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The Tradition continues:
The Harlem Valley Rail Ride, formerly produced by Bike New York is being continued by The Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association together with Beth Katz and LOCAL GUY Bob (Bags) Bagomolny. We hope you will join us for the serene, inspirational tour de force that is nature!
As Event Managers, Beth Katz and Bob Bagomolny have developed and organized rides, ranging in size from 100 riders to 30,000. In the past they have worked with The Missing and Exploited Children Foundation, as well as The 100 Mile Man Foundation, planning and overseeing their "City to Sands" ride. This ride raised one million dollars for underprivileged children in New York City. The Jewish Board of Family and Children Services which raised nearly $500,000.00 for programs. Beth and Bob are accomplished cyclists themselves, and are certified as teachers by the League of American Cycling Instructors. In addition to the rides that they themselves designed, the pair have been called-in to make pre-existing events run smoother. For instance, The MS Walk, selected Bike New York events, and a host of specialized rides have all benefitted from Beth and Bob's management skills, increasing in efficiency and safety, as well as rider participation. Rider safety and support are a priority at all their events. And, by personally managing the ambiance of the ride, with theme-inspired rest-stops, they create a fun and rewarding experience for the riders, surpassing expectations left and right. In preparation for their events, Beth and Bob work closely with caterers, providing gastronomical surprises such as hummus, cheesecake, baklava, spinach pies, focaccia bread, watermelon triangles and ice cream. They are able to work within specific dietary guidelines, while still offering riders something interesting and tasty to snack on. Ultimately, the feeling of personal physical accomplishment, combined with the deep emotions that result in helping others--these are rewards in and of themselves. Beth and Bob are there to ensure that everything runs smoothly, and that riders have the support and encouragement to spin that extra mile.
A portion of your registration price will be donated to the HVRTA.Thank you, for your support of the rail trail.
The Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association (HVRTA) was founded in 1986 and incorporated in 1996. The trail is a joint effort between HVRTA, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, the New York State Department of Transportation, Dutchess County, the towns of North East and Amenia, and the village of Millerton.
The Harlem Valley Rail Trail, has two sections totaling 15 paved miles through stunning rural Dutchess and Columbia County landscapes. Since the mid-1980's, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association has dreamed of a 46-mile rail trail in the Harlem Valley and Taconic Hills of eastern New York. The first segment of the trail opened in 1996.
Since then, the trail has grown in 1997, 2000 and 2005. Another eight miles of abandoned rail bed are in the development stages, and most of another 23 miles have been acquired in Columbia County that will lead the trail north into the Village of Chatham.