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Event will bring 650 cyclists to the area

    TRI-COUNTY AREA—The Finger Lakes is already a popular place for cyclists, but 650 more will be traveling through the area next week for 2011 Bon Ton Roulet.
    The cycling event goes from July 24 to 30, and crosses the entire Finger Lakes. It starts in Cortland on the first day, with cyclists traveling to Ithaca. From there, they come to Watkins Glen on July 25, coming down Route 414 on the east side of Seneca Lake. They are expected in the early afternoon and will camp overnight at the school.
    On Tuesday, July 26, the cyclists will ride west to Hammondsport, with a morning stop in Dundee between 8 a.m. to noon. On Wednesday, the riders will bike north up the west side of Keuka Lake, going through Penn Yan to get to Geneva. There will be a morning rest stop at Hunt Country Vineyards, passing through Penn Yan between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and an afternoon rest stop at Fox Run Vineyards. From there, the cyclists will go to Skaneateles and back to Cortland.
    Organizer Don Kline explained the event was capped at 650 participants. He added that number was reached a full month and a half before the registration deadline.
    Participants are encouraged to take each day’s travel at their own pace, stopping along the way to admire the attractions, and arriving when they wish. The Bon Ton Roulet is a camping tour so each night cyclists will sleep at the official campsite within that day’s community.
    During most of the days longer routes are available for the more adventurous cyclists. The Long Route appeals to those riders who want a challenge of a 65 to 75 mile ride per day at a pace that’s typically quicker than most. The Short Route, typically 45 to 50 miles per day, tends to attract newer riders and those who plan on spending the day leisurely browsing the markets and attractions along the way. Many riders even switch back and forth between the Long and the Short during the week. Short routes go about 350 miles in the week. Long routes cover almost 500 miles.
    The Bon Ton Roulet is a collaboration between the YMCA-WEIU of Auburn and the YMCA in Cortland. For more, visit




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