Erie, PA: Hundreds of bicyclists will embark on group rides throughout Erie County this weekend, as Lake Erie Cyclefest is set to return July 30 through August 1. Lake Erie Cyclefest is presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and AHN Saint Vincent Hospital.
Four rides will be hosted by local nonprofit organizations, with all proceeds benefiting the host nonprofit. Participating nonprofit organizations include Asbury Woods, Because You Care, BikeErie, Erie Downtown Partnership and Presque Isle Partnership. The Erie Sports Commission is overseeing coordination of the hosted rides. Events will occur rain or shine.
The schedule for the weekend is as follows:
Lake Erie Cyclefest Downtown Slow Roll – Friday, July 30
Hosted by Erie Downtown Partnership and BikeErie: check-in begins at 5 p.m., ride begins at 6 p.m. at the Perry Square Stage
The 8-mile family-friendly slow roll will follow a portion of the City of Erie’s upcoming Active Transportation Plan improvements. The ride will end with a vendor fair and concert from Wave Trails and Tiny Paper Boats in Perry Square. Registration is free but pre-registration is required, and open through July 29.
Tour de West County – Saturday, July 31
Hosted by Asbury Woods: check-in begins at 7 a.m., rides begin at 8 a.m. at the Asbury Woods Nature Center
Tour de West County is one of the area's oldest recreational bike rides, offering ride distance options of 12, 25 and 50 miles. All rides will begin and end at the Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods. Registration is sold out.
myPI Sunrise Ride – Sunday, Aug. 1
Hosted by Presque Isle Partnership: check in and rides begin at 5:45 a.m.
Cyclists will check in at the TREC Pavilion before following a 13-mile counterclockwise loop at their own pace. Registration is open through July 30.
See Spot Ride – Bike Ride for Animal Rescue – Sunday, Aug. 1
Hosted by Because You Care, Inc.: check-in begins at 10 a.m., rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at McKean Elementary School
See Spot Ride 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. Registration is open through July 31.
Lake Erie Cyclefest is presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and AHN Saint Vincent Hospital, with further support from the Erie Sports Commission, Presque Isle Downs & Casino, VisitErie, Engel O’Neill Advertising and Public Relations, Erie News Now and WQLN Public Media.
For more information on Lake Erie Cyclefest, visit www.LakeErieCyclefest.org.
The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.