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The Ups and Downs of the Mid Hudson Valley.

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Ride Leader
Noreen Drucker
Tour Dates
Start Location
New Paltz, New York
End Location
New Paltz, New York
Cost (est.)
$450 (USD + $50.00 ride fee)
$250 (USD
Payment Due
Avg. Distance
35 mi / 56 km
Avg. Elevation
2200 ft / 671 m
Ride Description



Welcome to the Mid-Hudson Valley and its landscape of natural beauty.  Come for a ride and take in the sounds, sights and smells of autumn in New York State.

The area around New Paltz is best described as moderately hilly.  Different riding options are available.  You can start by visiting the Ashokan Reservoir. Located near the town of Woodstock, this reservoir supplies New York City’s water.  Opt for the long route and climb up to it or, for an easier ride, park next to it and enjoy the incredible views as you ride around it.  On another day, ride out of New Paltz passing the historical homes on Hugenot Street and continuing to the village of Rosendale.  Take on some short hills in Rifton and you will end up at Perrine’s Covered Bridge, which dates back to 1844. Or choose the “River Ride”. With its undulating hills, it offers the rider impressive views of the river and the valleys. Hop on your bike to discover “The Walkway Across the Hudson”, a former railroad bridge that has been converted to accommodate riders and walkers. Once across the bridge you can continue on the recently completed Empire State Bike Trail and have lunch in Hopewell Junction. Or, for a more challenging ride, take on the long, steep grades of Mohonk Mountain. Just make sure you have low gears and a positive attitude!

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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.

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People Cycling is a recently launched cycling club, which you can join for free, and is led by volunteer ride leaders. We will be offering tours in the United States and overseas. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 20-30 or so) who want to ride 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world.

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