People Cycling Rides

Cooperstown: Leatherstocking Country.

This is a Approved Ride
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Ida Nystrom
Tour Dates
Start Location
Cooperstown NY
End Location
Cooperstown NY
Cost (est.)
$1200 (USD + $100.00 ride fee)
$600 (USD
Payment Due
Avg. Distance
30 mi / 48 km
Avg. Elevation
800 ft / 244 m
Ride Description

OVERVIEW:  Join us in September to ride rural roads and enjoy fall foliage!  Cooperstown is famous on two counts;  many of you will recognize it as the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, but long before baseball became popular, Cooperstown was home to James Fenimore Cooper, author of the Leatherstocking Tales (think Daniel Day Lewis in The Last of the Mohicans).  Nothing has changed much – Cooperstown is often called America's Most Perfect Village.  The Ride Director is a native of the area, and brings a unique perspective to the tour.

THE RIDES: Each participant will be given a book, written by a local cycling advocate, which contains over fifty rides.  Most rides offer variations in both length and difficulty, plus suggestions on how to combine two (or three) rides to create your own adventure.  Although the book is not hot off the presses, it's still the best reference available for the area.

ATTRACTIONS:  You will not be at a loss for things to do if it rains. Everyone wants to go to the Baseball Hall of Fame --that's a given.  Less well known is that Cooperstown is home to several World Class museums – The Farmers Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, and Hyde Hall. Nearly everything is within walking distance. The area also boasts two breweries, a distillery, several vineyards, … (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

About People Cycling

People Cycling is a bicycle touring club, which you can join for free. We offer Domestic and International Cycling Tours which are led by volunteer Ride Leaders. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 15-20 or so) who want to ride an average of 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world. Our tours range in price from frugal getaways to luxurious adventures. We travel road, gravel, or mountain bike styles, and all bicycle types – including e-bikes, recumbents, and tandems are typically allowed.

Our ride leaders are volunteers and do not financially profit on tours they lead. They are also given broad discretion on how to lead their tours, and we consider them our greatest asset.

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