Tour of the Battenkill

 
 

My first adventure with Specialized took me to Cambridge, NY for the Tour of the Battenkill. Battenkill is a brutal 64 mile road race through the hills of upstate New York and is considered one of the most difficult road races in the states. Throw in some dirt roads, near freezing temperature, and a few rouge snowflakes and you have yourself a real sufferfest. Ally Stacher of the super-bad-ass Team Specialized Lululemon was there and after riding off the front with Fortin Veronique of Pasta-Zara for 62 miles she took home second place and a jug of chocolate milk. Ally said it was one of the hardest races she has ever done, and this girl has done some gnarly racing in Europe! While the 2,000+ riders were out destroying themselves I huddled around a propane heater and chatted with people about bikes. It’s what I do best.

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