Story By Richard Barrett
Cooler temperatures, stunning fall foliage, the absence of annoying bugs, and about 25 miles of top-grade, machine-built and hand-built trails will combine to make the Adirondack Mountain Bike Festival on October 5-6 a spectacular autumn event and one that should be at the top of people’s list of seasonal activities to check out.
The parking lot at the base of McCauley Mountain Ski Area will serve as the main staging area for all events and activities, as well as the trailhead for exploring the vast network of climbing and flow trails that extend to Maple Ridge above and Old Forge below.
Several top-rated mountain bike manufacturers, including Growler, and local outfitters Mountain Man Outdoor Supply Co., will have bikes and equipment available for riders to demo, rent and purchase. Guests can get local craft beers from Fulton Chain Brewing Company and a variety of food and soft drinks will be available for purchase on site.
Event organizers will light a bonfire for riders who will be entertained with continuous music by DJ Ed Tondryk on both days, and a special guest performance on Saturday afternoon from 1 pm - 4 pm by popular local band, The Swamp Drivers.
Besides unlimited exploring, the festival will also feature an adventure race for the more competitive riders, plus several contests that will test riders’ technical skills, strength, and stamina, including a 30-yard Barrel Race, a Slowest Rider race, a 40-yard Log Pull, an Uphill Climb and, to top it all off, a Huffy Bike Toss. And one lucky raffle ticket holder will take home a brand new $2,400 Growler mountain bike on Sunday.
The festival will acquaint riders with a handy feature that many other mountain bike trails systems don’t offer: the powerful TrailForks Smart Phone app, a mountain bike trail database and management system for riders, builders and trail associations whose most basic application is serving as a trail map, providing real-time, satellite-linked Global Positioning (GPS). Users can also share ride experience information, including ride logs containing their GPS data, trail reports, pictures, videos and more.
The sport of mountain biking, both professionally and recreationally is growing, and so is Old Forge’s reputation as an up and coming destination for fat tire fanatics. The Adirondack Mountain Bike Festival presents a rare opportunity to be a part of that genesis.