is only a short drive away. The race itself takes place over some incredibly scenic paved and dirt roads. Saturday is the pro race, where you can spectate and watch tons of people suffer the crazy amounts of climbing. You too can suffer on Sunday if you so choose during their Gran Fondo. You can do 25 miles, 68 miles, or a 5k.

To get a better sense of the race and get pumped for it, check out this excellent video from the 2014 Tour of the Battenkill.

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Saratoga Fat Bike Rally

This Saturday is the Saratoga Fat Bike Rally which is being held at the Saratoga Spa State Park.

The Saratoga Fat Bike Rally sprang out the minds of three individuals one night in February, 2014 while riding around the Saratoga State Park. Three hours and maybe a couple of Craft Brews later, we had a mission. Jim Adams, Shawne Camp, and Tony Ferradino set out to tell the world about Fat Bikes and to share our passion with other Fat Bikers. Our original ideas were very grand and involved complicated event planning and strategic alliances with every bike manufacturer known. In the end we decided we just wanted to ride our Fat Bikes with other enthusiasts.

So, together with Saratoga Winter Fest and the Annual Pond Hockey Tournament, we’ve lined up a bunch a special activities, vendors with bikes, and lots of our friends to attempt to show you one hell of good time. And we all get to ride bikes in the snow. What could be better. And the day now ends with a Fat Bike Pub Tour (and dinner if you want).

If you like riding your bike in the snow and want to meet other enthusiasts and have a few beers afterward, this is for you.

Photo: Saratoga Fat Bike Rally Facebook

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8th Annual Albany Cranksgiving

The 8th Annual Albany Cranksgiving will take place on November 22 at 7pm. Cranksgiving is part bike race and part food drive that directly benefits the Homeless Action Network of Albany.

You’ll need a bike, bag, twenty bucks and lock to participate. Racers are given lists of groceries to purchase at different grocery stores around Albany. You get the list, figure out the fastest route and start riding and shopping when they say go. Once you’re done, the food all gets donated.

You can read more about the Albany Cranksgiving on facebook, or Cranksgiving in general at cranksgiving.org.

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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.