6AM – 9AM – Packet pick-up / Late Registration at Bristol Mountain
7AM – 10AM – Tour Starts (see below for suggested group starting times)
12PM – 4PM -Fall Sky Rides will operate for anyone wishing to ride.
1PM – 4PM – Highlander Silent Auction open.
12PM – 5PM – Bristol Mountain post-ride party. Includes a post-ride dinner (main food service stops at 4pm) for all riders, grape pie dessert, massage, auction, store and more. Cash bar will be open until 3:30pm.
Make sure you stop by and check out what’s going on at the main lodge, including an opportunity to get a much needed massage, sample local products, peruse the Highlander store, and place your bids at the exciting silent auction.
[ Bristol Mountain Parking Lot At Sunrise]
Group Starting Times – a number of people have requested that the tour organize ‘group starts’ where riders can start with a group on the same ride; we SUGGEST the following starting times:
Highlander Metric and Gravel Metric: 8AM
Highlander Mountaineer: 8AM Mandatory Meeting/Check-in before group start.
Highlander Lite: 9AM
Note: For road courses, these are suggested times; but you are free to begin your ride any time between 7AM and 10AM. Full century riders must start no later than 8AM and must be on pace to complete the ride before 5PM. For Mountain bike riders, for safety reasons, we require a mass start and post ride check-in. Please meet slope side at 8AM ready to ride.
[ Riders starting from Bristol Mountain ]
Rest stops are located approximately every 20 miles, see maps of individual rides for location. They are well stocked with drinks and quick food, and most have toilet facilities. There are also several stores and gas mini-marts with food along the routes.
[ Rest stop at Vine Valley ]
RIDER NUMBER PICK-UP
Pick up your rider number either Friday or Saturday before the ride.
Be sure to pin your rider number to the back of your jersey.
If you purchased extra dinner tickets, they will be in your rider number packet. If you want extra dinner tickets for friends and family and didn’t purchase them when you registered, there will be a limited number available for purchase for $10 each at the registration area.
Goody bags are NOT available for pickup before the ride.
RIDER GOODY BAG PICK-UP
Goody bags will be distributed BEFORE the ride at packet pickup.
The bags are full of great stuff like our signature labeled wine or juice, custom Highlander stickers, Highlander articles and more.
WHAT TO BRING ON THE RIDE
Items to carry with you:
Helmet – all riders MUST wear helmets
Filled Water bottle(s) and supplements
Course map – limited print outs available at start. We suggest you print your own ahead of time. Check start area for any final road condition postings. Please note road markings sample at start area as well. All courses are well marked accordingly.
Small first aid kit
Appropriate gears for your ride. Suggest minimum gearing 39/27 for Highlander. 39/25 is sufficient for Highlander Lite
IMPORTANT RIDER INFO
You must sign a waiver to ride any of the rides! It is on the rider brochure, HTML form. You will be required to sign this at the mountain if you forget on the app.
This tour is not a race and there will be (light) vehicle traffic on course. Riders are urged to exercise caution and follow all rules of the road.
In case of Emergencies, please call 911
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 SafeNY- Bikes & Wheel Sport Safety guidelines, found here: