Spent the Memorial Day weekend in the Saratoga Springs area, riding with the Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club (webmhcc.org).
We started the weekend off with a 24-mile warm-up ride around Saratoga Lake.
On Saturday and Sunday, we road with MHCC’s B group, which means I was able to hang with them for oh, about two or three miles before they disappeared over a hilltop. Luckily their ride leaders circled back to make sure we stayed on the cue sheets.
I did two longer rides with the club – a 46-miler across Stewart’s Dam on the Sacandaga River and then on to Lake Luzerne; and a 38-miler to the Saratoga Battlefield.
The battlefield ride is one of my favorites — it includes a 10-mile rolling loop through the historic site and past a series of gorgeous overlooks (nps.gov/sara/). You can stop and tour, or do what we usually do – sprint the whole way.
Getting back from a tough ride through the Adirondacks and soaking in a mineral spa –now, that’s what I call a holiday.
Saratoga’s a great town to hang out in – as long as it’s not horse racing season (August). There are a couple of bike shops, and plenty to do besides riding: the famous springs and spas, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Yaddo, and lots of pricey dining and shopping.