Putnam Cycling Classic begins with Ridge Hill family day

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The Ridge Hill Putnam Cycling Classic in Cold Spring will kick off this year with a family bike event on April 21 at Ridge Hill in Yonkers.

Parents can bring the kids and their bikes or shop for new bikes for the family while participating in fun cycling activities at a free "Family Bike Day!" at Ridge Hill. The event features children's bike sprint races, helmet fittings and safe riding lessons for kids from professional cyclists along with other fun family activities.

"This is a great opportunity for parents to bring their children, even first-time riders, to learn the proper way to ride, all under the supervision of some of the most experienced cyclists in the region," John Eustice, event director of the Ridge Hill Putnam Cycling Classic, said in a news release.

The classic starts and finishes in Cold Spring and will be held on May 5. It will feature a 79.6-mile ride with 1,991 feet of climbing, and a 37-mile ride with 900 feet of climbing. Both rides will be fully serviced with technical support, feed zones, broom wagons and chip timing.

The cycling event is a stop on the UCI World Cycling Tour, a series of timed, Gran Fondo-style mass participation rides held on five continents. The Ridge Hill Putnam Cycling Classic also serves as the American qualifying event for the Masters World Cycling Championships, which will be held in Trento, Italy.

"We are so excited by this tremendous growth of the Classic" Libby Pataki, Putnam County's tourism director, said in the news release. "With Westchester's Ridge Hill and its family-friendly restaurants and stores and status as a regional outdoor sports retail center, we have the perfect partner to help propel the event to an entirely new level."

Ridge Hill is located at 1 Ridge Hill Road in Yonkers. Tickets for Metro-North's "Putnam Classic Express" are available along with event registration on BikeReg.com. For more information, please go to www.putnamcycling.com.

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