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  • August 19-25, 2017
    The Ultimate Cycling Vacation
    Quiet Roads. Incredible Views.
    Surprises At Every Turn
    Magical Ride. Excellent Cause.
    Ride With Us!
  • Ride With A Cause
    Cycle Adirondacks is an award winning, fully-supported road cycling tour of New York's Adirondack Park. At over 6-million acres, the Adirondacks feature some of the most stunning landscapes in North America.

    Established in 1892, the Adirondack Park is the largest protected area in the lower 48 states. How large? Well, larger than Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Glacier National Parks combined. Inside the Park boundary, referred to as the "Blue Line" is one of the largest intact temperate forests in the world; it contains the headwaters of five major watersheds, including thousands of lakes, hundreds of miles of streams and rivers, and thousands of acres of bogs, swamps, and marshes; and it is home to a diversity of wildlife, such as moose, bobcat, black bear, common loon and many other iconic species of the great north woods. The Adirondacks also represent one of the country’s oldest formal models of coexistence between humans and wilderness.

    Cycle Adirondacks, which debuted in 2015, is hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society, whose goal is to conserve the world's wildlife and largest wild places, including the Adirondacks. Cycling through the Adirondacks connects you to this magnificent place and to the great work of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
  • I have done in excess of 10 week-long tours, and this was without a doubt the BEST!
    This. Could. Be. You.
    Cycle Adirondacks is priced like an all-inclusive resort: once you've paid, you can enjoy the event without getting hit with extra charges. The registration price includes everything you need. That's right, parking, meals, luggage transport, hot showers, charging your device, taking a yoga class, getting help from a mechanic - all included, plus more. We deliver a high-end experience you won't get on any other bike tour – a guided adventure designed to connect you with the stunning and diverse Adirondack wilderness. Best of all, by riding with Wildlife Conservation Society, you directly support their conservation efforts.

    Sign Me Up - Let's Ride! 2017 Event Pricing
    SOLD OUT - Pre-Registration (AKA The Best Deal)
    $1,195 - Now thru Feb. 15
    $1,295 - Feb. 16 thru May 15
    $1,395 - May 16 thru Aug. 20
    $795 - Non-Cycling Companions & Jr. Riders (Under 18)

    Bring Your Friends
    Groups of five or more will receive a FREE event jersey for each member. Just be sure to plug in your team name at registration.

    The 2017 Route Announcement will happen at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24 LIVE on our Facebook Page, but by booking early you guarantee your spot at the best price. In order to provide the same high quality guest experience our riders have come to love, we will cap the ride.
  • If you’ve never done a multi-day bike tour before, start here. Cycle Adirondacks cares deeply about both your experience and the setting. You will be taken care of every mile.
    How better to illustrate the Cycle Adirondacks experience than to take you through our 2016 tour? Click the arrow on the right and enjoy highlight videos and images, courtesy of Pure Adirondacks of last summer's incredible tour featuring the Hudson River and Lake Champlain valleys.
  • New Year. New Ride.
    In just two years Cycle Adirondacks has become one of the most well executed and enjoyable cycling tours in North America. We could rest on those laurels, but we'd rather raise the guest experience bar yet again with an innovative new format for 2017 that features three incredible overnight communities where we'll spend two nights at each. While we won't announce the exact route, including overnight communities until January 24, the new format delivers:

    - More Ride Distances & Options than Ever.
    - More Off Bike Activities.
    - More Community Experience.
    - More Breathtaking Scenery & Quiet Roads.
    - And...Less Packing and Moving!

    Our riders said they wanted more ride options and more time to explore the communities. This format provides both and allows you to customize your ride experience so that you can decide to take a day off to hike or ride a shorter route on the days we don't move to a new town. Ride as little as three days or as many as six. The adventure is up to you.

    EVENT SNAPSHOT
    Aug. 19: Check-in, dinner, explore
    Aug. 20: Out-and-back rides (two distances, optional)
    Aug. 21: All Ride
    Aug. 22: Out-and-back rides (two distances, optional)
    Aug. 23: All Ride
    Aug. 24: Out-and-back rides (two distances, optional)
    Aug. 25: All Ride, Finish Line lunch

    There are, of course, a few things we aren't changing in 2017. Namely incredible locally sourced dining, world class entertainment, delicious NY craft beer and wine, over-the-top amenities, not to mention outstanding organization and support with the same personal guest experience and community connection our riders have come to love. In other words, "The Ultimate Cycling Vacation."
  • Any future tour will have to meet the bar that Cycle Adirondacks set.
    First Class
    Amenities
    So much of what makes Cycle Adirondacks special is the unexpected. Sure, our goal is to deliver the best-run, most amenity-rich, all-inclusive, fun and relaxing bike tour you'll ever experience. But, just when you think you've experienced everything, that's when the surprises start. For us, it's about fresh baked pies at a rest stop, a dance team at the top of the hill, an unexpected trip out on the lake (with beers) and so much more. Think amenities like:

    - Gourmet Locally Sourced Dining
    - New York Craft Beer and Local Wine
    - Nightly Entertainment
    - Massage Therapy & Yoga
    - Complete Camp Services
    - Wildlife Experts on the Route and in Camp
    - All-Star Mechanics & Route Support

    Put simply, we're all about delivering an unparalleled rider experience.
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This was my first multi-day supported ride, and it exceeded my expectations in every way!
The Adirondacks are vast but full of hidden treasures: dramatic cliffs leading to fjord-like lakes; diverse ecosystems, from northern, mossy bogs to high alpine meadows; free-flowing and meandering rivers; large, roadless tracts of wilderness rich with wildlife; and a shared landscape spotted with small, historic towns and farmlands nestled among some of the most rugged mountains in the east. 
This is by far the best tour I have ever been on – well organized and managed. From the beginning to the end it was done with total class.
From waking up to going to sleep, Cycle Adirondacks tries to anticipate everything in between. We make your time on and off the bike memorable and stress-free.
Went by myself, and was so happy I did – I had the chance to meet people from all over the world and make friendships that will last a lifetime!
Cycle Adirondacks is not a big tour and it's not designed to become one. Put simply, we created this event to be about you, which naturally allows you to get to know other riders, volunteers and community members more easily. 
This tour is a winner for anyone wanting to experience the Adirondacks on a bike.
This is a tour, not a race. You can comfortably ride at your own pace, enjoy the scenery and interesting things along the way, and still have plenty of time to explore and relax in our overnight communities.
Everything about this tour was first-class, from the people through the route, right down to the incredible food!
It's true, riders on past tours have never had to complain about having enough food. And at Cycle Adirondacks, we go out of our way to feature local fare, including a tour favorite farm-to-table meal.
The directors, staff, and volunteers are simply amazing. They truly care about the riders and it shows.
Cycle Adirondacks is designed not just to tell a story, but to involve you in that story from the moment you arrive. Whether it's enjoying a wildlife talk, a local band or beer, our goal is to connect you with the Adirondacks like never before. 
Global
Conservation
Global
Conservation
The Wildlife Conservation Society started Cycle Adirondacks as a way to connect people with one of the most spectacular places in North America - the Adirondack Park. WCS' goals for Cycle Adirondacks are to create a tourism opportunity that is low-impact and provides economic alternatives for local communities in the Adirondacks; and to help strengthen the natural resource based economy in this rural area. 
WCS works across the globe to save wildlife and wild places using science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. Since its inception in 1895, WCS has educated and inspired 400 million visitors across its five wildlife parks in New York City, including the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo. Globally, WCS has active programs in over 60 countries and has helped establish and manage more than 100 protected areas and national parks. The Adirondack Program, based in Saranac Lake, NY is one of WCS' priority global conservation programs.
Today's conservation challenges are greater than ever, but WCS is committed to setting the bar for science-based solutions and community-focused conservation action to protect wildlife and wild places globally.
Learn more at WCS.org
Local
Conservation
Local
Conservation
WCS' conservation work in the Adirondacks began over 20 years ago in an effort to link wildlife, wilderness and local people. Similar to our efforts across the globe, we strive to find balance between the needs of our environment and the people who live in the Adirondacks. Using applied science and community-based conservation, our science staff looks to find solutions that are based on objective science and consider the needs of wildlife and people. We are based in Saranac Lake, NY and our staff partners with local and state agencies, other nonprofits, local community groups and citizen scientists to ensure that wildlife in the Adirondacks thrives.  Some of our work includes:
- Annual Adirondack Loon Census - Understanding Impacts of Climate Change - Minimizing Conflicts Between People & Black Bears - Private Land Stewardship - Ensuring Connected Habitats for Wildlife
Learn more at WCS North America
Faq
Faq
Questions, questions… everywhere questions. Well, here's where you come for answers. If you have a question that's not addressed here, it's likely others will have the same question – so email us and we'll answer it and add the answer below. 
More Questions? Contact Us!
When you have solar lights to guide your way to the porta-potties after dark, you know you’re being treated royally!
Sleep Well
Pedal Happy
Sleep Well
Pedal Happy
Cycle Adirondacks features all the amenities you'll need for a relaxing week of exploring this incredible landscape. When it comes to our overnight camps, your event registration includes lighted seated dining under a covered tent, hot showers and sinks, clean restrooms, water bottle filling stations, sturdy and safe bike racks, baggage service, free mechanics, event retail, a mobile device charging station and a staffed "front desk" with kind folks ready to answer any questions you might have. It also includes a flat grassy space for you to pitch your sleeping tent. But if you'd like to upgrade your lodging experience a bit more, we also feature a tent service and free shuttles to local lodging.
Tent Service The good folks at Comfy Campers have provided our luxury tent service since 2015. This popular service provides you roomy clean tent – set up for you when you reach camp and taken down for you when you leave – plus an inflated air mattress, a chair with a cup holder and a clean towel every day. Details on booking will be available soon.
Local Lodging If sleeping on the ground (or an air mattress) isn't your thing, you can opt to stay in local lodging along the way. As soon as the 2017 route is announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24, each day description will feature a list of lodging options that you can book directly through Cycle Adirondacks. Meaning, no need to make multiple reservation phone calls.
Hands down, Cycle Adirondacks is the best organized bicycle adventure anywhere!
Superb Planning
Expert Support
Superb Planning
Expert Support
Yes, you have to do the pedaling, but we'll be there to support you every mile of the way. We have multiple resources dedicated to making your riding experience an exemplary one. Just to name a few:
- Multiple SAG (Support & Gear) Vehicles - Route Maps, Clear Road Markings & Signage - Gear Drop - Roving Professional Mechanics - Cycling Volunteers & Route Monitors
Safety is, of course, our top priority. Which is why we've also taken the following measures to keep your mind at ease while pedaling:
- Multiple EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) - Municipal Support (as needed) - Nightly Route Briefings
Your catered meals have spoiled me for any future bike tours; they were outstanding!
Gourmet Dining
Locally Sourced
Gourmet Dining
Locally Sourced
We look for every opportunity to connect you with this incredible part of the country, especially when it comes to food. To wet your taste buds, our award winning caterer Mazzone Hospitality masterfully creates an event menu designed to keep you fully fueled for the road, while accommodating a wide array of dietary needs. And thanks to the support of sponsors like Taste NY, Paul Smith's College and the local farming community, we source as much as possible from nearby farms, including a tour favorite complete farm-to-table meal. Highlights:
- Robust Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner - Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Options - Fully Stocked Route Stops - Seconds Encouraged
Let's just say it isn't strange for our riders to actually gain a few extra pounds during the week.
Loved the cold craft beer waiting for us at the end of each day – a terrific reward!
Beer. Wine. Music.
Beer. Wine. Music.
Adirondackers are known as a relaxed, fun loving and friendly bunch. Which is why our free entertainment throughout the week is open to community members. Hearing their stories may alone be worth registering for Cycle Adirondacks, especially when they're swapped while enjoying a fine beverage.
And speaking of beverages, our ride features Good Nature Brewing, NY's first farm brewery. As a Farm Brewery, they are committed to sourcing their ingredients from NY State Farmers. But Good Nature goes a step further by working directly with their neighboring farms to source the freshest ingredients possible.
Now, we know most will be riding the next day, which is why our evening entertainment venues are a close walk from camp, but not close enough to keep the "early to bed" folks awake. The tour always features an eclectic mix of music and entertainment you can only see in the Adirondacks and when our stage closes, the local taverns have always enjoyed extending your beer garden conversations.
Five stars and a giant thumbs-up for yoga and massage. I made full use of both.
Feel Well
Ride Better
Feel Well
Ride Better
We know it’s not ALL about your time on the bike. It’s also about delivering a relaxing camp atmosphere, including a Wellness Center staffed by certified professionals. Our professional massage team from Riverstone Wellness offers free short massages each afternoon, as well as longer scheduled paid sessions. Or just pop by their mobile wellness center and stretch out with their free sports medicine equipment.
Interested in yoga? No problem. Cycle Adirondacks offers free morning and evening yoga sessions led by Jennifer Clunie Holmes, a certified yoga teacher and spinning instructor, who is also a League Cycling Instructor (LCI).
For tips on training and your riding technique leading up to and during the event, look no further than Tanya Deeks from Unleash the Beast Multisport Coaching. Whether it's better climbing, more confident descending, or faster and more efficient riding overall, Tanya can offer tips and recommendations – as well as relief from pain and soreness.
This program was perfect. My daughter doesn't ride and I wanted to have an adventure with her while also seeing and supporting the event and the WCS Adirondack program.
No Bike. No Problem.
No Bike. No Problem.
Hey, we know not everyone wants to ride on a bike tour – you or someone you know might really enjoy coming along for a week of Adirondacks adventure, if it doesn't involve that whole pedaling thing. That's why Cycle Adirondacks 2017 is welcoming a limited number of non-cyclists to attend with their pedaling companion. And here's the best part, you'll have the ability to utilize your personal vehicle* throughout the week for transportation between overnight communities and to your personalized off-bike adventures. 
No Bike, But Sign Me Up!Here's how it works: companions get to enjoy the atmosphere, the surroundings, the entertainment and all the other amenities… but while the riders pedal each day, you'll be able to choose your own adventure by working with local tourism professionals to plan a customized itinerary personally tailored to your interests.
Want to stay active? You could hike a different trail or paddle a different lake each day. Looking to be a little more low impact? Then how about an outdoor-education session with a naturalist, or maybe a museum or winery tour.
When the route announcement happens later in January, we'll also release details on how to begin building your customized off-bike itinerary.
*Please note this program is strictly for non-cycling guests. Registrants will receive a separate color wristband and will not have access to cycling routes and support. Cycle Adirondacks will not provide vehicular transportation for non-cycling companions. We will provide parking in camp for registered vehicles.
Roadies Rule!
Roadies Rule!
If you're not able to ride Cycle Adirondacks, or if you just want to help out a great event, consider becoming one of the "Roadies." Also known as the best volunteer team in the world.
We need a team of fun loving folks to join us for the entire week, to help take care of all the logistics involved with an event of this scope. The needs vary from physical tasks requiring strength and mobility to light-duty positions suitable for nearly anyone. This is a great opportunity for family or friends of registered riders, as well as anyone who wants to support WCS.
In addition to being able to experience the Adirondacks with the event, Roadies receive all the benefits of being a rider - camping, great food, nightly entertainment and unparalleled scenery. But they also score customized Roadie gear, complimentary adult beverages, an awesome party, a lifetime of memories… and our sincere and deep appreciation.
If you're interested being a Roadie, start by filling out our Application online. We'll respond to let you know we've received it, and be in touch as we work through the process of filling out our team. We'd love to have you!
Sign Me Up - Let's Roadie!
Meet the Team Our Partners
The world is a beautiful place when seen on two wheels, and Matt embraces the view. After serving as a Cycle Adirondacks Event Manager for the past two years, Matt has stepped up to Co-Direct the 2017 ride along with Doug Haney. Because he's unflinchingly dedicated to providing riders with a truly memorable experience, he'll be the guy to buy a beer for at the end of each incredible day.

Matt and his wife, Jodi, were born and raised in Upstate New York. They've returned there to raise their boys, Gavin and Gabriel, who are growing up seeing the world from the perspective their dad loves best.

You can reach Matt directly at 315.525.9554 or via email at matt@cycleadirondacks.com
Matt VanSlyke, Cycle Adirondacks Co-Director
Husband, dad of girls, optimist, storyteller, water lover, cyclist, volunteer, five Olympics, 48 states, 32 countries, genuinely happy.

After two years as an Event Manager for Cycle Adirondacks, Doug confidently joins Matt VanSlyke as Co-Director for the 2017 ride. As the main community and marketing lead, you'll find Doug smiling and talking to pretty much everyone. After a conversation with Doug, you'll be smiling too. He lives in Saranac Lake with his wife Kat and their two constantly outside and dirty little girls, Gwen and Liesl.

You can reach Doug directly at 518.524.4674 or via email at doug@cycleadirondacks.com.
Doug Haney, Cycle Adirondacks Co-Director
Cycle Adirondacks was created by Zoë as a way for Wildlife Conservation Society to introduce a new audience to the valuable work that she and her staff do in the Adirondacks. As the Director of the WCS Adirondack Program in Saranac Lake since 2000, Zoë is been an active member of her local community and spends her free time paddling, skiing and hiking with her husband Jason and her two kids, Griffin and Ruby.
Zoë Smith, WCS Adirondacks Director
The "Cycling Scientist" on the Wildlife Conservation Society Science Team during Cycle Adirondacks, Heidi is a 4th generation "Adirondacker" who grew up in Vermontville, NY, in the Adirondack Park. As Deputy Director for WCS Conservation and Communities, Heidi believes that understanding people and connecting people to nature will ultimately achieve greater conservation impact for nearly every conservation challenge. She graduated from Saranac Lake High School and lives in Saranac Lake with her children Leena, Owen and husband, Andy Keal – co-owner of Nori's Village Market.
Dr. Heidi Kretser, WCS Adirondacks Scientist
Jerry is an ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program. He is the author of Climate Change in the Adirondacks: The Path to Sustainability, a newly-released book on the local implications of climate change, published through Cornell University Press. Jenkins brings decades of research experience in the field to Cycle Adirondacks as one of the key members of the Science Team. Follow Jerry from the field on social media at @JerryJenkinsWCS.
Jerry Jenkins, WCS Adirondacks Scientist
A key member of the WCS Science Team for Cycle Adirondacks since 2015, Michale grew up paddling the lakes and rivers of the Adirondacks, hiking its hills and mountains, leaving long enough to get a couple of science degrees and then racing back. Cycle Adirondacks simply allows her to take her WCS Adirondack Program Science Director title on the road and to the people. She considers herself among the luckiest people in the world to be able to live and work here, and to share the experience with her husband (NYS Forest Ranger), 2 kids - Phoebe and Clancy, 3 horses, and 2 lazy cats.
Dr. Michale Glennon, WCS Adirondacks Scientist
Dan retired in 2012 after a 27+ year career with the Adirondack Park Agency, but retirement proved to be a relative term. During the ride, he is a member of the WCS Science Team, but off the Cycle Adirondacks road, he has been a member of the New York Flora Association since its inception and now serves on its board. Dan is a member of the Adirondack Botanical Society and serves as the President of the Adirondack Research Consortium. He co-authored the NYS Freshwater Wetlands Delineation Manual (1995), and developed the NYS Adirondack Park Agency Compensatory Wetlands Mitigation Guidelines (1996). He is a professional musician playing bass in jazz and rock n’ roll bands. Winter will find him on Nordic skates on wild lake ice and summer will find him hiking, biking and kayaking.
Dan Spada, WCS Adirondacks Scientist
Carrie will be joining the WCS Science Team for 2017, bringing her expertise in freshwater fish and habitats, and Adirondack plants and animal identification. As the Office Manager for WCS Adirondacks, she also provides administrative support to the event. She joined WCS in 2008 and has worked as a field researcher on black bears, small mammals, and forest habitats. Carrie and her partner, Ben, live in Bloomingdale, and enjoys sailing, whitewater rafting, fishing, canoeing and camping along our abundant Adirondack waterways.
Carrianne Pershyn, WCS Adirondacks Assistant
Ray is a retired Adirondack Park Agency ecologist who’s been studying the Adirondacks for decades. He has intimately engaged with WCS as an active member of its Adirondack Advisory Board for 15 years and is a key member of the Cycle Adirondacks Science Team, dedicated to helping riders interact with and learn from the nature and ecology of the incredible Adirondack landscape during the ride.
Ray Curran, WCS Adirondacks Scientist
The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) is the accredited Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for Lake Placid and Essex County, Franklin County and Hamilton County in New York. ROOST has been an incredible partner of Cycle Adirondacks since its inception and is the organization responsible for building this website. Learn more at www.RoostADK.com.
In 2014 and 2016 Cycle Adirondacks received a grant from I Love New York through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) to help build and promote the event.
Rooted in family traditions and servicing the Capital District in New York for the past 23 years, Mazzone Hospitality is an award winning catering company, whose incredible cooking has elevated Cycle Adirondacks guest experience since 2015.
As the digital story teller for Cycle Adirondacks, the Pure Adirondacks team of Evan and Hilary Williams have provided a real-time social media experience for Cycle Adirondacks fans during both the 2015 and 2016 rides. Like our images and videos? That's Pure Adirondacks.
Good Nature is a small, independently owned microbrewery & Tap Room located in Hamilton, NY. As New York State’s first Farm Brewery Good Nature, handcrafts all-natural ales brewed with local ingredients. We collaborate with local farmers, artists, & small businesses and Cycle Adirondacks to celebrate all that our region has to offer. Learn more at www.GoodNatureBrewing.com.
ADK Action creates projects that address unmet needs, promote vibrant communities, and preserve the character of the Adirondacks. As a partner of Cycle Adirondacks 2016, ADK Action helped produce a complete farm-to-table meal in Keeseville, NY by coordinating the meal with event catering and local farms. Learn more about ADK Action at www.adkaction.org.
As the official bicycle shipping partner of Cycle Adirondacks Bike Flights makes shipping a bicycle convenient, reliable and affordable for cyclists of all types. With guaranteed on time service, their powerful toolset guides you through the process of how to ship a bike. Since 2009, BikeFlights.com has shipped over 100,000 bikes to more than 7,000 destinations, including Cycle Adirondacks.
Homegrown Bicycle Adventures is a project of Cycle Adirondacks Co-Director Matt VanSlyke, who serves as the company president. Homegrown specializes in creating custom bike tours of New York's Mohawk and Hudson Valley's, but it is also a leading planning organization for Cycle Adirondacks. Learn more at www.homegrownbicycleadventures.com.
Cycle Adirondacks Co-Director Doug Haney founded GreatRange in 2014 as a way to focus on projects that directly impact the Adirondack community. Cycle Adirondacks was one of the companies first projects with GreatRange serving as the principal partner for the event's strategic marketing and branding. Learn more at www.GreatRange.org.

Riding

How many riders will there be?

For Year Three of Cycle ADK we plan to have 400 riders on the road on any given day. This is because we want to keep it small enough to have a real feeling of camaraderie for the riders, while also making sure we don't overwhelm our host communities. We will have a limit to the number of riders – so make sure to register as soon as possible!

What age do riders have to be?

Anyone over 18 is welcome to register as an individual rider. Riders under 18 must be registered by an adult rider. We encourage you to bring children who can handle the distances involved each day, whether that be on a tandem with an adult, or an individual bike. Of course, any age guest can register as a non-cycling companion. If you have questions about the event's appropriateness for a junior rider, email us and we'll explore it with you.

How difficult is the route?

The overview: You have to train and be in shape to do this ride, but not in Tour de France shape. It’s a tour, not a race, and so you have all day to finish – the route is open for up to 12 hours each day, and last year we didn’t have anyone in danger of not finishing in time. That said, this is the Adirondacks and each day will have its fair share of climbs. Bottom line: the more physically prepared you are to ride, the more fun you'll have. 

The big bonus of the 2017 route is that you have tons of options. You can ride as little as three days (with rest days in between each) or ride all six. 

 

Do I have to be a fast rider to do this?

In a word, no. This is a tour, not a race. We encourage everyone to ride at their own pace, and the route is open 12 hours each day – so you have plenty of time to ride at a relaxed pace, stop to take pictures, linger at a rest stop to talk to a local resident… As a measuring stick, you should be able to ride at least 8 to 10 miles an hour for extended periods.

Is this a good event for novice riders?

This is a great event for people who want to enjoy a multi-day cycling tour, and that includes new riders. With plenty of lead time before the tour, you should be able to get in enough rides and mileage to be ready. Two things to consider, though, are that you should be comfortable riding in a group, and you should be OK riding alongside highway traffic. We suggest you ride with a local bike club or other group, or do a few one-day events, to get used to group rides. And do some urban or highway riding to get used to having cars near you, sometimes at highway speed.

What kind of bike do I need for this event?

Let's start with one in good working condition. Most riders will ride road bikes with drop-style curved handlebars, but touring or hybrid bikes with straight bars are just fine too, as are recumbents and tandems. What's most important is that you're comfortable and that your bike will hold up through multiple days of riding. You probably don't want to show up on a mountain bike with knobby tires, a fat-tire beach cruiser or a unicycle. Leave that to the Event Directors, who plan to pedal a portion of the 2017 route on big wheels. 

What if I can't finish the day's route?

If you're unable to finish a day's route because of injury, sickness or a mechanical problem, we'll have multiple SAG (Support & Gear) vehicles circulating on the route that can pick you up and take you to the next camp. However, they're not there to serve as taxis. 

What should I bring with me on the bike each day?

The nice thing about a supported tour is that you can travel really light. We have mechanics and SAGs along the route, plus of course we carry your bags and offer Gear Drop each day so you can shed some layers of clothes as the day warms up. That said, you might want to carry a basic flat-repair kit – if you can fix your own flat you don't have to wait for the next SAG to come along. A pump or CO2 cartridges would be included as part of that kit.

And you MUST (seriously; this is a requirement) carry at least two water bottles or the equivalent on the bike at all times. We will have plenty of opportunities for you to refill, but you should always play it safe on having liquids available.

Other than that, you can consider bringing a light jacket, some money or a credit card if you see something tempting along the way, and a small camera. Your rider wristband serves as your identification; with your rider number we can access all your emergency information.

Logistics

How do I get to the event?

You can arrive at the event via car, train, plane or shuttle bus. If you drive, we provide free parking for the week. If you take the train or plane, we plan to have a shuttle service available from the Ticonderoga Amtrak train station and the Albany airport (and back after the event). We're also planning to arrange for a shuttle service from New York City to the start, and back afterward. Exact shuttle details will be coming soon. There will be a fee associated with the shuttle services. 

Can I ship my bike?

Yes; Bike Flights is our official shipping partner. And our bike-shop partner, Placid Planet Bicycles, will receive and later send your bike out, including assembly/disassembly and packing if needed. In addition, you can arrange shipping on your own directly to Placid Planet.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, Placid Planet Bicycles has a small fleet of rental bikes available for our riders. You can contact them directly and they will arrange to have a bike waiting for you in camp, where they will work with you to make sure it fits you perfectly.

Can I bring a family member or friend who doesn't ride?

Non-riding event participants can register for the evnent. Your $595 registration fee entitles you to all the amenities of cycling guests and allows you the flexibility to explore the Adirondacks at your own pace by using your own vehicle for the week. 

Can I bring a personal/support vehicle on the event

For safety reasons, we don't want personal "support vehicles" out on the route. The only vehicles allowed are those of non-riding guests.

What are my options for sleeping arrangements?

There are three ways you can go here. The first is to bring your own camping tent, bedding and gear; we will have a large grassy area for tent camping at each site, with mobile showers and sinks, toilets, water bars and handwashing stations positioned nearby. Tent spaces will be available on a first-come basis in each camp.

The second choice is to use our tent-rental option, offered by popular event parnter Comfy Campers. They will provide you with a tent, an air mattress, a chair and a fresh towel each day, setting up and taking down the tent for in each camp. There is a separate, additional registration fee for this service. 

The third choice is to secure lodging in host communities on your own via the listings on each individual 2017 Route page We will provide shuttle vans to properties, carrying you and your bag to and from your lodging (we suggest you leave your bike in camp). Lodging reservations and costs are up to you.

How much money can I expect to spend during the event?

We've set up Cycle Adirondacks in the mode of an all-inclusive resort: Once you pay your registration fee, you're pretty much set. But you might want to bring some cash along; things you may spend money on include snacks and drinks in the in the Beer Garden; tips for baggage carriers, mechanics and massage therapists; and anything you buy along the way as a souvenir. This years tour also allows for a ton of off-bike opportunities (guided hikes, museums, etc.). Most will have a fee associated with them. 

What should I bring?

First, let us emphasize: You're limited to 65 pounds of total baggage. And we're not kidding. In advance of the event, you'll receive a Rider Guide with a suggested packing list. Beyond that, just ask yourself what you'd need on a trip where you'll be staying in civilization each night, but without a car, sleeping in a tent with a bunch of other people quite nearby (think earplugs), and on a bike all day in whatever kind of weather Mother Nature throws at us.

The Cause

What does the event support?

Cycle Adirondacks is sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society. A portion of the event's proceeds goes to support their work in the Adirondacks. 

What do I get for my registration?

Your registration covers just about everything on this event. That includes meals, plus rest and water stops on the route. Mobile showers, sinks, toilets, handwashing stations and water bars. Baggage service, bike mechanics, SAG vehicles and emergency medical crews. Route maps, signs, course monitors and a gear drop service. Live entertainment and a beer garden in each camp. Wellness services including free yoga. People to serve your meals, set up our camp sites, carry your bags, compost and recycle your waste, and greet you and be gracious hosts in each town. Free parking for the week. That's the main stuff…

What is my registration fee used for?

For starters, see the answer to the question above. Infrastructure and labor are the two biggest costs. We also have a program where we ask each host community to provide teams of volunteers to do various tasks while we're in town; we contract with local nonprofits and school groups for this, and we pay them grants that serve as fundraisers for their group. What's left over will go toward making next year's event event more incredible while supporting Wildlife Conservation Society's programs in the Adirondacks region.

How does the event benefit the Adirondacks?

In several ways. First, your presence provides a serious financial boost to the region and we use local vendors whenever feasible. We pay local nonprofit and school groups grants to provide volunteers so we can pull this event off. You also bring tourist dollars in the form of anything you spend during the event – and hopefully you'll fall in love with the area and come back. And bringing in hundreds of people raises the level of awareness of how fantastic the Adirondacks and this region are, which makes people more inclined to get involved in related programs and has a multiplier effect over time – Wildlife Conservation Society's community-based programs in the Adirondacks being a prime example.

How can I become more involved with Wildlife Conservation Society?

or information on the entire organization, go to their website. WCS has programs around the globe, and operates five living institutions in New York City, including the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. More specific to this event, the WCS Adirondack Program uses an interdisciplinary approach to link wildlife, wilderness and human well-being, through scientific research and community-based conservation. If you'd like to directly support the WCS Adirondack Program, simply reach out to Zoe Smith

How can I volunteer for this event?

Cycle Adirondacks involves two types of volunteers – our event volunteers and our community volunteers. The event crew is with us for the entire week (and a little time before and after, too), split up into teams that provide a variety of services to make this event happen. Our event volunteers are… well, whatever word goes beyond "invaluable." We also have teams of community volunteers helping out while we're in each town; these volunteers come from local nonprofit and school organizations, and are recruited and managed by a Community Coordinator in each host town who works with us on the event.

If you're interested in being an event volunteer, we have positions available for virtually anyone – physical jobs and not-physical jobs. We provide meals, transportation during the week, a dedicated camping area in each town, some event apparel, and a rockin' appreciation party. You can apply to be an event volunteer here.

Miscellaneous

What is the weather like during the ride?

The weather in the Adirondacks in late August tends to be quite nice, with highs in the 70s and 80s and lows in the 50s and 60s. But, of course, we have to warn you that anything can happen. It could rain. There could be thunderstorms. It probably won't snow. It could get really hot. Take a look at the longterm forecast for our 2017 regeion before the ride and pack intelligently.

Are there any dangerous animals in the vicinity?

Not overly. Yes, there are black bears in Adirondacks, but no bear in its right mind would hang out with a group of several hundred people, a whole bunch of trucks and a live concert every night. The general rules of wildlife apply: don't approach wild animals; don't feed them. If you're nervous, travel in groups. One of the real attractions of this area is the abundant wildlife – and they're not out to bother you.

What do we do when we're not riding?

Out of 24 hours each day, you'll probably spend 4, 5, maybe 6 of them riding your bike. The rest of the time you can eat, sleep, dance, hang out in the beer garden, get a massage, listen to a wildlife professional tell you cool things about the lands and wildlife… hey, this is a vacation. We'll also have plenty of off-bike activity options for every day of the ride and we do encourage you to explore our host communities as much as possible; it's more fun when you feel connected to the people and places you're seeing.

What happens if I have to cancel my registration?

We know this will happen to some people; it's statistical odds. We have committed costs for vendors, equipment, staff and more, so if you cancel we do keep a portion of your fee; the more notice you give us, the more of your money you get back. And we strongly urge you to consider buying a trip-insurance policy, which you can access during the registration process. Many of the injuries, illnesses, lost jobs and other heart-wrenching events that happen would be covered by such a policy. With this much money at stake, it may be worth it to spend a small amount more to get some peace of mind. 

What will the mobile and Wi-Fi coverage be like?

Spotty. All of our host towns are in areas with cell coverage, however we can't guarantee coverage for your carrier and phone. As far as Wi-Fi, we're working hard to establish hot spots dedicated to our event in each camp – but again, we can't guarantee it at this point. So don't plan on continuous Wi-Fi availability, but we'll let you know which places you can find it.

How can I keep my device charged?

We will have a free device-charging station in each camp, next to our Help Desk. Of course, this is the kind of vacation where you should unplug as much as possible… but we understand that can be hard.

What if someone needs to reach me in an emergency?

We'll have emergency information and a contact number for you in our registration system; your rider number on your bike and wristband can help us find you. If someone is trying to reach you, they should call our emergency number (we'll send this to everyone in our Rider Guide before the event), and we'll use our event radio network, crew members and whatever else we can to find you. 

Can I use a CPAP machine?

For those traveling with a CPAP, we do recommend utilizing local lodging. However, we will also make every effort to provide a secure electrical connection in one area of camp for those requiring a CPAP machine for tent camping.