Catskill Cycling Challenge Gravel Route 2017

Calling all gravel enthusiasts and hill hounds! Check out the serrated profile of this route. Okay, okay – first we’ll have to roll over some flat-ish pavement to get to the lumps, but this warm-up should be welcomed for what follows – namely, a heaping portion of wild and scenic dirt roads in Andes and Bovina.

The first bout of climbing tackles parts of Dingle Hill before descending into the Tremperskill Valley, with a left onto Tremperskill Road (CR1), before a right onto the long Wolf Hollow ascent. (Note: if you need water or food, continue south on CR1 past the Wolf Hollow intersection for just over a mile and you will find the Tremperskill Store on your left.)

The crest of the Wolf Hollow climb is reached after mile 23 at the apex of CR2, before the high-speed descent into the Bovina triangle, and then a sharp left onto the secluded Biggar Hollow Road. Up a series of rises, the road cuts right at the steepest of these before plunging down – then up and down again – reaching Route 28 at mile 28.4. A right and then a quick left onto Hyzer Hill Road resumes the climbing and rollercoastering to the top of Gladstone Hollow, marked by a swing to the northwest onto Doig Hollow Road, beginning the traverse into Bovina. With a quick punch up – and a winding drop down -- Russell Hill, the crossing of the Little Delaware signals the entrance into Bovina Center, with the second and final water/food stop waiting at mile 35.8 on your right in front of the Bovina UP Church.

Pavement soon becomes dirt again with the right onto Coulter Brook Road, which eventually joins the route to New Kingston, with a paved climb over the pass that divides the Delaware Basin’s East and West Branch Watersheds. Halfway down the other side, the dirt returns with a quick left into – and then out of -- Winter Hollow. From here back to Arkville, dirt surfaces on through roads are tough to come by, but the ascent of Margaretville Mountain is no slouch. (For expert cyclists with gravel/ dirt road experience).

Starts in: Delaware County, NY, US
Distance: 53.5 mi
Elevation: +5986 / -5986 ft

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