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Cyclists can Ride for the River on their own time

Mike Jablonski, left, and Dave Swits wave as they near the end of their 30-mile bike ride around Wilmington and Jay during 2017’s Ride for the River, a benefit for the Ausable River Association. (Enterprise file photo — Justin A. Levine)

WILMINGTON — The Ausable River Association’s Ride for the River fundraiser will return for a ninth year, but not with cyclists together on the same day, due to COVID-19 precautions.

AsRA is teaming up this year with the new Bike Adirondacks company to put on the Ride for the River from July 17 to July 26. Riders can complete the course over the course of an entire week, or make up their own rides.

Two route options, 30 and 45 miles, will be marked by the morning of Saturday, July 18, and participants can ride them anytime they’d like until Sunday, July 26. Riders who can’t make it to Wilmington can ride in support of AsRA on a favorite route near them. All routes are self-supported, and route maps are available on the BikeADK website.

Registration and full event details are now available at bikeadirondacks.com/events/ride-river.

All proceeds go to AsRA to protect the AuSable River watershed’s clean water, habitat and scenic beauty.

The “Tailgater,” a casual evening ride, will take place on Friday, July 17, hosted by BikeADK. It is the third straight year of the Tailgater.

AsRA launched Ride for the River in 2012 to celebrate the resilience of local communities following the devastating flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene. The 2020 Ride continues that while raising funds to restore damaged portions of the river and to address a growing concern over road salt, particularly around Mirror Lake in Lake Placid.

In recent years, the event has grown to draw cyclists from across the northeast and Canada.

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