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The Orange County Country Roads 2017 Bike Tour

Sunday, Sep 17th

On Sunday, September 17, 2017, the Orange County Bicycle Club will be sponsoring it's “Ride with the Camels” Charity Bike Tour.  This beautiful late summer ride through scenic Orange County will benefit Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange & Sullivan, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, and The Sanctuary for Animals. You have the option to ride individually, or to join in a group ride led by an experienced Bike Club member on several distance courses of 10-, 25-, 45-, or 65-mile scenic rides.  This ride is fully supported by road marshals for safety, has well-stocked rest stops featuring home-baked goods, healthy snacks & beverages, and includes breakfast & lunch with a live band.  The pre-registration fee is $45 per person ($55 day of the event) and $10 for children under 12 ($15 day of the event).  All pre-registered adults will receive free socks designed for the event.  Register for the tour at www.ocbicycleclub.org, where more information is available.  Online registration closes at midnight on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  You may also register by contacting Kristin Jensen at 845-294-5124, ext. 303, or by e-mailing Kristin.Jensen@archny.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.


For those interested in Sponsorship can download the Sponsor Letter by clicking the link below




For Immediate Release                                                                      For more information, contact: Kristin Jensen
August 4, 2017                                                                                kristin.jensen@archny.org or 845.294.5124, x 303

Save-the-Date: Orange County Country Roads Ride with the Camels
Sunday, September 17 from Warwick Town Park

Charity Ride Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters, Catholic Charities, and Sanctuary for Animals


Goshen – The Orange County Bicycle Club’s annual Country Roads Bike Tour will be held Sunday, September 17, beginning and ending at Warwick Town Park. The charity bike tour, commonly known as “The Ride with the Camels,” will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan, and The Sanctuary for Animals, home to the tour’s camel friends.


The Country Roads tour offers participants four cycling routes – approximately 10, 25, 45, or 65 miles each. Riders have the option of riding individually at their own pace following marked and signed roads with accompanying cue sheets or riding in a group led by an experienced Orange County Bicycle Club member. The cost is $45 per adult rider for pre-registration, which includes a complimentary gift, and $10 for children under age 12. The cost for “day of event” registration is $55 per adult and $15 per child under 12 (gift not included for “day of” registrations). Online registration is open on the Orange County Bicycle Club’s website at www.ocbicycleclub.org/country-roads-bicycle-tour. The Tour is a rain or shine event; no refunds will be provided.


Tour day registration and check-in will open at 7:30 am. Recommended departure times are 8 am for the 65 mile route, 8:30 am for the 45 mile route, 10 am for the 25 mile route, and 10:30 am for the 10 mile route.


Registered riders will enjoy well-marked routes and SAG support will be available to assist riders as needed. Rest stops placed at reasonable intervals along each of the routes will include snacks, beverages, and bathroom facilities. Lunch and live music will be provided at Warwick Town Park following the ride.


“Catholic Charities is exceptionally grateful to the Orange County Bicycle Club for partnering with us again this year for the Ride with the Camels,” said Dr. Dean Scher, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan. “Each year, hundreds of cyclists ride through our beautiful Orange County countryside to raise funds for three community-based
non-profit organizations that provide much needed assistance to those in need.”


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The portion of the proceeds received by Catholic Charities will be used to support the agency’s anti-poverty programs, which include emergency food and shelter assistance, in both Orange and Sullivan Counties.





Who:  Orange County Bicycle Club’s charity bike tour benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters Orange County, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan, and The Sanctuary for Animals

What: Orange County Country Roads Bike Tour – the Ride with the Camels – 10, 25, 45, and 65 mile ride at your own pace bike routes through scenic Orange County countryside

When:  Sunday, September 17, check-in/registration opens at 7:30 am – all cyclists start no later than 10:30 am

Where: Warwick Town Park, 116 Union Corners Road, Warwick, NY

Cost: Adults - $45 for pre-registration, includes Tour gift, $55 “day of” registration, does not include gift. Children under 12 - $10 pre-registration, $15 “day of” registration, gift not included.


“If you love golf, there is no better event than the annual Catholic Charities golf outing at West Hills Country Club. It is a challenging golf course with amazing facilities, great food and lots of prizes. All the money raised from the event goes to support an organization that is working every day to improve the lives of the less fortunate in our community.”



Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan, as one of the human service agencies of Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of New York, is committed to building a compassionate and just society. Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan serves the homeless, the hungry, the emotionally and physically handicapped, as well as immigrants, and the marginalized and vulnerable of Orange and Sullivan Counties. Catholic Charities collaborates with parishes, Catholic and non-Catholic partners alike to help people of all religions who are in need. For more information, visit www.cccsos.org.


CUTLINE: Orange County Bicycle Club President Bill Stelz and Country Roads Committee Chair Peggy Cullen work hard to ensure a fun and successful event for the Tour’s hundreds of riders and the three charities that benefit from the proceeds of a great day.