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Troy Crit This Weekend

I’ve received word that there’s a crit going on in Troy Saturday night. Here are some of the details:

Troy Crit

Date: Saturday, November 5th
Registration: 9pm
Race: 10pm
Entry Fee: $10 cash, at the event
Location: TBA
More information

Free swag and free beer! Come race, spectate, heckle, volunteer, or whatever.

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Fifth Annual Daily Grind Café Ride – Saturday, August 27, 2011

Eighteen happy riders – ranging in age from six on up – headed out from the Lark St. Daily Grind Café at 10:30 AM on the eve of Tropical Storm Irene. It was a beautiful day and commemorated the fifth consecutive year that the Daily Grind Café has sponsored this enjoyable Albany Bicycle Coalition ride from Albany to Troy.

Our one-way distance along the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail and the streets of Watervliet and Troy was 9.6 miles at a lightening clip of 8.7 mph. Once settled in at the 3rd St. Troy shop, we enjoyed a variety of beverages and luncheon items generously hosted by the Daily Grind. After lunch, the majority of the riders walked a block over to the world-famous Troy Farmers Market to check out the edibles and several riders stocked up.

Our riders were Ethan, Kathleen, Chris, J.P., Willow, Sam, Jill, Bert, John, Jackie, Toni, Stacy, Margaret, Ken, Dan, William, Kent, and Lorenz.

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The World’s Toughest Bike Race?

We’ll be hosting a movie night as part of Bike Month 2011 this Monday, May 9th. The film of the evening: Ride the Divide, a documentary which follows a bike race about more than just finishing first.

Just finishing is a feat.

From their site:

An award-winning feature film about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The film weaves the story of three characters’ experiences with immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border.

The documentary follows the participants of the 2008 Tour Divide.

…the race clock runs 24 hours a day and the riders are allowed no outside support other than access to public facilities such as stores, motels, and bike shops. The record time to complete the Tour Divide in its 2010 routing is 17 days, 23 hours and was set in 2009. The Tour Divide has been raced and completed on both single speed bicycles and on a tandem bicycle. There are neither entry fees nor prizes in either race.

Have you ever seen a bike race where the riders had to stop and wait for a bear to clear out of the roadway? If not, come join us this Monday the 9th at 7pm down at the UAG.

Click here for directions.

Written by Ken Burford

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Spring Dash Albany Alley Cat

Daniel Patterson of Bike to China sent along this note about an upcoming alley cat in Albany:

Calling All Cyclists! Bike To China is happy to announce the Spring Dash Albany Alley Cat event. The event will take place on Saturday, April 9th at the Albany Corning Preserve’s Amphitheater.  Registration will begin at 9am and the event will kick off at 10am sharp. $5 entry fee. Don’t be late! All proceeds will go to charity. There will be good incentives for larger donations that are listed below and tax deductable. Helmets will be required and funny costumes permitted. Also, to steer away from competition there will be one awesome DFL prize.

$5 Donation: ENTRY + SPOKE CARD



Bike To China has partnered with Global Greengrants Fund (a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization) for an international humanitarian effort to raise $12,500 US dollars to support efforts against environmental and social injustice within Central Asia. The partnership organization will allocate the funds raised via micro grants to areas in need of aid that lie along the cyclist route, to support particular initiatives spearheaded by local leaders. Please take a moment to consider a monetary donation.

For more information, visit the event page.

Written by Ken Burford


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I Love My Bicycle!

With all of the recent popularity of public mockery style photo sites such as People of Wal-Mart, Lamebook, and others, how about something a bit more positive?

I Love My Bike is a site that, you guessed it, collects photos of people guilty of having a love affair with their bikes. In addition to being a repository of bike love, the site is also putting together a book of photos, which is available for pre-order on Amazon.

I’ve picked a few of my favorites. If you found some great shots, or have some of your own, share them with us in the comments.

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