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.
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.
Photo: Roy Saplin/flickr
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.
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.
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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.