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Finger Lakes Bicyclist's Tour Guide

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    In a few weeks, winter 2008-09, is a season to remember. Today, March 12, I completed compiling the Cyclotour Guide Books/New York Bicycling Coalition Major Bicycling Events in NYS Calendar. The Calendar lists 41 major bicycling events, of all types, in the NYS Finger Lakes Tourism Region. Rides, road races, criteriums, bmx, cyclocross, and commercial tours bring bicyclists from all over the world to enjoy the wonderful cycling conditions in the Finger Lakes. In addition to these events, the three major recreational bicycle clubs in the region conduct club rides almost every day of the week from April through October. Wow!
    You can enjoy watching event cyclists ride by your b&b, campground or motel after using our Finger Lakes Bicyclist's Tour Guide to roll around the Finger Lakes Region on your own or with your own touring group. Order a copy today.

    Winter is a beautiful time of the year in the Finger Lakes. The bountiful harvest of delicious fruits, vegetables and grains from 2008's perfect spring, summer, and fall  weather is past. Our wonderful glacial derived, nutrient rich soil produces grapes and other agricultural products of outstanding quality. The vintners say that the 2008 grape harvest will result in a magnificent vintage.
    Winter in the Finger Lakes is a wonderful time. The hills surrounding the Lakes are covered with a brilliant mosaic of evergreens interspersed with the white of snow and glistening shimmer of ice on the Lakes. Trees standing leafless like sentinels along the hillsides. Wineries greeting visitors with special tours. There are winter events for hikers, walkers, skiers, and folks who just need a day or two in the country.
    During the 2008, cycling season we encountered more cyclists pedaling around the Lakes than in previous years. Many of these intrepid bicyclists are following routes from our book Finger Lakes Bicyclist's Tour Guide. They are enjoying riding on main State roads circling each Lake with their wide (min. 4 ft./1.2 m.) paved shoulders white striped from the automobile roadway. Other individual cyclists are using our Finger Lakes Bicyclist’s Tour Guide to go off the beaten path on to beautiful paved rural roads; to climb high and bicycle along the ridges surrounding the Lakes. There are many local resident cyclists commuting to work or going to stores on their bicycles.
    Oh! The joy of clear air! The joy of viewing sparkling water and hillsides dancing with wildlife. The joy of stopping at farm stands; of encountering a local festival with grape pie as the featured treat! You'll find all of these wondrous Finger Lakes adventures during the main bicycling season.
    New York State’s Finger Lakes provide outstanding road and off road touring. Our book, Finger Lakes Bicyclist’s Tour Guide
provides the key to enjoyable road touring around and between the 11 Finger Lakes.

    64 routes covering 1186 mi./1909 km. are provided in the Tour Guide. A circumnavigation route for each of the 11 Finger Lakes plus 3 connecting routes between adjoining Lakes. The routes around two smaller erosion formed Lakes also are included.
    These glacial formed lakes run North to South. The longest, Cayuga, is 40 mi./64 km. long but only 3.5 mi./5.6 km. wide. The smallest, Canadice, is 3 mi./4.8 km. long.
    There is much to see and do in the area. With over 70 wineries the region abounds with tasting rooms and friendly vintners.
    Delightful small villages dot the Finger Lakes allowing you to stop and enjoy a historical site or museum. Go antiquing at shops and garage sales. College cities, Ithaca and Geneva among others, offer a bit of diversity in the form of high culture events.
    The Woman’s National Historic Park; Sampson WW II Naval Air Museum (Seneca Lake was used as a Navy Training base during WW II, including submarines); Glenn Curtiss Museum; Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge; are just a few of the major tourist attractions for you to visit.
    The rural landscape and State parks provide secluded get a ways from the rigors of sometimes climbing as much as 1400 ft./426 m. in less than 3 mi./5 km. Although some of the routes between the Lakes demand such severe climbing most routes have easily negotiated rolling hill terrain. A few, such as the circumnavigation route around Conesus Lake, are down right level! 
    For bicyclists who hike to relax their muscles, the Finger Lakes Trail (generally closed to bicyclists), the State parks and the Finger Lakes National Forest provide ample opportunity to stretch those muscles while viewing the wildlife, glens and gorges.
    A touring bicyclist is still a rarity in the Finger Lakes. The four bicycle clubs in the area have scheduled rides traversing the Lakes well into December. You are welcome to join the club members on a ride.
    You might see a few cyclists scurrying along the road as part of a charity ride or professional road race. The
 Bon Ton Roulet, Tour de New York, Hardcore 24 hr. MTB Race, and Highlander, as well as the 37 other bicycle rides, races and tours are yours' to watch or participate in the Finger Lakes! "The most demanding randonneur in North America, the QuadZilla," ribbons around each of the 11 Lakes in 48 hours. The QuadZilla only occures once every two or three years.
    It's the time to plan your bicycle tour to this natural wonderland theme park rather than going to a contrived attraction theme park this spring, summer or fall!
    Our Finger Lakes Bicyclist's Tour Guide provides extensive information on 64 routes goin' round and between the 11 Finger Lakes. Some routes have challenging ascents and descents. Other routes provide wonderful rolling hill cycling along the gentle edges of glacial drumlins. And then there is the almost flat circumnavigation of Conesus Lake. Something for every level of cyclotourist from novice to highly experienced rider.

    The 2nd Edition includes all the 64 routes described in the 1st Edition plus Chautauqua Lake and a few other goodies.
    284 pages. 26 maps. 30 illustrations. 11 Elevation graphs.
    Finger Lakes Bicyclist’s Tour Guide, 2nd Edition, US$25.95

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to these Tourism Bureaus for great information Don't for get to tell them, Cyclotour Guide Books referred us to you!
        Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance: http://www.fingerlakes.org, 800 548-4386
        Seneca County: http://www.fingerlakescentral.com/, 800 732-1848
        Tioga County: http://www.visittioga.com, 800 671-7772
        Yates County: http://www.yatesny.com, 800 868-9283

    Bicycle Shops in the Greater Finger Lakes Region
        Alfred Station: Bicycleman: www.bicycleman.com
        Canandaigua: RV&E Canandaigua: 585 393-5680, www.rvebike.com
        Geneva: Geneva Bicycle Center 315 789-5922: http://www.genevabikes.com  
        Ithaca: There are several bicycle shops in Ithaca.

    Lodging in the Finger Lakes Region
        Black Sheep Inn, 8329 Pleasant Valley Rd., Hammondsport NY 14840, 607 569-3767, www.stayblacksheepinn.com
Desired Haven Bed & Breakfast, 9138 Dugway Rd., West Bloomfield NY 14469, 585 624-3904, www.desired-haven.com

    General Information
        Travel Maven Blog:
www.travelmaven.wordpress.com
        Monroe County & Rochester Tourism: www.visitrochester.com  
        Livingston County Tourism: www.fingerlakeswest.com
        Info Rochester: http://www.inforochester.com/bike.htm

    Click here: To read about our Erie Canal Bicyclist & Hiker Tour Guide
    Go to Great Lakes to read about Tour Guides describing circumnavigation routes around Lakes Ontario, Erie, Michigan, & Huron. 
    Go to French Canal Biking or New Zealand Biking for other wonderful places to tour.


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