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Columbia County man beats record time for biking Erie Canalway Trail

Sam Hesler
Updated: May 14, 2021 01:14 PM
Created: May 14, 2021 01:14 PM

A Columbia County man and veteran has beaten the cycling record time for completing the Erie Canalway Trail, which spans from Buffalo to Albany.

When Michael Molinski crossed the virtual finish line in Albany, he cut the record by more than half, biking 360 miles from Buffalo to

Albany in 31 hours and 15 minutes, only stopping for a few minutes at a time to eat.

When the photographer's business took a hit because of the pandemic, he decided to achieve the longtime goal, and raise money for a scholarship fund he created to help students interested in pursuing athletics and art.

Molinski, who served in the Marines, previously cycled from New York City to Canada. For this ride, he had a goal of beating the previous record time on the Erie Canalway Trail, doing so by more than half.

After training for just 90 days, Molinski set out on May 1, pedal stroke by pedal stroke, traveling 360 miles in 31 hours and 15 minutes.

He carried his own supplies and only stopped for a few minutes at a time to eat something.

The help of good Samaritans giving him Gatorade and the encouragement of family and friends helped him to power through to the finish line.

Learn about his next big goal by watching the video of Sam Hesler's story.


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