Cycling at Mohonk Preserve. (Photo by John Mizel) Gravel biking is all the rage. The Mohonk Preserve has designed a 50.4-mile epic ride that will take adventure-seeking cyclists through the historic system of carriage roads lacing through the historic 8000-acre preserve in the Shawangunks
The Inaugural Shawangunk Grit Ride is named to represent the unique bedrock geology of the ridge, which is made of Shawangunk Conglomerate, or “Grit,” — beloved by rock-climbers for its sturdiness. The material was also used to make millstones at the turn of the twentieth century — some of which can be still found on the land today.
Slated to begin at 8 a.m. on November 5, this fundraising ride will allows cyclists to choose from two distances, 23.3 and 50.4 miles. The riders have to be done by the time the sun sets.
The staging area for the gravel ride (with all proceeds going to benefit the host not-for-profit land conservation organization) will be the Ulster County fairgrounds. There’ll be more than enough parking spaces. It’ll also be a fine setting for the celebratory after-party.
“We’ve been talking about doing this for four or five years,” said events coordinator Tom Leader. “We’ve always known that there’s been an interest in our local bike community for us to do a big ride on the ridge, and now seemed like the right time.”
Leader noted that gravel races are popping up all over the country. “Most of these races or events are not totally on gravel or trails,” he said. “Fifty […]