Battenkill race in 10th year in area


CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- One of the largest cycling events in the United States will come to our area this weekend for its 10th anniversary.

The Tour of the Battenkill brings thousands of professional and amateur cyclists to Washington County.

Race distance for most of the amateur categories is 65 miles, while for the Pro and Category 1 and 2 racers it's 84 miles.

There will be races for cyclists in amateur and professional rankings on Sunday, as well as a pro/am event.

There is also a gran fondo event, which includes anyone willing to give the course a try.

The start of the race is at Varak Park on Broad Street and will loop around Greenwich and Salem before ended back in Cambridge on West Main Street.

Some big names in the cycling world will come to eastern New York, including former U.S. pro Scott Nydam. Nydam, who retired in 2010 and now lives in New Mexico, will compete in the Open race on Sunday.

Last year, more than 3,000 participants from 45 states and 15 countries competed in the Tour.

There will also be an expo to take advantage of the thousands of spectators throughout Cambridge and the surrounding area.

According to a press release, on Friday, members of the Wounded Warrior Project that will take part in the Cambridge Central School outreach program, talking about their experience as racers and as military personnel.


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