Gran Fondo Catskills Courses Announced
The 2-day event features a Saturday hill climb and a Sunday gran fondo where participants can choose from 40 or 90 miles rides.
Saturday's epic 1200 foot vertical Assault on Devil's Kitchen Hill Climb - a 2.3 mile individually-timed ascent of the steep climb begining in the hamlet of West Saugerties (Platte Cove Road) and featured in the Tour of the Catskills each year - maxes out at an astounding 23% and will be participant's first taste of the weekend's climbs.
Sunday's Gran Fondo Catskills features 3 timed sections and nearly 8,000 feet of total climbing in both Greene and Ulster Counties. Starting at the Hunter Mountain Resort in the Village of Hunter, riders will travel the scenic descent into Ulster County and the hamlet of Phonecia. Timed climb #1 (5.7 miles at an average grade of 3%) awaits at mile 25 in the Town of Shandaken as riders make their way north back into Greene County and the Town of Lexington on state route 42. In Lexington 40-mile and 90-mile courses diverge as 40-mile riders travel east along state route 23A along the Schoharie Creek back to the Village of Hunter and the Hunter Mountain Resort finish. Riders opting for the 90-mile challenge continue west to the hamlet of Prattsville. Timed climb #2 on County Route 10 in Prattsville at mile 37 is the shortest of the 3 climbs at 1.5 miles, but features a max grade of 11 percent as riders travel east toward the scenic Susquehanna Turnpike descent into the Town of Durham and the Hudson River Valley. 35 miles of rolling terrain in the Towns of Durham, Cairo and Catskill precede the final, epic, timed climb #3 from the hamlet of Palenville. 4.2 miles with a max grade of over 20% with switchbacks along the Kaaterskill Creek Ravine to the hamlet of Haines Falls marks the most difficult climb of the day. A brief pass through the Village of Tannersville along state route 23A leaves just 4 miles to the finish in Hunter and the Hunter Mountain Resort.
Each gran fondo distance features course marshal, police, feed zone/rest stop, mechanical, and auto & motorcycle support throughout the event.
The Gran Fondo Catskills is the 2nd in a 3-event series of gran fondo style events with the popular Tour of the Battenkill Gran Fondo held in April in Cambridge, NY, and the Tour of the Adirondacks in Lake George, NY in September.