Tour Rides




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 Extended Metric Century:    
The Highlander Century and Extended Metric route for 2023 will tackle a route never used before with a visit to Seneca Lake for the first time. This year’s route will depart slightly from the norm with an easier collection of climbs and total elevation.  We can offer suggestions for increased vertical if interested. Please see Ride Director if so. Enjoy the respite as we plan epic for our 25th anniversary!

Follow yellow chevrons on the roads (w/ alternate marking for metric and route-arounds using white and yellow mix of chevrons). We recommend that your rear cluster has at least a 32 tooth sprocket. Compact gear sets work really well given some of the steep ascents (typically that means a 50/34 teeth on front cogs and 11-32 range on rear cluster).

See 2023 Century Map – 2023_Century_Final

2023_Extended Metric_Map –  2023_Ext. Metric _Final

Get .gpx or .tcx data here for core Century (101mi/7384′):

Get .gpx or .tcx data here for Metric Century+ (80 mi./4885′):

CUE Sheets for all rides here: See gps data. We are no longer printing these out.

KOM CHALLENGE: new from 2022 and on, we are partnering with 4 local bike shops to sponsor prizes to the best times up the hills (more $ if it’s a true KOM!). Here are the hills and the STRAVA links which we will use to manage this. It goes without saying that E-Bikes are not allowed. You can click on each link and “Star” the segment so it becomes live on your computer when you hit the hill. Now CLIMB STRONG!!!!

Italy Turnpike, County House Rd., County Rd. 1, Hicks

Highlander GRAVEL 

This will be our 6th 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.  It will be approx. 55 miles/5774′. This will include numerous roads near South Hill.  You’ll want to have at least 33 mm wide tires (we recommend 35 or bigger) and 32 teeth or more on the rear cluster. Tune up on your brakes is also recommended. Follow orange chevrons on the road.  

See: 2023_Gravel_Map –  2023_GravelGrinder

Get .gpx or .tcx data here for the Gravel course:  Routes · Ride with GPS

Highlander Lite
The Lite version of the Highlander will take a kinder/gentler approach with just a few climbs while maximizing the scenic splendor down to Naples and back. Total distance of ~ 41 miles/2884′.  Follow white chevrons on the roads. 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.

See:  2023_Lite_Map – 2023_HCT_Lite

Get .gpx or .tcx data here:

For the mountain bike enthusiasts we offer a 40K off-road challenge including climbs up several of the areas 2,000 foot peaks. The ride will NOT BE MARKED and will be self guided.   The course remains essentially the same since 2017 with options for the adventurer at heart. We suggest spending the bulk of your time in the OCP section, trying different color loops. Spectacular riding up there!

UPDATE 2022: The Stid Hill NW section is no longer available due to early hunting season allowances by the DEC. A route around is available as shown here.

See Mountaineer 2017 Course Directions, OCP Detail Map, Camp Cutler Detail MapMountaineer_Overall Map.


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:

Bicycling Safety in New York

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: