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Pack your bike and camera, tempt your taste buds. Cycle quiet rural roads and get warmed up for your cycling season with this early summer ride. Before the crowds arrive to the Finger Lakes region, enjoy mild temperatures, great flats and as many climbs as you would like in the Eastern Lakes region. We make Ithaca our home base for this 4-day camp. Enjoy vineyards, stunning natural beauty and charming small towns around Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, and Skaneateles Lakes.
New York’s Finger Lakes region takes its name from the 11 pristine, freshwater lakes placed like a handprint between Lake Ontario and the Pennsylvania Border. The region encompasses 9,000 square miles. Glaciers carved out the Finger Lakes themselves as well as some of the beautiful surrounding landscape. Gorges and waterfalls can be found throughout the Finger Lakes region.
The Finger Lakes is one of the best-known regions in the world for almost 100 top-quality wines. Because of the great depths of the lakes, they provide a lake effect to the lush vineyards that flank the shores. While cycling along the ridgelines we’ll enjoy the patchwork of farms, vineyards, and lake-front communities. The area offers much more than you can pack into four days of cycling. Join us on June 3 to start the adventure early for six additional days of riding of the western lakes of the region.
Fly into Ithaca or meet at our Starting hotel by 5PM for an orientation dinner.
4 nights –Guests choose their own accommodations in Ithaca
- Explore Cornell University vibrant stunning campus, the Cornell plantation, and the famous Lab of Ornithology.
- Visit Taughannock Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.
- Explore Watkins Glen State Park and its 18 cascading waterfalls and breathtaking gorges.
- Historic Registry Village of Aurora on the east shore of Cayuga.
- Picnic Lunch on the lush grass of Long Point State Park on the shores of Lake Cayuga.
Meet the group at 5 pm at the Statler Hotel for a group cocktail hour, orientation dinner and time to get to know each other.
Dinner: Taverna Banfi
Ithaca to Watkins Glen
Ride Details: 38 miles, 2440 ft
Today we will start our tour with a ride through Ithaca, then up and away from Cayuga Lake to Watkins Glen, through the southern part of the Finger Lakes region. The quiet roads and low traffic will let you relax and warm-up for the wonderful weekend to come! Lunch will be in Watkins Glen, located on the southern shore of Seneca Lake. We will ride to Watkins Glens State Park, the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks. The ride back to the hotel is optional.
Ithaca to Seneca Falls
Pedal along the Eastern side of Lake Cayuga. 40 miles in length, Lake Cayuga is the longest of all the Finger Lakes. We’ll stop in the small college town of Aurora, venture to Seneca Falls, then complete our last 30 miles back to our hotel or take the optional shuttle.
Ride Details: 40-80 miles
Lunch: Long Point State Park
Owasco -Skaneateles Lake Loops
Ride Details: A short Shuttle to our start point in Moravia then 57 miles of riding.
Ithaca to Taughannock Falls loop
Ride Details: long and short options today. 33 miles or up to 71 miles
- Van Support
- The services of 2 bike tour guides
- Wine tasting at nearby winery
- Orientation dinner
- Meals on off days
- 12% gratuity for guides, mechanics, volunteers and tour staff is not included, but greatly appreciated
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