The 10th annual Harry Elkes Ride held on September 09, 2023, at The Hub in Brant Lake was a resounding success hosting 102 riders. The night before there was heavy rain threatening the ride. Fortunately, the rain stopped, and the day was perfect for biking. The riders were treated to coffee and donuts. Bottled water was available to riders as well.
The riders were broken up as follows:
|Route||Distance (miles)||Number of Participants|
|Schroon – Brant Lakes Loop||50||34|
|Schroon River- Bean Road Gravel Loop||18||4|
Approximately thirty riders had a free bell installed on their bicycle as NY law requires. Adirondack Cycling Advocate provided the bells as they are encouraging the use of bells especially on the Warren County Bikeway. A pamphlet on bicycle bell etiquette for cyclists, walkers and joggers was distributed (link). Eric Lendum was present from Rick’s Bicycle Shop to service and adjust bikes prior to riding. Rick’s donated water bottles and two helmets to very appreciative riders in need.
Several cycling groups participated, including Saratoga Cycling, Croghan, Adirondack Multisport, ATP Racing, and Adirondack Runners. In addition to New York, there were riders from Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, New Hampshire, and Florida.
After the ride, many cyclists had lunch and beverages at The Hub.
A big thank you to the event sponsors: Lake George RV, Rick’s Bike shop, North Country Subaru, Mahoney Notifier, Queensbury Hotel, Schroon River Animal Hospital, Lake George Tourism, Evergreen Bicycle Works, Hometown Mobile Veterinary Practice, Miller, Mannix, Schachner and Hafner LLC, Milton Veterinary Hospital, Anderson Advisory, The Inside Edge, NePromo, Performance Industrial, and The Hub.
Volunteers at the event were: Deana Endieveri, Cathy Biss, Kristine Wheeler, Candi Schermerhorn, Kathy Pfeiffer, Rich Gordon, Alex Wright, and Rita. Also rest stop support, water and treats by Karrie Barber and Lena Nash. ACA board members present John Strough, Harrison Freer, Tony Krivitski , and Bob Wright.
The Organizing Committee was Kathy Pfeiffer Co-Chair with Bob Wright, Joan Jenkin, Sue Nealon and JP Fasano. T-shirts were given to volunteers, sponsors, and riders. Sponsors were offered a complimentary ride if pre-registered before Friday 9/8/23.
Overall, it was a highly successful fundraiser to support ACA’s advocacy work.