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.
Highlander Century and Metric Century cut-off
Get .gpx or .tcx data here for core Century: Highlander Century gps
Get .gpx or .tcx data here for Metric Century: Metric Century Road gps
CUE Sheets for all rides here: HCT2018 cues
Highlander GRAVEL Metric
Introducing the newest addition to the Highlander family of rides. This route will combine some of the Century roads but diverge onto some epic unpaved/gravel/dirt roads in the Naples/Cohocton/Prattsburg/South Hill areas. You’ll get the chance to see up close and personal some of the big windmills sitting 2000’+ above Cohocton. Without a doubt this newcomer to the mix will be a hard decision for some. Whether you choose the full Century or the Gravel Metric, you will get your money’s worth. Come explore our newest offering! Note: You’ll want to have at least 28mm wide tires (we recommend 35) and 30 teeth or more on the rear cluster. Tune up on your brakes also recommended. This is going to be one wild ride!
Get .gpx or .tcx data here: HCT Gravel GPS
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.