The Chain Stretcher 2010 Mountain Bike Race

When & Where

Sunday, September 12th at 8am

Blue Mountain Reservation


8:00 am-11:00 am

USA Cycling membership required— 1 day memberships available for Cat 3 and Cat 2 for $5

Register Early @ and Save $$$


Cat 3, Cat 2, Cat 1, Pro.

See for more detailed breakdown of classes and age categories. There’s a category and age group that will fit everyone!

Start Times and Entry Fees

  • Cat 3 at 9:00 am
    • $30.00 Juniors
    • $30.00 Seniors
  • Cat 2 at 10:30 am
    • $30.00 Juniors
    • $35.00 Seniors
  • Cat 1 and Cat 1/Pro Open at 1:00 pm
    • $35.00 Cat 1 and Cat 1/Pro Open


  • Cat 3 = 1 Laps
  • Cat 2= 2 Laps
  • Cat 1= 3 Laps
  • Cat 1/Pro Open = 3 laps

Each lap is approximately 7 miles long. Distances and laps may change due to course conditions.


  • Cat 3 – Medals!!!
  • Cat 2 – Medals and SWAG!!!
  • Cat 1 – Cash and SWAG!!!

This is a USAC Regulated Event


Rare Disease Fights the Odds Thanks to Westchester Cyclists

Contact: David Brenner

What do you do when your child has a life threatening illness yet no one has heard of it? When big bio-tech companies turn away as there is no profit to be made in helping your child? You get creative. Each fall for the past six years, a small yet highly motivated group of cyclists have toured the hills of Westchester to help a small yet highly motivating group of people afflicted with a rare genetic disorder. The event is the Tour de Foliage and it benefits the Dysautonomia Foundation, which funds research and treatment of familial dysautonomia, an exceedingly rare Jewish genetic disease that afflicts approximately 350 people worldwide. This year’s Tour de Foliage on September 12th will be the seventh time cyclists take to the scenic roads around Pace University in Pleasantville to make a real difference in the lives of the FD population.

FD is a disorder of the sensory and autonomic nervous systems, which control all the mechanical, automatic functions that keep our bodies functioning properly. Chewing and swallowing, digestion, pain and temperature sensation, balance, kidney functioning, blood pressure control and respiration are all dangerously compromised in FD.

Because the population is so small, FD families are challenged to fund treatment and research. The Dysautonomia Foundation was founded over 60 years ago just for that purpose. As a result, incredible gains have been made. Forty years ago, the Dysautonomia Center at NYU Langone Medical Center was established. Today it is comprised of a state of the art research lab, two endowed professorships and a medical team dedicated to treating and researching this rare disorder. A sister Center at Hadassah Hospital in Israel opened in 1980. Today, clinical trials are underway on a new compound that holds great promise as a potential therapy; through the Foundation’s efforts, this compound was identified, manufactured, and tested. Now, instead of dying in childhood, many patients with FD live well into their adult years.

The Tour de Foliage is one of a series of annual events the Foundation sponsors each year to raise vitally needed funds to keep the treatments and research going. Some riders are the mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and siblings of FD patients. Some are friends. Some are cyclists who appreciate the beauty of the ride and the unmatched spirit of the day. Everyone there makes a difference and every dollar raised goes towards helping FD patients live longer and better lives. The Tour de Foliage features 25 and 50 mile routes. Breakfast and lunch are served and all riders receive a Tour t-shirt and water bottle.

The 7th Annual FD Cycle Tour de Foliage is Sunday, Sept 12, 2010 (Rain or Shine) at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY and starts at 8am. There are 25 and 50 mile routes. Routes and more information can be found at

People For Bikes

Following is a message from Specialized president Mike Sinyard:

We are writing you from Specialized to ask for your help. Bikes Belong our cycling industry advocacy coalition, has created a new and important campaign to get more people on bikes and to get more support for cycling. is dedicated to channeling the passion for cycling to gather a million names of support, to speak as one, powerful voice to make cycling safer, more convenient and appealing for everyone.

Because of your commitment to cycling advocacy we wanted you to be among the first to join us in this great program. We are working with Bikes Belong to get more people to sign up for We believe that every additional name People for Bikes can gather, the closer we will be to a safer and more accessible cycling environment.

We applaud your cycling advocacy efforts to date and look forward to working with you as this year heads to the next.

Thank you for your help, support and commitment.

Yorktown's Patriot Skate Park Open For Bikes

Here you go kids – The Patriot Skate Park located on Underhill Ave in Yorktown is now open for bikes! Hours are limited to the following:

Bike-Only Hours

March 1 – November 1

  • Tuesdays: 12pm – 4pm
  • Thursdays: 6pm – dusk
  • Saturdays: 9am – 2pm
  • Sundays: 6pm – dusk

November 2 – February 28

  • Tuesdays: 2pm – 6pm
  • Thursdays: 12pm – 4pm
  • Saturdays: 9am – 1pm
  • Sundays: 12pm – 4pm

PLEASE NOTE: If there are no bikers present during the “bike only” hours, skaters can occupy the park and vice versa. As soon as the dedicated activity is present, the non-dedicated participants must leave.

Use of this park is free! Please abide by the posted hours and or leave when skaters are present during the skate only hours.

The park isn’t the greatest design for bikes but could provide some fun when the trails are unridable. Have fun!

WMBA Receives Voluntary Service Award

On Friday, June 11th the Westchester Mountain Bike Association will be recieving the VOLUNTARY SERVICE AWARD: ORGANIZATION presented by the Westchester Recreation and Parks Society (WRAPS) at their 53rd Annual Awards & Scholarship Luncheon.

To receive the Voluntary Service Award: Organization, the nominee shall be an orgainzation that has provided unselfish service on behalf of an institution, private or voluntary agency in Westchester County and in the interest or recreation, parks, conservation and other related services for at least five years in the program for which it is being cited since 2005. Cleary the WMBA meets the criteria and we should consider it an honor to be recognized by WRAPS and the County for what we do!

WMBA 15th Annual Fat Tire Festival at Blue Mountain Reservation

Mark your calendar now!!!

The Westchester Mountain Biking Association (WMBA), Westchester County NY’s mountain biking organization and advocacy group, is holding its Annual Fat Tire Festival from 10am – 4pm on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill, New York.

The Fat Tire Festival is an all-day event with lots of music, food and fun activities for the whole family. The annual festival is a great opportunity to spend a day outdoors and experience the world-renowned mountain bike trails at Blue Mountain Reservation, which was named the country’s “Best Hometown Trail” by Bike magazine in February 2009.

Events and activities include:

  • Live music all day from four great bands!
  • Festival activity zone with lots of food and fun!
  • Bike races for kids and teens!
  • Group rides around Blue Mountain’s trail network for MTBers of all levels!
  • Impressive skills competitions showcasing the area’s best bikers! (SKINNY CONTEST)
  • Poker Rally
  • Win tons of great prizes in the raffle!

The Fat Tire Festival is a celebration of mountain biking camaraderie. One and all are welcome to come out and spend a day riding some of the greatest trails in New York State. Organized group rides for all ability levels, lead by experienced local guides, will be leaving throughout the day to explore the trails. Watch and compete in the many skills competitions, including a wheelie contest, fast and slow races, and the infamous, crowd-pleasing “skinny skills” contest on an ultra-narrow, raised wooden obstacle course.

All Festival participants are eligible to join our Poker Rally to win great prizes. Our local bike shop sponsors, including Yorktown Cycles, Beacon Cycles, Hickory & Tweed, Down Cycles, Sierra Cycles, Danny’s Cycles and Briarcliff Bikeworks have donated many more prizes to be raffled off.

The Festival supports a great cause. A majority of the proceeds raised are donated to the Westchester County Friends of Parks. For 25 years the non-profit organization has worked to raise money to buy equipment, fund children’s programs, provide amenities and support the Westchester County Parks. Their vision is to keep the parks clean, green and growing. Come out and support a great cause, have some fun and give back to the Westchester County Parks.

About the WMBA
The WMBA is a grass-roots association that promotes mountain biking and offers leadership and organization to the mountain biking community in Westchester County. Founded in 1995 as the Cortlandt Area Bicycle Network (CABN), the organization’s name was later changed to reflect its county-wide focus. The WMBA works closely with the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation to maintain the area’s premier mountain biking trails. The WMBA also promotes trail advocacy, social interaction and group rides.