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Cycling event to remember rider

SCHROON LAKE Nearly a year after his death, Lance Gregson will be remembered with a bicycle ride and picnic. Gregson, 43, a Schroon Lake bike enthusiast, died Oct. 31, 2008, after a fall while building a stone chimney on a house in Warrensburg. The Lance Gregson 1-Eye Classic will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, in the town park in Schroon Lake. Events will include a 26-mile bike ride beginning at 9 a.m., an 11-mile ride starting at 10:30 a.m., a 3-mile ride beginning at 11 a.m., a picnic at noon and a bike rodeo at 1 p.m. All riders must wear helmets. Music will be provided the Gregson Brothers. Riders will receive T-shirts and there will be raffles. The picnic will include hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and drinks provided by organizers. People are also asked to bring a dish to share. The cost is $25 to ride and have the picnic; $10 for children age 12 and younger accompanied by an adult. The cost for just the picnic is $8. We miss Lance somethin fierce, reads a statement from the Lance Gregson Foundation. To honor Lances spirit of fun, love of cycling and concern for others, the 1-Eye Classic was born. This years goal is to highlight the many biking opportunities in our own backyard and to explore the possibility of a local cycling club. For information contact Darlene Gregson, foundation treasurer, at PO Box 61, Schroon Lake 12870. Gregson was an avid cyclist, competing in many races and riding to raise money to fight cancer and cystic fibrosis. He rode with Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong on several occasions. Gregson was a self-employed stone mason who designed and built unique stone fireplaces. He was also a life coach. Gregsons wife, Anne, is an art teacher at Schroon Lake Central School. Family members are well-known musicians, artisans and craftspeople in the region.

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