Vermont Sports April 2015

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Putt-putting on Star Lake with David Birchenough on his raft-like boat, author Peggy Shinn enjoyed a trip on one of about 80 rafts that ply the lake's waters throughout the summer. Part transportation, part entertainment, some of the rafts feature built-in bars while others have diving platforms. Below, riders pull a hill along the way.

ated. Cycle the tours pay for Oregon initiatthe cost of the ed a ride-for-atour, with the cause regional remainder fundEvent Dates: August 23-29, 2015 tour in the late ing projects in Start/Finish: Saranac Lake, NY Mileage: 60-75 miles per day; 1980s. And in the towns 2013, Cycle 435-470 miles total through which Registration Cost: $1,495 for ridG r e a t e r the tours travel. ers, $995 for non-riding travel comYe l l o w s t o n e Now this panions and anyone under age 18. debuted as a model has Number of Riders: Limited to 600 weeklong tour moved east, with For more information: www. in t h e the Wildlife Ye l l o w s t o n e Conservation ecosystem. Society’s Cycle These rides become rolling festi- Adirondacks debuting in August. vals of hundreds, even thousands, (The Wildlife Conservation Society of bicyclists who gain awareness of runs the Bronx Zoo, among many the regions through which they other parks and global conservapedal. Daily distances typically tion projects.) The tour through the range from 40-100 miles, with 6.1-million-acre park was conevent staffers running feed stations, ceived by Zoe Smith, the WCS’s driving SAG vehicles, and ferrying Adirondack Program Director. A riders’ luggage from town to town. long-time resident of Saranac Lake, Each evening, riders congregate at Smith wanted to show people that communal camping locations and there is more to the Adirondacks celebrate with nightly dinners, con- than Lake Placid, host to two certs, and other entertainment that Winter Olympic Games. is open to townspeople. Riders can Mark Hall, Star Lake’s town either set up their own tents, or pay supervisor (technically, it’s the town event staffers to do it. The fees for (See ADK Ride, Page 22)


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