Riders will set off from the brewery in staggered groups at about 10 a.m. Saturday, with the bulk crossing the finish line between 11:30 and noon, McCoy estimated. Greeting riders will be a live band, and the brewery’s cafe will be open for refreshments. Riders ages 21 and older will receive drink tickets for free beer, and awards will be given out to the top finishers for each race.
McCoy said the race draws riders from throughout the Northeast, with many locals participating as well.
“I’ve taken several phone calls from husbands who are going to race, and they want to know if there’s anything in the area for their wives to do, so of course we direct them toward Cooperstown,” McCoy said, noting that the race is a good draw to bring people to the area.
McCoy said he has been pleased by the response so far, and is looking forward to seeing Drops to Hops continue to grow in the years to come.
“The first year, we were both apprehensive; it’s my first bike race that I’ve directed, so I didn’t know what to expect. I knew the idea was cool, just from being hooked up with the brewery, but I’ve heard a lot of people say that 120 people for the first race is just about unheard of,” McCoy said. “And Ommegang is totally on board — it’s a great business to work.
McCoy said riders can expect a scenic and pleasant time on Saturday.
“I just drove the course again today, and the leaves ... are just coming into full,” McCoy noted. “And Saturday is supposed to be gorgeous weather.”
To register for Drops to Hops, or for more information,visit clarksportscenter.com/events/drops-to-hops/ or search for “Drops to Hops” on bikereg.com.