Club members often organize group rides through our listserv. Feel free to post your own ride, mentioning when and where to meet, and what route and pace you have in mind. A few terms that you might see in these announcements are:
- “No drop” — the pace is dictated by the slowest rider. Usually, on hilly rides, this means regrouping at the top.
- “Recovery pace” — a relatively short, easy ride at a slow pace.
- “Endurance pace” — riding at a conversational pace, something that you could keep up almost indefinitely; technically, in “Zone 2”, below but not near one’s threshold. Everyone’s fitness is different, so one rider’s endurance pace might be much too slow (or much to fast) for another.
- “Tempo” and “Threshold” pace — faster and much faster than endurance.
- Tuesday Night Racing (TNR). An informal weekly road race, usually with A and B categories, organized by members of the Finger Lakes Cycling Club (FLCC). Group training rides usually start in April, with racing beginning on the first Tuesday in May. The event alternates between a flat and hilly route, and meets between 5 and 6 pm (depending on daylight) at EHP; see the FLCC listserv for more info. When fall arrives, TNR switches to cross practice at the Swandrome at Swan Cycles.
- Friday Fun Ride. A casual one-hour recovery ride on a flat route, with the pace dictated by the slowest rider; these rides are a great time to meet other members of the club, especially those with different abilities and different disciplines. The club organizes these rides in the fall semester, but anyone is encouraged to coordinate a Friday Fun Ride at other times of the year
Ithaca is a fantastic place to ride, and if you’re new to the area (or new to riding), we’re happy to offer some suggestions below. Another great source of routes is the club’s page on Strava, and the Finger Lakes Cycling Club has a huge collection of maps and cue sheets. David Stauffer has also written a few posts about Ithaca routes here (Aug/Sep 2014).
- Mountain and Cyclocross
- Hammond Hill State Forest — About 5 miles east of NYSEG turn south from Rt. 13 onto Irish Settlement Rd. Turn left onto Star Stanton Rd., about 3 miles from Rt. 13. Follow Star Stanton, bearing right at the Y, and head up hill. Parking lot is at the top of the hill, on the right, just before a significant downhill. Here on finds miles of jeep roads and trails. There are typically DEC trail brochures available at the trail register (across the road). Colored trail blazes mark some of the more prominent trails.
- Shindagin Hollow State Forest — Take Rt. 79 east about 4 miles and turn right onto Brooktondale Rd. In about 5 miles bear right onto Braley Hill Rd, and travel about 1/4 mile uphill. A cornucopia of trails stem off this road, in both directions, offering challenges for every level of rider.
- The Swandrome — located at the famously easy to miss Swan Cycles on Mount Pleasant, the Swandrome is hosts ‘cross and MTB practice and races in the fall. When you’re there, be sure to thank Glenn Swan for being such a great host to the local cycling community.
- Coddington and Ellis Hollow (East, 30 mi, flat) — This loop takes you along some of the more important cycling roads to the east of campus, and is a great starting point for other rides. The route follows the valley to Brooktondale and returns through Ellis Hollow; part of this loop is used as the flat course for TNR. The hills around Ellis Hollow are home to some great climbing, especially Hammond Hill, Ringwood, Irish Settlement, and Mount Pleasant Roads.
- Van Ostrand and Salmon Creek (North, 29 mi, flat with one climb) — Leaving campus and heading north, past the airport, this route goes past the many farms north of Ithaca and returns through the Salmon Creek valley and Cayuga Heights. North of Ithaca is a great location if you’d like to avoid the hills; most of the roads form 1 mile squares, so it’s hard to get lost.
- Along the lake (West, 40 mi, rolling) — heading through downtown, this route follows the major state roads along the west shore of Cayuga Lake. Explore some of the side roads, as there’s plenty of options for good climbs and views of the lake.
- Around the lake (90-100 miles, rolling) — this is the classic Ithaca ride. The most direct route around the like is about 92 miles, but you might as well take a a side trip and extend to the full century. There’s also a variation that stays a bit further from the lake, but avoids the busier roads and has a little bit less climbing. The FLCC has more info, including cue sheets with details about places to rest and refuel.
- For information about riding safely on the roads, take a look at this helpful infographic outlining the rules of the road in New York State.