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 John Kucko: Little Mill Creek in Wayland, NY

Steuben Brewing Company Launches Gravel Bike Race

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Register to compete or just ride for joy in this inaugural event

HAMMONDSPORT, NY – Keuka Lake offers the perfect cocktail for a fantastic bicycle event: endless miles of low-traffic dirt roads, vistas of the lake and its rolling vineyards, local craft beer, and a rich history of cycling enthusiasm. 

Beginning and ending at Steuben Brewing Company, The Keuka Lake Gravel Classic will host hundreds of riders from all over the country as they traverse challenging and scenic dirt roads, before celebrating the ride with food, live music, craft beer, prizes, and a kids’ course.

“This event brings more recognition to the area as being a beautiful place to ride bicycles and hopefully inspires others to enjoy the outdoors,” said Steuben Brewing Company Owner, Chad Zimar. “With the winning combination of the Finger Lakes natural beauty, agritourism, budding craft beer scene, and amazing gravel roads, we hope this race grows to be a premier race for years to come.” 

With course options of 25 and 50 miles, and 10 different competitive fields to choose from, some riders will compete to win prize money while others will look to ride with friends as they conquer the course. 

“This event isn’t just for competitive cyclists,” said Event Director Blaine Mays. “All levels of riders are welcome.”

While this is a first-year event, hosting cyclists is an important staple of the regional culture.

“We have established our own active cycling club called Pedal For Pilsners, and everyone really enjoys the social aspect cycling brings on those rides,” said Zimar.

“We have the luxury of riding these hills and epic gravel roads year round and thought ‘how do we find a fun way to share this with everyone?’” added Mays. 

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