Ride for the River returns

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 photo — Justin A. Levine)

WILMINGTON — The 10th annual Ride for the River, to benefit the Ausable River Association, will be held in-person on Sunday, July 18.

Proceeds from this road cycling tour support the association’s work to protect the clean waters, healthy streams, biodiverse habitats, and scenic beauty of the AuSable River watershed.

Hosted by Bike Adirondacks, tour registration includes fully-supported cycling routes of 30 and 45 miles, an event T-shirt, a post-ride barbecue and live music. In addition to the in-person ride, a virtual ride option is also available, allowing cyclists to experience the routes or create their own ride. The virtual ride is separate from the in-person event day.

Both cycling routes will be marked the event day, and virtual registrants are invited to ride them at their leisure the week following. Riders who can’t make it to Wilmington can ride in support of AsRA on a favorite route near them.

This event was held completely virtual in 2020. For that event, cyclists from nine states and 42 different communities registered.

BikeADK will also host the Tailgater, a late afternoon group ride starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 from the Hungry Trout Resort on state Route 86 in Wilmington. The bonus event allows cyclists to experience an additional day of riding in the watershed and finishes with appetizers and drinks overlooking the West Branch of the AuSable River from the Hungry Trout patio.

Full event details and registration are now available at bikeadirondacks.com/events/ride-river.


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