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5th Annual Young People’s Bike Tour — June 22-23, 2013 – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Announcing the opening of sign-ups for the June 22-23 weekend bike tour along a central portion of the Erie Canal towpath trail, organized by the FLCC Touring Group. Its the 5th Annual FLCC Young People’s Bike Tour!

**Trip has filled up as of 4/21/13 — Send email to <sp35@cornell.edu> to be placed on waiting list.**

This trip is especially for kids, teens, families, and adult chaperones. Last year’s participants included 28 kids ages 7-16 and 31 adults, and we biked along the western section of the Erie Canal towpath trail. This year we will return to the Erie Canal towpath trail, starting once again in Brockport, but this year we will head east toward our overnight camping location in Fairport. The entire trip will be on car-free trails except for 2 blocks in Brockport between our parking lot meeting spot and the start of the trail.

**New** Click Here to Download Trip Information Pak with forms to complete

**New** Click Here to Download DRAFT Cue Sheet and Map  Final version will be handed out at the event start.

This is a great opportunity for first-time bike tourists and campers to experience the fun and utility of bike touring. We will drive to Brockport early on Saturday morning, and then bike along the Erie Canal towpath trail to the campground near Fairport (35 miles) where we will share a group dinner. A real bonus this year is the camping location on the grounds of the Perinton Community Center. We will have access to a beautiful indoor community pool with water slide, lazy river, and hot tub. Oh, that will feel so nice after a day of cycling! (Hot showers in the locker room will also be provided for everyone, swimmers and non-swimmers). Along the way we will pass by, and possibly explore, the beautiful canal-side towns of Spencerport, Pittsford, and Fairport, in addition to having lunch in pretty Genesee Valley Park near downtown Rochester.

On Sunday we will bike back to Brockport (35 miles), and then drive back to Ithaca, returning Sunday mid/late afternoon. Carpooling from Ithaca to Brockport is encouraged, and we can help facilitate this.

Thanks to a generous subsidy provided by the FLCC, the trip cost is extremely low: $15 per person ($45 per family maximum) which includes camping, rest stop snacks, Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, and Sunday lunch, and admission to the indoor pool and hot showers at the Perinton Community Center. The meals are kept simple: typically pasta and salad for dinner, cereal for breakfast, and sandwiches for the lunches. We will also provide vehicle transportation of personal supplies and camping gear to the campground, although we are encouraging kids and adults to carry as much gear on their bikes to highlight the fun and utility of bike touring. In fact, new for this year, the club has a large quantity of loaner bike panniers that mount to most any rear rack to help get you started — these are suitable for both kids and adult bikes.

Please note that to participate in this bike tour (and any other FLCC organized bike tour) we require everyone to be a FLCC member. Joining is easy, go to: http://flcycling.org/?page_id=51 . The cost is $10 for an individual membership, or $12 for a family membership. These funds are used to support all of the club’s activities and club insurance.

Sign-up for this trip is simple: just send an email message to me <sp35@cornell.edu> with the number of people in your group and their ages.  Also, please download the Trip Information Pak which contains additional details and a form that you need to complete and send in with your payment.   The Trip Information Pak is a 6-page pdf document with Emergency Contact form,  Trip Details (Where to Meet, What to Bring, Food), a driving map to Brockport, a map of the Brockport meeting point, and a bicycle route map.

Also, let me know if you would like a pair of loaner panniers and we can make arrangements to get them to you in advance of the trip so that you can try them out.

**Scholarships Available** The FLCC will provide scholarships covering the trip cost for needy individuals or families. Please contact me directly regarding scholarships or any other questions regarding this bike trip.

–Steve Powell <sp35@cornell.edu>

P.S. Volunteers needed: We are looking for several drivers with a large car or mini-van to help transport camping equipment. Also, a person or two to help staff rest stops and lunch stops. Volunteers get to camp, swim, and eat free! Can you help?

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Finger Lakes Weekend #1 — May 10-12, 2013 – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Trip Description Overview——
This is a simple self-contained bike tour that starts and ends in Ithaca, from late Friday afternoon May 10 to mid Sunday afternoon May 12. It is a great opportunity to sample what self-contained touring is all about, where we carry our camping and personal gear on our bikes using packs, racks, and panniers, or small trailers. There is some very nice inexpensive bike touring gear available in our local bike shops, and the club has a supply of loaner panniers that mount to most any rear rack to help get you started.

This trip is for both beginning and experienced bike tourists, as any ride in the Finger Lakes will have it’s share of hills. But the mileage is quite reasonable (see below) and the scenery spectacular, so jump right in and join us on this trip!

——Trip Itinerary——

  • Friday, May 10: Meet late-afternoon in Ithaca and bike to Fillmore Glen State Park campground (18 miles)
  • Saturday, May 11: Bike from Fillmore Glen State Park to Cayuga Lake State Park campground (43 miles)
  • Sunday, May 12: Bike from Cayuga Lake State Park back to Ithaca in early/mid-afternoon (34 miles).

The cost of the trip is only $5. per person, which covers your share of the camping. We will buy our own food at small cafes and/or supermarkets and even do some cooking with small stoves at the campgrounds.

Download: Cue sheets and maps or GPX track files

——Trip Details——
We’ll meet on Friday afternoon at the Cayuga Mall in Ithaca, at the Gazebo between the motel and the muffler shop at 4:30 pm (parking in the lot between these businesses is OK for the weekend), and try to depart promptly at 4:45 pm, so that we arrive at the Fillmore Glen State Park campground with enough daylight to eat dinner and setup camp. We will have at least one stove available to boil some water or heat up a small pot of food. (If anyone else has a small backpacking type of stove, you might consider bringing it, too.). You can either pack some food for your dinner on Friday, or buy food at the supermarket in Moravia that is located not far from the campground. We will try to do a group meal on Saturday evening — we can discuss options later (on Saturday morning, say).

Cue sheets and maps will be distributed via email about a week before the trip date to all participants.. $5. per person will cover your share of the camping expenses for the weekend (you can pay me in person). The FLCC is paying for a portion of the camping fees, so I encourage everyone to join and/or renew their FLCC membership. That can be done online at the flcycling.org website — click on the “Club Stuff” and then “Membership” at the right side of the page.

Be sure to bring rain gear since we are planning to do the tour “rain or shine.” Also, while we are not planning to ride at night, it’s a good idea to bring along some simple bike lights for a late evening trip into town, or in case we are delayed.

Please send an email to touring@flcycling.org confirming your participation, along with your cellphone number if you are planning to bring it on the trip, and let us know if you would like a pair of loaner panniers and we can make arrangements to get them to you in advance. Thanks.

–Steve Powell, sp35@cornell.edu

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6th Annual Young People’s Bike Tour — June 21-22, 2014 – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

**Update May 16, 2014** We’ve had an overwhelming response to the call 2 weeks ago for signups for FLCC’s 2014 Young People’s Bike Tour, and therefore have decided to stop accepting additional signups.  We have 90 people confirmed for the tour and about 20 people on the waiting list.  We are currently discussing dinner arrangements with several companies to provide catering for our very large group.  Once those arrangements are locked down, we are hopeful that we can accept everyone on the waiting list, and we will contact directly those families to confirm their status. Thank you to all the family members, family volunteers, and adult volunteers that have signed up, and we look forward to a great weekend tour on June 21-22, 2014.

**Click Here to Download Trip Information Packet with forms to complete**

**Click Here to Download Updated Meeting Point and Parking Map**

Announcing the opening of sign-ups for the June 21-22, 2014 weekend bike tour along along the car-free Pine Creek rail-trail, organized by the FLCC Touring Group.  Its the 6th Annual FLCC Young People’s Bike Tour!

This trip is especially for kids, teens, families, and adult chaperones.  Last year’s participants included 48 kids ages 5-17 and 53 adults, and we biked along the Erie Canal towpath trail near Rochester.  This year we head south to the beautiful Pine Creek rail-trail, starting near Wellsboro, PA, where we will travel 30 miles of the most stunning section of this trail (60 total miles for the weekend).  For those who have gone on previous tours, we will follow the same route as we used in 2011.

This is a great opportunity for first-time bike tourists and campers to experience the fun and utility of bike touring.  We will drive to Wellsboro early on Saturday morning, and then bike along the Pine Creek trail to the campground in Cedar Run where we will share a group dinner.  We have a beautiful creek-side group campsite reserved at a campground with showers, toilets, etc.  There should be plenty of time on Saturday to stop at the nearby General Store for ice cream before dinner and perhaps even take a dip in the Pine Creek.  On Sunday we will bike back to Wellsboro, and then drive back to Ithaca, returning Sunday mid/late afternoon.  Carpooling from Ithaca to Wellsboro is encouraged, and we can help facilitate this.

Attention parents: while this is nominally a car-free trail, there are several roads that cross the trail, so we all need to be aware of the usual challenges and hazards of bicycle travel, and keep an eye on the young people in our family groups, particularly at the cross roads.  Also, if you choose to swim in the creek at the campground (and maybe even at the lunch spot) please be aware that there are no lifeguards, so you must provide supervision for those in your family group.

Our goal this year is, of course, to have a fun and safe tour, but also to try to break even in terms of cost.  The FLCC has been very generous for the past 5 years, heavily subsidizing the tour, but currently our club funds are quite low, so we will be raising the cost of the tour to reflect the actual cost.  For reference, last year the trip expenses totaled $32 per person: we charged $15 per person, received $7 per person in supplementary voluntary donations, and the club kicked in approximately $10 per person.

We anticipate very similar expenses for 2014,  and therefore we will be charging $35 per person.  I believe this is still a very good value considering that this event includes 4 meals (Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, Sunday lunch), 4 rest stop snacks, and camping.  The meals are kept simple: typically pasta and salad for dinner, cereal for breakfast, and sandwiches for the lunches.  We will also provide vehicle transportation of personal supplies and camping gear to the campground, although we are encouraging kids and adults to carry as much gear on their bikes to highlight the fun and utility of bike touring.  For anyone who would like to try to carry some of their gear on their bike, the club has a large quantity of loaner bike panniers that mount to most any rear rack to help get you started — these are suitable for both kids and adult bikes.

Another goal for 2014 is to try to improve the experience for everyone on the tour, including the volunteers that are essential to the success of the tour.  We will try to attract more volunteers, so that we can limit the volunteer shifts to just one day (Saturday or Sunday), so that everyone will get a chance to bike ride on at least one of the tour days.  The size of the tour will initially be capped at 75 participants, and we will give signup priority to volunteers and volunteer families.  If a sufficient number of volunteers signup, then we will consider raising the cap.  The signup period will span from May 1 to June 2.

Sign-up for this trip is simple:  just download the tour information packet by clicking here , complete the form on page 1, and mail it in along with your payment (the mailing address is provided in the tour information packet).  The tour information packet is a 7-page pdf document with Signup/Emergency Contact form, Trip Details (Where to Meet, What to Bring, etc), a driving map to Wellsboro, a map of the meeting point, a Pine Creek trail map, and a draft cue sheet.  Copies of the final cue sheet will be handed out at the starting point.

Please note that to participate in this bike tour (and any other FLCC organized overnight bike tour) we require everyone to be a FLCC member. Joining is easy, go to: http://tinyurl.com/FLCCmembership . The cost is $12 for an individual membership, or $15 for a family membership. These funds are used to support all of the club’s activities and club insurance.

As previously mentioned, signup priority will be given to volunteers and volunteer families (a volunteer family is a family with at least one adult volunteer).  Standard participant families will be signed up for the tour as the forms are received.  You will receive a confirming email message once we receive your form and payment.  If we exceed the trip size cap, then you will be placed on a wait list, and that will be noted in the email.  Please remember that this tour is an all-volunteer run endeavor and we will do the best that we can to accommodate as many people as possible within the constraints of our cadre of volunteers.  This is precisely the reason that we are trying to induce more people to volunteer — the more people that volunteer, the more total people that we can accommodate on the tour.

Volunteers will signup using the same form as the participants.  Volunteer positions include staffing the rests stops, lunch stops, campground setup and meals prep, and driving several support vehicles including a U-Haul truck.  Most of the volunteer positions will require a full day time commitment.  Volunteer preferences can be noted on the signup form, but it would be great for everyone to be flexible and be willing to accept alternate assignments if needed.  Bicycles for volunteers will be transported by truck on their work day, so that they are available for bike riding on the other day of the tour.  Since we are trying to structure the trip so that all volunteers can bike ride for one day, and we are trying to break even cost-wise, the fee for volunteers will be the same as everyone else.  The advantage to being a volunteer is that you and your family receive priority signup for the tour, and your volunteer participation will allow us to accommodate more people on the tour.

We also welcome adult club members without families to volunteer for this event.  Many of the young people and families on this tour are bicycling relatively long distances for the first time, and it can be very rewarding to know that by volunteering you have a played a key role in enabling this event to take place.

**Scholarships Available** The FLCC will provide scholarships covering the trip cost for needy individuals or families.  Please contact me directly regarding scholarships or any other questions regarding this bike trip.

Looking forward to a great 2014 Young People’s Tour in June!

–Steve  Powell
email: sp35@cornell.edu
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Memorial Day — Montreal – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

The 2015 Memorial Day Weekend Getaway is going to be in Montreal — where we went a couple years ago to enjoy a long weekend of rain. It was fun, especially after we finally did get a lovely ride on the last day. But, this year we’re counting on better weather and an even better time. Lodgings are the same place: the Auberge de Jeunesse HI-Montreal — the Montreal hostel, 1030 Rue Mackay, Montréal, QC. If you haven’t been there, check out Google “street view,” which actually goes inside the front door to the lobby of the hostel! Also, the hostel’s website has good pix of the facility. It’s not in a picturesque location, but it’s central to all the great things you can do on a bike in this amazing city. (Don’t forget, you’ll need an “enhanced” driver’s license or passport to cross into that foreign country.)

The lodging will cost us $93 each for the three nights of the long weekend — and that includes the nominal “continental breakfast” that will tide you over to a real meal. The accommodations will be in rooms of four bunks each, so no huge dorm scene this time.

Because we’re making preparations so late in the year, we need to collect the full cost from each participant. (They require full payment 30 days before the event.) Those people who have emailed me that they want to go, please use the form below to make your payment right away. (There is a private room option at the bottom of the list for those who ordered that.)

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Weekend Tour I – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Self-Contained Weekend Tour, May 29-31, 2015

  • Trip Dates: May 29–31, 2015
  • Cost: $10 to cover camping fees. FLCC membership is required. Meal planning is informal and food costs are not included in the trip fee.
  • Location: Ithaca, NY
  • Route: 86 miles: View the RideWithGPS Route

Overview

This is a fun self-contained bike tour that starts and ends in Ithaca, leaving late Friday afternoon, May 29, and returning Sunday afternoon, May 31. It’s a great opportunity to sample what self-contained touring is all about and learn how to carry your gear using packs, racks, panniers and small trailers. This trip is for both beginning and experienced bike tourists, as any ride in the Finger Lakes will have its share of hills. But the mileage is quite reasonable (see below) and the scenery spectacular, so jump right in and join us on this trip!

Gear

There is some very nice inexpensive bike touring gear available in our local bike shops, and the club has a supply of loaner panniers that mount to most any rear rack to help get you started.

Trip Itinerary

  • Friday, May 29: Meet late-afternoon in Ithaca and bike to Fillmore Glen State Park campground (21 miles)
  • Saturday, May 30: Bike from Fillmore Glen State Park to Country Hills Campground in Marathon, NY (36 miles)
  • Sunday, May 31: Bike from Country Hills Campground back to Ithaca in early/mid-afternoon (28 miles).

Trip Details:

We’ll meet Friday afternoon at 4:30 P.M. at the Cayuga Mall gazebo in Ithaca.  There’s a small parking lot between the motel and Monro Muffler where you can park for the weekend. Plan on departing promptly at 4:45 P.M., which gives us just enough time to ride to Fillmore Glen, set up camp and eat dinner.

Cue sheets and maps will be distributed via email about a week before the trip date. FLCC membership is required. You can register online at the flcycling.org website — click on the “Club Stuff” and then “Membership” at the right side of the page.

Be sure to bring rain gear since we are planning to do the tour “rain or shine.” Also, while we are not planning to ride at night, it’s a good idea to bring along some simple bike lights for a late evening trip into town, or in case we are delayed.

Food:

Meal planning is informal and food costs are not included in the trip fee. We’ll have at least one stove available to boil water or heat up a small pot of food, but if you have your own stove and prefer cooking, please consider bringing it.

There is a grocery store not far from the campground if you prefer to buy food for cooking, and there is a diner near the entrance if you’d rather have someone else do your cooking. The diner is also a great place to start your day Saturday morning (hot coffee!). We’ll stop in Dryden for lunch, and buy food for dinner that night.

Breakfast is available at the campground Sunday morning, and we’ll pass through Dryden once again for lunch offerings on our way home.

Confirmation:

Please send an email to me at brokenspoke@gmx.com if you’d like to join us. Let me know if need a pair of loaner panniers so that we can make arrangements to get them to you in advance. Thanks.

–Bill Webster, brokenspoke@gmx.com

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Fall Tour, Adirondacks – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Self-Contained Fall Tour: Adirondacks, September 13-20, 2015

  • Trip Dates: Sept 13, 2015 – Sept 20, 2015
  • Cost: Camping costs will be split between participants (~$100 – $150 each). Meal planning is informal and is the individual responsibility of each participant.
  • Additional Cost: Optional hotel stay in Lake Placid at participant’s expense.
  • Location: Speculator, NY
  • Route: 285 miles – View the RideWithGPS Route

Overview:

Join us for a 6 day ride through the best that the Adirondacks have to offer. The trip begins in Speculator and continues clockwise around the high peaks, riding through Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. We’ll drop through Keene Valley (and the Noonmark Diner) into the Lake Champlain valley, riding through Ticonderoga and along Lake George before heading back to Speculator.

Daily mileage will be between 50 and 55 miles, giving everyone a chance to ride at their own pace and sightsee. While there are plenty of hilly roads in the Adirondacks which require a modest level of fitness, the climbs are not exceptionally difficult. Most of the roads are low-traffic with ample shoulder room.

Gear:

Most of the overnights will be at state campgrounds with clean water and hot showers. You will need a good freestanding tent with a ground cloth, a sleeping bag rated appropriately for the season, and a sleeping pad. Meals are at the discretion of each rider, with some folks cooking at the campsites and others eating at restaurants and cafes.

Mechanical Support:

The ride requires a degree of mechanical self-sufficiency. You should have the tools and skills necessary to change flats and perform minor mechanical adjustments.

Please contact Bill Webster at brokenspoke@gmx.com for more information.

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Overnight #1 – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

The FLCC Overnight Tour Series is a set of weekend bicycle tours designed to find those obscure and quirky places in the Region that make the Finger Lakes so special.

For 2015 we have set up two trips that include either B&B accommodations or a less expensive camping option. Each tour will require a volunteer to transport bags.

Overnight Bike Tour #1 – Skaneateles and Apple Country August 15, 2015 Destination: – Apple Country Retreat / Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards – Lafayette, NY Date: August 15 to August 16, 2015 Registration: Sign up deadline is May 1st.

Contact Joe Kreitinger for details. jpkreitinger@gmail.com

Accommodations: Apple Country Retreat will accommodate up to 17 (http://applecountryretreat.com/). Note we have a block of individual rooms and suites reserved until May 1st at which time the reservations will be released. Primitive camping is available at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards http://www.beakandskiff.com/. Maximum Number: 17+ Cost: Accommodations at the Apple Country Retreat are $50 to $75 per person (plus tax) assuming double occupancy. A $30 option exists for three couch surfers willing to share the Granny Smith Lounge. The suites include full kitchens and multiple bedrooms that become economical for groups that wish to share a suite. Participants must make their own reservations with the B&B prior to May 1st at which time the block of rooms for FLCC will be released. Accommodations at the B&B include a full breakfast Sunday morning. A patio with swimming pool and a large hot tub will be available for sore riders Saturday evening! For those wishing a more Spartan accommodation Beak & Skiff will allow camping at the Orchard which is 2 miles down the road. Dinner and cider tastings will be available at their cafe in the evening. The only catch is that once the cafe closes the only available facilities will be a porta-john or your favorite apple tree. There will be a $10-$15 fee for bag transport which will graciously be donated to the volunteer who transports bags so that they have a free night at the B&B and don’t have to pay for gas! Distance: ~98 miles: 45 miles Sat. / 52 miles Sun. (Additional loops to extend mileage are always possible). Elevation gain: ~5,300 ft Tour Details: This tour show cases spectacular Skaneateles Lake and Village and the apple orchards just to the east near Lafayette. There is plenty of time to stop, take pictures and enjoy the ride at a touring pace. Detailed route maps, stops and queue sheet will be made available to participants in May. Saturday – Overnight bag drop off at the Homer Junior High School (58 Clinton Street) between 8:00 and 9:00 am. The tour starts just down the street at Origins by Coffee Mania at 9:15 am. There are no services on the west side of Skaneateles lake so bring plenty of water and a mid morning snack. Lunch with sightseeing will be in the village of Skaneateles and a follow-on ride to Marietta on the north end of Otisco Lake. After Ostico Lake, we have a final push into the apple country hills west of Lafayette, NY. We’re still working on dinner arrangements for Saturday night but the plan is to either head over to Beak and Skiff Orchards for dinner and cider tastings or make ad hoc diners at the B&B’s barbeque and hang out at the pool and soak in the hot tub. Do not forget to bring a swim suite! Sunday –. Coffee and full breakfast are part of the package for those staying at the B&B. Campers are on their own. The morning ride will begin at 9:00 am at the B&B starting with a role down to the south end of Otisco Lake and back to Skaneateles for lunch and coffees. The ride will follow the west side of Skaneateles Lake. There will be numerous opportunities to stop and take in the huge vistas of these two finger lakes. As we head back to Homer.

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2015 Touring Season – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Information for 2015 is just being assembled and will be posted as soon as it’s available.

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9th Annual Young People’s Bike Tour – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Announcing the opening of sign-ups for the June 3-4, 2017 weekend bike tour along a central portion of the Erie Canal towpath trail, organized by the FLCC Touring Group. Its the 9th Annual FLCC Young People’s Bike Tour!

**Registration is now open for the tour.** The entire registration process is online. It’s a simple 2-step process:

1. Go to the online Registration Form and enter all of the basic information about you and your family or group.

2. Use the Payment Form provided here (to the left) to pay the registration fee, using a PayPal account or any major credit card. Be sure to enter the names of one or more people in your group, so we can match your payment up with your registration.

Note: If you’d like to make a voluntary donation, above and beyond the standard fee of $35 per person, then simply choose a higher number than the actual number of people in your group from the pull-down menu.  Voluntary donations help subsidize the scholarships that are available to needy individuals or families.

Click Here to Download the Tour Information Packet, which details our exact meeting place (including a driving map from Ithaca to the Newark, NY start), what to bring, and a draft cue sheet and biking map.  The final version of the cue sheet and map will be handed out at the event start, but you might find the draft useful in anticipating the route and the rest stops.

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis, and in past years the trip has filled quite quickly, so we encourage people to signup as soon as possible.

Some Background On The Tour:  Our bicycling route will be on the beautiful Erie Canal towpath trail and the Rochester, Syracuse, and Eastern Trail, from Newark to Fairport (and return), with overnight camping on the grounds of the terrific Perinton Community Center.  The total weekend biking distance will be approximately 47 miles.  This is a great opportunity for first-time bike tourists and campers to experience the fun and utility of bike touring. For trip veterans, this is similar to our 2016 route, but we’ve added an additional 5 miles to Saturday’s riding along with two extra-special activities:

1.  A trailside lunchtime pizza party (including healthy additions of salad & fruit) on Saturday.
2.  A visit with the animals of Lollypop Farm, located right along our Saturday route.  Lollypop Farm is run by the Humane Society of Greater Rochester and they feature a farm walk and petting area, along with self-guided tours of their pet adoption center (dogs, cats, rabbits, etc).  You’ll have a chance to see and interact with sheep, goats, llamas, pigs, horses, emus, and deer.
All of this is in addition to the great bike riding and fun of camping on the grounds of the Perinton Community Center.  The community center features an amazing indoor water park with slides, lazy river, and hot tub. (There’s also some quiet study space available in the community center for any kids that need to do some weekend schoolwork on Saturday afternoon/evening).

Here’s an outline of the trip:

What: A weekend bicycle tour with 1 night of camping along the Erie Canal Towpath Trail near Rochester for families, kids, teens and adult chaperones.

When: Saturday, June 3 to Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Where: We will meet in Newark, NY on Saturday morning, then ride our bikes 26 miles along the car-free Erie Canal Towpath Trail and the Rochester, Syracuse, and Eastern Trail to Fairport, NY and camp at the Perinton Community Center. On Sunday, we bike 21 miles back to Newark, NY ending mid-afternoon. FYI, Newark, NY is approximately a 1-1/2 hour drive from Ithaca.

Cost: $35 per person, which includes food for the weekend (lunch & dinner on Saturday, breakfast & lunch on Sunday, plus rest stop snacks both days), camping, showers & swimming at the indoor pool/waterpark at the Perinton Community Center. Also included is transportation of your camping gear and personal items from the start point to the overnight location on Saturday, and return transportation of these items back to the start on Sunday. The club has a large supply of Donkey Boxx panniers to loan out to anyone who would like to carry their gear on their bikes. (FYI, the club runs this trip at-cost.)

IMPORTANT: Volunteers Needed! We need in the range of 16 to 20 adult volunteers to help make this trip possible. Volunteers are needed to staff the rest stops, drive support vehicles, assist at road crossings, supervise campground setup, and help with dinner & breakfast prep, among other tasks. Most of these are non-biking volunteer positions, but all volunteers will have a chance to bike one day, and do their volunteer job on the other day of this weekend event. We will provide transportation for your bicycle so that you can volunteer on one day, and bike with your family or group on the other day. We also gladly accept adult volunteers without young family members, who would like to serve as a volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, then signup along with your family members (if any) using the same online Registration Formas all other participants, and you’ll be given an opportunity to state your volunteer job preference within that form. We will then contact you to discuss and confirm your specific volunteer role.

and finally…….

While this tour is being organized and run by the Finger Lakes Cycling Club, it is part of a nationwide effort called Bike Travel Weekend . This is a initiative started by the nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association in 2016, and is an annual event that features thousands of bike travelers, all taking part in independent bike trips on the first weekend of June. There is an online interactive map that shows all of the planned trips, including our FLCC tour. Note that this list of trips will grow as we get closer to June. See: biketravelweekend.org

All the best,
Steve Powell, sp35@cornell.edu
Tour Director, 2017 FLCC Young People’s Bike Tour

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2017 Touring Season – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Information for 2017 is just being assembled and will be posted as soon as it’s available.

9th Annual Young People’s Bike Tour — June 3-4, 2017 — Click Here for Info