First Putnam Cycling Classic Races through Cold Spring
Just before 9:40 a.m. Sunday, the inaugural Putnam Cycling Classic kicked off on Main Street. So eager were the racers to get going, in fact, that some got ahead of the pace car, which shortly made it back to the front of the pack.
Chestnut Street, the Haldane parking area by the ball fields, and other streets were jammed, with many cars bearing cycle racks. Cyclists registered in front of Cathryn's Tuscan Grill, before heading up Main Street for the race opening. A transponder on each cyclist's shoe tracked the time as they passed the start line, and again at the finish line. Cathryn's then provided the after-race meal. Some cyclists stayed and explored Cold Spring, others departed more rapidly. A number took a Hudson Line train to the race; organizers had developed a joint program with Metro-North to make transit easy.
There was some grumbling among Cold Spring merchants and businesses as to whether enough had been done to clearly indicate detours and alternate parking, given that Main Street was blocked off. However, others said an event like this required that everyone put on their best chamber-of-commerce, friendly face, regardless of occasional difficulty.
Watch for full details and additional photos in this week's PCN&R.