BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The eighteenth annual “Cycle The Erie Canal” bike tour was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday.
The eight-day, 400-mile cycling tour begins in Buffalo on Sunday, July 10 and concludes in Albany on Sunday, July 17.
This is the largest expected tour to date, with more than 650 cyclists from 38 states taking part in it. Participants from Australia will also be taking part in the event this year.
“Apart from its breathtaking beauty, the Erie Canal corridor plays a vital role in this state’s history and present economy and we’re proud to showcase all these aspects in our 18th annual cycle ride,” Governor Cuomo said. “I welcome the cyclists who are coming from far and wide to participate in this world-renowned tour and encourage them to indulge in all New York has to offer.”
360 miles of the tour will take place on the completed portion of the Erie Canalway Trail, according to the Governor’s office.
Participants will be able to take tours of sites like the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls.
Those who wish to ride in the tour can arrive in Buffalo on Saturday, July 9 to register and take part in optional rides as well as an opening reception.