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July 9, 2013

Mayor's Cup bike ride features new course

PLATTSBURGH — The 2013 edition of the annual Mayor’s Cup Bike Ride will make history while raising money for the community’s health-care needs.

The ride, sponsored by the Foundation of CVPH Medical Center as a fundraiser for the foundation’s Travel Fund, will mark the first time the Terry Gordon Memorial Bike Path and the Saranac River Trail are used together in an official capacity.

“It’s a great connection between the two routes,” said Phil Von Bargen, who works for the Town of Plattsburgh Planning/Engineering Department and is an avid cyclist.

He helped design the three separate routes this year’s Bike Ride will follow.

“It gives participants an opportunity to use both trails within the City of Plattsburgh without requiring much traffic control.” 

TECHNICAL RIDE

Cyclists have the options to follow courses that run 22, 50 or 70 miles.

The ride begins at CVPH Medical Center, with half-hour staggered times depending on what course cyclists choose.

Participants will pedal down Prospect Avenue and then pick up the Saranac River Trail behind Plattsburgh High School.

They will then cross the Saranac Street bridge and travel a short distance on city streets to the entrance of the Terry Gordon Bike Path.

“This is a great way to bring awareness (of the two city recreational trails) to the community,” Von Bargen said.

All three courses head south on Route 9, with the 22-mile group stopping at AuSable Point State Park. The longer routes loop through Peru and past Keeseville before returning through Port Kent and back to Route 9.

“The 70-mile ride is a bit ambitious,” Von Bargen said. “It’s a technical ride with some considerable climbing. You need to be prepared physically.”

A part of the route for the 70-mile course had followed Highlands Road, but it is closed due to flooding following recent storms. The revised route will head to AuSable Forks via Green Street and Dugway Road.

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