Cycling Events Take Catskills By Storm in 2015 with Challenging Endurance Racing Routes
Greene County, N.Y. - Home to challenging hill climbs boasting names like the "Devil's Kitchen," the Catskills lay claim to some of the toughest cycling routes in New York, providing the ideal location for several highly anticipated annual cycling competitions.
Greene County Classic at Windham Mountain June 13 is an annual stop on the Anthem Sports Great American Cycling Series. Over 400 racers will ride through the town of Windham, and followed by the Tour of the Catskills Devil's Kitchen Preview Ride in nearby Tannersville.
Known by its posted name Platte Clove Road, the Devil's Kitchen is a steep climb gaining 1,200 vertical feet over 1.4 miles with grades up to 17%.
The 9th Annual Tour of the Catskills Pro-Am Bicycle Road Race is a three-day "Great American Classic Race" in the tradition of the Tour of the Battenkill, scheduled for July 31 - August 1 in Windham. Stage and open races will be held for team competition, sprint competition and the King & Queen of the Mountain Competition. The Circuit Race will span 53 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing per lap and a maximum grade of 10%. The Road Race spans 77 miles of picturesque countryside, challenging climbs and direct passes with 5,558 feet of climbing, including the Devil's Kitchen Climb.
The Catskills Cycling Weekend, August 1-2, features the Open Race Gran Fondo, a 77-mile road race through the Catskills featuring challenging climbs, including the Devil's Kitchen Climb, and direct passes through charming towns and villages. Starting in Tannersville, competitors will follow the Road Race route of the previous day's Tour of the Catskills.
For cyclists who just want to ride the Catskills' routes without competing, Catskill Cycles on Main Street in Catskill and Paddlehead Boards in Athens offer rentals, as well as a full sales and service staff. For additional information about bike routes and other cycling resources in the Catskills, go to www.greatnortherncatskills.com.
About Greene County:
Greene County is in the Great Northern Catskills, home to five of the 10 highest peaks in the Catskill Park, family resorts, outdoor adventure and year-round entertainment. Known as the nation's first wilderness, and renowned as the home of Thomas Cole's Hudson River School, the Catskills are a haven for outdoor recreation and artistic inspiration. Greene County was also the inspiration for Washington Irving's literary legend, Rip Van Winkle. Connect with the Catskills at www.Facebook.com/GreatNorthernCatskills, and on www.Twitter.com/CatskillTourism.