Registration is now open for Parks & Trails New York’s 22nd annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour, an opportunity to bike across New York state and take in the history of the legendary canal that transformed America. The eight-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled for July 12-19.
Cycle the Erie Canal participants will cycle through historic canal villages and discover the small-town charm of Upstate New York. Along the way, canal historians and local experts will introduce riders to the people, places and things that make the Erie Canal so important to the history of New York and the nation.
With more than three-quarters of the route off-road on the mostly-flat and traffic-free Erie Canalway Trail, the tour offers unparalleled cycling for all ages and abilities, organizers say.
In 2019, the tour drew 750 cyclists from 39 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada, and Australia.
Covering between 40 and 60 miles per day, cyclists travel along the Erie Canalway Trail, which is now over 80 percent complete and will, by the end of 2020, be completed as part of the statewide 750-mile Empire State Trail.
Registration for Cycle the Erie Canal includes camping accommodations each evening with restrooms and showers; eight hearty breakfasts and six delicious dinners; two refreshment stops daily stocked with fruit, snacks and beverages; SAG support and baggage transport; daily cue sheets and marked routes; entertainment and historical presentations every evening; and guided tours of the Canal, historic sites, museums, and other attractions. Shuttles will be available at the beginning and the end of the ride to transport riders and their bicycles for an additional fee. Two four-day options are available, one from Buffalo to Syracuse and one from Syracuse to Albany
The registration fee for the full tour is $865 for adults and $470 for youths ages 6-17 and non-cycling participants.