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July 14, 2014

Charity bike ride wraps up Mayor's Cup weekend

PLATTSBURGH — Mayor’s Cup weekend concluded with a bike ride in support of the CVPH Travel Fund.

“It’s a ride, not a race,” said Michelle Senecal, development associate of CVPH Foundation.

Senecal coordinated the event along with Maui North and the Adirondack Cycling Team.

“We have three routes, so there’s a level for a variety of riders.”

The 70, 52 and 22-mile routes were designed by Phil Von Bargen of the Adirondack Cycling Team with all three starting and ending in front of CVPH Medical Center.

“They go out along Route 9, so they get to look at the beautiful lake as they’re going by,” said Kerry Haley, the foundation’s executive director.

“For the longer routes, they head down through Port Kent and come back around. It’s very scenic.”

Proceeds from the event benefit the CVPH Travel Fund, which assists families who need to seek medical treatment outside the area.

Eighty-seven bikers signed up for the ride. A barbeque was held following the event.

Bud Smith, who has provided riders with bag-pipe music for three years, began each race with musical accompaniment.

Dr. Robert Heins, a Plattsburgh dentist and triathlete, said he was “looking forward to a nice Mayor’s Cup bike ride.”

Two weeks prior to the 70-mile ride, he completed a full Iron Man triathlon in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

“It’s my birthday today. I hit 75, so I age up. You don’t get older in Iron Man, you age up,” Heins said.

He describes his training regimen as a way of life.

“You don’t train every day, but you start in January, and it becomes part of you.”

In October, he plans to complete another Iron Man in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

“There are a lot worse things you could be doing. It keeps you young,” he added. 

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SEE THE VIDEO

Video from this event, prepared exclusively for the Press-Republican by John Mastronardo and Seth Thomas of Point Blank Productions, is available online.

 

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