9th annual Ride the Ridge Bike Challenge

Half Marathon, Other, 1 Mile

Event Date

Sun, Jun 7, 2015

Address

Stone Ridge, NY

About This Activity

Four beautiful rides for every skill level...
(includes lunch at the finish line)
  • The 50-mile Bud Clarke Memorial Ride for expert riders
  • The 30-mile Countryside Ride for advanced riders
  • The 11-mile Scenic Ride - Shorter but also for serious riders
  • The 5-mile Family Ride - A ride for all ages to enjoy through the scenic back roads and neighborhoods of Stone Ridge

The event offers four routes, all starting at the School, with lunch awaiting riders at the finish line.

Expert riders taking on the 50-mile Bud Clarke Memorial Ride will tackle the ascent up the West Trapps of the Shawangunk Ridge towards Minnewaska State Park.

The views of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley are spectacular. A thrilling descent follows as riders hit speeds up to 50 mph! Riders make their way past the Trapps cliffs as they head back to Stone Ridge along the Wallkill River.

Advanced riders taking the 30-mile Countryside Ride will travel along a loop from the historic houses of Stone Ridge, along the Wallkill River, and by the original stone Gatehouse to Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz.

The ride offers flats, rolling hills, and several steep (but short) climbs along with fantastic views of the Trapps Ridge and Smiley's Tower on Skytop.

The 11-mile Intermediate Scenic Ride is a shorter, but no less challenging ride. Cyclists meander along the winding Rondout Creek, next to the remnants of one of the historic Delaware & Hudson Canals. An uphill climb and historic countryside ride follows and offers glimpses of the majestic Mohonk Mountain House atop the ridge.

Parents and children will enjoy a 5-mile Family Ride from High Meadow School, down Main Street, and through the scenic back roads and neighborhoods of Stone Ridge. Much of the route has flats or gentle slopes, with a couple of challenging hills. Parents must accompany their children, riding in line and sharing the road with automobile traffic.

To ensure rider safety, all rides will be supported by SAG Wagons, directional signs, and strategically located food/water
stops. Information on bicycle riding laws and safety is available online at: https://www.nysdot.gov/divisions/operating/opdm/
local-programs-bureau/repository/bicycle/safety-and-laws/safety.htm

 

Event details and schedule

The Routes

The 9th Annual Ride the Ridge Bike Challenge benefits the High Meadow Performing Arts Center. The Bike Challenge offers four routes (see map below), all starting at High Meadow School in Stone Ridge, New York located in the beautiful Hudson Valley (starting address: 3643 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY 12484).

** All Riders Must Follow New York Bicycling Safety Laws **
> Children under 13 MUST be accompanied by an adult <

Expert riders taking on the 50-mile Bud Clarke Memorial Shawangunk Ridge Ride (red line on map) will tackle the ascent up the West Trapps of the Shawangunk Ridge towards Minnewaska State Park. The views of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley are spectacular. A thrilling descent follows as riders hit speeds up to 50 mph! Riders make their way past the Trapps cliffs as they head back to Stone Ridge along the Wallkill River. Bud Clarke was a founding member of the Ride the Ridge team who passed away several years ago. (Category A and strong Category B riders only*)

Advanced riders taking the 30-mile Countryside Ride (green line on map) will journey a loop from the historic houses of Stone Ridge, along the Wallkill River, and by the original stone Gatehouse to Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz. The ride offers flats, rolling hills, and some several steep (but short) climbs along, with fantastic views of the Trapps Ridge and Smiley's Tower on Skytop. (Category B riders*)

The 11-mile Intermediate Scenic Ride (orange highlight on map) is the newest addition to the Ride the Ridge Bike Challenge. On this route, riders meander southward along the winding Rondout Creek, next to the remnants of one of the historic Delaware & Hudson Canals. The journey, designed for experienced road riders, is generally flat terrain with some hills, and offers glimpses of the majestic Mohonk Mountain House atop the ridge. These routes are on open roads with traffic in both directions.  Parents must accompany children and monitor their riding carefully. (Category C riders* - children under 13 MUST be accompanied and supervised by an adult).

Parents and children will enjoy a 5-mile Family Ride (blue line on map) from the school through the scenic back roads and neighborhoods of Stone Ridge. Much of the route has light rolling hills with a couple of challenging hills. (Category D riders*)

All rides will be supported by SAG Wagons, directional signs, and strategically located food/water stops. A satisfying lunch will await riders at the Finish Line (step-by-step directions below).

* Pace
Categories
A
B
C
D
average 18 plus mph
average 13-18 mph
average 8-13 mph
average less than 10 mph


** Click the "Ter" button on the map to see the route terrain. Written step-by-step route instructions below.


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50 Mile Ride (red line on map):

Mileage

Directions

0.0

START at Acorn Way/High Meadow School driveway, Stone Ridge

0.0

Turn R on Route 209

0.2

Turn R on Leggett Road

1.7

Turn R on Lucas Tpke

2.0

Turn L on Route 213

2.1

Turn R on Berme Rd

3.0

Turn R at Stop sign to stay on Berme Rd

5.8

Turn R on Kyserike Rd (Route 6)

5.9

Quick Turn L on Tow Path Rd;  BEGIN ASCENT

9.2

Turn L on Stony Kill Rd

12.3

Turn L on Upper Granite Rd (County Route 27)

13.2

Turn L on Route 44/55

17.1

FOOD & WATER STOP near the Minnewaska State Park parking lot

17.1

Continue on Route 44/55;  CAUTION: FAST DESCENT & HAIRPIN TURN

23.8

WATER STOP at corner of Route 44/55 and Bruynswick Rd

23.8

Continue Straight on Route 44/55

24.9

Turn R on Albany Post Rd (County Route 9)

25.8

Turn R on McKinstry Rd (County Route 7A)

28.4

Turn R on Bruynswick Rd (County Route 7)

30.3

WATER STOP at corner of Route 44/55 and Bruynswick Rd

30.3

Straight across 44/55; Continue north on Bruynswick Rd.

31.3

Bruynswick Rd becomes Albany Post Rd

33.6

Turn L to stay on Albany Post Rd; DO NOT BEAR RIGHT

34.9

STOP; Go Straight across Route 299 onto Butterville Rd

36.4

STOP; Go Straight across Mountain Rest Rd onto Canaan Rd

37.1

Turn R on Dug Rd; CAUTION: FAST SHORT DESCENT & HAIRPIN TURN

38.4

FOOD & WATER STOP at corner of Dug Rd and Springtown Rd

38.4

Turn L on Springtown Rd (County Route 7)

41.3

WATER STOP near Tillson General Store, where Springtown Rd becomes Elting Rd

43.7

Turn R on Keator Rd; CAUTION: STEEP DOWNHILL BY CHURCH

43.9

Turn L on Route 213

48.5

Turn R on Route 209

49.4

Turn L onto Acorn Way/High Meadow School driveway – FINISH & LUNCH!

 

30 Mile Ride (green line on map):

Mileage

Directions

0.0

START at Acorn Way/High Meadow School driveway, Stone Ridge

0.0

Turn R on Route 209

0.2

Turn R on Leggett Road

1.7

Turn R on Lucas Tpke

2.0

Turn L on Route 213

5.5

Turn R on Keator Rd (County Rte 7); CAUTION: Steep uphill

5.7

Turn L on Elting Rd

6.8

WATER STOP near Tillson General Store where Elting Rd becomes Springtown Rd

6.8

Continue on Springtown Rd (County Route 7)

10.9

FOOD & WATER STOP at corner of Springtown Rd and Dug Rd

10.9

Continue on Springtown Rd (County Route 7)

12.9

Turn R on Route 299

14.1

Turn R on Gatehouse Rd

14.8

Turn R on Butterville Rd

16.1

Continue straight as Butterville Rd becomes Canaan Rd

16.6

Turn R to on Dug Rd; CAUTION: Steep Downhill Hairpin

17.9

FOOD & WATER STOP at corner of Springtown Rd and Dug Rd

17.9

Turn L on Springtown Rd (County Route 7)

22.3

WATER STOP near Tillson General Store where Springtown Rd becomes Elting Rd

22.3

Continue on Elting Rd

23.4

Turn R on Keator Rd; CAUTION: Steep Downhill by Church

23.7

Turn L on Route 213

28.3

Turn R on Route 209

29.2

Turn R onto Acorn Way/High Meadow School driveway – FINISH & LUNCH!


11 Mile Ride (orange highlight line on map):
[** This is for experienced riders only ** ]

Mileage

Directions

0.0

START at Acorn Way/High Meadow School driveway, Stone Ridge

0.0

Turn R on Route 209

0.2

Turn R on Leggett Road by Mobil gas station

1.7

Turn R on Lucas Tpke at Stop sign; CAUTION: FAST TRAFFIC

2.0

Turn L on Route 213 at traffic light

2.2

Turn R on Berme Rd just after crossing the bridge

3.0

Turn R at Stop sign to stay on Berme Rd

5.8

Turn R on Kyserike Rd (Route 6) at Stop sign; CAUTION: FAST TRAFFIC

6.0

CAUTION: UPHILL CLIMB, NO SHOULDER

6.4

Straight at Stop Sign at junction with Lucas Tpke; CAUTION: FAST TRAFFIC

6.7

CAUTION: UPHILL CLIMB, NO SHOULDER

7.1

Turn R on Old Kings Highway; CAUTION: FAST TRAFFIC

8.7

Bear L to stay on Old Kings Highway

8.9

Turn R on Route 209; CAUTION: FAST TRAFFIC

10.0

Straight at Traffic Light at junction with Route 213

10.8

Turn R onto Acorn Way/High Meadow School driveway – FINISH & LUNCH!


5 Mile Ride (blue line on map):

Mileage

Directions

0.0

START at Acorn Way/High Meadow School driveway, Stone Ridge.

0.0

Turn L on Route 209; CAUTION: TRAFFIC

1.1

Turn R on Schoonmaker Rd: CAUTION: UPHILL CLIMB

1.9

Turn R on Pine Bush Rd; WATER STOP: Move off of the road

2.5

Turn L on Vincent Ln

3.1

Turn R on Peak Rd, which becomes Route 213; CAUTION: TRAFFIC

3.9

CAUTION: UPHILL CLIMB WITH NO SHOULDER

4.2

Turn L on Route 209; CAUTION: BUSY INTERSECTION

4.3

Turn R on Acorn Way/High Meadow School driveway – FINISH LINE & LUNCH!

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