Tour of the Catskills

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.

Highlands Gran Fondo

Just 35 Miles from New York city, this ride from Butler, New Jersey is a great way to experience the landscape outside the New York City metro area. With remarkably quiet country roads, shady tree canopies, and a downtown start/finish/party at High Point Brewery, this beautiful and challenging ride is well worth the trip.

The hilly Highlands region outside of Butler features great climbs and ascends to the highest point in New Jersey. A great event for all-around cyclists who can power up short climbs and still have the energy to push the pace in a group. The Gran route, 101 Miles and +7400 elevation gain, crosses the Appalachian trail eight time and showcases some spectacular terrain. There is also a Medio route (60 Miles and +4300 elevation gain) and a Piccolo route (34 Miles and +2450 elevation gain).

With proximity to huge cycling communities in New York and New Jersey, the Highlands Gran Fondo attracts a large and diverse peloton of competitive, supportive, and fun-loving cyclists of all ability levels. A great opportunity to make a family visti to NYC and get in some great riding!

Highlands Gran Fondo is Gran Fondo National Series event. The series was established in 2012 and is comprised of eight European-style ride/races staged in the United States. Every GFNS event offers courses covering 30, 60 and 100-mile journeys through some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain in endurance sports. Timed sections allow riders to compete in specific segments of the course, while casual cyclists can ride at their own pace. Participants can ride as individuals or on teams. GFNS awards special prizes to the top riders in every age and gender category. Each rider is assigned an electronic timing-chip to keep track of their progress throughout the course and to allow riders to compete for best time through highlighted sections of the course. Whether riding for a cause, a personal goal, or for competition, the Gran Fondo National Series courses are some of the most beautiful courses in the North America.