Cyclists wanted for fundraiser

It’s like riding a bike. Wait! It is riding a bike. Whether you consider 100 miles to be a “ride in the park” or you’re an intermediate cyclist who can go the 50-mile distance, or maybe a relaxing 15 miles best suits your fancy, then the first annual Ride n Peak has the perfect route for you.
The Catskill Scenic Ride n Peak is the result of several community based organizations coming together for a good cause. Supported by a grant from the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, this event is a partnership between MARK, the KAATS Foundation, the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Plattekill Mountain and Delaware County Tourism. “This event holds the potential to help make cycling in the Catskills an ongoing opportunity to develop green tourism activity, says MARK Director Peg Ellsworth. Peter Manning, regional planner with The Catskill Center, adds “many don’t realize that the Central Catskills are a cyclist’s paradise. This event aims to change that. From long rides through mountain passes to a spin around the reservoir or a family ride along gently country roads, there’s something here for everyone.”
The event, which will benefit the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care Center is scheduled for Saturday, May 16. “I am pleased to announce that proceeds from the event will go to this vital regional organization,” says Lucci Kelly of the KAATS Foundation. With an opportunity to spend the day cycling in the Catskills while helping the caring work of Catskill Area Hospice, going green has never come at a better time” adds Kelly.
All of the five rides ranging from 14 to 104 miles — begin and end at the Village Park in Margaretville. The entry fee of $25 includes a one-day USAC license, commemorative T-shirt and water and snacks along the routes. Music, food and activities for children at the park pavilion will complement the rides. “All in all, the first annual Ride n Peak gives everyone the opportunity to see the Central Catskills like they never have before,” says Carol O’Beirne, executive director of the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce.
Pre-registration as well as route maps and event logistics are available on the chamber’s Web site at www.central catskills .org/bike. For info, call MARK at 845 586-3500 or e-mail: bikerideinfo@mark project.org.