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Dust off Your Bicycles: A Preview of the 9th Annual Tour of the Battenkill Valley

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Cambridge Hosts the 2013 Tour of the Battenkill

A 62 Mile Bike Tour through Washington County

Tour of the Battenkill. Photo Courtesy of USA CyclingThis year’s 9th Annual Tour of the Battenkill Valley bicycle race is slated to traverse through Cambridge on April 12-14, 2013.

Approximately 3,500 racers are expected from throughout the country in the nation’s largest single-day pro/amateur bicycle race, which is also expected to bring in close to 50,000 spectators.

The Battenkill Tour allows for cyclists to compete in 25 categories, based on age and level of experience. With a course lasting a total of 62 miles, riders can expect to travel on both dirt and paved roads throughout the area, as well as through covered bridges, farms, and numerous rural villages throughout Southern Washington County.

While the tour starts in Cambridge, it passes through the outskirts of Salem, down through Greenwich and back to Cambridge; this is the first year that the tour will start and finish in Cambridge.

Riders can experience many challenging climbs, with a total climbing of nearly 5,000 feet, as well as a maximum gradient of 18%.

There will also be 124-mile bicycle race for professional cyclists starting on April 13 at 2pm.

This year’s tour will also feature a Gran Fondo event during the weekend, limited to the first 1,000 registrants. The race is open to the general public, and follows the same 65 mile / 105 km course. The Gran Fondo will feature various timed segments, including 10 dirt road sections and some challenging climbs.

Online registration for the Tour is already closed, but, space permitting, race day registration is still available.

For more information, contact Dieter Drake at 518-275-6185 or visit for more details.

By The Free George Staff

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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