CATSKILL MOUNTAIN CYCLING CHALLENGE
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2018
The Catskill Mountain Cycling Challenge carries forth the long tradition of recreational road cycling in the Western Catskills. Building on the Tour de Pepacton and the Ride-n-Peak, our 2018 Cycling Challenge brings you three routes ranging from 29 miles to 99 miles. Your scenic pedal will support new and traditional programming at the Catskill Recreation Center (CRC).
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About the 2018 Routes
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This popular loop offers flat-to-rolling terrain along the roads that circle the Pepacton Reservoir, crossing the water at the former site of Shavertown with wide open views. Refreshments and a composting toilet facility are available at mile 13.7 Recommended for intermediate level cyclists.
Looking for distance without brutal climbs? Then this ride’s for you. With a distance of 57 miles, there’s a modest (by Catskill standards) elevation gain of only 2460’. You’ll find plenty of rollers along this route which crosses the Pepacton Reservoir at the former site of Shavertown and reaches the halfway point at the historic Downsville Covered Bridge. On the return trip, the route varies by staying on the southern side of the reservoir after the Shavertown Bridge. You’ll get to gaze at these beautiful mountains and valleys, without having to climb them! Water/ food stops at 13.7 miles (Shavertown – north side of bridge), 28 miles (covered bridge park), and at 43 miles (again at the Shavertown location, but you’ll need to cross the bridge to get to the water stop, and then return to the route). (For intermediate to advanced cyclists.)
The day’s longest ride affords a rich mix of woodland, farm, hamlet, and valley scenery while including some moderate climbs. The route breaks from Route 28 at mile 7, rolling up the beautiful New Kingston Valley and beginning a steady climb at the hamlet and up over the pass (15.6 mi.) to Bovina. Bovina Center offers a refreshment stop before the scenic ascent of Pink Street and then its steep, fast plunge into the West Branch Valley. Rolling downstream, the ride crosses the covered bridge (34.7) and soon continues up picturesque Elk Creek Road (from previous years’ routes), before traversing the Catskill Turnpike west.
At mile 50, the route turns southeast reaching Delhi (with a refreshment stop), and then it’s on to DeLancey at mile 65. The rider then faces a 1050’ gain in the next 7.5 miles to the apex of Co. Rte. 2, high above Andes with spectacular views. Reaching Andes at mile 76, the route rolls down the Tremperskill Valley, with a refreshment stop just before the bridge that carries you over the Pepacton Reservoir (84.5). Much of the concluding stretch follows the shore of the Pepacton and is flat to rolling. Recommended for advanced level cyclists.
Note, if you want to be sure to cover 100 miles – and visit a second covered bridge, here’s how to do it. At mile 65 (the intersection in DeLancey) continue straight; at one mile stay to the right and go a short distance to the Hamden Covered Bridge. Retrace this route back to the DeLancey intersection and rejoin the regular route by turning right.
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Once again, the CRC is partnering with our good friends at Overlook Mountain Bicycles. Check out these photos from Sept. 3, 2017.
2017 Event Sponsors
SLUITER AGENCY, INC.
Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary
Titan Drilling Corp
Country Cutting Gallery
Zen Mountain Monastery, Inc.
Reliable Tent Rentals
O’Beirne Associates, Inc.
Hanah Mountain Resort and Country Club
Catskill Center For Conservation and Development
Oakley’s Wood Fired Pizza
Bloomville Disposal Service
Vly Mountain Spring Water
Denison Builders Inc.
Greener Pastures LLC
The Spotted Dog Venture
Margaretville Telephone Company