A Day at the Races

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Sunday marked the renewal of a past camp tradition, as a van, bike trailer and seven eager c15BikeRaces02yclists took the skills they have learned in mountain bike class, and used them in competition on the single track.

The weekly Ausable Chasm races give riders a chance to compete in a social, non cut throat setting.  “Camp used to bring campers to races about ten years ago,” said biking program director Blythe Czaja, “but interest waned for whatever reason.  So, we thought this would be a great way to re-introduce the kids to racing.”

The plan worked as the boys from Pok-O had a blast racing against riders from all over upstate New York. “It was Gucci,” raved June.  “It was my first time really mountain biking in the woods, and it was great!.”

The format of the event called for riders to pick their own trail loop – ranging from easy to difficult – with each loop having a point value.  In the end, Pok-O riders not only had fun, but did15BikeRaces01 very well competitively.  “There were a bunch of different trails, like ski trails, and we got second behind a team of pros,” boasted Lucien about the camper’s performance, as Pok-O finished just a few points out of the lead.

As a rule, mountain biking is tough work, with routes, hills, rocks and turns.  But, for the campers at Sunday’s races, the rewards were worth it.  “It was long and kind of hard.  Not too hard.  It was fun too,” reviewed Yuri.

“We actually earned some prize money (for camp), and got some soda,” said Matt. S.

“It was awesome,” added Lucien.  “I hope we have more trips like it in the future.”

(See mountain bike team photo and lineup HERE)



Pok-O-MacCready Camps
1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

[email protected]

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