Rensselaerville Ride

The Carey Institute for Global Good has set up a fun event in Rensselaerville for September 16, 17, and 18.

The three-day event features a time trial hill climb, four cycling rides, kids’ events, live music, food from Slidin’ Dirty and the Carriage House Restaurant, and hard cider and beer from Indian Ladder Farmstead Cidery & Brewery and Helderberg Brewery. All cycling takes place throughout the Helderberg Hilltowns and Northern Catskills, boasting beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains and fall foliage. Riders and guests are invited to stay at the Carey Institute’s 100-acre estate for the duration of the festival. Lodging and meal packages are available.

“We planned the Rensselaerville Ride to bring cyclists and their families to our area and show what it has to offer—great riding, great scenery, great community and the beautiful property of the Carey Institute for Global Good,” said Jon Kosich, co-organizer of the ride. “We wanted to create a family-friendly weekend that both recreational cyclists and racers alike could enjoy.”

Hard to beat a weekend of cycling, music, beer, and food. If this sounds like your thing, learn more on the Rensselaerville Ride website.

Glens Falls hosting criterium race Sunday

For the first time since 2008, the Glens Falls Criterium will take place in downtown Glens Falls. The races start around noon and should last until around 6:30pm. Criterium races are fast road races on short courses with a lot of laps.

For more info including the schedule, head to

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 by Thursday, April 30th if you are interested in joining us on Sunday.

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.

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