More than 600 cyclists from 36 states and as far away as Australia are poised to begin the adventure of a lifetime on Parks & Trails New York’s 17th annual Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour.
The cyclists will leave their cars behind on July 12 as they begin their eight-day, 400-mile journey from Buffalo to Albany.
Covering between 40 and 60 miles per day, cyclists travel along the Erie Canalway Trail, which is more than three-quarters complete. When the Trail is finished, it will be the longest multi-use trail in the nation. A recent study shows that the Trail annually receives more than a million and a half visits and generates an economic impact of $253 million.
“The 17th annual Cycling the Erie Canal tour is a wonderful way to explore the Erie Canal and Upstate New York. Plus it’s fun, healthy, and good for the economy,” says Parks & Trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin. “We have participants from 2 to 91 and they all get to experience what makes the Erie Canal and Upstate New York so special.”
The NYS Canal Corporation is the Premier Sponsor of Cycling the Erie Canal for the 17th straight year. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is the event’s Heritage Sponsor. Supporting sponsors include CSEA, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, CDPHP, Better World Club, and Wegmans. Other sponsors include eight regional tourism agencies.