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Pro/Am Bicycle Race Returns To White Plains In June

Bicyclists will descend upon White Plains June 9 for the second annual KeyBank White Plains Downtown Criterium Bike Race.
Bicyclists will descend upon White Plains June 9 for the second annual KeyBank White Plains Downtown Criterium Bike Race. Photo Credit: File photo

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Hundreds of professional and amateur cyclists are expected for a bicycle race in downtown White Plains that will benefit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence/ Westchester Inc. (NCADD/Westchester).

The second annual KeyBank White Plains Downtown Criterium Bike Race is scheduled to return June 9. The race course will be the streets of White Plains closed to traffic. Last year’s race was the first pro/am bike race in White Plains in 25 years and attracted cyclists from nine states, Joe Markey, the race promoter, said in a statement.

“We are very pleased to be able to team with the NCAAD again,” he said in the statement. “The decision to move ahead for a second year was an easy one based on the very positive feedback last year from the City of White Plains, the downtown business community, sponsors and most importantly the racers.”

The NCADD/Westchester , based in White Plains, strives to educate the public on alcoholism and chemical dependency. All excess proceeds from the race will benefit the NCADD, which hopes to grow its new elementary school program with the funds, Joan Bonsignore, executive director of NCADD/Westchester, said in the statement.

“Every family is affected by substance abuse and addictions,” she said. “Life skills teaching programs such as ours, have received the highest rating from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. By supporting the Council you are partnering with us and helping to improve the quality of life for thousands of Westchester families.”

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