August 19-25 event to expand guest options and grow economic impact
Tupper Lake, NY ( January 24, 2017) - The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) announced an innovative new model for Cycle Adirondacks 2017 on Tuesday from The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.
Now in its third year, the August 19-25 fully supported road bicycling tour will feature three primary hub communities - Schroon Lake, Keene Valley and Saranac Lake - with two consecutive nights at each. The result is more ride distances and options than ever by providing guests the ability to choose to pedal as few as three days or as many as six during the weeklong event.
On the days where the tour doesn't move between hub communities, guests will have the ability to choose short or long ride distances. They may also choose to take a day off their bike in favor of other activities, such as hiking, canoeing, browsing shops or restaurants. The Wild Center will be a featured activity on Aug. 24 when the tour stops in nearby Saranac Lake for the third straight year.
"Year after year, our guests have raved about the time they spend in our communities and we've listened. The new format is designed to provide more ride distances and options, more off bike activities and best of all, less packing up and moving, "said Zoe Smith, Director of WCS's Adirondack Program.
Created in 2015 as a way to connect people with one of the most spectacular places in North America, WCS' goals for the event are to create a tourism opportunity that is low5 impact and provides economic alternatives for local communities in the Adirondacks; and to help strengthen the natural-resource based economy in this rural area.
Cycle Adirondacks won a Partner In Tourism award from the New York State Tourism Association after its 2016 event hosted over 300 cyclists from 35 different states and provinces.
"Cycle Adirondacks certainly surpassed expectations in its first two years, and has a terrific tour planned in 2017," said James McKenna, president of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. "By providing an extraordinary, authentic experience for participants, the event has not only supported the efforts of the Wildlife Conservation Society in our region, but has elevated awareness of the welcoming communities, the gorgeous landscape and the outstanding road cycling opportunities available all across the Adirondacks."
Anchoring that growth is the event's unique science program operated by WCS. It provides guests with a guided interactive experience with the Adirondack landscape and wilderness both while on the route and in camp.
The event has also become known as one of the most all5inclusive, amenity rich tours in the country by featuring locally sourced dining, unique nightly music and entertainment, and delicious NY craft beer and wine, all with outstanding organization and support. In other words, "The Ultimate Cycling Vacation."
Guest registration fees cover infrastructure and rider services and also support WCS's community-based Adirondack conservation program, which focuses on engaging directly with local leaders to advance sustainable development projects that benefit both people and wildlife.
2017 EVENT SCHEDULE
Aug. 19: Check5in, dinner, explore - Schroon Lake
Aug. 20: Out5and5back rides (two distances, optional) - Schroon Lake
Aug. 21: All Ride - Schroon Lake to Keene Valley
Aug. 22: Out5and5back rides (two distances, optional) - Keene Valley
Aug. 23: All Ride - Keene Valley to Saranac Lake
Aug. 24: Out5and5back rides (two distances, optional) - Saranac Lake
Aug. 25: All Ride, Finish Line lunch - Saranac Lake to Schroon Lake
Support for Cycle Adirondacks is provided by Market NY through I LOVE NY/ New York State's Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards.
Learn more and register to ride or volunteer for the event today at www.CycleAdirondacks.com.
About the Adirondack Park
Spanning 6 million acres, Adirondack Park is one of the largest intact temperate forests in the world. Roughly the size of Vermont, the park is a mosaic of publicly and privately owned lands, and includes more than 100 towns and villages among its forests and lakeshores. The region is within a day's drive of over 90 million people, and in close proximity to many major urban areas such as New York City, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, and more. Established in 1892, the Adirondack's state5owned lands are constitutionally protected as "forever wild." The vast network of connected wilderness areas intermixed with private lands is a model of successful conservation work and provides wildlife habitat for some of the most iconic wildlife species in the northeastern U.S., including black bear, bobcat, moose, and loons.
About WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society)
MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in more than 60 nations and in all the world's oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: newsroom.wcs.org Follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information: 347-840-1242.
Doug Haney, Cycle Adirondacks Co5Director
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