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.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 145

Friday Aug 8

Michael Lindsay Hogg at Basilica Hudson: Film screening, reading and chat with acclaimed film and television director, artist, and author.

The Enders at the Low Beat: Burlesque in between sets. With Middle Son, New Red Square, Totally Gnarly.

Despicable Me 2 in West Capitol Park: Free movie in the park, as part of the Friday Night Flicks series.

Saturday Aug 9

Troy Farmer’s Market: Vendors, food and all sorts of goodies.

Screening: A Spell To Ward Off the Darkness at Basilica Hudson: With Ben Russell in person for discussion after the screening.

The Deadbeats at the Low Beat: Grateful Dead tribute.

Sunday Aug 10

Yoga in Troy’s Waterfront Park: Namaste y’all!

All Weekend

Windham World Cup: Mountain biking World Cup!

The Track: It’s open. And fun.

Cirque Éloize at Proctors: Just watch the video.

Art Omi: Sculpture fields are open.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

The Matrix and Alice in Wonderland at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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

Collar City Hard Pressed juice and smoothie shop now open

As of today, Collar City Hard Pressed is opened at 215 Broadway, right next to The Grocery. The shop itself is carved out of a little area inside The Clark House, which houses The Grocery, Broadway News, and the-soon-to-reopen Tavern Restaurant.

If you’ve seen the Collar City Hard Pressed stand at the Troy Farmer’s Market, you already know that there is a crazy demand for a juice and smoothie shop in Troy, and it’s super exciting that this will be a permanent fixture in Troy. I am hoping that there will be some sort of overlap in which both the Tavern’s bar is open as well as Collar City Hard Pressed so you can get a cocktail with fresh juices.

Collar City Hard Pressed will be open 8am to 2pm Tuesday through Friday, and will still be at the farmers market on Saturdays.

EMPAC announces Fall 2014 season

EMPAC has posted up their schedule of events for the Fall season.

Of note is Kode9 and Laurel Halo, performing in the second week of September.

There’s so many awesome performances, talks, music and more set for this season. I strongly recommend reading through the list of events and just simply going to anything you think you may like. You’ll be delighted at the work that EMPAC does in curating their events.

Photo: Kode9