ALBANY — Registration is now open for Parks & Trails New York’s 21st annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour. The eight-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled for July 7 to July 14.
The tour route passes through historic canal villages and small towns in upstate. Along the way, canal historians and local experts point out the canal's importance in the history of New York state and the United States. Destinations include Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls and Fort Stanwix in Rome, a full-scale fort recreation from the French and Indian War.
The tour route follows the mostly flat and traffic-free Erie Canalway Trail. Cyclists cover between 40 and 60 miles per day.
The registration fee is $835 for adults and $455 for youths aged 6 to 17 years and non-cyclers.
Registration includes camping accommodations each evening with restrooms and showers; eight breakfasts, six dinners and two daily refreshment stops with fruit, snacks and beverages, SAG support and baggage transport, daily cue sheets and marked routes, programs every evening and guided tours of the canal, historic sites, museums and other attractions.
The 2018 tour drew 750 cyclists, from 37 states, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.