2018-09-12 / Sports

Catskill Mtn. Cycling Challenge attracts 75 riders

Arkville — The Fourth Annual Catskill Mountain Cycling Challenge on was a success as 75 riders safely participated in the cycling challenge hosted by the Catskill Recreation Center (CRC).

There were three routes to choose from 29 miles, 57 miles, and a 104.2 mile route on Sunday, Sept 2. Participation was evenly distributed between the three routes. This year the Catskill Mountain Cycling Challenge was working to raise funds for programming at the CRC. One of the bigger programs that the CRC is developing is the Recreation Incentive Program. This program offers free workshops each month that introduce people to recreational opportunities such as biking, hiking, and use of the gym and pool.

Incentive points

Participants who have never been members of the Recreation Center can earn incentive points by participating in these free workshops. These incentive points can help participants earn a free one month, two month, or six month membership at the Recreation Center. The CRC kicked this program off over the summer and people are really enjoying the programs. Folks so far have learned how to change a flat tire on their bicycle, use a compass, make a yarn doll, and more. The CRC is continually accepting donations as to be able to make these opportunities available for everyone.

This event would not be successful without the CRC’s local sponsors. The Wadler Brothers are the event’s biggest sponsor. Their donation alone helped cover the cost of additional insurance as well as supplying food for the Feed Stations. The CRC would like to also thank Billy from Overlook Bicycles who provided the tech support. He helped riders who needed tires pumped, peddles reattached and other minor challenges. Other sponsors whom the CRC are very grateful for their support are as follows: Freshtown, Erickson’s Automotive, Inc., Catskill Dream Team, Tanglewood Doors, Peekamoose Restaurant and Tap Room, O’Beirne Associates, Inc. Sluiter Agency, Inc., Zen Mountain Monastery, Inc. Reliable Tent Rentals, and Energy Alternatives.

The CRC also has dedicated volunteers who each year reach out and offer their assistance in running these cycling events. Their willingness to assist makes a world of difference. The CRC would like to thank: Nancy Madea, Marge Miller, Pat Gonzalez, Lou Capelleo, Lenny Millen, Fred Waller, Tom Skeados, Scott Gould, David Pollack, Peter Manning, Phil O’Beirne, Doris Annabel, Kelley McGiveny, Jonathan Mogalever, Tom Skeados, Bovina UP Church, Elyse and Carl Segelken, the McGonagall family, Overlook Mountain Bikes and Phil Darmstadt.

For more information in regards to programming at the Catskill Recreation Center please go to our website catskillrecreationcenter.org or call 845.586.6250.

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