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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 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 <email@example.com> 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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?