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:

All the best,
Steve Powell,
Tour Director, 2017 FLCC Young People’s Bike Tour