First Ride-n-Peak event rolls smoothly

By Julia Green
Ninety-eight riders turned out for Saturday’s first-ever Catskill Scenic Ride-n-Peak event in Margaretville, a bike event to benefit the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care Association.
“It went very well,” said Carol O’Beirne, executive director of the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce. The chamber was one of the collaborators for the event, along with the MARK Project, the KAATS Foundation, The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Plattekill Mountain and Delaware County Tourism.
“Feedback was extremely positive and people wanted to see more of the same kind of event,” O’Beirne added.
The event featured a number of different cycling routes from which participants could choose, ranging from a 14-mile ride to a 104-miler. Organizers are planning to make the Ride-n-Peak an annual event, and are planning to have a cycling summit in the fall to discuss cycling events and how to improve them in coming years.
“What was really interesting to us was that we actually had cyclists that came from far away,” O’Beirne said. “We had people from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Hoboken, New Jersey, as well as people who live here full-time.
“We were really pleased about that because we have two goals here – one, to encourage cycling as a tourism activity – but also to create ways that our residents who live here fulltime can have more opportunities to cycle. This was all part of the Wellness Week events, so it’s just another way people can get out and recreate in their own back yard,” she added.