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the catskills(7 posts)

the catskillsscruffyduncan
Aug 2, 2002 2:00 AM
I'm going to be in NYC From 13-22 of september, I thought I may head up to the catskills for a couple of days cycling, anyone know a good base or good rides?.


Never did much biking up there, but...jtferraro
Aug 2, 2002 4:53 AM
I've been skiing, snowboarding, and hiking. My ex girlfriend's family used to own a large "gingerbread" house in Tannersville, NY. Tannersville is a small town, as you can imagine, but it might make a good spot for your base. Also, Woodstock is very close by. Woodstock has much more going on and might make a better base for you. At any rate, there are plenty of mountainous roads for you to ride!!

Scruffy, check out this site.Sintesi
Aug 2, 2002 5:23 AM

They have a forum comprised of locals who might be able to help you. Other resources as well.
you could climb the devil's kitchen!(nm)rufus
Aug 2, 2002 5:34 AM
you could climb the devil's kitchen!(nm)scruffyduncan
Aug 2, 2002 5:54 AM
tell me more
it's been a while since i've been there.rufus
Aug 2, 2002 6:19 AM
the 1990 tour de trump(later dupont) had a stage go over it, starting from the town of catskill and ending in albany. i'm not really sure how to get to it, as it's been so long, but it's basically south out of catskill on route 32, and then turning right onto route 16, or something like that(i'm reading from a very rough map from the race). anyway, it says the road is named cove mountain road, and it takes you through the kitchen on the way to hunter mountain area.

this is where the crucial split happened that won the race that year, about 20 riders got over in the first split and never looked back, all the rest finished about a half hour behind. lemond went over just about last man. it's a very steep climb, not too long, on not too great surfaces, beautiful vistas, as the mountain falls away toward your left, and you can look up and over to where the road keeps going up. let's see if this image scans and posts. if you get a local map, maybe you can recreate the race route.
you may also want to try the mohonk mountain climbrufus
Aug 2, 2002 6:24 AM
just outside of new paltz. another stage of the race came over it and finished in new paltz. there's an old castle at the top of it you may want to visit.