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Adirondack Lifestyle ™: Jun 11, 2008

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Adirondacks - a Premier Road Cycling Destination

It is a little too breezy for me to go on the long bike ride I'd really like, plus I have work to do, like this blog. However, despite the windy weather, the cyclists are out in full force today. Road biking in the Adirondacks has really blossomed over the last several years. I started riding frequently about 11 years ago when my son was on the Northwood School (NWS) Road Bike Team. At that time, it was unusual for me to see anyone other than the NWS kids, coach Willy, and a few die-hard cyclists like Tim Chien, out riding on a weekday. Not these days. As a result of a confluence of factors such as Ironman's presence in Lake Placid and the aging knees of us baby boomers, the Adirondacks have been rediscovered as an awesome, incredible place to ride. You can get any type of terrain you like. For example, last weekend I rode around the Adirondack Coast, which is the area around Lake Champlain including Westport and Essex, New York. I enjoyed some great mountain views and views of the big lake. There is certainly no absence of killer steep terrain all around the Adirondacks. There are now a number of people who ride very regularly here in Lake Placid, many of whom train with Team Placid Planet, and will participate in the Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race the Saturday after next, June 21, 2008. The race course is beautiful and the event is sanctioned by the USCF. So if you like good, tough rides with nice views and nice people, you might consider giving it a go.