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2nd annual Adirondack Mountain Bike Festival welcomes hundreds

OLD FORGE, NY – Hundreds of mountain bikers are heading to Old Forge this weekend for the second annual Adirondack Mountain Bike Festival at McCauley Mountain.

Mother Nature cooperated, for the most part, Saturday as riders young and old came from all over the North East to take in the scenery, and this time of year with the cooler temperatures and the leaves changing color there certainly was a lot to offer.

In addition to the estimated 27 miles of trails for mountain bikers to explore, there was also live music, food, and plenty of vendors to talk shop about the latest models of mountain bikes.

The best part about the event, besides all the trails to choose from and the scenery, it was free.

“It’s a good vibe,” says Dakota Inman of Lake Placid who came to ride the trails. “We were on a group ride with about 30 strangers just having a good time bombing down the hill. Everyone is pretty nice here and just having a good time, especially this time of year you get the foliage and the woods that you don’t see from the side of the road”.

Gary Staab, director of the Central Adirondack Association, says the mountain bike trails at McCauley Mountain are definitely a boost for the Old Forge economy.

“People keep coming back, and in the process of coming back, the value that this event has then affects the economy”.

Organizers say they’re already making plans for next year’s event and that it will be bigger and better. Things kick off Sunday at 9 am with more live music and plenty of group rides for bikers to join and explore the trails.

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