Bike road racing is an expensive sport typically associated with prep schools. But, on a May afternoon, a North Country school is challenging that tradition as bike racers from around the state wheel away from Profile School in Bethlehem.
Soon they are huffing and puffing with youthful grit up Route 117 into Sugar Hill.
It is a long climb.
And it is only going to get worse.
At Blake Road they take a sharp right. Then, as the corner unfolds they see another hill so steep it looks like somebody painted a road on a wall.