Select board members greenlight Rasputitsa

After a year removed due to COVID concerns, select board members were quick to greenlight Rasputitsa, the large cycling event for this year during their meeting on Monday. “That was one of the easiest board requests I’ve ever made,” said Anthony Moccia, co-organizer of Rasputitsa, who went before the board on Monday and in the span of about two minutes secured the blessing of the three board members to move forward with the event scheduled for April 30. Rasputitsa, a Russian word that roughly translates to mud season, is a grueling bicycle race event that began in 2014. That first year it was held in Newport and there were 350 riders. Then it moved to Burke Mountain and grew into a weekend-long event, drawing many participants. The last year it was held in 2019 there were 1,500 entries. Plans were already in motion for the 2020 event when the pandemic arrived in March that year, forcing the cancellation of the race.  Chris Emmons, select board chair, said at the time, “If things are the way they are now it would not be the responsible thing to do to bring that many people together in our town.“  On Monday, Emmons gave immediate support for a return of the Rasputitsa, as did fellow board members Ford Hubbard and Joe Allard. Burke Mountain is ready to host the weekend event. Registration will be at the hotel and the race will start and end at the mountain. The racing will take place on roads in Burke and Newark.

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