August 20-27, 2016
Year two of the first fully supported road-bike tour of the Adirondack Park.
Saranac Lake, headquarters of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program, will serve as the “Layover Town” for Cycle Adirondacks 2016 – meaning visitors will have two days to explore the area.
WCS created this nonprofit event to shine a spotlight on a region that combines spectacular scenery and roads with important conservation work. The tour debuted in 2015, and riders raved about the scenery, the welcoming communities and the event organization. The 2016 event, which will bring hundreds of riders to the Adirondack Park, will start Sunday, August 21, in Hadley/Lake Luzerne and follow a counter-clockwise loop route with overnight stops in Ticonderoga, Keeseville, Saranac Lake (two nights), Indian Lake and Northville before finishing in Hadley/Lake Luzerne the following Saturday. Daily routes average about 60 miles, and overnight sites will offer amenities including catered meals featuring locally sourced foods; a beer and wine garden featuring local brews and vintages; a live entertainment stage; massage, yoga and other wellness services; and local wildlife and conservation experts offering informative talks.
The event also offers a unique program called Adventure Travelers, where non-cyclists can accompany the event for the week, choosing daily adventures including paddling, hiking, museums and more, and then rejoining the cyclists each afternoon in the next camp. There are also spots open for event volunteers for the week.
The Full Ride: Pedal the week-long event. Total mileage for the event will be 350-425 miles, depending on options, with daily route ranging from 38 to 68 miles; daily elevation gains average 3,000-4,000 feet. Price: $1,395 through March 31; $1,495 after that. $995 for Adventure Travelers.
3-Day/4-Day Option: Riders take on the first three or four days of the event, starting out with everyone at the beginning of the event in Hadley/Lake Luzerne. Once riders arrive in Saranac Lake on Day Three they can choose to leave that night or the next afternoon; transportation for rider, bags and bikes will be provided back to the start at Hadley/Lake Luzerne. Price: $645.
If you want a truly immersive Adirondacks experience, come spend a week touring the region on a bike! Registration is open, and you can find comprehensive information, including photos, videos, route descriptions and more, at www.cycleadirondacks.com.