Ride-n-Peak biking event rolls Saturday

Margaretville — It’s not too late to take to the hills for good: come to the Margaretville Village Park bright and early on Saturday, May 22 to join the Second Annual Catskill Scenic Ride-n-Peak, a cycling event to benefit local charities. You’ll bike through some of the Catskills’ most lush countryside.
The event features five rides varying from 14 to 75 miles in length and, in addition to raising funds, it will heighten awareness among cycle enthusiasts of the wonderful biking conditions throughout the Central Catskills: gorgeous mountain views, beautiful country roads (most with low traffic), and routes of all levels, from the most strenuous hills to leisurely, level “round the reservoir” options. With plans afoot to create a “scenic byway” along State Route 28, the Margaretville area could truly become a cyclist’s paradise.
Organizer Lucci Kelly hopes that this year’s turnout will exceed the almost 100 riders the event attracted last year, including riders from as far as Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.  In addition to the rides, the event will feature a golf stance clinic at 9 a.m. and guided walking tours of historic Margaretville at 10:30 a.m. The Margaretville Central School PTA will sponsor the first-ever family tricycle team race at the village park at 1 p.m. and the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department has donated 36 children’s bike helmets to give away during the day.
There will be plenty of good food and vendors on hand in the village park. All riders will receive a full-color Catskill Ride-n-Peak T-shirt as well as energy bars and bottled water for the ride.
The first riders will depart from the park between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Advance registration is $25 (just click “Bike Event” at www.centralcatskills.com or call 586-3500) or $35 for on-site registration. 
Catskill Scenic Ride-n-Peak is sponsored by the KAATS Foundation in collaboration with The MARK Project, the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, The Catskill Center for Conservation & Development, and is funded in part by the A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and several local businesses and organizations.