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Tour of the Catskills

August 13, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This years edition of the Tour of the Catskills marks the 14th annual running.  A compelling regional event for anyone living the greater tri-state area.  As the event name implies, the ride represents a beautiful and challenging tour through the Catskills mountain range of Southeastern New York.  The event is characterized as a Pro-Am because professionals and amateurs take part.   The main route at 75 miles and +5,622 doesn’t look terribly imposing on first glance, however make special note of the Devil’s Kitchen climb near the end of the race/ride.  The climb has an elevation gain of 1,350 feet over just under 3 miles, an average gradient of 10.9%, and sections exceeding 15% gradient.  Climbing centric gearing is strongly recommended.  It’s not unusual to see very fit people walking or jogging sections of the grade.  Since the event runs in August you can expect hot and humid conditions adding more challenge.  The event has a wonderful local vibe and Tannersville offers all kinds of great watering holes and restaurants to recharge after the ride.  The vacation region also represents a great opportunity to spend the weekend with tons of great B&B’s and home rental options.

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August 13, 2022
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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  • This is my second time doing the event. It’s a fun one day event that’s worth the drive if you live in the region. It’s not a big event, but the fitness of riders is quite high which can be attributed to the route. The Devil’s Kitchen climb which comes at mile 65 of the 75 mile route is a beast. A solid mile of exceptionally steep grades. A very steep climb coming so late in ride on a humid day spells cramping and it’s not uncommon to see riders either taking a break or walking. Otherwise, the overall route is quite beautiful with rolling countryside and quiet roads. The roll-out is a fast 20 miles of -2% grade before hitting the first climbs of the day. There is actually a long mostly downhill respite before hitting Devil’s Kitchen.

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