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The 2024 Chain Stretcher Mountain Biking Race & Festival is coming to Blue Mountain Reservation

Photo credit: Westchester Mountain Biking Association Facebook Page

Bikers from across the state and beyond, will gather at Blue Mountain Reservation this Sunday, June 9th from 8am-5pm to participate in the 2024 Chain Stretcher MTB Festival: XC & Enduro MTB Race and Festival. This event “celebrating mountain bikes and riding amazing trails” will include a series of races as part of the NYS MTB Series. Racing options will cater to all racing levels and lengths – from 6 miles to 12 miles and beyond. The 2024 Chain Stretcher Mountain Biking Race & Festival is brought to the City of Peekskill, Town of Cortlandt, and Westchester County by The Westchester Mountain Bike Association (WMBA).

In the past, the WMBA would hold two separate annual events: The Chainstretcher Race and The Fat Tire Festival. This year, the organization is combining both events into a single epic festival.

“We’re looking forward to a day of family fun, celebrating a sport that promotes health, community, and appreciation for nature. We’re also grateful to so many local businesses who are participating and sponsoring. We invite everyone from Westchester and beyond to join us in shredding some gnar!” said Ben Lewinter, WMBA Membership Chair

In addition to the races, kids race and group rides, bikers and attendees alike can attend the festival which will include food trucks, food and beer vendors, local bike shops, demos, raffles, games, prizes, and more. Food and drink vendors will include Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Sing Sing Kill Brewery, Gleason’s Pizza, Octavio’s Food Truck, The Blue Pig, Smok’d Chicken and First Village Coffee. It will be fun for the whole family.

Registration for Sunday’s race is highly recommended. Racers can show up and register for an event on Sunday, but will cost more. Admission prices for the festival is $10 and cost for each race varies. Generally, races costs between $25-$50 for the Enduro, a 5-stage race, XC – Short (6 miles) for Beginners , XC – Long (12 miles) for Intermediate riders, and Epic (25+ miles) for the Pro’s & Experts races. The Omnium (XC Long + Enduro) is for the truly dedicated racers and has too many miles to count. This specific race is $75 and competitors will race the 2 lap XC course in the morning, have time for a small break, then the 5 stage Enduro race. The best cumulative time wins. Children under 12 years old are free to enter with prizes! Non-Racer festival pass which includes access to the infield with food trucks, bike vendors, demo bikes and organized group rides is $10. To register to head to: However, if you are a current member or become a member of the WMBA for $39, admission to the festival is free. Don’t forget Westchester County imposes a $10-15 parking fee that is cash only to park all cars in Westchester County Parks. 

Photo credit: Westchester Mountain Biking Association Facebook Page

Whichever you choose, or even choose to become a volunteer, visit Blue Mountain for a day of celebrating mountain bikes and riding amazing trails. Brought to you by the Westchester Mountain Bike Association.  

Tentative Schedule for the day

8:00am: Festival Opens

9:00am: Epic and XC Racing Starts

11:30am: Enduro Races Start

12:00pm: Group Rides Kick Off

1:00pm: Beer Garden Opens

2:00pm: Fun & Games

5:00pm: Closing Ceremonies

The Westchester Mountain Biking Association (WMBA) is dedicated to promoting the recreational use of mountain bikes on trails in a safe and environmentally sound manner. The MTB community in Westchester dates back to the 90’s and has been going strong ever since.

WMBA maintains trails throughout Westchester County, including trail maintenance and improvements in Blue Mountain Reservation, Graham Hills Park, Sprain Ridge Park, and trails in Yorktown Heights.For more information, check out The Westchester Mountain Bike Association (WMBA) website, Facebook page and Instagram account.


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About the Contributor
Dave Mueller
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]