Counting the days until Cycle Adirondacks

To the editor:

Tuesday, June 9, will mark 75 days until Cycle Adirondacks, Wildlife Conservation Society’s new road-cycling tour of the Park and the surrounding region. The Aug. 22-29 event will bring hundreds of people to our special corner of the world. To date, guests have registered from nearly 30 states and Canada, many of whom are saying it will be their first visit to the region.

The cycling, and the memories it will provide our guests, will be amazing; we know that. But it’s the connections with people in our host communities that will be the most memorable. These are the memories that will bring our guests back.

A reminder that our free nightly entertainment and our beer and wine garden are open to the public. We really want you to come out on Saturday, Aug. 22 and Saturday Aug. 29 – enjoy the festivities, meet our riders and event volunteers, and share a great time with them.

We’re fortunate to have six incredible host communities, including Saranac Lake, which is our start and finish site for this inaugural event. And within Saranac Lake we have four outstanding hosts.

The Cycle Adirondacks camp will be based on the practice fields of Petrova Elementary School; long-term guest parking will be at the Civic Center; our free evening entertainment on both Saturdays is slated for Riverside Park; and the tour will conclude at North Country Community College.

Without the wholehearted support of the Saranac Lake Central School District, the town of Harrietstown, the village of Saranac Lake and the fine folks at NCCC, none of this would be possible. Thank you.

We’ve also received valuable assistance from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Agency, Department of Transportation, State Police, Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce and so many others.

Registration is still open for our three-day, four-day and full-week route options, and anyone – including non-cyclists – can come along as part of our Travel Companions program or be an event volunteer. Learn more at www.cycleadirondacks.com.

We’re looking forward to helping make Saranac Lake the cycling capital of the Adirondacks. Thanks for all your support!

Zoe Smith

Wildlife Conservation Society, Cycle Adirondacks director

Jim Moore

Cycle Adirondacks event director

Doug Haney

Cycle Adirondacks event manager

Matt VanSlyke

Cycle Adirondacks event manager

Saranac Lake