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Gearing Up for Winter Cycling

Competitive cyclist Bruce Beauharnois wakes up with the sun rising over the sailboats as he gets ready for his 6 a.m. ride. In that moment, it is all about racing hard to get the most adrenaline out of the ride. When Beauharnois is looking for some gear, he heads to Maui North Ski, Bike & Board Co., a shop best known for its ski and snowboard equipment. Beauharnois, who’s been racing since 2008, has been shopping at Maui North since the 1980s. “It has been revitalized a little bit, and they have seemed to be really taking an interest in…

Maui North

Competitive cyclist Bruce Beauharnois wakes up with the sun rising over the sailboats as he gets ready for his 6 a.m. ride.

In that moment, it is all about racing hard to get the most adrenaline out of the ride. When Beauharnois is looking for some gear, he heads to Maui North Ski, Bike & Board Co., a shop best known for its ski and snowboard equipment. Beauharnois, who’s been racing since 2008, has been shopping at Maui North since the 1980s.

“It has been revitalized a little bit, and they have seemed to be really taking an interest in the local bike scene,” Beauharnois says.

Visitors can’t miss the huge “Maui North” sign that hangs outside the downtown Plattsburgh store. The equipment’s popping colors that shine through the windows make the store even harder to miss.

Celebrating their first year with the store, new owners Kim and Dennis Manion could not be more dedicated to the growth of Maui North. Kim and Dennis bring their experience with cycling and their life-long passion for skiing to the Maui North team.

Maui North is partnering with the community to promote bike culture in the area. It’s even the new headquarters for the Adirondack Cycling Team, a member-based group that promotes cycling in the Adirondacks through scheduled bike rides.

Maui North also supports the Chasm Riders at Ausable Chasm, New York, located just a few miles south of Plattsburgh, where experienced racers can enjoy a mountain bike race series during the summer.

Until then, Kim is focusing on a program she’s starting this winter called Women on Wheels, which will promote a Monday night women’s ride for women of all skill levels. The program will involve spinning at various locations, including the YMCA, Wellness Center at Parc and Eclipse, and then outside once spring rolls around.

“We’ll track participants’ progress and perhaps even have a wee bit of competition,” Kim says.

For those interested in muddy spring biking, Maui North offers a full-service bike shop with brands like the Gary Fisher Collection, Trek, and Cannondale.

“In Plattsburgh right now if you are a racer, that is the store you go to because they have the best mechanic around,” Beauharnois says. “And if you have a race bike, you don’t bring it to anybody but Maui.”

Michael McDonald, another Maui North customer, agrees that the mechanic in the bike shop is helpful when fitting and explaining the bikes. Once the perfect bike is found, bikers can check out these local trails:

  • Blue Trails, Plattsburgh: These woody trails are behind Plattsburgh State’s Fieldhouse. Be on the lookout for downed trees as conditions aren’t as well-maintained in this area. Eli Glesman, a local mountain biker, says bikers can do a loop up the Saranac River and then back down on the other side down to South Plattsburgh.
  • Cadyville Trail, New York: It starts at the Cadyville Recreation Park, about a 15-minute drive from Plattsburgh. “It’s a really twisty, flowy single track, designed to be a single speed course,” Glesman says.
  • Hardy Road, Wilmington: About 10 miles of trail lie less than an hour from Plattsburgh. “Hardy is all single track and super flowy with long climbs and fun descents,” Glesman says. “It also has a technical side with a ton of boulders and rock slabs, and optional rock drops.”

Issue 4: Winter/Spring 2014

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