To the editor:
I want to thank all who supported the Spafford Area Historical Society (SAHS) annual Giro of Otisco Lake Bike Race. The race was a tremendous success with 125 riders competing on a challenging course of 32 miles with three tough hill climbs. Expert riders had the option of doing the course twice. Racers praised the layout and marking of the course, the support vehicles, the food and the fun. Many said this is the best organized race on their circuit. For SAHS members and friends who guarded the corners and roadways, the bikers were very impressed and grateful for the best support team of any race they had run.
Eric Langford is the driving force behind this event and it grows bigger every year. Dr. Gianfranko Frittelli, who founded the race 12 years ago, was invited to help hand out awards. Marcellus Area Volunteer Ambulance Service provided EMT services that thankfully were not needed. National Grid loaned us safety cones and vests. Riders said our buffet provided by Chobani and Red Jacket Orchard was the best as we had no “junk food.” Thanks to those two companies for donating their products. Woolsports.com donated wool shirts for the first prize winners and prize money for all. Welch Allyn was our primary sponsor and other major supporters included Tessy Plastics, Vernak Farms Country Store and Compounding Pharmacy, Lakeview Auto and Marine, Community Bank, Mack Studios, Smiles of Skaneateles, Healing Meridians, Empower Federal Credit Union, Variety Studios and Wool Sports. Maxpower Cycling and USA Cycling supported this event and BikeReg handled registration.
The NYS Bicycle Racing Association officials present praised our whole operation. We plan to do it again next year and Eric predicts we will have even more riders, many of whom came from distant states including Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, etc. This is no longer a “local” event. As a result of the success of this event and the money we raised, SAHS plans to start the drainage project at Borodino Hall, another step in the restoration and preservation of this beautiful circa 1837 building.
Mary Bean, President
Spafford Area Historical Society