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5 Lakes and Steak 50 miles: pdf
xls Topographical Profile: pdf gif
This route is the
half-century alternative to our annual Five Lakes and a Steak
Century held usually the last but sometimes the second to last
Sunday in September. You only get one lake on the half century,
Seneca, but it's a biggy and if you look frequently enough, you might
get five views of it. To actually get five lakes, you've got to do
the full century.
The ride starts with a
long but not overly steep climb out of Watkins Glen. After that
there's a nice long downhill, then a bit more climbing here and
there and downhill into Dundee, which has a very nice diner. From
Dundee a lovely, gently climbing ride up Chubb Hollow takes you
north into Amish country nearly to the Keuka outlet; then a short
eastward leg takes you to Hazard-Norris and south for the return. In
keeping with the Big Horn Velo route design philosophy, this ride is
mostly on smaller, less travelled roads, with short connections on
major highways only as necessary
5 Lakes and Steak 100 miles: pdf
Topographical Profile: pdf gif
The Five Lakes Century is a refinement of a route originally developed by Kingsbury's Cyclery way back in the twentieth century for its annual September Five Lakes
and a Steak Century. The original route started in Watkins Glen, made its way over to Keuka Lake past Waneta and Lamoka Lakes, circled over the north end of Seneca Lake, just touched the western shore of Cayuga Lake, and then headed back toward Watkins Glen via Interlaken.
Over the years Paul Kinsgsbury and
Terrie Kinsgsbury continued to refine the route, dropping the Cayuga
leg in favor of more a more scenic routing along the western edge of
Lamoka Lake and Bradford Pond (drafted as a replacement for Cayuga),
up Birdseye Hollow, and along the highlands on the western side of
Keuka Lake. Further modifications by Blaine Chamberlain and Bill
Lodico brought the route to its current form. We think it's a gem.
The ride starts with the usual long
climb out of Watkins Glen. Remember that there's a lot of riding
left once you get to the top, so save some glycogen and take your
time getting there. After that, the climbing is pretty gentle at
least by Big Horn Velo standards, unless you opt for the hilly
option out of Hammondsport, which provides some nice views of Keuka
Lake. The flatter option along Keuka Lake is very nice also, but is
not recommended on weekends during the height of the Lake Season
(Memorial Day through Labor Day) because of heavy traffic.
Diner stops in Weston, Hammondsport, and
Branchport. And if you ride it the with the Big Horn Velo crowd
during our annual Five Lakes and a Steak Century/Half-century in
late September, there's a tailgate and then dinner (with steak if
you wish) in Watkins Glen at the finish.
Submit your favorite routes
The xls file is provided for the Five Lakes and a Steak 50.
Please feel free to use it as a template for putting together your
own favorites. We would like to keep the cue sheets in a standard
instructions, etc, it helps immensely if you can note per the key
whether there is a stopsign (SS), T intersection, traffic light
(TL), etc, as well as give the names of the roads at the
Note if your
mileages are rough estimates. If they are estimates or even absent,
that's no problem. We'll check them and insert correct mileages. It
would be helpful if you could add a little comment describing the
route and telling us why you like it
Please email your favorite routes so we can get cue sheets made.
I am able to convert pretty much any format to the format above,
so again if you have a favorite route send
it on over. So email them to me please