ELIZABETHTOWN - The AuSable River Association celebrated its first-ever Ride for the River bike ride on Sunday.
Forty-one cyclists participated in the ride, which celebrated the AuSable River valley and raising funds for the important work of the organization.
Residents and visitors of all ages started the gradual descent along the river at the AuSable Club. They concluded the 37-mile ride with a picnic at the Ausable Chasm near the mouth of the river at Lake Champlain.
Cyclists join the Ride for the River Sunday.
(Photo courtesy of the AuSable River Association)
"Today was a great ride, with nice weather and even new pavement here in Keeseville," Keene resident Ed Woltner said in a press release. "It was an excellent event."
A little over a year ago, Tropical Storm Irene devastated watershed communities and ecosystems along the Ride for the River route. Participants rode past several sites of river restoration efforts and other locations slated for future attention.
"What a marvelous sight," the association's director, Corrie Miller, said in the release. "Dozens of people riding along the river to celebrate this special place and support our important work. We really appreciate the community's participation and enthusiasm for our ride."