Road Races

Southbound by Nicholas A Tonelli

Basic Ride Recommendations:

Most races have beautiful rural scenery.  These are routes through a country setting, as such you should be prepared with water, food and a repair kit.  Other TVC members will look out for you. If you don’t sign out after the race, we will come look for you.  This may take some time, make sure you have a spare tube, pump and multi-tool to get home on your own.  It’s important to learn about your bike and be self-sufficient.

HONEYPOT SPEEDSVILLE in Owego, NY

Course Length: 29 Miles

Course Description: The race starts at the old railway station and heads north on West Creek Road. Take a left onto Upper Fairfield Drive and continue straight until taking a right on Honeypot Rd. Follow Honeypot north to a 4-way intersection and take a right. Follow 76 Rd back to West Creek road and take that back to the start. The finishing line is at the Railway Crossing sign about a hundred yards south of the starting area.

Driving Directions: Take 17 west from Binghamton and look for the second Owego exit, take exit number 64. Drive through downtown Owego and follow RT 38 North. We meet and park at the Tioga County Social Services Department. Their building is north of the RT38 & RT96B intersection.

 


 

WEST CREEK in Owego, NY

Course Length: 25 Miles

Course Description: 25 Mile Road Race. To get to the start, go up RT 38 and turn left on West Creek road, follow for 1/2 mile to start/finish area. Course goes out West Creek 5 miles, left turn on Back West Creek, follow for approx 5 miles, turn right, then another immediate right puts you back on West Creek. Follow for 5 miles, turn right on Back West Creek for another loop. On final run to finish stay on West Creek (don’t turn right on Back West Creek) to start/finish area. Finish is at the Rail Road Crossing sign.

Driving Directions: Take 17 west from Binghamton and look for the second Owego exit, take exit number 64. Drive through downtown Owego and follow RT 38 North. Parking is at the DSS Building north of the RT38 & RT96B intersection. The race starts at the old railway station and takes two laps around West Creek Road. The KOM/Sprint is on the first loop only, watch for the lines on the pavement.

 


 

ROUTE 369 in Port Crane, NY

Course Length: 25 Miles

Course Description: A roughly 24 mile hilly road race course starting near the fishing access parking lot in Port Crane. There is 1 KOM on this course, the finish is an orange cone near the 24 mile mark a few hundred yards before the Fireside Inn.

Driving Directions: 81 North to 88 East, get off at Exit 3 for Port Crane. Turn left at light and you will see small Park & Ride parking lot on left just down the road. If that is filled park in neighborhood just up the road on the right.

 


 

EMPIRE STATE GAMES (ESG) COURSE in Binghamton, NY

Course Length (1 Lap): 18 Miles
Course Length (2 Lap): 33 Miles

Course Description: Continue up Penn Ave, race is neutral until passing the last house on the left. Several miles up Penn Ave, take a right on Hance Road. Where Hance T’s take a right on Hawleyton and an immediate right down State Line Road. At the end of State Line take a right on 26 followed by a right on Powderhouse, right on Hogan, right on Webb with the finish line at the entrance to Vestal Hills Country Club. One lap race: Same course with the addition of a climb up Gardner, which turns right off Powderhouse then comes back down to Powderhouse. Two lap race: Original course description with Two laps, at end of fist lap go past finish line and turn right on Penn Ave and repeat course.

Driving Directions: Vestal Parkway to Penn Ave. Go up Penn Ave past Giant Supermarket on right, parking is at the medical building lot just up the road on the left.

 


 

OAKLEY ‘A’ RACE in Owego, NY

Course Length: 28 Miles

Course Description: Start on Dutchtown, take a right on Foster Valley, right on Ford, left on Hulsville, right on Gaskill, right on Lilse, right on Dutchtown up to finish near starting line. Race is two laps.

Driving Directions: Take RT 26 towards town of Maine to RT 38B, go about 5 miles, turn left on Dutchtown Road. Parking is at the intersection on Dutchtown and Hulsville Roads.

 


 

OAKLEY ‘B’ RACE in Owego, NY

Course Length: 22 Miles

Course Description: First lap is same as ‘A’ Race, for the second lap continue on Dutchtown and take a right on Foster Valley. Take a right on Ford Road, a RIGHT on Hulsville, up to finish near starting line.

Driving Directions: Take RT 26 towards town of Maine to RT 38B, go about 5 miles, turn left on Dutchtown Road. Parking is at the intersection on Dutchtown and Hulsville Roads.


 

SINGER (also Binghamton Circuit Race) in Conklin, NY

Course Length: 16-26 Miles

Course Description: Clockwise laps (1.6 miles per lap). Race is usually around 15-20 laps. The start/finish line alters every-other race.

Driving Directions: Take 81 South to exit 3 (Industrial Park) get off exit follow straight through light and you will run into the course. Take a right onto the road, then your next right into the Modern Marketing Concepts parking lot.

 

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STRATMILL in Conklin, NY

Course Length: 16-26 Miles

Course Description:  Park at same parking area for all Singer races (Modern Marketing Concepts).  U need to arrive early for this race.  The race actually starts at the top of Stratmill road at the corner of Stratmill and Old State roads.

Driving Directions: Take 81 South to exit 3 (Industrial Park) get off exit follow straight through light and you will run into the course. Take a right onto the road, then your next right into the Modern Marketing Concepts parking lot.

 


 

Lakefest (also Lions club Lakefest 26-mile Race Loop) in Whitney Point, NY

Course Length: 16-26 Miles

Course Description: The ride starts from the parking lot of Dorchester Park.  The race is neutral for the first several miles.  Neutral means no competing for position and allowing each other enough room for everybody to negotiate traffic through town.  Out of the park driveway, the neutral start takes a right to go south on route 26 over lookout hill (this is where the race ends, note the position of the finish line). Use caution coming down the hill, there is a stop sign before turning right onto route 79/east main street.  At the light take another right onto route 11.  Follow route 11 through town using caution going past the intersection with highway 81.

Before entering Lisle, take a right to follow route 11 north.  The race begins here.  Several miles later you’ll be in the town of marathon.  Neutralize or relax the race again for your safety, the hills on the next stretch will separate the men from the boys.  In marathon, take a right at the light onto east main street/route 221.  This road will be several miles of difficult hills.  Route 221 will eventually come to a long downhill into route 26.  Take a right onto route 26 after the long downhill.  Follow route 26 into Willet, in town take a right to follow route 26 south.  Continue past the entrance to Dorchester Park, the finish line is on top of the lookout hill.

Driving Directions: Take 81 north to exit 8 (Whitney point).  Take a right onto route 26 North.  Take a left onto route 11 at the intersection.  Take a right at the next intersection onto east main street to follow route 26 north.  Take a left at the next intersection to continue following route 26 north.  Several miles ahead take a left into the Dorchester Park entrance.  At the bottom of the driveway stay left, park with the other bikers.

 

 


 

HALSEY VALLEY in Barton, NY

  • This course is officially semi-retired (May 2015).
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Course Length: 26 Miles

Course Description: Start at the intersection of Halsey Valley Road and 17C, continue almost to the end of Halsey Valley Road, past the 40k TT turnaround markers, then make a right on E. Spencer Road. 3 miles or so on E. Spencer road, then right onto rte 96. One mile later, turn right onto Strait’s Corners, after 3.5 miles the road takes a sharp left, but it is still Strait’s Corners (and the intersecting street has a yield sign whereas you do not). Approximately 5.5 miles to the finish (right before the bridge near the Halsey Valley road intersection).

Driving Directions: Take 17 west from Binghamton and look for the second Owego exit, take exit number 64. Drive through downtown Owego and follow RT 17C west. Follow 17C for about 6 miles from downtown Owego. Halsey Valley Road will be on your right, continue past it for a few hundred yards and turn right at 5th ave. Meet/park at the Tioga Center School football field parking lot.

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