NEW WINDSOR - Grab your mountain bike or hybrid and gear up to ride the rolling ridges, old country roads and forest trails of the Stewart State Forest on June 2 in the 20th Stewart State Forest Annual Bike Tour.

Stewart Park And Reserve Coalition (SPARC) has teamed up with the Wheel and Heel Bike Shop, Boy Scout Troop 125 and other area Scouts in presenting this iconic bike tour.

This scenic green oasis is just minutes from major highways, and is open for all levels of riders. The three levels of rides - 8.5 miles, 11 miles, and 19 miles - will be on well-marked trails and old country roads, and registered riders will be given maps for their ride.

On arrival participants can expect fruit, bagels, coffee and tea. If you are preregistered (deadline is May 20), expect a free wicking bike tour T-shirt compliments of Auto Graphix Plus. Get your bike a last-minute checkup by the staff of Wheel and Heel if you need it.

After the ride there’s lunch featuring hamburgers, locally baked pies, and ice cream. There will also be a mini massage to ease tired muscles, a silent auction for a new Trek mountain bike compliments of Wheel and Heel, and raffle items from event sponsors. There will be a nature table featuring birding and wild plant experts; and other user groups of the forest will have tables set up providing information about their groups, such as the Orange County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and the Rock Tavern Snowmobile Riders.

This bike tour helps support SPARC, which saved the 6,700-acre forest from development in 2005 and continues to be an active advocate for the forest.

Preregistration is $40 for adults, $15 for ages 8-14, and free for children under 8. Registration the day of the event is $45 for adults. Start time is 8:30 a.m. for advanced riders, and 9 a.m. for the family and intermediate level riders.

The start and staging location is on the Ridge Road State Forest Trail Head, .9 miles south of State Rt. 17K just over the I-84 overpass. There will be ample parking.

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