The annual Highlander Cycle Tour consists of several ride options. They are all designed to share common sections and rest stops so that cyclists on different rides can ride together and have common experiences. Tour routes take riders along lake shores, up hill tops with wide vistas, along scenic valleys, and wander through several small towns and hamlets. The Finger Lakes is a wine growing region and the route goes past many vineyards. The Tour is a charity event with proceeds above expenses donated to charities.
SAG stops are frequent and well stocked. Road rides, in addition to detailed maps and cue sheets, are well marked on paved roads with light vehicle traffic and the Mountain bike course has plenty of epic single track with ride guides as well.
Below are brief descriptions of the Highlander Cycle Tour rides with links to more detail.
Get .gpx or .tcx data here for core Century: Highlander Century gps
Get .gpx or .tcx data here for Century w/ Alternates: Highlander Century w/ Alternates gps
CUE Sheets for all rides here: 2017 HCT Cue sheets
The metric century will follow much of the full century route turning back in Naples (shown as orange on the map) to return back to the original year-one course features. The metric will still bring a tasty amount of challenge and there will be dotted-line options (shown in green on the map) to reduce the challenge while maintaining the course flow. Follow orange on the map and roads.
See also 2017_HCT_Metric_083017
Get .gpx or .tcx data here: Highlander Metric gps
Note: For families with young riders, there are even shorter options of 11 or 16 miles with less climbing, about 400 and 1000 feet respectively. Please see the ride organizers for suggested routes tailored to your own goals.
Get .gpx or .tcx data here: Highlander Lite gps
IMPORTANT SAFETY REMINDER
The Highlander prides itself on providing a safe, well run, and accommodating event for all participants. The Highlander staff takes the safety of the riders, the spectators, and the communities through which we ride very seriously. To promote this, each rider should have read and follow the NYS DOT cycling guidelines, found here:
If riders do not follow these guidelines, the Highlander may be forced to limit or terminate the ride. Your help and attention to keep the highlander a safe, premium tour is appreciated.