The Tour de Kingston and Ulster, presented by O’Connor and Partners PLLC, includes six rides, all starting and finishing at the Forsyth Park Pavilion in historic Uptown Kingston. Parking for the event is at Dietz Stadium, 170 North Front Street. The rides start from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Register online at https://www.bikereg.com/tdk22 Discount registration, available through September 10th, is $50 for adults and $10 for youth under age 18. On the day of the ride, registration is $60 for adults but remains $10 for youth. The five-mile Family Fun Ride is free of charge, but registration is suggested.
This year’s Routes
Proceeds from the Tour support community bike repair, safety education for youth and the Tour De Kingston Community Scholarships. “Our scholarships are open to anyone seeking to further their education with a commitment to serve the residents of Ulster County,” Polk said. Applications are available by contacting Polk at the YMCA firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tour’s Free Family Fun Ride is a flat, five-mile course that starts at 10 a.m. and travels through Uptown and Midtown Kingston. Riders are escorted by volunteer Ride Marshals and the Kingston Police Department. “And we make a rest stop at the Fireman’s Museum, which is a big hit with the kids,” Nace said. Riders will also visit the YMCA for a water break.
The Hurley Rail Trail is the centerpiece of the Road and Trail Rides, which start at 9:30 a.m. and offer beginning and intermediate riders distances of 9 to 16 miles on roads and the flat, paved Hurley trail. These rides are led by experienced bicyclists.
Starting at 9 a.m. are the ever-popular 25- and 50-mile road rides for intermediate and experienced riders. These are self-guided routes.
The mostly off-road Gravel Grinder Ride, suitable only for the most experienced riders, will start at 8:30 a.m. The route features dirt roads, rail trails and some pavement riding with challenging terrain and lots of hills.
Event registration fees include pre-ride refreshments, the Bike Brothers Burger BBQ, raffle ticket, route map, and rest stops with food and water. Riders with any mechanical problems can be picked up by our support vehicle.
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