The Finger Lakes Cycling Club has been supporting recreational bicycling in our region since about 1971. Centered in the small upstate New York city of Ithaca, we have about 150 members who cover the spectrum of cycling interests.
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The FLCC is active with sponsored riding from April through October, but good weather can extend the season even into December. In addition there are many rides initiated through our excellent bike shops and weekly informal gatherings that sometimes can top sixty riders.
The Finger Lakes area is characterized by long glacial valleys with steep climbs that test your low gears and quads. It is pretty hard to find long flat sections of road in our area, which may be the training secret that enables local riders to bike around the city and even do well in road and mountain bike racing. That same rolling countryside gives us spectacular scenery for all our riding with views of mixed hardwood forests, deep gorges, and long deep valleys and lakes. The many state parks, famous wineries, historic towns, and spectacular scenery make this an outstanding destination for touring bicyclists. Our climate is that of the Great Lakes region. There are long, pleasant summers having typical afternoon temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s — perfect for cycling. Fall colors, which peak in mid to late October, rival those of northern New England.
As Ithaca is home to an Ivy League university (Cornell University), and a distinguished comprehensive college (Ithaca College), the town is a cosmopolitan blend of the world’s cultures well-represented in our entertainment and dining choices.
Our club welcomes both new members and travelers to our area. Contact any of the officers for more specific information. Come ride with us in this gorgeous place.
Steve Powell, President
The FLCC operates very informally, usually holding only one meeting a year, and staying away from situations requiring rules of order as much as possible. However, there are two documents that constitute our legal foundation, a Constitution and our founding document, the Certificate of Incorporation. Amazingly, scanned images of these survive and are actually needed from time to time in making decisions about how to do things. Both seem to have been developed in December 1981, though the club’s earliest remembered activities go back to 1971.