Flatlander's Delight [map]
|A view of the Catskills from Columbia County.|
- This route starts and ends in New Paltz, NY. Riders cross the Hudson River on both outbound and return legs and spend a considerable amount of time riding through lovely, bucolic Columbia County. There is even a two mile stretch of hardpack dirt road on this route. The name of the route is a bit misleading since there is over 7,000 feet of climbing involved, most of which is in the form of rollers in the second half of the route.
|A peaceful meadow nestled high in the Catskills.|
- The Catskills Climbfest is an amazing route that includes two significant climbs and a full day of outstanding riding through the heart of the Catskills Mountains on very low traffic roads. There is no cell service over at least 75% of the route, so randoneur self-sufficiency is put to the test. This route is open March through November due to the possibility of snow and severe mountain weather. RidewithGPS claims 9500 feet of climbing.
|The FDR home; one of many historic places along the route.|
- This route crosses the Hudson River twice, once on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge which connects Catskill and Hudson and once on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to the south. In between, riders enjoy historic Hudson Valley towns such as Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Hyde Park. There is little climbing involved on this route which is well-suited for winter riding with wide shoulders on major secondary roads and plenty of establishments in which to thaw out.