Editorial — Saddle up! Tour de Lewis will offer three cycle routes through the county | Editorials

Lewis County businesses had a wonderful idea to market the area while participating in a fun recreational event.

They have collaborated with the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce to organize the inaugural Tour of Lewis on May 29 for cycling enthusiasts. It will offer three runs of varying lengths, all of which end at Osceola Ski and Sport Resort in Camden: a 62-mile run starting at Oswegatchie Educational Center in Croghan for $60, a 28-mile run starting at Snow Ridge Station skiing in Turin for $45 and a 15 mile ride from West Leyden Volunteer Fire Department for $30.

“In keeping with the motto ‘Lewis County: Your Destination is Our Backyard,’ area businesses have partnered with the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce to create an inaugural cycling event that will showcase the county’s best to offer”, according to an article published Thursday by the Watertown Daily Times. “The May 29 Tour of Lewis over Memorial Day weekend is designed to be a non-competitive hike through Lewis County’s scenic Adirondack Park, Black River Valley and Tug Hill Plateau. … Participation is open to recreational and competitive amateur cyclists. Runners of all levels can participate in one of three distances.

Those attending the event can begin their respective tours by heading to Osceola Ski and Sport Resort. Paid shuttles will be available that morning to bring individuals and their bikes to their starting points.

This way, those involved in the event will return to the Camden facility at the end of their visits. The bus to Croghan will leave at 8am; the bus for Turin will leave at 10:30 am; and the bus to West Leyden will leave at 12:00. Support and equipment wagons will be available on all three routes.

People have held similar events in upstate New York to raise money for various groups and promote cycling. It’s a great way to exercise outdoors, see beautiful northern parts of the country, and meet other people who share a passion for the sport.

The Higley 100, held along the Raquette River in St. Lawrence County, usually in late summer, supports the work of Friends of Higley Flow State Park in Colton; it is not yet known when this year’s event will take place. And last year, the first Tug Hill Epic presented gravel-crusher enthusiasts with 106 miles of travel through three counties.

We commend the members of the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce for putting on a great event to promote what is available in this area and encourage cycling. people can visit www.bikereg.com/o-to-o save. Take this opportunity to see the wonders of Lewis County and enjoy the outdoors over Memorial Day weekend.

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