Adirondack Bike Ranch off to a good start

WEST CHAZY - Despite dealing with heavy bouts of rain during two grand openings, the Adirondack Bike Ranch still gets the mountain bikers to come out and trudge through.

The ABR, a new trail system that was the brainchild of Paul Maggy, had their first grand opening April 18, which brought nearly 40 people out to enjoy the miles of trails created by Maggy and many volunteers. Due to rain, the party ended early, but many returned May 9 to enjoy a second grand opening and the beginning of the race series planned throughout the summer. However, rain still had to make its appearance.

"Saturday, again the weather wasn't very good but we did get a pretty good turnout," said Maggy.

"We race in the rain ... mountain biking is about getting dirty," Maggy added. "That's just part of it. Dirt, mud and fun."

Since the first grand opening, ABR has been taking strides to be as professional as possible and keep building in numbers.

"A new, very interactive Web site with a forum and everything so people can rattle out what they want to see out here, where they want to meet, what days they want trail riding, stuff like that," explained Maggy, who said the ranch aims to draw people from other areas. "We want to make this a destination for a mountain bike vacation, so we need to look professional, be professional, act professional."

Following last Saturday's event - which consisted of advanced and beginner races for men and women and a special race for kids - bikers stayed to talk about the trail system and what they hope to see in the future.

"That was just kind of a [Northern Adirondack Mountain Bike Association} appreciation time after the race," said Maggy, who solicited feedback from riders. "It was just for us to get to know all the members."

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