The annual Highlander Cycle Tour consists of multiple ride options, ranging in length from as little as 16 to just over 100 miles, and with varying difficulty of climbs. 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 Plus:
Get .gpx or .tcx data here for core Century: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38407731
Get .gpx or .tcx data here for Metric Century+: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38400031
CUE Sheets for all rides here: See gps data
This will be our 5th year of offering a Gravel option. This route will combine some of the Century roads but diverge onto some epic unpaved/gravel/dirt roads in the area. This will include Ganyard, Evert, The Hemlock Lake Trail, Marrowback Road, Canadice Hill Rd., and the epic Wesley Hill. 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 is also recommended. Follow orange chevrons on the road.
Get .gpx or .tcx data here for the Gravel course: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38400134
Get .gpx or .tcx data here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38400189
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.
For more good tips on bicycle safety and general rules of the road see here: