Press Release—For Immediate Release
(For further information: Contact Chuck Smith, Speculator at 518-548-5615 or Lee or Judi Borland, Facilitators, Adirondack Park Mountain Biking Initiative, at Speculator 518-548-7506)
Mountain Biking Center Grand Opening Announced
The new Mountain Biking Trail System in Speculator and the Town of Lake Pleasant is now ready for riding. This relatively new sport is one that individuals and families can enjoy. The well-marked forest roads in the “Speculator Loops” are the first of several planned mountain biking trails in this community. The present trail system consists of two bike loops; the larger loop is about 14 miles long, and the shorter, “Kunjamuck Cave” loop covers about 7 miles.
A Grand Opening Event to officially introduce the Trail System is planned to begin at 12:00 Noon on Sunday August 18th at the Ball Field/Pavilion in the Village of Speculator. Everyone is invited to be at the “ribbon cutting” at Noon, and meet NYS Senate candidate Assemblywoman Betty Little, area officials and interested persons from surrounding Adirondack towns and villages. Following that activity, those persons of any age with a wider tire bicycle (for “off highway” riding) are invited to take a guided trail ride on one of the Speculator Loops, or attend a Bicycle Safety Clinic for children near the Pavilion. Also, a free bar-b-cue will begin at 12:30 for everyone in attendance.
Chuck Smith is Chairman of the local Mountain Biking Initiative Committee that has been developing the new mountain biking trails, with the cooperation of the Village of Speculator and the Town of Lake Pleasant. Mr. Smith said, “Everyone is invited to be there on August 18th at Noon whether or not they ride a mountain bike type bicycle. We are planning a free barbecue starting after the Ribbon Cutting.”
The Safety Clinic will be facilitated by Committee Member Gail Setlock, in cooperation with the NYS Police. “Everyone who rides should wear a helmet, especially all children. NYS Law requires children 14 years of age and under to wear a helmet whenever riding a bicycle,” said Gail Setlock.
Bicycle Trail Maps are available at five informational kiosks near or at the start of the Speculator Loop. “All kiosks are accessible at any time and include detailed trail maps and other helpful information to help cyclists enjoy the beautiful in-the-woods experience”, said Co Chairman Dean Nervik. Convenient in-village kiosks are located the Ball Field and outside the Chamber of Commerce Office at the junction of Routes 8 and 30.
Chuck Smith added. “We are really excited to be able to offer this new sport to year-round and seasonal residents and visitors to our area. The addition of mountain biking goes a long way in helping to develop increased sports recreation tourism here. We invite everyone of all ages to take part.”