Welcome. Let’s Ride!

Life is better when experienced from a bicycle. Especially in the Adirondacks.

At its core Cycle Adirondacks is designed to connect you with the landscape, the communities and the people of this special place. Every rolling hill, every turn and every town has a story. And from the moment you arrive to the last mile, our goal is for you to experience those stories in a way that creates memories that last well beyond the photos you’ll capture.

Sure, the Adirondacks are the largest protected area in the lower 48 states – bigger than Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Glacier National Parks combined. Yet, our small historic towns, hidden lakes and streams that fill the valleys between the magnificent peaks make this corner of America feel like home. Comfortable. Relaxing.

It’s called the Adirondack Life. And it’s your life on Cycle Adirondacks.

Every dinner is farm-to-table and while the food is cooked and prepared by a world-class Upstate New York hospitality company, it may just be the local Rotary Club serving at the buffet line. The Middle School soccer team or a Scout with a wheelbarrow might carry your bags. It’s possible the editor of the daily newspaper is also the gentleman who’s playing guitar in the beer garden.

You’re registration fees are directly supporting community generated projects in each of our host communities and we’ll tell you more about this incredible initiative later in this guide.

Cycle Adirondacks is about community. And we’re about making you a part of our community.

Thanks for riding with us. We’re so glad you’re here.

Cheers,

Doug Haney, Co-Director
Mobile: 518.524.4674
doug@cycleadirondacks.com

Matt VanSlyke, Co-Director
Mobile: 315.525.9554
matt@cycleadirondacks.com

 


Table of Contents

Click or tap each heading to be transferred directly to that section of the Ride Guide. 

About Us

Event Volunteers
Event Hosts
Community Volunteers
Community Grants

Camp Basics

Site Maps
Daily Event Schedule
Sleeping Arrangements
Hotel/Town Shuttles
Meals
Complete Menu
Showers
Towels
Handwashing
Toilets
Laundry
Water
Sustainability
Help Desk
Community Booth
Mechanics
Bike Storage
Baggage
Gear Drop
Cell Coverage
Device Charging
Wi-Fi Access
First Aid

Arriving and Departing

Getting Ready
Packing List
Getting There
Event Check-in

On the Route

Course Hours
Daily Route Descriptions and Maps
Ride Rules
Signage/Hazards
Course Monitors
SAGs
Emergency/Medical
Communications/Text Alerts
Rider Safety
Lunch, Rest and Water Stops
Wildlife Guides/Book
Start/Finish Areas
Mechanics

Fun Stuff

Entertainment
Beer Garden
Specialty Food Vendors
Off Bike Activities
Wildlife Conservation Society Science Program
Event Retail
Social Media
Wellness Services
Camp Games


About Us

 
Event Volunteers (a.k.a. Roadies)

An event like this relies on its volunteers to a degree you may not even be able to imagine. It takes an incredible amount work each day to support riders, move camp, make sure everything runs… it’s mind-blowing.

We’re lucky to have a large group of selfless volunteers who are giving a week of their time to make your life better – and they’re doing it because they believe in bicycle tourism, because they like to serve, because they welcome the opportunity to spend a week in this beautiful landscape… there are any number of reasons. But the bottom line is this: They’re giving, and we’re getting.

So make sure to let them know how much you appreciate their efforts!

Hosts

Cycle Adirondacks is known for its amazing host communities and this summer’s ride is no different. Our goal is to provide you with a true connection to the towns and villages we spend time in and strive to involve the residents of these special places. After all, we are their guests.

That means we need to be good guests. Besides being polite and respectful (of people and laws), we encourage you to take the time to meet people in each town. We’re bringing in riders from more than 30 states and provinces, so this is a great opportunity to learn more about people from different places – and our host communities are excited to meet you.

Community Volunteers

Each host community for CycleADK 2018 provides a hardy group of local volunteers to help us with our traveling circus. These folks will be helping with food, setting tables, preparing finish-line celebrations, helping set up your camp, carrying your bags… without their help we couldn’t pull off this event.

COMMUNITY GRANT PROJECTS

Cycle Adirondacks is about cycling, but it’s also about connecting our riders with communities and the wonderful people who call them home. One powerful vehicle for that connection is our partnership with Adirondack Foundation. Through this collaboration, we seed and raise funds for community generated projects in each of our overnight host towns. By riding with us, you help make these projects happen.

We are currently working with our community partners to develop the next round of CycleADK Gives projects. Stay tuned to our website and social channels for more information.

 

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Arriving and Departing

Getting Ready

Body and Bike
These are the two main considerations involved: your body and your bike. And trust us, you want both to be in top shape when you start the tour.

Getting your body ready is a matter of putting in the time on the bike so that you’re ready for multiple, consecutive days in the saddle. Make no mistake about it: Unless you’re superhuman, you can’t show up and ride yourself into shape. Our best advice is to make sure you have the hours in, whether they’re fast or slow, flat or climb. It’s a tour, not a race, so speed is not the key element – riding the day’s route is. The most important thing is that you’re used to being in the saddle for hours at a time, multiple days in a row.

The route is not all hills, even though the Adirondacks are a mountain range, we’re not attacking any long alpine climbs. There’s just over 21,000 feet of climbing even if you do every option and every mile (15,000 feet if you ride the short routes and an extra 2,000 feet if you ride the century); that’s an average of about 2,500 to 3,500 feet a day. So it’s not Tour de France mountain passes – but you need to have put in some seat time in order to get back on the bike day after day and have a fun experience. The best advice we can give is to just go out and ride as much as possible. If you have a good base of days and miles, you’ll be fine.

And what about your bike? Well, we have a team of mechanics along on the ride – but that doesn’t mean they’re here to get your bike ready to ride. You’re expected to bring a bike that’s tuned up and in riding shape. If it needs a tweak or two, no problem – our mechanics are here to help you out. But you should arrange to have your bike tuned up with your local bike shop before you head out to the Adirondacks – or if you’re handy with the two-wheeled machines, spend some quality time with your steed before you arrive. If you’re shipping your bike, the experienced staff of Placid Planet Bicycles will reassemble and deliver your bike to the start. But please don’t use this re-assembly as an invitation for a free tune-up.

Packing List

Everyone has a different approach to packing, but there are some baseline needs that you should take into account. The list below is not intended to be a final list – just a start that you can customize to your situation and needs.

Veterans of events like this have devised various systems that work well for them – one of the more prevalent ones is to use a series of zip-lock bags for daily riding gear and also for storing dirty/smelly clothes during the week. 

And don’t forget that you’re limited to 65 pounds per rider, in one (or two, if you absolutely must) bags. There are multiple reasons for this, including vendors’ and community volunteers’ backs, gas mileage on baggage trucks, etc. – but the bottom line is this: It’s the rule, and it applies to you. Don’t be that person who thinks, “Well, it’s OK if I just…”. Laundry service is available in each of our host communities, so you don’t necessarily have to pack a full 6 days worth of gear if you don’t want to. This helps you fit everything and stay under the weight limit too.

Weather – please remember that upstate New York is one more of those places where people say “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” While temperatures tend to be pleasant in late August (that’s why we picked the dates), we could get anything from cold rain to scorching heat. So pack for everything, and remember that cotton gets cold when wet. Evening temperatures will likely dip into the upper 40s or lower 50s. You’ll enjoy the evening entertainment much more with a light jacket.

On the Bike

  • Helmet
  • Two bike-specific water bottles
  • Basic tool/repair kit
  • Cycling shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Jerseys (at least one long-sleeve)
  • Shorts or bibs
  • Base layer (at least 2)
  • Tights
  • Arm/leg warmers
  • Light jacket or vest
  • Rain gear
  • Cycling-specific socks
  • Gloves (regular plus full-finger)
  • Booties/toe covers
  • Skullcap or other headwear
  • Chamois butter
  • Headlight and taillight (we don’t ride at night but lights help at all times)

Off the Bike

  • Shorts
  • Long Pants
  • Swimsuit
  • Shirts (short- and long-sleeve)
  • Warm jacket – thin insulated jacket might be necessary in the evenings
  • Socks and underwear
  • Walk-around shoes
  • Hat and gloves (early mornings and evenings can be cool)
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Soap and shampoo (eco-friendly if possible)
  • Skin lotion and sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Bug repellant, wet wipes, band-aids, athletic tape
  • Laundry bag
  • Camera
  • Ear plugs
  • Book, cards, journal
  • Charger for electronic devices (free charging stations available in camp)

Camping

  • Tent (with rain fly and stakes)
  • Ground cloth
  • Sleeping pad and bag
  • Pillow
  • Head lamp or flashlight
  • Camp chair (if it fits in your bag and within the weight limit. You can also rent them a la carte from Comfy Campers)
Getting There

Flying In
Airport Shuttles
If you’re flying in to Albany International Airport, we’ll run a shuttle departing at 3:00 p.m. on the afternoon of Saturday 8/18 to take you and your bike/bag(s) to Cycle ADK camp. It’s a 90-minute drive from the airport to our start location so we’ll only be running one shuttle. Please plan your flight itinerary accordingly. The round trip cost for this service is $50/rider and pre-registration will be required (we’ll send out an email notice when sign-up opens in the Spring).

Bike Shipping
If you want to ship your bike to the event, we partner Bike Flights. They’ll help you with all the steps and make sure your precious cargo gets to the event.

If your bike is shipped for the event (via our partners or on your own) and is to be assembled in time for the ride you need to make sure your bike arrives on or before August 15th. The address is Placid Planet Bicycles, 2242 Saranac Ave., Lake Placid NY 12946 (phone: 518.523.4128). The folks at Placid Planet will assemble and deliver your bike to the start.

NOTE: If you are shipping a bike on your own (i.e. FedEx or UPS), you must contact Placid Planet in advance to arrange the details. And if you ship your bike to Placid Planet, they will assume you want it assembled and will charge you $50; if you do not want them to assemble it, please indicate that prominently on the OUTSIDE OF YOUR BOX – you will be responsible for assembly on your own (that’s not what our mechanics are for). Disassembly of bikes being shipped home from Placid Planet at the end of the event costs $75.

 

Driving In

Driving directions and instructions will be posted here after the 2018 route is announced. 

Key Service
A local service group will help you park your car and offer a key service. Simply give your keys to the key-service attendant, who will be on hand from from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. The group will take your keys and secure them for the week, and will be there Friday, Aug. 24, until all the keys are returned. The suggested donation for this service is $20.

Event Check-In

Packet Pickup Hours:
Saturday, 8/18: 3-8 p.m.
Sunday, 8/19: 6-8 a.m.

You can pick up your Rider Packet at the Registration Tents in the area next to Temporary Parking. When you check in, you’ll get your rider wristband, luggage tags, a number sticker for your bike, cue sheets, sponsor information, your rider T-shirt and a goodie bag.

NOTE: In an effort to cut down on paper waste, we won’t be printing a large supply of extra cue sheets. Please treat them well and keep track of them. We recommend bringing just the current day’s sheet on the route and keeping the rest back in camp with your luggage. You can also download a set of individual daily route maps from the website – the final routes will be available one week prior to the event. We recommend waiting to download all the routes until then to ensure you have the latest versions.

Every guest will need to sign a waiver and receive a wristband at check-in. Once you put on your wristband, you should not take it off for any reason – it’s how we know you’re officially part of the ride. Without it you’re not allowed to use our event facilities or resources, including meals and medical treatment.

Our Cycle Adirondacks Help Desk will be located in the row of tents just behind event registration, if you need any additional information.

Comfy Campers
If you’ve signed up for Comfy Campers tent service, there will be a separate check-in spot at their designated camping area in the field at the park, where will you get your assignment and be shown to your tent.

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Camp Basics

Site Maps

Each camp during the week is laid out with the same basic elements, but each site is geographically unique, so things vary. To help out, we’ve created Site Maps that cover all our overnight sites. They show you where our mechanics will be set up, where massage will be, the location of our showers, etc. Copies will be available at our Help Desk.

2018 Daily Event Schedule 

Saturday, Aug. 18 – Arrival Day
3-8 p.m.                                   Onsite Registration Open
3-9 p.m.                                   Showers Open
                                                  Beer Garden Open
                                                  Community/Hotel Shuttles Operating
5:30-8 p.m.                              Dinner Service in Camp
6:30 p.m.                                 Event Announcements at Dinner Service
7-9 p.m.                                   Entertainment at Beer Garden
9:00 p.m.                                 Final Community/Hotel Shuttle Departs Camp and Beer Garden

Sunday, Aug. 19 – Out-and-Back Routes
5:30-8:30 a.m.                       Showers Open
6:30-7 a.m.                            Free Yoga in Camp
6-8 a.m.                                  Breakfast Open
                                                Community/Hotel Shuttles Operating
6 a.m.-10 p.m.                       Pre-Booked Wellness Services Available in Camp
7-9 a.m.                                  Rides depart (both routes)
10 a.m.-5 p.m.                       Lunch Open in Camp
12-8 p.m.                                Showers Open
2 p.m.                                     Scheduled Off-Bike Activities Depart Camp
3-4 p.m.                                  Free Chair Massage at Wellness Center in Camp
4-5 p.m.                                  Free Yoga in Camp
4:30 p.m.                                Educational Program in Camp
5:30-8 p.m.                             Dinner Service in Camp
6:30 p.m.                                 Event Announcements at Dinner Service
7-9 p.m.                                   Entertainment at Beer Garden
9:00 p.m.                                 Final Community/Hotel Shuttle Departs Camp and Beer Garden

Monday, Aug. 20 – All Ride to Next Community
5:30-8:30 a.m.                         Showers Open
6-8 a.m.                                    Breakfast Open
                                                  Community/Hotel Shuttles Operating
6:30-7 a.m.                               Free Yoga in Camp
7-9 a.m.                                    Ride departs
10 a.m.-2 p.m.                         Lunch Open on Route
12-8 p.m.                                 Showers Open
                                                  Community/Hotel Shuttles Operating
3-4 p.m.                                   Free Chair Massage at Wellness Center in Camp
4-5 p.m.                                   Free Yoga in Camp
4-10 p.m.                                 Pre-Booked Wellness Services Available in Camp
4:30 p.m.                                 Educational Program in Camp
5:30-8 p.m.                             Dinner Service in Camp
6:30 p.m.                                 Event Announcements at Dinner Service
7-9 p.m.                                   Entertainment at Beer Garden
9:00 p.m.                                 Final Community/Hotel Shuttle Departs Camp and Beer Garden

Tuesday, Aug. 21 – Out-and-Back Routes
5:30-8:30 a.m.                        Showers Open
6-8 a.m.                                   Breakfast Open
                                                 Community/Hotel Shuttles Operating
6 a.m.-10 p.m.                       Pre-Booked Wellness Services Available in Camp
6:30-7 a.m.                             Free Yoga in Camp
7-9 a.m.                                  Rides depart (both routes)
10 a.m.-5 p.m.                       Lunch Open in Camp
12-8 p.m.                               Showers Open
2 p.m.                                     Scheduled Off-Bike Activities Depart Camp
3-4 p.m.                                  Free Chair Massage at Wellness Center in Camp
4-5 p.m.                                  Free Yoga in Camp
4:30 p.m.                               Educational Program in Camp
5:30-8 p.m.                            Dinner Service in Camp
6:30 p.m.                                Event Announcements at Dinner Service
7-9 p.m.                                  Entertainment at Beer Garden
9:00 p.m.                                Final Community/Hotel Shuttle Departs Camp and Beer Garden

Wednesday, Aug. 22 – All Ride to Next Commmunity

5:30-8:30 a.m.                       Showers Open
6-8 a.m.                                  Breakfast Open
                                                Community/Hotel Shuttles Operating
6:30-7 a.m.                            Free Yoga in Camp
7-9 a.m.                                  Ride departs
10 a.m.-2 p.m.                       Lunch at 50-mile alternate finish
12-8 p.m.                                Showers Open
                                                 Community/Hotel Shuttles Operating
3-4 p.m.                                  Free Chair Massage at Wellness Center in Camp
4-5 p.m.                                  Free Yoga in Camp
4-10 p.m.                                Pre-Booked Wellness Services Available in Camp
4:30 p.m.                               Educational Program in Camp
5:30-8 p.m.                            Dinner Service at Beer Garden
6:30 p.m.                                Event Announcements at Beer Garden
7-9 p.m.                                  Entertainment at Beer Garden
9:00 p.m.                                Final Community/Hotel Shuttle Departs Camp and Beer Garden

Thursday, Aug. 23 – Out-and-Back Routes
5:30-8:30 a.m.                        Showers Open
6-8 a.m.                                   Breakfast Open
                                                 Community/Hotel Shuttles Operating
6 a.m.-10 p.m.                        Pre-Booked Wellness Services Available in Camp
6:30-7 a.m.                              Free Yoga in Camp
7-9 a.m.                                   Rides depart (all routes)
10 a.m.-5 p.m.                        Lunch Open in Camp
12-8 p.m.                                Showers Open
2 p.m.                                       Scheduled Off-Bike Activities Depart Camp
3-4 p.m.                                   Free Chair Massage at Wellness Center in Camp
4-5 p.m.                                   Free Yoga in Camp
4:30 p.m.                                 Educational Program in Camp
5:30-8 p.m.                             Dinner Service in Camp
6-9 p.m.                                   Showers Open
6:30 p.m.                                 Event Announcements at Dinner Service
3-9 p.m.                                   Beer Garden Open
7-9 p.m.                                   Entertainment at Beer Garden
9:00 p.m.                                 Final Community/Hotel Shuttle Departs Camp

Friday, Aug. 24 – All Ride to Event Start/Finish
5:30-7:30 a.m.                        Showers Open
5:30-7:30 a.m.                        Breakfast Open
                                                 Community/Hotel Shuttles Operating
6:30-7 a.m.                             Free Yoga in Camp
7-9 a.m.                                   Route Start Window
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.                  Lunch Open at Route Finish
11:30-4 p.m.                          Showers Open
5:00 p.m.                                Event Services Conclude

Sleeping Arrangements

You have three basic choices for where to sleep during Cycle Adirondacks: camp at our sites in your tent, camp at our sites using the Comfy Campers tent service, or arrange for your own lodging in our host towns.

If you’re camping in your own tent, it’s pretty straightforward: When you reach the next camp, our Guest Camping area will be clearly marked. All you need to do is collect your gear from the baggage truck, find a spot and pitch your tent (you might want to consider proximity to toilets/handwashing stations, showers and dining in choosing a spot).

If you’re using Comfy Campers, your tent will be set up for you in the designated Tent Service area in the next camp by 3 p.m. You’ll have to pick up your bag, or have a local volunteer carry it from the Baggage Drop area in camp (tips are appreciated!).

If you’re using local lodging, you can make your own way there and back (check in advance with the lodging property about bike storage) or use our Hotel/Town Shuttle, which will make regular rounds from camp to designated lodging properties, running from 1-9 p.m. and then again from 6-8 a.m. in the morning. The shuttles can accommodate your baggage, but will not have bike racks, so we recommend you leave your bike in our bike corral in camp overnight.

Hotel/Town Shuttles

If you’re staying in lodging rather than tent-camping at our site, or if you just want to catch a ride into town or the entertainment venue, you can use our free Hotel/Town Shuttle system.

Our shuttle routes in each town are based on lodging properties we have identified to our riders, and your responses to our rider questionnaire, which will be sent one week before the ride. You can ask a driver to drop you off elsewhere along their route, but they will only pick up at the designated stops. This helps keep the shuttles running on time, so please don’t randomly flag them down.

Shuttle schedules for each town will be displayed on a whiteboard at the designated shuttle stop in each camp. Information on shuttle times and locations is also available at the Help Desk. Our Hotel/Town Shuttle vans will start running at 1 p.m.; the spot in camp where vans will pick up riders is indicated on each camp’s site map. They will run throughout the evening, with the last van leaving camp and the entertainment venue at 9:00 p.m.

Unless you ride it to your lodging, we recommend you leave your bike in camp overnight at our bike corral. You may also want to consider bringing a light backpack in your baggage, and use the backpack to take overnight necessities with you rather than your entire bag; you can leave the bag at the baggage drop area and our crew will put bags in the trucks overnight for safety.

In the morning, vans will stop regularly at all the lodging properties on the route, beginning at 6 a.m. and until 8 a.m. You should be out in front of the lodging property with your baggage, ready to go. We will deploy multiple vans, but you’ll have to have some flexibility and patience as they work to accommodate everyone.

Meals

Cycle Adirondacks offers three hearty, professionally catered meals a day, beginning with dinner on Saturday, August 18 and ending with lunch Friday, August 24.

We pride ourselves in connecting you with the spectacular Adirondack environment in every sense and that includes the food. Our event partner, Mazzone Hospitality, is creating a fabulous menu and they’ll infuse locally-sourced products as always. We can assure you that we will once again have amazing food with healthy choices for all diets.

Vegetarian, Gluten-Free and Other Diets
We have worked with the staff at Mazzone to balance our menus to accommodate as many dietary preferences and needs as possible. Although it’s impossible to create a menu that addresses every need, you will find that menus at Cycle Adirondacks are diverse, healthy and provide ample energy for a day in the saddle. If you have special dietary circumstances, we’ll make every reasonable effort to accommodate you. Please contact us with any concerns.

Meal Procedures
We’ve set up our dining to be as efficient and safe as possible for our riders. In camp, simply show up at the dining area during meal hours. You must be wearing your wristband to go through the food line. All food service areas, including rest stops, are designated glove-free zones.

Handwashing stations will be positioned at the entrance to the dining area – stop and wash your hands for every meal. A group of cyclists with dirty hands going through the same food lines is a situation ripe for spreading germs; please be considerate of others and clean up well.

Lunch
At lunch stops along the route, we’ll have a similar setup, with a lighter, grab-and-go meal.

Note: Nutritious options will be available at all lunch stops for our gluten-conscious guests.

 
Showers

We will have a large shower truck provided by New England Mobile Showers with 16 shower stalls (8 men’s, 8 women’s) set up daily in each camp. Outside the showers will be sinks with mirrors and running hot water. 

Remember that you must bring your own towel(s) for the event. When you arrive at the showers, please leave your shoes outside the doors. And please be conscientious about the length of your shower – both to keep wait times short and to conserve energy and water.

Daily Shower Operation Schedule
5:30-8:30 a.m.
12-8 p.m.

Towels

You’re responsible for bringing your own towels – or you can arrange to have our tent-service vendor, Comfy Campers, provide you a fresh, laundered towel every day; they can also provide a chair.

Handwashing

We will have handwashing and hand-sanitizing stations positioned throughout camp and at all rest and lunch stops. It will be a mix of full handwash stations and smaller units with hand sanitizer. With a group this size traveling together for a week, it’s imperative that you use these stations regularly.

Toilets

There will be clean portable toilets positioned in groups throughout camp and at all rest and lunch stops. The same units will be with us all week, with the vendor servicing them daily. Each of our host venues also has a limited number of permanent restrooms available.

Laundry

Each of our overnight communities has a laundromat, but CycleADK takes it a step further and provides a midweek laundry service direct from camp with all proceeds going to a local charity. Details will be available at the Help Desk. 

Water

Water stations will be positioned throughout camp (start/finish line, near the mechanics, etc.) each day. In addition, there will be coolers filled with ice water at each rest and lunch stop.

Sustainability

As a conservation-minded organization, Cycle Adirondacks is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of this event. Our recycling and composting program helps to reduce our environmental footprint and is supported by sponsorship from Casella Resource Solutions and Common Grounds Gardens.

Waste Streams

Our efforts begin with working to separate waste into three streams: recycling, compost and garbage. We’ll have sorting receptacles throughout the event – in camp, especially at the dining area, plus at all rest stops and lunch. The receptacles will be labeled, one for each waste stream. We know that recycling and composting procedures vary geographically and following these guidelines helps more recyclable and compostable waste gets handled properly. So our volunteers will be stationed at some of the collection areas to help you get the hang of sorting effectively. These volunteers are not meant to operate as the “garbage police”. They’re simply there to help us achieve our goal of minimizing landfill waste.

From the receptacles, we’ll send waste in different directions – to the nearest compost facility, to nearby recycling centers, and to local garbage-disposal resources.

Materials

Reduction is key to minimizing impact and that’s why you won’t see plastic water bottles, Styrofoam or other non-recyclable containers at our event. Another significant way we’re reducing landfill volume is by requiring all vendors to use compostable or recyclable materials in every possible situation.

Printing

We make a concerted effort to reduce our paper use on the event. Electronic documents such as this help to minimize the amount of paper products consumed.

Help Desk

The Help Desk is your go-to resource for answers and information. This tent will be positioned in a convenient place in camp each day, staffed by helpful event volunteers who can answer almost any question – or find the answer. Here is where you’ll find out where something is located in camp if you can’t seem to find it, check the Lost and Found, or just get help with whatever it is you’re seeking. We’ll also have a message board here where you can leave information for other riders.

The Help Desk will be open 7 to 9 a.m. in our morning camp, and from 1 to 6 p.m. in our evening camp.

Community Hospitality Booth

In each camp the host community will have a table or tent near the Help Desk with information on all the local activities, resources, history and pretty much anything you might want to know about that town. We encourage you to visit the Community Hospitality Booth in every town; it’s a great way to get a better feel for these great towns, as well as an efficient way to find a local resource you might be interested in – from where to wash clothes to museums and bars.

Mechanics

We’ll have a team of professional mechanics on hand, in camp and at stops on the route each day. You’ll find them in camp, ready to help with your mechanical needs, from 6:30-9:00 a.m. and from 3:00-9:00 p.m. You’ll only be charged for any parts needed to repair your bike; labor is provided by Cycle Adirondacks. Please tip your mechanics accordingly.

Bike Storage

When you arrive in camp you can leave your bike in our bike corral, featuring custom bike racks built by our friends at the Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon, which will be located near the mechanic area at each site. There is no check-in or checkout procedure and the racks will be located in a secure location in camp each night.

Baggage

We will give you numbered tags for your baggage, and it will be transported for you every day by our volunteers. All you have to do is bring your one or two bags to the baggage trucks each morning – no later than 8:30 a.m. Helpful community volunteers are available to transport your bag from your tent to the truck; it’s suggested you tip them, since this service is a fundraiser for their organization. When your bag gets to the truck it will be loaded up and taken directly to the next site, where it will be unloaded onto the ground and sorted into numbered groups. You can pick up baggage in the evening camp as soon as it arrives; it should get there ahead of you unless you’re a really, really fast rider. Again, there will be local volunteers available to help you move your bags.

NOTE: We’re serious about the 65-pound limit; please be considerate of the people hauling your bag every day.

Even though you will have numbered baggage, it’s a good idea to put some kind of unique marking or adornment on your bag – a lot of them end up looking the same, much like black suitcases at the airport baggage carousel. Make yours easily identifiable: a piece of ribbon, a colorful bag tag, street-style graffiti… be creative.

Gear Drop

Because temperatures tend to be cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon, you may end up with some clothing or other gear that felt great when you started out but is a bit much as the day warms up. This is why we have Gear Drop. You’ll be able to shed clothes at the rest stops where we’ll collect and deliver it to the baggage drop area in camp for you later in the day.

Here’s how it works: You should bring a personal Gear Drop bag. It can be a mesh laundry bag, a stuff sack or a Zip-Loc bag,– it doesn’t matter other than that you should be able to fit it in your jersey or jacket pocket when you start out each day. This way you get to choose what kind of vessel you want to use, and it’ll be easier for you to pick out of the pile that afternoon. We’ll write your Rider Number on it, or attach a label, the first time you drop it, so we can sort out bags later for retrieval – please keep this number on it all week.

Gear Drop bags will be transported to camp, but only after every rider has been through the rest or lunch stop – so the truck tends to show up in the late afternoon. The bags will be dropped in the same area as your larger baggage. In the event of inclement weather, an alternate dry location will be used.

Cell Coverage

Cell service is mostly consistent throughout the route, however there will be spots without service depending on your provider.

Device Charging

First we’d like to note that a bike tour is an excellent place to un-plug for a while… but we also understand that you’ll want to charge your device. So we’re offering a free device-charging station next to the Help Desk in each camp. It’s pretty straightforward: plug in your device, come back in an hour, pick up a freshly charged device. Please be considerate and don’t leave your device too long – others need that spot after you.

NOTE: This area is not monitored by Cycle Adirondacks; and just like luggage, many devices look alike. All devices must be labeled with your name. The Help Desk has a label maker and our volunteers will be happy to provide you with a label for your device(s).

Wi-Fi Access

Besides charging those devices, we know you’d like to use them as effectively as possible. The challenge to riding in the “wild” Adirondacks is that cell coverage and Wi-Fi access are elusive in many places. We will do what we can to facilitate access, but cannot promise it.

Event Retail

We will operate a robust retail tent near the Help Desk of each camp. It will include Cycle Adirondacks cycling apparel, lifestyle wear and various products from our event partners. Our bike-shop partner, Placid Planet, will also have products in this area. This is also the area where you will check out for any parts purchased from the mechanics. This is a mobile enterprise, so selection will be limited, but they will have a variety of items available. They can take cash or credit.

First Aid

We will have our emergency personnel on the route and available for minor first aid in camp after the route has closed; they will have a tent in the vicinity of the Help Desk. The Help Desk will also have a first-aid kit available. If you have a medical emergency in camp, contact the Help Desk or any of our staff members.

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On The Route

Course Hours

The route is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of Day 6 when we’ll start a bit early, which will be announced during our evening program the day before.

This means there is no course support until 7 a.m. – please do not start riding sooner than this, because you will not be considered part of the event and will not be supported.

And you must finish by 5 p.m. each day; if you’re still on the route at 5 p.m. one of our SAG vehicles will offer you a ride to camp. If you refuse a ride into camp at 5 p.m., again you will not be considered part of the event and will not be supported.

 
Ride Rules

We have a few rules in place for Cycle Adirondacks participants that are necessary in order for us all to have a safe and successful bike tour. Please read these rules and abide by them – and yes, they all apply to you, personally.

  1. You must wear an ANSI- or SNELL-approved helmet at all times when you’re riding your bike on the route, and you’re required to have at least two bike-specific water bottles (or an equivalent capacity) with you on the route. No screw-top water bottles are allowed on the route (they fall out or get dropped, creating litter and hazards for other riders).
  2. Ride safely. This means you must obey traffic laws – riders must obey the same laws as motor vehicle drivers. You must also obey any instructions you’re given during the tour by a law enforcement officer or route monitor. Beyond specific laws, here are other rules: stay to the right side of the road, as far as is safely possible. Never cross the center line for ANY reason. Ride single-file unless there is no vehicle traffic, and then ride no more than two wide. Ride in pacelines only if you’re experienced with them, and no paceline should contain more than six riders. If you’re deemed to be an unsafe rider you will be removed from the event with no refund.
  3. Only self-propelled or electric-assist bicycles are allowed; no full-electric or otherwise motorized vehicles are allowed.
  4. All participants must sign an Event Waiver. By signing it you agree to all its terms, and only then will you be given a numbered wristband. This wristband is your event ID and must be worn throughout the event. Only people with wristbands will be allowed access to event amenities such as meals.
  5. The route is only open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Course support is offered only during those hours. You will not be covered by our insurance or any safety systems if you (a) start before 7:00 a.m.; (b) ride off the official mapped and signed route; or (c) are not to the next camp by 5:00 p.m. and don’t accept a ride in a SAG vehicle.
  6. Riders, their families, friends or others are not allowed to bring a personal vehicle on the route (with the exception of registered Non-Cycling Companions).
Signage/Hazards

Our routes will be well-marked. We’ll use colored markings on the roadway to indicate direction and turns, as well as other things you should pay attention to. Bright spray chalk will indicate a road hazard such as a pothole, railroad tracks, etc. We also place signs at specific distance intervals, key intersections, tricky turns, and points of interest along the way. Although we make every effort to mark hazards, please remember that you are responsible for riding safely and following the rules of the road.

Route Monitors

We’ll have an enthusiastic team of Route Monitors along the route who will position themselves at busy or tricky intersections or other key points. Please heed their instructions – they’re out there for everyone’s safety. For example, our monitors do not have the ability to stop traffic if you’re making a left turn, so wait until they tell you it’s safe to go.

Support and Gear (SAG) Vehicles

We will have three fully equipped SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles along the route each day. These vehicles have a volunteer driver who is in communication with our staff and other resources throughout the route. They’re also stocked up with minor repair supplies, some food and drink to get you through to the next rest stop if you’re bonking, first-aid kits and a fairly amazing array of little things you didn’t realize you might need.

The point is, if you need help on the road, look for a SAG and give the driver the “thumbs-down” signal if you need help. If you do, the SAG will stop to help. If you have a mechanical problem or absolutely can’t continue on your bike, they’ll give you a ride to the next rest stop or end of the day’s route for rest and repair.

A couple important points to make: First, the SAG vans are not taxis. It’s expected that you will show up in shape to ride this event’s route, not just pedal until you get tired and then flag down a ride to camp. Second, once you get in a SAG, you’ll be on the van’s schedule, not yours. These are busy vehicles, and they don’t just shuttle you straight to the next camp – they’ll likely have multiple stops on the way.

Emergency/Medical

We will have emergency medical responders on the route each day. These responders are ready to address any kind of injury or accident, and have made arrangements with local medical facilities and providers in case we need to transport an injured or sick rider.

If you are involved in or witness an accident that requires immediate medical attention, flag down the nearest SAG van, course monitor or staff vehicle and let them know help is needed. They will use our communications network to get a responder there as soon as possible. Unless you’re a trained medical professional, do NOT move or treat a badly injured rider; your job is to keep yourself and others safe.

If you need medical attention, services from the event vehicles are free of charge. If you need to be transported and/or handed off to a local medical facility or Life Flight service, your own insurance coverage takes over and/or you’re responsible for any charges.

Communications/Text Alerts

Just for your information: Cycle Adirondacks is connected every day by a complex web of communication. We thoroughly monitor the route where there isn’t cellphone coverage; use cellphones for where there is, and use dozens of handheld radios for our volunteers and staff to communicate within camp and the community. Our text alert service is the best way to receive timely updates such as weather alerts, route changes, impromptu dance contests, etc. You can sign up by texting @cycleadk18 to 81010 (if prompted, reply “S” and/or provide your name to be added).

Rider Safety

This brings up an important subject: rider safety. We have a few expectations you should be aware of.

First is that we will be traveling a significant portion of the time on state highways, which have speed limits of 55 mph but some vehicles driving significantly faster than that. The roads are built to accommodate this traffic, but it magnifies the need for safe and alert riding, even on back roads.

So… please ride single-file on narrow roads. We know it’s tempting to ride side-by-side to chat, but this is for your safety. There are a number of nice back roads on our route where you can double up here and there as long as you’re still highly aware of traffic, so please save it for then.

Pacelines are efficient and fun – but they can cause problems on group events. If you do paceline, you must be safe and courteous. That means not cutting back suddenly in front of slower riders, and not passing when there’s vehicle traffic coming from behind – even if you have to slow down your paceline, DO NOT swing out to pass slower riders if there is traffic approaching from behind. The majority of our riders aren’t interested in how fast they can ride, so you need to be considerate of them. Pacelines are limited to 6 riders or fewer.

Lunch and Rest Stops

We want to make sure you’re never very far from food and drink – and that what we offer is tasty and nutritious. With that in mind, here’s how we have the route set up. There are two rest stops daily spaced approximately 25 miles apart.

A rest stop includes a variety of food choices – proteins, carbs, salty/sweet, fruit, etc. – plus water and energy drink. And the lunch stop each day features a full meal – although it is lighter than breakfast and dinner, it still has a substantial amount of calories. Besides water and sports drink, sodas will be available here. All stops have toilets, and the lunch stop will have a mechanic on duty.

Mechanics

As mentioned earlier, we’ll have mechanics on duty in camp, but also on the route. One mechanic will be stationed at each lunch and rest stop. If you have a mechanical problem on the route, flag down a SAG vehicle with a “thumbs-down” and you can catch a ride to a rest stop or the next camp (just remember that you’ll be on the SAG driver’s schedule and you may have to stop along the way to assist other riders). As in camp, the lunch mechanic will have a full set of tools and some common supplies. If you need specific parts, the mechanic will help you decide if you can finish the route or not that day, and then work with you to get the parts and the repair done. You are responsible for paying for parts but not labor – mechanics gratefully accept tips.

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Fun Stuff

Entertainment
The entertainment area is where we feature live local entertainment in every community. Think music, local color, historical talks, stilt walkers, you name it. A full schedule will be posted here when complete.

Beer Garden

Toasting a ride with a cold beverage is a proud and honored tradition in cycling – and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to do just that on CycleADK. Our Beer & Wine Garden will be open from 3:00-9:00 p.m. with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages that showcase the burgeoning craft beverage industry of Upstate New York.

One serious note: Please be respectful of alcohol laws. In all sites there will be restrictions on where you can be with alcohol in your possession. Please remember that physical exertion can affect your body’s reaction to alcohol – besides making for a bad ride the next day, drinking too much is embarrassing, and we are guests in these communities. Enough said.

Off-Bike Activities

Just when you think there couldn’t possibly be any more, there is. Cycle Adirondacks’ unique format allows guests to customize their cycling vacation like never before. Since the tour spends two days in each of our overnight host communities, you have more time to explore. Whether you choose to ride the short or long route on our layover day or choose not to ride at all, we’ve got plenty for you to do.

Some will have limited capacity and require advanced sign-up so we wait until June to send a list of activities and open the registration.

Event Retail

It’s likely you’ll want a few mementos of your Cycle ADK experience, so we will have an Event Retail tent in camp each day, typically adjacent to the Help Desk and/or Community Tent. Event Retail will be open every day from 3 p.m. until it gets too dark or too slow to stay open. We’ll have a small variety of quality items available, including jerseys, riding jerseys, bibs and shorts, T-shirts and hoodies, caps, CycleADK socks, water bottles and more. The retail tent will also feature products from event partners like Placid Planet, Pure Adirondacks, DAK Bar and others. Our Event Retail tent accepts cash or credit cards.

Social Media

We’re quite fortunate to have Pure Adirondacks as our full-time social media/photography/video team during the ride. Be sure to follow our channels, and tell everyone you know to follow as well. It will be the best digital ride going.

Facebook.com/cycleadk
Twitter.com/cycleadk
Instagram.com/cycleadk

Official Event Hashtag: #CycleADK.

Wellness Services

In each camp we’ll have an area designated on the map as Wellness Services; it’ll typically be placed in as quiet an area as we can find. There will be several services available here.

Massage
If you think beer goes well with riding, well, we think massage goes even better. You’re working hard out there every day, so your body can definitely use a little love – and we have just the thing for you. Megan Parker of River Stone Wellness has put together a team of highly skilled licensed massage therapists for our event, and you’re going to want to take advantage of their services.

There are three elements to the massage service:

  • The LMTs will offer free short massages from 3-4 p.m. each day, Sunday through Friday, on a walk-up basis. Come by and get something worked on for a bit, or just a few minutes of peaceful bliss – and get to know our LMTs. (Based on the number of riders this year, you should plan to take advantage of this only once during the week)
  • LMTs will offer 30-minute and 60-minute massage appointments from 4-9 p.m. (morning appointments may be available as well; check with Megan by phone). Half-hour appointments will be $45; a one-hour appointment will be $80. This is the best way to recover from a day’s ride and be ready for the next one (well, sleep is important, too, but…)
  • There will be a self-service station as part of the Wellness Services area, which will have foam rollers and other therapeutic equipment available for riders to work out the kinks a bit on their own.

It’s best to make appointments ahead of time; just call Megan at 802-309-5447 to reserve your spot or ask any questions. Walk-up appointments will be on an availability basis, and you can sign up for a future appointment during the event as well.

If you have an appointment, check in at least 10 minutes early; you’ll be given an intake form/waiver to sign. You’ll be able to undress to the level you’re comfortable with, under or behind a sheet. The therapists are all licensed professionals.

Yoga

We’re lucky enough to offer you free yoga classes, led by Jennifer Holmes, who has been a student of yoga for 16 years and a teacher for six. Jennifer is a certified yoga teacher, Spinning instructor, and League Cycling Instructor (LCI) specializing in Vinyasa yoga and engaging students in cross-training activities designed to increase flexibility and improve core strength. An active outdoor enthusiast who enjoys long road rides, mountain biking, kayaking and cross-country skiing, she teaches a weekly Yoga for Athletes class in Albany.

Jennifer is thrilled to be returning to the Cycle Adirondacks tour. Each day, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a morning wake-up class and/or post-ride stretch at camp as an additional benefit to weary riders looking to stretch their hamstrings, glutes, low back and other targeted muscle groups to help recover and rejuvenate in the designated Wellness Area.

Jennifer will lead two sessions per day in a grassy area in camp. You’re encouraged to bring a towel or yoga mat with you, as long as you can fit them in your bag(s) within the weight limit of 65 pounds.

Morning Sessions – 6:30-7 a.m.: Wake Up and FLOW Gentle Yoga
Gentle yoga classes are calm, fluid, and soothing, suitable for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Experience slow movements to warm the body and release muscular tension, breathing techniques to calm the nervous system, and simple postures to build stability.

Afternoon Sessions – 4-5 p.m.: Wind Down and Release
Afternoon yoga classes are multi-level and will explore the balance between effort and ease. Strengthen the body by sustaining more challenging postures at a moderate pace with poses designed to increase your balance, range of motion, and flexibility, especially in the hips and hamstrings. Explore how cycling and yoga complement each other to develop mind-body strength and stability. Release tension in your neck, shoulders and spine with a series of gentle twists and rejuvenate tired muscles. Modifications will be offered as needed.

Camp Games

We were looking around at all the green space we have in some of our camps, and we thought, “We should bring along some sports equipment, in case people want to play in the afternoon or evening!” So we’ll have some sports equipment available to check out from the Help Desk in each camp.


WHEW!!! 

You did it. This is quite a read – 12,000+ words if you’re counting. But we hope this guide helps answer any questions you might have. However, if you have more, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We love speaking directly to our riders. 

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