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 (106mi/10061′): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38407731
Get .gpx or .tcx data here for Metric Century+ (72 mi./6032′): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38400031
CUE Sheets for all rides here: See gps data
KOM CHALLENGE: new for 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!!!!
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. It will be approx. 89 miles/7700′. This will include Ganyard, Evert, The beautiful Canadice Lake Trail, some single track along Hemlock Lake, Marrowback Road, Reynolds’ Gull Hill, Canadice Hill Rd., and the epic Wesley Hill. You’ll want to have at least 32 mm 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. SPECIAL NOTE: The trail from Rt. 15A down to Hemlock Lake shoreline is SINGLE-TRACK and is more suited to Mtn. bike but is passable with grippy/wider tires and slow speeds. It is ~ 2 miles before back on gravel road. You can skip this section by staying on 15A to the Hemlock State Park rest stop, if your bike is not set up for this or if your bike handling skills are shaky.
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
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.
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: