A Tour Through History
South Bristol Historical Society
The South Bristol Historical Society was a founding sponsor and supporter of the Highlander Cycle Tour. In turn the Highlander Cycle Tour has supported the Society through donations of funds generated by the Tour.
This brochure describes some points of history that the one hundred mile Highlander Cycle Tour rides through.
100 Miles of American History
South Bristol Founding Pioneer
The tour starts alongside historic Mud Creek, at Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, in the shadow of 2,140’ high Worden Hill and Stid Hill at 2,070’. The tour’s course begins its passage south and west past the first settler’s home in what was called Brown Stand. Gamaliel Wilder, South Bristol’s founding pioneer, came here from Hartland, Connecticut in 1789. He made his way up the Mohawk River, and Canandaigua Lake Outlet to Canandaigua Lake’s Seneca Point. In a relatively short period of time, his small band forged a road west to Brown Stand where he built his first log cabin home. In 1791, Mr. Wilder’s band erected the region’s first Grist Mill at Boswell’s Corner, which marks the base of the first of the major climbs. Nicknamed “Feed Zone Hill,” this section of County Road 33 has seen many thrilling mountaintop finishes in local cycling races.
After meandering through Burby Hollow, and climbing up and over the steep Mosher Road, the riders find themselves soon faced with a marvelous, long ascent of nearly 2 miles up Egypt Road before descending to Bristol Center at speeds known to approach 60mph. Here the riders can treat themselves to an old-fashioned country store or continue on, and again up, a perfect climb on County Road 32.
The course then turns and heads for the small town of Cheshire with a stop at a century-plus-old general merchandise store called The Company Store. Once refreshed, the Highlander then heads directly for Canandaigua Lake, via a thrilling descent on Duell road. Turning South onto West Lake Road, the riders can enjoy the emergence of the lake, a resort and summer destination, with beautiful homes and boathouses lining the lakeshore.