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Pumped for the new track

Pumped for the new track

Harrietstown Pump Track was packed on opening night Tuesday Elliot McClean pops out of a curve while on a lap around the Harrietstown Bike Park…

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Harrietstown Pump Track was packed on opening night Tuesday

Elliot McClean pops out of a curve while on a lap around the Harrietstown Bike Park and Pump Track at the park’s grand opening on Tuesday. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone) SARANAC LAKE — Rubber wheels whirred, kicking up dry dirt. And then … silence, as Will Miemis soared through the air. After a second of stillness, the commotion continued as his tires slammed back into the earth. It was another successful lap around the Harrietstown Bike Park and Pump Track, which opened with a ribbon-cutting on Tuesday.

Lukas Miemis, 14, said local bikers have dreamed of having a pump track in town for a long time. After the Saranac Lake Innovative Cycling Kids grassroots group launched an effort to make that a reality in 2021, only a year later, they celebrated the fruits of their labor by whizzing around the bumpy dirt track on John Munn Road.

Katie Stoddard is the mother to SLICK kids Mason and Liam. She was excited when they created this group.

“The kids would always talk about how they wanted to see things happen in the community, like ‘Oh they should do this! Oh they should do that!’” Stoddard said. “At one point we were like, ‘Who’s they? You guys are they. You need to do this yourselves.’”

The parents have played a supporting role, she said, but the kids led the project with their vision. On Tuesday, she was proud knowing they saw it through to fruition. […]

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