Tour of the Battenkill Cycling Race

February 5th, 2008 by reynolds

February 4, 2008
Salem, NY – Organizers of the 2008 Tour of the Battenkill ( are proud to announce that the total number of registrants for the 2008 race in Salem, NY has reached 1,000 with more than 10 weeks to go. Already the largest Pro/Am race on the East Coast in 2007, the race is now primed to approach 1500 racers by race day, April 19. Hosted by local Junior’s cycling team Farm Team Cycling of Cambridge ( in cooperation with the Towns & Villages of the Battenkill Valley (, the Tour of the Battenkill is in only it’s 4th year, but drew from more than 25 States and Canada in 2007. Proceeds from the event will benefit Farm Team Cycling and the Public Libraries of Southern Washington County, NY.
The race organizers are also proud to announce sponsors for the 2008 event. Glens Falls National Bank has signed on as a major sponsor and will be providing commemorative wristbands for racers and spectators who will receive discounts from area businesses supporting the event.
“We’re excited to take part in the race this year”, said Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Company Regional Manager Rich Norman. “Cycling has become an important part of our community here and in the region, and with so many of our customers participating in the sport we felt it was a great opportunity to contribute to the success of the event.”
Other major sponsors include Greenwich, NY real estate office, Reynolds Real Estate, Glens Falls Hospital (, Trade Manage Capital (, Cabot of Vermont (, Echappe Equipment (, Hannaford Supermarkets ( and Whalen Chevrolet of Greenwich ( Many sponsorship spots are still available. Contact for details.
The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a race expo at the finish line again this year and is currently accepting vendor applications. The event will be held at the White Presbyterian Church on West Broadway in Salem. Vendors will be outside (rain or shine), in the front church yard near the start/finish line. Vendor space is expected to be in high demand – please reserve your space soon. Several food vendors and cycling-related have already confirmed. Contact Jessica Corey of the Salem Chamber at 518-854-7971 or for information.
The Tour of the Battenkill is a one-of-a-kind cycling event in the U.S.A. Originally fashioned after the early spring classic cycling races in Northern Europe such as the 100 year-old Paris-Roubaix, the race features rolling countryside, covered bridges, long stretches of unpaved roads, and direct passes through the villages and hamlets of Southern Washington County, NY including Salem, Cambridge, and Greenwich. Amateurs & professional women in 13 different classes & age groups will compete over a 55 mile route. Professional and elite amateur men will race over an extended 82 mile course. All races start and finish on West Broadway in Salem. Races begin at 9 AM on April 19.
Volunteers are needed for the safe and successful operation of the event. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Christine Hoffer at 518-677-5741 or if you are interested in taking part.

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