Schroon Lake to host memorial bicycle tour

SCHROON LAKE - The third annual 1-Eye Classic will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19, in the Schroon Lake Park by the town beach in front of the hockey rink.

The bicycle tour event starts at 8 a.m. and runs to 2 p.m.

The event is in memory of Lance Gregson, who was an avid cyclist, riding in many local cycling events and raising money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis through cycling events.

"This event honors Lance Gregson's spirit of fun, love of cycling and concern for others," said Roger Friedman, an organizer. "Its purpose is to highlight the many biking opportunities available in this area. Proceeds will go toward promoting cycling opportunities in the Schroon Lake area."

Various loops are available, geared for riders of all levels.

The Easy Does It ride is a 3-8 mile loop that leaves at 11 a.m.

There are two Scenic Routes that leave at 10:30 a.m. Each is 11-15 miles. Directions for each loop will be provided.

Two rides will leave at 9:45 a.m. - a 24.9 mile loop up Hoffman Road into Irishtown and Lance's Loop, which goes around Schroon Lake (26 miles).

The Cyclist's Dream Loop, a 56-mile ride that goes into Blue Ridge and back, leaves at 8 a.m.

Riders are free to explore routes on their own or ride with a group. All riders must wear a helmet, register and sign a waiver form.

At noon, riders and non-riders will gather for a picnic and potluck dinner. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish. Pizza, hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and drinks are provided. Cost is $5 for lunch for people who bring a potluck dish, $10 for lunch for others.

The Gregson Brothers will provide music.

1 Eye Classic T-shirts will be for sale. Raffle prizes have been donated by Rick's Bike Shop in Glens Falls and Leepoff Cycles of Keene Valley.

Bikes can be rented at the Hiker's Hut on Main Street in Schroon Lake.

Registration forms and more information can be found online at www.schroonlakecycling.com, at Friedman Realty on Main Street in Schroon Lake (532-7400) or by calling Anne Gregson at 532-9479.

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