Catskill Cycling Challenge 73-miler 2017

The extended version of the 55-miler, this route stays along the north side of the Pepacton and tackles the hilly roads on the way to Downsville, where a refreshment stop is found at the covered bridge park (mile 32). Continuing around the reservoir on Route 30, Holiday Brook Road is reached at mile 39.2, and a right turn begins the moderate ascent into the Catskill Park. On the other side, a breezy downhill continues through the narrow valley, eventually curving eastward and arriving at the Beaverkill Covered Bridge at mile 47. From here, the route follows the Beaverkill upstream through Lew Beach and into Ulster County, before branching off to the left and taking Barkaboom Road into Delaware County. There will be a refreshment stop at Big Pond (55 miles) before the climb to the top of Barkaboom Road. Then a 4-mile winding downhill concludes back at the Pepacton Reservoir, with a rolling-to-flat 13-mile section back to Arkville. Recommended for advanced level cyclists.

Starts in: Delaware County, NY, US
Distance: 73.4 mi
Elevation: +4685 / -4685 ft

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