KINGSTON, N.Y. -- More than 300 cyclists took to the streets of Ulster County for the eighth annual Tour de Kingston. This year features five rides -- ranging from a five-mile family ride to a 50-mile ride. New this year is the 16-mile road and rail trail that offers bikers both paved and unpaved terrain.
What started as small cycling event has grown into one of the largest biking and fundraising events in the region. Founder Allen Nace said the proceeds from the event go right back into the community.
"The money we bring in, we give out to bicycles or repairs, or helping somebody in the community with something positive. And we also give out scholarships to someone who is trying to make a difference. It's flexible, as long as it's something positive,” said Allen Nace, Tour de Kingston Founder and Organizer.
Nace adds that Tour de Kingston is made possible thanks to help from the whole community. The YMCA and Health Alliance Foundation are two of the largest sponsors.