Long & Regular Route
Two Tours in One – Long & Regular Route
The Bon Ton Roulet is a different kind of bicycle tour, designed for relaxation, and just plain FUN! Part of the Bon Ton Roulet’s wide appeal is that it’s actually two tours in one! Since 2005 we’ve offered two fully supported routes; a Long Route and a Regular Route. Both routes take cyclists through quaint villages and past picturesque scenic beauty, and both offer Bon Ton Rest Stops along the way. Since there’s no need to sign up for the regular or long route option, riders choose which option they prefer.
The Long Route appeals to those riders who love the challenge of a 65-75 mile ride per day at a pace that’s typically quicker then most. The Regular Route, typically 45-50 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 Regular Route during the week, making the Bon Ton the perfect tour!
What Sort of Terrain Can I Expect?
The current landscape in this region dates back 10,000 years when a 1-mile thick ice-age glacier carved its way south, forming the deep valleys of the Finger Lakes. As a result, traveling east or west between towns to the north (Auburn, Skaneateles, and Geneva) have fewer hills then a parallel path between southern towns (Hammondsport, Ithaca, and Watkins Glen) which tend to be hillier. Melting glaciers and natural rain runoff also carved deep gorges along the sides of the lakes, and while north or south travel is more level, it too can offer the occasional tall hill. Despite the hills, this area attracts thousands of bicyclists each year.