Erie, PA: The Erie Sports Commission (ESC) is pleased to announce that Lake Erie Cyclefest will be hosted again in 2021 with all new rides, a new event structure, and new partnering nonprofit organizations. The event will take place July 30 – Aug. 1, 2021 at locations across Erie County.
Lake Erie Cyclefest is presented by Highmark and AHN Saint Vincent Hospital.
Under the new format, the ESC will manage the Lake Erie Cyclefest brand, execute event marketing and promotions and oversee coordination of the hosted rides. Nonprofit organizations will operate their own rides under the Lake Erie Cyclefest umbrella, and all proceeds of each ride will benefit the hosting nonprofit organization.
Participating nonprofit organizations include Asbury Woods, Because You Care, BikeErie, Erie Downtown Partnership and Presque Isle Partnership.
The previous race directors for Lake Erie Cyclefest announced that they were actively seeking a new home for the popular cycling event in January 2021. The event was first introduced in Erie County in 2017.
“Lake Erie Cyclefest has become a staple on the Erie County event calendar thanks to the previous race directors from EmergyCare, WQLN and the YMCA of Greater Erie, who took the concept of an all-cycling weekend and grew it into the multi-day festival that our community has come to look forward to. The Erie Sports Commission is honored to continue carrying that torch into 2021,” said Mark Jeanneret, executive director of the Erie Sports Commission. “With a variety of vast landscapes, flat lakefront and rolling hills, Erie is an outstanding destination for cycling. This event will showcase all of it, and benefit five different area nonprofits at the same time.”
“We have brought together an exemplary group in Asbury Woods, Because You Care, BikeErie, the Erie Downtown Partnership and Presque Isle Partnership. Collectively, our team is looking forward to putting together an outstanding weekend of rides, and to welcoming cyclists from all over to our lakefront destination.”
Four rides will make up the all-cycling weekend:
Lake Erie Cyclefest Downtown Slow Roll – Friday, July 30
Registration: Free (pre-registration is required)
Erie Downtown Partnership, in collaboration with BikeErie, will host a family-friendly slow roll following a route of the City of Erie’s upcoming Active Transportation Plan improvements. The ride will begin and end in Perry Square, where a vendor fair with bike supplies, giveaways, food, beer and entertainment will run from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. BikeErie will provide free bike corrals so that cyclists can leave their bicycles and safely enjoy the fair.
Tour de West County, hosted by Asbury Woods – Saturday, July 31, 8 a.m.
Registration: $35 through July 15; $45 July 16-26 (pre-registration is required; no day-of registration)
Tour de West County is one of the area's oldest recreational bike rides, offering ride distance options of 12, 25 and 50 miles on rolling hills, past farmlands and meadows, and along the lake shore. All rides will begin and end at the Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods, where cyclists will be treated to a post-ride lunch and refreshments, including cold beer from ErieBeer. Swag for registered riders will include a pair of RunPhones by AcousticSheep.
myPI Sunrise Ride, hosted by Presque Isle Partnership and BikeErie – Sunday, Aug. 1, 6 a.m.
Registration: $25 through July 15; $30 July 16-26 (pre-registration is required; no day-of registration)
Fitting for all ages and skill levels, the myPI Sunrise Ride provides the opportunity to become one with Presque Isle as cyclists pedal into the beauty and warmth of the rising sun. Riders will check in at the TREC Pavilion before parking at the Beach 1 or any bayside Vista lots, and following a 13-mile counterclockwise loop at their own pace. Light breakfast will be provided at the Beach 11 halfway point, and all cyclists will be given a myPI Sunrise Ride fanny pack.
See Spot Ride – Sunday, Aug. 1, 11 a.m.
Registration: $35 through July 25; $45 July 26-July 31 (pre-registration is required)
See Spot Ride, the second annual Because You Care Bike Ride for Animal Rescue, will take place on the picturesque back roads of McKean Township, offering either a 40-mile Challenging Ride, or a 25-mile Be Ready for Some Hills Ride, starting at McKean Elementary School. The tour will finish at Because You Care Adoption Center with a casual, outdoor gathering with food trucks, beer and music along with Spot and his adoptable friends!
All ride proceeds will benefit the hosting nonprofit organizations.
Registration is open at www.lakeeriecyclefest.org.