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Discover Hudson Valley Bike Ride Returns to Dutchess County on June 25, 2017

Bike New York presents its annual Discover Hudson Valley Bike Ride on Sunday, June 25, 2017. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out of the city and come explore the beautiful Hudson Valley region. If you’re not familiar with the Hudson Valley, you’re in for a real treat – from the beautiful Hudson River views, to the rolling countryside, to some challenging elevation gain, this ride is one to remember. And don’t get scared off by the landscape, as this ride has something for those of all athletic abilities. Whether you’re bringing the whole family into town or you’re signing up for a personal challenge, it’s a day to celebrate all riders!

The Discover Hudson Valley Bike Ride offers five different rides ranging from 15 to 100 miles, all centered around the Walkway Over the Hudson. At 1.25 miles long and 212 feet high, the Walkway Over the Hudson is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world and has become one of Dutchess County’s top attractions. A destination in itself, each rider will get the opportunity to cruise over the Walkway and enjoy its gorgeous panoramic views. And after the sweet views from the Walkway, you’ll get to gaze over the amazing pedestrian bridge as you complete your journey through Ulster County and return to Dutchess over the Mid-Hudson Bridge.

All riders will begin and end their cycling endeavor in Victor C. Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie. This location is super convenient seeing as it sits right next to the Metro-North train station, making it an easy spot for those traveling from New York City and Westchester County. Please do note that any rider traveling up on a Metro-North train will be required to have a bicycle permit. The process is simple and only costs $5, so if you plan on traveling by train, be aware of the permit needed.  

Although the ride begins in Poughkeepsie, and is centered around the Walkway Over the Hudson, depending on what mileage you’re doing, the ride highlights a number of different places in Dutchess County. The 33-mile ride will include the beautiful and historic Hyde Park, the 55-mile ride will head towards the peaceful town of Clinton, the 75-mile ride will continue into parts of picturesque Red Hook, and the challenging 100-mile century ride break through borders and head as far as Elizaville in Columbia County. The scenery is guaranteed to be breathtaking no matter what distance you take on.

Upon completion, everyone can enjoy BBQ-style concessions, homemade pies and lots of fun to celebrate the accomplishment! All participants will also receive a commemorative T-shirt. We can’t wait to welcome all of the riders into Dutchess County for this incredible experience. If you haven’t already, be sure to register for this year’s ride here.

For more information about this year’s Discover Hudson Valley Bike Ride, visit www.bike.nyc/events/discover-hudson-valley-ride

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