An All-Cycling Weekend for All Cycling Lovers!
Experience breathtaking landscapes and Erie County’s abundant natural resources on safe and spectacular routes, while enjoying the type of community that can only be found at a cycling festival! Cyclists of all ages and abilities will participate in self-supported rides on routes that feature Erie’s vast terrain – along sandy beaches and through old growth forests, across our vibrant downtown and our expansive grape-growing region.
As always, all event proceeds from Lake Erie Cyclefest will benefit local charities. Proceeds from 2023 rides will benefit Asbury Woods, Because You Care Inc., Bike Erie, Erie Downtown Partnership, Northern Allegheny Mountain Bike Association and the Presque Isle Partnership.
Lake Erie Cyclefest Downtown Slow Roll
Thursday, July 27, 6 p.m.
The Erie Downtown Partnership, in collaboration with Bike Erie, will kick off Lake Erie Cyclefest with their annual Downtown Slow Roll on Thursday, July 27! The family-friendly bike ride will feature a 10-mile easy ride, beginning and ending in Perry Square.
Cost: FREE but registration is required Ride Route
Grape Escape Ride
Friday, July 28, 8 a.m.
The Grape Escape Ride, hosted by Because You Care, starts and ends on the shores of Lake Erie at Shades Beach Park in Harborcreek. Choose from 25 or 50 picturesque miles winding through grape country. Both distances will feature new routes this year. Fresh lake breezes and the invigorating smell of grapes awaits you on this ride. Post-ride, toast your morning’s successful ride with samples of wine from Lake Erie Wine Country and great food.
Registration deadline: Registration for this ride has ended
Tour de West County
Saturday, July 29, 8 a.m.
Tour de West County is one of the region's oldest recreational bike rides, offering an outstanding tradition of spectacular routes and after-ride fun. Routes will include ride distance options of 12, 25 and 50 miles on rolling hills, past farmlands and through meadows. The routes begin and end at the Asbury Woods Nature Center, and will feature a post-ride picnic for registered cyclists. This year's 50-mile ride will feature a new route (coming soon!).
Six Mile Creek Classic
Saturday, July 29, 2 p.m.
The Six Mile Creek Classic offers mountain bikers the opportunity to race on the Trails at Six Mile at Six Mile Creek Park in Harborcreek Township. Expect woods and hills in the six-mile loop! Riders will complete between two and three laps depending on their class: beginner, youth, sport, clydesdale, expert and single speed will be offered. Helmets are mandatory to participate regardless of age or ability level.
Cost: Day-of registration will be available for $50 Race Loop
Registration deadline: Online registration for this event has ended, day-of registration available for an increased registration fee
Presque Isle Sunrise Ride
Sunday, July 30, 6:15 a.m.
Cyclists will have the opportunity to become one with the sun at Erie's most popular tourist destination, Presque Isle State Park, during the Presque Isle Sunrise Ride. New this year: participants are invited to enjoy a special sunrise tour of the Presque Isle Lighthouse and climb the tower between 6-8 a.m., included with your registration! The ride will be hosted at the end of Discover Presque Isle, a multi-day celebration that aims to draw attention to the Park’s numerous recreational opportunities and diverse natural ecosystems. The flat, 13-mile loop features water views on both sides, and is one of the most spectacular routes in the region. The ride will start at the Beach 1 Pavilion, and all registered cyclists will be given a ticket to the Discover PI Pancake Breakfast at the Rotary Pavilion.
Cost: $35 Ride Route
Registration deadline: day-of registration is accepted
See Spot Ride, Ride for Animal Rescue
Sunday, July 30, 9 a.m.
See Spot Ride, the fourth annual Because You Care Ride for Animal Rescue, will take place on the lovely back roads of McKean Township in southern Erie County. Only 6 miles from the Millcreek Mall, the picturesque countryside offers beautiful routes with varying terrain, including options for a 40-, 25- and 10-mile ride. The 40-mile ride will begin at 9 a.m., while the 25-mile ride will start at 9:30 a.m. and the 10-mile ride will depart at 9:45 a.m. Redesigned routes this year will begin at McKean Elementary School and finish at the Because You Care Adoption Center with a casual "Pawty" including food trucks, beer and music. Spot and kitty friend, Liza, will be ready to greet you and introduce you to their adorable, adoptable friends!