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600 bicyclists expected next summer in the Adirondacks

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STAR LAKE — Star Lake will be one stop on a weeklong bike tour of the Adirondacks next summer that will bring 600 cyclists and their support team to the area.

“It’ll give us great exposure,” Fine Supervisor Mark C. Hall said. “We certainly hope it becomes an annual event.”

The 2015 Cycle Adirondacks team will conduct a pre-ride Sunday to Star Lake, where it will have a planning meeting at 4:30 p.m. at The Haven at Star Lake. Anyone involved in making the event a success is welcome, including service clubs, motel operators, emergency responders, police and elected officials.

“It’s going to take all the volunteers we can muster to pull this off,” Mr. Hall said.

The pre-ride is part of the process to lay out the route and locate where riders can get refreshments, find rest stops and see points of interest.

“It’s not a race,” Mr. Hall said. “Wherever they want to stop, they can.”

The pre-ride team will include bicyclists who probably will not be part of the event so they can provide feedback, said Doug M. Haney, one of two event managers.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Cycle Adirondacks, expected to arrive on Aug. 23, will be the first fully supported road cycling tour in the area. Support means medical personnel, maps, bicycle mechanics, rest stops stocked with food and drink, showers and toilets, and places to stay. For full details, visit www.cycleadirondacks.com.

The registration fee of $1,495 for an adult rider includes three meals a day, camping areas, live entertainment, baggage service, parking and more.

Similar events take place across the country, most notably in Oregon. Several years ago, Zoe Smith, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program director, and Jim Moore, the event director, met with Star Lake officials to see if they were interested. The event will be a great way to showcase the society’s work in the Adirondack watershed, Mr. Haney said.

“We’ll be taking people to places in the park where they may never go,” he said.

Mr. Hall and Wildlife Conservation Society staff members recently returned as volunteers in the Cycle Greater Yellowstone to get a taste of what was involved.

Other host communities will include Boonville, Camden, Old Forge, Long Lake and Saranac Lake. In Star Lake, much activity will center on the Clifton-Fine Central School campus, which can be used for camping, eating, showers and entertainment.

After the event, riders may return to the Adirondacks or may talk about their experience with family and friends, who could decide to make their own visit.

“The economic impact continues,” Mr. Haney said.

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