Pat Stratton riders to race on Saturday

Bikers compete in the Pat Stratton Ride in Saranac Lake. (Provided photo)

SARANAC LAKE — The 22nd annual Pat Stratton Ride will take place on Saturday in Saranac Lake.

The event, which is named after a local plumber and cycling enthusiast who died in 2001, is a road cycling tour.

This year’s event will feature three bike levels. A century 98.3 miles distance starting at 8 a.m., a 49.3-mile ride starting at 10:30 a.m. and a 22.2-mile ride at 11:30 a.m. In the past, the event had slightly longer length rides (28, 56 and 100-mile races).

“We’ve changed the route around a little bit over the years to make it more fun for the riders,” Kiwanis Club member and event organizer Dan Reilly said.

The three bicycle routes will start and end at the Mount Pisgah Ski Area parking lot in Saranac Lake. Following the start of the race, riders will make their way up Harrietstown Hill near Donnelly’s Ice Cream in Saranac Lake before the three separate distances go on their own path.

“We try not to make it tough, but there are always hills,” Reilly said.

He added that each route will be fully supported with a follow vehicle and feed stations, that the roads will be well marked and that many of the roads won’t have as much traffic.

While registration is still open, Reilly said that around 100 people have already signed up for the race, which is more than usual. He added that riders typically wait until the day of to sign up so he expects that number to grow come race day.

Registrations and sponsorships for the event will support a wide variety of youth programs.

In addition to providing support for youth programs, the cost of registration will include a 22nd anniversary performance sports shirt, a post-ride barbecue, pies and a raffle.

For more information and registration, visit bikeadirondacks.com.


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