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  1. #1
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    Bon Ton Roulette

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    http://www.bontonroulet.com/index.htm

    Has anyone done this tour? It goes around the finger lakes of NY.

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    I haven't but for two years in a row got their brochure. Looks pretty.
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    I have a friend who did it 2 years ago. There are a lot of hills/climbing. The scenery is beautiful but you have to be one who likes camping and minimal support.

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    Like Amanda, I've gotten their brochure the last couple years. It looks like such a pretty ride. Seems like something I'd like to do one day when I have more time for touring. I hope someone has some insight to help you make your decision.


    Here are some people's accounts of their experiences:
    http://outthereliving.com/Trips/bonton2001.htm
    http://www.bentrideronline.com/2001S...n%20Roulet.htm
    http://nakatanews.blogspot.com/ (scroll down for a day by day recap of his ride- he did it just this year)
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    I did it in 2005. I actually incorporated it into the middle of a 3-week unsupported tour. I grew up in upstate NY so it was a cool homecoming for me.

    The ride is challenging, but not un-doable. The group was very fun and for a budget group ride I'd give it high ratings. Interesting campsites, a boat tour, winery stops -- pretty fun!

    Lorri

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    I have to say I would be making DH do the shorter options some days so I could stop for some winery tours.
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    Well, now I'm thinking Bon Ton Roulet may not be the best first tour option for me. There's another multi day ride in August I'm thinking about:

    http://www.nycbicycleshow.com/Farm%2...me%20Page.html

    This is closer to home, and I may be able to convince a friend or 2 to do this one with me.

    Anyone done this one? It's the Farm Ride in Amherst/Northampton MA.

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    RR, for your first tour, I actually recommend a 2-3 day event. You'll learn a lot from that experience that will help you with a longer tour.

 

 

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