Adirondacks – a Premier Road Cycling Destination

It is a little too breezy for me to go on the long bike ride I’d really like, plus I have work to do, like this blog. However, despite the windy weather, the cyclists are out in full force today. Road biking in the Adirondacks has really blossomed over the last several years. I started riding frequently about 11 years ago when my son was on the Northwood School (NWS) Road Bike Team. At that time, it was unusual for me to see anyone other than the NWS kids, coach Willy, and a few die-hard cyclists like Tim Chien, out riding on a weekday. Not these days. As a result of a confluence of factors such as Ironman’s presence in Lake Placid and the aging knees of us baby boomers, the Adirondacks have been rediscovered as an awesome, incredible place to ride. You can get any type of terrain you like. For example, last weekend I rode around the Adirondack Coast, which is the area around Lake Champlain including Westport and Essex, New York. I enjoyed some great mountain views and views of the big lake. There is certainly no absence of killer steep terrain all around the Adirondacks. There are now a number of people who ride very regularly here in Lake Placid, many of whom train with Team Placid Planet, and will participate in the Wilmington-Whiteface Road Race the Saturday after next, June 21, 2008. The race course is beautiful and the event is sanctioned by the USCF. So if you like good, tough rides with nice views and nice people, you might consider giving it a go.


  1. TourPro

    Riding around LP just seems too crazy with all the cars, but the rest of Essex to the East I agree is simply awesome.

    Last Saturday, likely one of the hottest June days ever in Adirondack history, I did a little Plattsburgh-Willsboro Loop via the Highland Rd. I seriously thought I was going to have a meltdown due to the heat and humidity that day.

    I love how we can go from Ice-biking in May to Rain-forest riding in June.

  2. City Mouse

    It is awesome road biking territory, isn’t it? Ditto Essex county and Eastward – I love the ride down into the valley, although I do feat for the cyclists’ safety in Wilmington Notch. Thanks for the post – reminded me I need to get out on my bike!

  3. Joann

    Yes, the riding around LP can sometimes be pretty crazy with all the cars. But, when I’ve got limited time it is the best I can do. It is still not too shabby.
    It was so warm last Sunday I even considered jumping in Lake Champlain!

  4. Riverway

    My husband and I are planning a week long road bike tour of the Adirondacks in September. We are starting and ending in Burlington, VT with 7-8 days to go anywhere we want. We were thinking of focusing on the Northern Adirondacks and the Lake Champlain areas. Any suggestions for good roads to ride on in the Adirondacks, nice places to see, and reasonable, great places to stay? We aren’t planning on camping. Thanks!

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