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Finger Lakes Tour (finished)

GCBT Finger Lakes Cycling Tour

Friday August 3rd to Monday August 6, 2012

Spend the Canadian Civic Holiday long weekend exploring the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York by bicycle. This is an annual, signature GCBT event with three days of incredibly scenic cycling.

Expect to be dazzled by the beauty of the Finger Lakes with breath-taking vistas of hills, lakes, valleys, wineries, and quaint villages. You will experience rolling countryside on quiet paved roads, with some challenging climbs.

Hobart and William Smith College


Based in Geneva, NY, which is about a 3-hour drive from Hamilton, Ontario, you will be staying at Hobart & William Smith College, located on the shores of beautiful Seneca Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes region.

Registration includes three nights of accommodations in modest dorms (no air conditioning, shared washroom facilities). A limited number of single rooms are available at an extra fee, with participants able to request their roommate for double occupancy. Also included in the cost of registration are finger foods during the Friday evening social, three breakfasts, and two dinners.

Past Photos on the Finger Lakes Tour

The Rides

Three full days of riding are planned with a short warm up ride on Friday evening. Route maps and cue sheets will be provided upon arrival and offer both a short and long route option each day, with short distances typically 60 -70 km and the long 90 – 110 km. Most rides will depart from the College at a suggested start time, although one remote start is anticipated.

You will be responsible for bringing or buying your own snacks and lunch during the ride, however, options for snacks and stops will be identified with the route description.

Philosophy of the Tour

These rides are not supported and each rider is expected to take responsibility for their safety and be prepared. This entails that every rider must be capable of map reading and minor bike repairs on the road (i.e. fixing a flat tire, adjusting the seat). A trip meter is recommended to mark distance along the route.

You should always ride with someone and have a partner that is aware of your plans and expected travel times as there is no formal check-in at the end of the day. Any youths on the tour must be accompanied by their responsible adult during the rides. It is your responsibility to ride safely and return to the College before dark. A waiver must be signed before participating on the rides.