Cycling Classic Draws 366 Racers
More than 350 cyclists swarmed Cold Spring, downtown streets were thronged and this year’s Putnam Cycling Classic drew hundreds of new visitors to Putnam County.
Racing on two courses, a short and long one, that wound throughout Putnam County’s hills and valleys, cyclists started from the Bandstand about 10:30 a.m., wound their way to Main Street, and then climbed to Route 9D/Chestnut, turning and heading toward Garrison. The race proceeded under heavy security, perhaps a nod to the recent events in Boston, and with few issues. Race organizer John Eustice wrapped things up during an awards ceremony at day's end, at St. Mary's, noting the course, the tenacity of the winners, and particularly the skill of the men's winner in the 79-mile course, Scottie Weiss.
There were some injuries. According to Putnam's Director of Emergency Medicine Robert Cuomo, 13 cyclists suffered injuries during the race - -three were taken to area hospitals while the others were treated at the scene for a variety of abraisons, contusions, bumps and bruises by EMS personnel from Brewster to Garrison.
And one racer told the PCN&R and Courier he’d gotten lost on the course due to markings (Eustice said the course was well-marked, but said cyclists also needed to pay attention and review maps.)
But, as the race was designed, those who crashed were given first aid and, if they needed, new bike wheels and were on their way again. Support vehicles, including both medical aid and spare equipment, followed racers. Eight to 10 motorcycles that tracked the racers each carried at least two bike wheels, too.
Scottie Weiss of Radford, Va, won the long course, traveling almost 80 miles in 3 hours, 26 minutes and 55 seconds.
The race was timed via chips on each racer’s bike. Technical advances in play were substantial; every cyclist will be able to see a 10-second video of their finish at Putnamcycling.com
Racers, including Philipstown Supervisor Richard Shea, said it was a perfect day for the race. Many noted the extensive elevation changes. The race covered most of Putnam County, reaching into Putnam Valley, Patterson and Brewster, as well as around Cold Spring.
The day ended with a meal at St. Mary’s in Cold Spring for racers. The Classic coincided with a two-day Pedal Into Spring festival organized by the Chamber.
The PCN&R and Courier were sponsors, for the second year, of the Classic.
More photos and additional reports in Wednesday’s special edition of the PCN&R and Thursday's Courier. See the online gallery HERE