Cross Mountain Crusher Gravel Grinder — a Fun Time for All
On Saturday, April 30, 88 cyclists partook in the first annual Cross Mountain Crusher, a rugged adventure traversing some of the Catskills most scenic roads and mountain passes. Known as a gravel grinder in the cycling community, this 55-mile non-competitive ride featured more than 5000′ in elevation gain and several miles of unpaved surfaces.
Participants remarked on the beauty of the route, the low amount of traffic, the contributions of volunteers, and the quality of the technical support and vendors. Riders also received a free day pass to the Catskill Recreation Center (CRC), while family members could enjoy the pool or gym at half-price.
Part of a larger collaborative effort between CRC and Overlook Mountain Bicycles (OMB) to increase awareness of the Catskill Region as a cycling destination, the Crusher supports CRC’s Youth Scholarship Fund. The fund provides area youth with cost-sensitive options to join the CRC and participate in its programming.
CRC and OMB would like to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers who helped make the event a great success. Sponsors include Energy Alternatives, Tanglewood Doors, Catskill Brewery, Zephyr Restaurant, Que Food Truck, Vly Mountain Spring Water, Clif Bar & Co., Argyle Farms, Wadler Brothers, Puffin Engineering/Metal Works, The Emerson, Herzog’s Home Center, Catskill Mountainkeeper, The Watershed Discovery Center, The Roxbury, and Kevin Smith.
We are also indebted to our all our enthusiastic volunteers, including the Arkville, Margaretville, Arena, Beaverkill, and Andes Fire Departments; the NYS Police; Margaretville Memorial Hospital; Cub Scout Pack 41;Tom Skeados; Aaron Gould, Pat Gonzalez; Mike Zirinski; Lou Capello; Glen, Sue and Randy Adams; Barbara and Justin Kolb; Phil Darmstadt, Melissa Gould; Tim Quilty; and Scott Gould. Staff from CRC and OMB were also indispensable to the day’s success.
While this difficult ride is geared toward expert cyclists, CRC and OMB also host the Catskill Mountain Cycling Challenge, which offers a range of scenic routes for cyclists of all levels. This year’s Cycling Challenge will be held Sunday, September 4, 2016 at CRC.
Some Shots of the Action
Thank you to Our Event Organizers & Sponsors