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2001 RACE CANCELLED DUE TO ATTACKS ON
THE WORLD TRADE CENTER

 

The above sculpture is "Bent Propeller" (also known as the WTC Stabile), by Alexander Calder. This piece was created in 1971 specifically for the World Trade Center as public art, and was displayed in front of the Vesey Street entrance when it originally opened, and was lost in the 2001 attacks. It has special meaning for our Event director, who greatly admired its sheer size (~ 30' tall), pop styling and unique color, and would affectionately refer to it as the "giant potato chip."

Before moving to the SARATOGA SPRINGS area in 1990, our Event director worked in NEW YORK CITY, and for a few years, lived in New Jersey. He usually rode into NYC over the GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE in the morning, then returned home in the evening via the PATH trains, which were located in the basement of the WTC.

On his way home most evenings, he would ride down West Broadway, cross Vesey Street, hop the curb, make a slight detour to his left, ride through the sculpture, dawdling inside for a moment to take it all in, then continue to the building's entrance to catch the PATH train. On days he took the train into NYC in the morning, he would make sure to ride or walk through the sculpture to get the day started on a good note.

About 30 percent of the sculpture survived the attacks, and its remains — four big pieces of steel, reportedly still bent (but probably not as Calder intended) and much darker in color due to the extreme heat it was exposed to — are currently part of the collection at the NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM.

The ADIRONDACK 540 is located about 250 miles north of NYC, and the third edition of the race was scheduled for September 14th, 2001, three days after the attacks on the WOLRD TRADE CENTER. Needless to say, the country was thrown into complete disarray and travel, especially in the NYC Metropolitan area, was brought to a virtual standstill. One rider was driving up from Florida when the attacks occurred, and could not get past the Washington, DC area, which was also attacked, and had to return home.

To complicate matters even more, the race's executive director, who had all of the entry forms and other necessary paperwork, lived three blocks from the WTC and had to evacuate the the area. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured, but was caught in the dust cloud that enveloped the area when the towers collapsed, and access to his apartment was almost immediately limited. Communication was another issue, and it took him more then a day and a half to reach the race director, who by that time feared the worst and had already cancelled the race.

But, just like the rest of the country, after we mourned our loses, we pressed onward. We donated the entry fees of pre-registered riders to a 9/11 fund and the ADIRONDACK 540 has gone on to become a well established fixture on the ultra cycling calendar. A MEMORIAL has been created on the footprint of the original towers and a NEW WOLRD TRADE CENTER opened in 2014, proving to the world that our resolve will never waver.


ADIRONDACK ULTRA CYCLING GENERAL INFORMATION

  • REGISTRATION GUIDELINES:

    • ALL RIDERS MUST PRE-REGISTER VIA BIKEREG.
    The deadline to register will be approximately 48 hours before the start of the event, unless otherwise stated. Same day and on-site registration is not available.

    • SAME DAY REGISTRATION IS NOT AVAILABLE & PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED.
    Our events will each have a field limit and once that limit is reached, no further entries will be accepted. Please refer to each event's ride info summary or visit BIKEREG for exact details.

    • ALL EVENTS ARE HELD RAIN OR SHINE AND ENTRY
    FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE AND NON TRANSFERABLE
    .
    If there is a chance of snow, ice or other dangerous conditions on our winter rides, they will be rescheduled or canceled. If that occurs and a rider can not make the new date, they will be given credit toward another ride.

    • MOTORIZED BICYCLES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO E-BIKES
    AND PEDAL ASSIST BICYCLES, AND PETS ARE PROHIBITED FROM OUR EVENTS
    .
    Riders arriving with a motorized bicycle or pet will not be permitted to participate in our events, will be asked to leave immediately, and no refund or credit will be issued.

  • COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES FOR RIDES:

    • Masks must be worn at all times when off the bike and if you can not maintain a 10' space between yourself and other riders and/or pedestrians while riding.

    • Access to the shop will be limited to one or two people at a time and an outdoor area with a Port-a-Pottie will be set up for riders to get ready and stock up on food, drinks and water.

    • Riders coming from another State must meet the NYS COVID-19 TRAVEL ADVISORY RESTRICTIONS, including testing and quarantining guidelines, and submit their test reults and proof of quarantine before they will be allowed to participate in one of our events.

    • If you can not or will not follow these guidelines, or if you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home, as you will not be allowed on our rides or into the store and will be asked to leave immediately.

  • All of our events start promptly and most start from the ADIRONDACK ULTRA CYCLING BIKE SHOP. Please arrive at least a half hour early to check in, get ready, receive last minute instructions and have your bike inspected. When arriving and departing, please be courteous, especially if it is early in the morning or late at night, as this is a mixed residential/business neighborhood. Please do not park in another business' lot or block a driveway or the street itself, otherwise your vehicle may be towed. The shop does not have a parking lot, but there is ample street parking in front of the shop and on adjacent streets. For travel directions and parking instructions, CLICK HERE.
  • The SHOP will be open before and after our events, in case anyone needs anything or forgot something, and if you would like us to service your bike for any of our events, CONTACT US to set up an appointment. We can usually accommodate riders on short notice, but a week's time frame is best.
  • Rider's times are recorded "door to door," with all rest breaks, rest stops, mechanical stops, delays, etc., included in your official finish time. The official event clock begins at the advertised start time, whether or not you are actually riding, and all finishing times are recorded when you check in with the official time keeper. If a rider dawdles at their car or changes or packs up before checking in, their time will reflect that, just as if you took a break in the middle of the ride.
  • ALL BICYCLES USED IN OUR EVENTS MUST BE POWERED SOLELY BY HUMAN FORCE.
    Motorized bicycles of any kind, including, but not limited to: e-bikes and pedal assist bicycles, are prohibited from our events. Riders arriving with a motorized bicycle will not be permitted to participate in the event, regardless of whether the motor is on or off or will/will not be used, and no refund will be issued.
  • PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT ANY OF OUR EVENTS.
    This includes those brought by riders, crews, friends, family, etc., regardless of whether they are leashed, carried in a bag or kennel, or kept in a car. Anyone arriving with a pet will be asked to leave and the associated rider may be disqualified, given a time penalty, and/or not permitted to participate in the event and no refund will be issued. Service animals as defined by Titles II and III of the ADA will be permitted in areas of our events where the general public is allowed. All service animals must comply with ADA requirements for handler's responsibilities and please be prepared to show your certification documentation. Please note that emotional support animals, comfort animals, therapy animals, etc., are not considered service animals under Titles II and III of the ADA and are not permitted at our events.
  • LIGHTS AND REFLECTIVE GEAR ARE REQUIRED TO BE USED FROM DUSK
    TO DAWN,
    WITH THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    FRONT: One 600 lumen minimum steady white light, attached to the bicycle. Please note that helmet mounted lights are not acceptable to meet our minimum requirements, but may be used as a supplemental light.

    REAR: Two 50 lumen minimum red lights, both attached to the bicycle. One is to be set to flashing, the other to steady.

    REFLECTIVE GEAR: A reflective sash, vest or jacket on the upper body. If a backpack is used, it must be reflective, have a reflective cover or not obscure the reflective sash, vest or jacket in any way. Reflective ankle bands, legwear near the ankle or footwear.

    OTHER LIGHTING NOTES:

      • Additional lighting and reflective gear is highly recommended and flashing lights, both front and rear, are also highly recommended for daytime use.

      • Make sure you have enough battery power to get through the entire night and/or ride, which will be between 2-40 hours.

      • Our lighting requirements supersede all other sanctioning organization's requirements.

      • If you have any questions about our lighting requirements, please CONTACT US before you register for any of our rides, especially if you have any issues with flashing lights, as we do not make exceptions to our requirements.

  • Drafting is allowed in all of our events and group riding is encouraged.
  • Helmets must be worn at all times while cycling.
  • All traffic laws, signals, signs, devices, etc., must be obeyed at all times.
  • All turns, stops, slow downs, etc., must be signaled and/or called out to other riders and other traffic.
  • Always ride with traffic, ride defensively, be aware of your surroundings, watch out for other traffic and never assume another vehicle will stop or yield.
  • Riders must get completely off the road when stopped.
  • Ride no more then 2 abreast and only when traffic permits. Single up when traffic approaches from the rear.
  • Keep as far to the right as safety permits and if there is a rideable shoulder you must use it.
  • Most of our routes are unmarked. Be prepared to navigate on your own and follow a cue sheet and/or GPS device. If relying on an electronic device for navigation, please make sure you have enough battery power for the entire ride, and be aware that in cold conditions and areas where there is low reception, batteries may drain at a much faster rate.
  • Most of our events are unsupported on the road, but we'll have pocket food at the start, as well as emergency sag, if necessary. on the road, but snacks and pocket food will be provided at the start and emergency sag, if necessary. To help you prepare, we've created a rider checklist. To view it, CLICK HERE. Be prepared to be self sufficient on the road, and/or use convenience stores to resupply.
  • Sanctioned events will have other rules and regulations specific to their governing organization. Please refer to each event's page for exact details.
  • Drug testing using WADA guidelines may be performed on any entrant up to 30 days before or after an event. In addition, any rider under suspension by any sports governing body is prohibited from entering our events.

PRIVACY STATEMENT: We do not share your personal information with any other person, club, event, business, organization, etc., without your consent, except as required to submit official results to sanctioning organizations.

If you have any questions, feel free to CONTACT US.

  

  

  

  

  

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