More than 500 cyclists participate in Orange County's Farm to Fork Fondo


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  • Photos by Roger Gavan At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26, more than 500 cyclists from more than 25 states, Canada and Japan lined up at Pennings Cidery




  • The rides throughout Orange County as far as Otisville and back ranged from a 10-mile family-friendly "Ramble Ride," to a grueling 87-mile "Gran Fondo."




  • Shown here are members of the NYC Bicycle Team.




  • A welcome stop for ice cream at the Bellvale Creamery atop Mt. Peter awaited riders after a strenuous and challenging steep climb on Kane Road.




  • Manhattan resident Paul Verciglio take a break at the Bellvale Creamery.




  • These riders are on Baird's Lane in Warwick.




WARWICK — On Thursday, June 23, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus joined representatives of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce, Wrenegade Sports, volunteer teams and members of the Pennings family at Pennings Farm Cidery in Warwick to announce the upcoming Farm to Fork Fondo bicycle tour event.

Neuhaus explained that the "Farm to Fork Fondo" would highlight Orange County's distinctive agriculture with locally sourced pre- and post-meals and mid-ride aid stations hosted by working farms.

Economic benefits

The inaugural event, held at Cedar Lakes Estate in Greenville last June, for example, attracted 462 participants from 21 states and three countries, generating an estimated $140,000 of economic revenue for the county.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26, more than 500 cyclists from more than 25 states, Canada and Japan headed off from Pennings Farm and Cidery in ride distance options for cyclists of all abilities.

The rides throughout Orange County as far as Otisville and back ranged from a 10-mile family-friendly "Ramble Ride," to a grueling 87-mile "Gran Fondo."

The later included a welcome stop for ice cream at the Bellvale Creamery atop Mt. Peter after a strenuous and challenging steep climb on Kane Road.

After that it was mostly downhill and back to Pennings Cidery for refreshments and a celebration including cold glasses of cider. The riders also voted for their favorite team.

$3,018 in donations

The event generated $3,018 in donations to the four participating teams: They included first-place winner Team Orange in support of Sanctuary for Animals followed by Team Blue to benefit the Vernon Woman's Club, Team Red for the Warwick Historical Society and Team Green for the Orange County Land Trust.

The Farm to Fork Fondo series is supported by New Holland Agriculture, Colavita USA, Bianchi Bicycles and other local and national-level sponsors.

The series also includes events in Vermont, Pennsylvania Dutch country and Maine, all organized by Wrenegade Sports.

- Roger Gavan








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