In the Dutchess County Spotlight
8th Annual Hudson Valley Bike Tour
Great Hudson Valley Pedal
The 8th Annual Hudson Valley Bike Tour rolls out from July 31st - August 5th this year. The Great Hudson Valley Pedal, a 200-mile bicycle tour through the Hudson Valley, includes a wonderful scenic ride with five fabulous traffic-free bridge crossings, including the Walkway Over the Hudson. Also handed out is a marked route, with daily maps and cue sheets with cultural and historical information included. Support vehicles are available for transporting baggage and equipment. Snacks, drinks, mechanical aid, and expert bike mechanics will all be on hand to make your ride a breeze!
The Great Hudson Valley Pedal is designed for fun and relaxation, and to acquaint you with the richness of the Hudson Valley. You don't need to be an expert to participate in this tour, but you and your bicycle should be in good physical condition. You'll cover 35-45 miles per day. Elevation changes are moderate. The route has been carefully selected for optimal bicycling but, especially as the tour approaches New York City, some busy roads are inevitable.
Why should I sign up?
- Scenic Beauty - National Heritage Area and inspiration for the famed Hudson River School of painting. The ride includes five panoramic crossings of the Hudson River, including the traffic-free Walkway over the Hudson.
- Great Bicycling - Travel an average of 40-45 miles per day on back roads, designated state bike routes and off-road trails, including the renowned Hudson River Trail along Manhattan's west side.
- History - A region so pivotal to the country's history that it's called "the landscape that defined America," with many key Revolutionary War sites.
- Culture - Outstanding art and history museums, plus the many remarkable riverfront mansions of the Great Estates National Historic District.
- Wineries - Graced by the temperature-moderating effects of the Hudson River, more than 20 wineries make the Valley one of America's most historic wine regions.
- City Lights - Cross the George Washington Bridge and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. Look out at the statue of Liberty from Battery Park. Spend an extra night or two on your own at the end of the tour to take in the city sights.
- Parks & Trails Galore - Parks and trails are abundant throughout the Hudson Valley, and we will be visiting as many as possible.
- Incredible experiences - Visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, West Point, Culinary Institute of America, Olana - the Persian-style villa of Hudson River painter Frederic Church, and Manhattan!
- Expert Leader & Support - Experienced bike tour leaders know what bicyclists need to have a safe, memorable and enjoyable trip.
- Fun - Energizing activity and camaraderie, as you meet cyclists from around the country and the world.
Organized by New York State Parks & Trails, New York's leading statewide advocate for parks and trails, dedicated since 1985 to improving our health, economy, and quality of life through the use and enjoyment of green space. More information available at www.ptny.org/hudsontour 518-434-1583 or write firstname.lastname@example.org