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The 506 entries in last year's Black Fly Challenge are shown in Inlet's Arrowhead Park just before the race started. (Photo/Carolyn Belknap)


Mt. bike race will be a black fly affair

Friday, May 24, 2013 - Updated: 10:12 PM

INDIAN LAKE - The18th Annual Black Fly Challenge Adirondack Mountain Bike Race, presented by Mountainman Outdoor Supply, will start in Indian Lake at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8.

Racers will compete for a share of the biggest purse in race history - over $8,200 - for competitors in 31 different categories and age classes.

The finish line will be at Inlet's Fern Park, which will open at noon with live music, a beer garden, food by Inlet Volunteer Emergency Services, sponsors, vendors and awards.

Over half the 40-mile race goes through the wild and scenic Moose River Recreation Area with a mix of bicycles found nowhere else: mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes, tandems, even unicycles and a triplet bike have completed the race.

The 2012 Black Fly Challenge (a.k.a. BFC) set records for most entries (506) and most finishers (459) as well as new records for both women's and men's fastest finishing times by Ruth Sherman of Spencer and Cory Burns of Watertown.

The BFC has become an annual ritual for many cycling enthusiasts in the Eastern United States and beyond with entries from as far away as Colorado. Some call it 'the Adirondacks' Greatest Race,' and deservedly so.

The Black Fly Challenge has grown from a regional cycling event to the biggest bike race and one of the largest sporting events in the Adirondack Park, attracting thousands of people to the mountain towns of Inlet and Indian Lake for what is certainly one of the most unique bike races in existence.

For registration and more information visit or email to

Adirondack Special Events and the Adirondack Mountain Bike Association produce the Black Fly Challenge.


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