On a college visit here for my son. You folks have some crazy hills around here - climber’s paradise!
I did the Highlander Fondo out of Bristol Mountain about 6 or 7 years ago. 13,000 feet of climbing in 100 mile ride. Toughest Fondo around. Gradients up to 24%.
If you can time your visits, do the Cascadilla Hill Climb next fall. It’s a 1/2 mile hill that you race repeatedly in 2-up format.
Here’s a review
This is an utterly, completely, chaotically informal event, held annually (on the last Saturday in September) just for the fun of it. The CHC has been an Ithaca fall tradition since 1971. Because the hill climb matches people of comparable ability against each other, it is truly something that can be enjoyed by every member of the cycling community. There will be a place for everyone to have a good time. If you come just to watch, bring your bike; you’ll want to jump on and try the hill yourself! A special welcome is extended to tandems, unicycles, clown bikes, — or whatever variation you want to come up with.
That looks awesome!
Such a beautiful area!