Ride Day 1, Sunday 8/19
Out-and-Back routes from Speculator

WELCOME TO OUR LITTLE PIECE OF PARADISE!

It’s great to see our Cycle Adirondacks friends and to welcome newcomers into this little family we’ve built over the past few years…welcome! Our 2018 route starts off cruising along the lakefront, just as you’ve come to expect. We’ll ride out of Speculator and around Lake Pleasant. Sure, it’s the long way out of town but we’ve got all day so why not? After the warm up around the lake we’ll turn south and into the woods, everything gets quiet and peaceful. We’ll leave the highways to the log trucks and tour buses because the backroads are where we roll. Five miles of mostly flat roads will get us to a quick descent into the Town of Wells where a nice 3-mile lap around Lake Algonquin leads to the Day 1 Rest Stop where our smiling volunteers will be ready to hear all about the first 20 miles. Those of us riding today’s short route will head north from Wells and ride the backroads back up to Speculator for an afternoon or rest and relaxation. On the long route, we’ll jump on Route 30 and ride south on the paved shoulder for 10 miles to the Village of Northville. CycleADK 2016 riders will remember Northville, it’s a fine example of the small, well-kept and welcoming communities that make life in the Adirondacks unique and special. This is the turnaround point for the long route and a great place to enjoy a few peaceful moments on the shore of Great Sacandaga Lake before making your way back to CycleADK camp. Take your time and don’t worry, lunch will be waiting for you when you return. Speaking of the return, it’s pretty straightforward. We’ll take a different route out of Northville but then hop on Route 30 for about 8 miles. You’ll get a chance to swing through the Rest Stop in Wells again where you’ll meet back up with short route riders for the second half of their day. Okay, now let’s all head back to camp and get ready for an evening of good food, cold beer and live music. Day 1 is in the books. Welcome to CycleADK 2018!

Please be aware that routes are subject to change and that digital downloads are meant to supplement pavement markings and cue sheets. If you’re planning to download routes to your mobile device you’ll want to wait until August 1st to ensure you have the most current daily routes.

Long Route

Start/End:                              Speculator / Speculator
Distance:                               68.1 mi
Elevation Gain/Descent:     + 3321 / – 3321 ft (Net Gain/Descent: + 0 ft)

 

Short Route

Start/End:                              Speculator / Speculator
Distance:                               34.3 mi
Elevation Gain/Descent:     + 1899 / – 1899 ft (Net Gain/Descent: + 0 ft)


Ride Day 2, Monday 8/20
Point-to-Point ride to Inlet

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Start/End:                              Speculator / Speculator
Distance:                               34.3 mi
Elevation Gain/Descent:     + 1899 / – 1899 ft (Net Gain/Descent: + 0 ft)
 
Forty-five years ago, the State of New York embarked on an ambitious and often considered revolutionary effort to balance the needs of local communities, residents and businesses with natural resource conservation. Now, over four decades later, we are blessed with the opportunity to ride bicycles among communities where life is intimately connected to the lakes, rivers, and forest preserve that surround them. Day 2 of our 2018 route provides a first-hand experience with the results of vigorous environmental protection and the continuous effort to create and maintain balance among stakeholders across various economic sectors. We will spend the day with the Siamese Ponds and Hudson Gorge Wilderness areas to our east, the Sargent Pond Wild Forest and Pigeon Lake Wilderness to our north and the West Canada Lake Wilderness, Little Moose Mountain Wilderness and the Moose River Plains to our west and south. Each of these areas have their own unique character and add to the fabric of the Park. Along the way we’ll ride past dozens of lakes with as much diversity as the wilderness lands they’re within. The communities of Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Raquette Lake are named after the water bodies that provide their namesake and will welcome us along the way. These are great places to take a breather and meet some kind folks who, like us, call this special place home. The Town of Inlet is today’s finish and CycleADK camp for the next two days. Inlet is one of many Adirondack communities that balances seasonal tourism with year-round life and the result is a community with an abundance of outdoor recreation. The natural beauty of the Adirondacks — the lakes, mountains, trails, sunrises, and sunsets — are Inlet’s obvious attractions. Add to those a bunch of great restaurants, a variety of shopping venues, cultural events and scenic tours, and you have the answer to why Inlet is such a popular destination. We’ll have plenty of riding from Inlet but you’ll want to make sure you build in some time to explore the many off-bike activities we’ll have lined up for you. No matter what you are looking for, Inlet will deliver in fine style.