It's vacation planning time for many of us who, sadly, are still employed. There's been nothing on this topic for almost three months, so I thought I'd start the conversation.
What are you doing for the weekend of June 11–13, 2010?
Three years ago BikeJournal.com held its annual reunion at the Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour, put on by the Southern Tier Bicycle Club. It remains one of the more memorable reunions, and for those of us in the Northeast, it's become an annual get-together.
At BikeJournal, we found that tagging along with an existing event significantly reduced the work, leaving more time for cycling and socializing. So I offer the same to the BFN 50+ Forum. I'm willing to take the lead on this, if others think it sounds like a nice time.
While perhaps not as epic as the Rocky Mountains, the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York offers excellent cycling for riders of all calibers. The region is home to the toughest century in the East, September's Highlander Tour, and yet offers miles and miles of flat, railtrail riding just a short distance away.
The STBC takes advantage of it all by offering three days of riding that will suit any rider. This year, there's one ride on Fridaynight, a choice of 11 rides on Saturday (ranging from 15 to 101 miles) and three on Sunday (ranging from 22 to 58 miles). There's also a hiking option.
In the past three GFLBTs I've attended, the 50+ crowd is the predominant demographic, but the event is family-friendly. Last year an 8-year-old stoker and an 11-year-old solo rider each completed their first centuries.
The event is limited by the dining hall seating of 260. Camping on-site is free, or for an extra $5/night you can get a bunkhouse bunk. Motels and B&Bs are available in nearby Watkins Glen. Shopping, wine tours, hiking and sightseeing along the lakes are popular with non-cycling spouses. The nearest international airport is here in Rochester, a two-hour drive away. There are closer regional airports as well.
Oh, and it's cheap too. $78, or $88 with a bunkhouse bunk. That includes all, and boy can they tie on the feedbag in the dining hall! It's the only cycling event where you'll gain weight on a ride weekend.
Details and registration form are available at http://www.southerntierbicycleclub.o...lakestour.html