Lake Erie Cyclefest Rolls Out Thursday

Monday Jul 29th, 2019

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Erie Cyclefest will again partner with Erie’s Blues & Jazz Festival for Rhythm and Ride Weekend beginning Thursday, Aug. 1.

In its third year, Lake Erie Cyclefest will feature six total cycling events. All proceeds benefit EmergyCare, WQLN and the YMCA of Greater Erie.

Registration is open at Cost to register varies from free to $40, depending on the ride.



Good Morning Star Shine Ride – Thursday, Aug. 1 at 5:45 a.m. 

Presque Isle State Park, Beach 1 Pavilion
Perhaps the prettiest place to find yourself in all of Erie is on Presque Isle State Park during a summer sunrise. The spectacular sunrise tour of Presque Isle State Park will be led by Jet 24’s “Good Morning Erie” host Traci Teudhope.

Suffragette Ride/Slow Roll – Thursday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. 

Downtown Erie – Perry Square
This year’s Lake Erie Cyclefest Slow Roll will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Suffragette Movement of 1919-1920. Mayor Joe Schember and Julie Slomski, northwest regional director for Governor Tom Wolf, will serve as the event’s grand marshals and lead hundreds of cyclists on a 10-mile ride wearing period attire. The ride will visit six sites which have a historic connection to women's suffrage, and conclude with an Erie Downtown Partnership Block Party.

YMCA Tour de Vineyard – Friday, Aug. 2 at 8 a.m. 

Shades Beach (7000 E Lake Rd., Harborcreek)
Breathtaking views, legendary vineyards and the Lake Erie shoreline are wrapped into one special bicycle tour at the YMCA Tour de Vineyard. Riders choose between a 27- or 52-mile non-competitive ride through the Lake Erie wine region, as both rides conclude with a picnic with wood-fired pizza and beer sampling from Five & 20 Spirits at Shades Beach in Harborcreek. Proceeds from the ride will benefit the YMCA of Greater Erie’s Food + Fun bus, a free mobile meals site for kids in need.

EmergyCare’s Tour de West County – Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 a.m. 

Lake Erie Community Park (10192 W Lake Rd., Lake City)
Erie County’s premier bicycle tour will provide three scenic ride routes, a 12-, 25- or 50-mile loop of Erie County, ending with a picnic. With a long-standing tratidion of spectacular routes, safety support, water stops and after-ride fun, it's a can't-miss event for cyclists. All riders will receive tokens for beer sampling at The HUB. The event will be part of the Dan Rice Days celebrations.

Rocket 105 Gravel Grinder – Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9 a.m.

Lake Erie Community Park (10192 W Lake Rd., Lake City)
Not suited for road bikes, this grinder begins at Lake Erie Community Park and follows a 25-mile route on field dirt, game lands and old railroad paths. The ride concludes at Lake Erie Community Park, and all riders receive tokens for beer sampling at The HUB.

WQLN’s Alley Cat Old Maid/Poker Run – Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. 

Frontier Park 
The Alley Cat ride is a fun game of cards, where cyclists follow a marked course to nine historic west Erie City locations, including military architect John Boyd’s home, creator of the wind-chill formula Paul Siple’s home, Erie’s Negro League ballpark, the farm of one of the country’s first millionaires and more. Each stop will feature performers dancing, singing and creating. At five of the nine stops, riders will collect a playing card (poker for adults, old maid for kids) and the best hand will win prizes. All riders will receive tokens for beer sampling at The HUB.  


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