FROM: Steve PowellI’m happy to announce that the full weekend version of our annual bike tour will return for 2016! Volunteer signups are open now. Participant signups open April 1st. Our bicycling route will be on the beautiful Erie Canal towpath trail, from Brockport to Fairport (and return), with overnight camping on the grounds of the terrific Perinton Community Center. (For trip veterans, this is the same route that we used in 2013.) While we will be camping, we can take advantage of the great facilities of the community center, such as the 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).
IMPORTANT: Volunteers Needed Now: We need in the range of 16 to 20 adult volunteers to help make this trip possible. The number of volunteers will determine how many bicyclists we can support. Past tours have been in the range of 35 to 125 bicyclists. 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. These are all 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.
2. Your job preference: a) Rest/lunch-stop staff or b) U-Haul truck driver or c) Campground setup/takedown staff or d) Sat dinner prep or e) Sunday breakfast prep or f) Road crossing assistant or g) any of the above
3. Whether or not you will have a vehicle available.Note to volunteers: 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.
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the 2015 Young People’s Bike Tour along the Catherine Valley Trail, including Doug Dylla, Ted Caldwell, Marne Einarson, and Sara Bloxsom. Please forgive me if I’ve omitted other key contributors. I look forward to working with these terrific organizers and other volunteers for the 2016 weekend event.Participant Signups
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 4 to Sunday, June 5, 2016.Where: We will meet in Brockport, NY on Saturday morning, then ride our bikes 35 miles along the car-free Erie Canal Towpath Trail to Fairport, NY and camp at the Perinton Community Center. On Sunday, we bike 35 miles back to Brockport, ending mid-afternoon. FYI, Brockport is approximately a 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.)
and finally…….While this tour is being organized and run by the Finger Lakes Cycling Club, it will be part of a nationwide effort called National Bike Travel Weekend<http://biketravelweekend.org> . This is a new initiative started by the nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association, and will feature thousands of bike travelers, all taking part in independent bike trips on the same weekend in June, 2016. Full disclosure: I’ve helped spearhead this nationwide effort based upon the success of the FLCC Young People’s Bike Tour. There is an online interactive map<https://www.adventurecycling.org/about-us/40th-anniversary/national-bike-travel-weekend-june-3-5-2016/find-a-bike-overnight/> 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<http://biketravelweekend.org>