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750 cyclists from 40 states continued on 400-mile cross-state bicycle trip through Little Falls

750 cyclists from 40 states continued on 400-mile cross-state bicycle trip through Little Falls

After holding the tour at reduced capacity in 2021 due to the pandemic, the annual eight-day, cross-state Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour returned at…

Monday, Jul 18

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After holding the tour at reduced capacity in 2021 due to the pandemic, the annual eight-day, cross-state Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour returned at full capacity this year, departing from Buffalo on July 10 and arriving in Albany eight days later on July 17.

Seven hundred fifty cyclists from 40 states crossed New York State as part of the 24th Cycle the Erie Canal tour organized by the statewide nonprofit Parks & Trails New York.

Covering 40 to 60 miles daily, cyclists traveled along the Erie Canalway Trail, which is now more than 85 percent off-road. Since 2020, the Erie Canalway Trail has also served as the east-west section of the 750-mile Empire State Trail. Recent studies by Parks & Trails New York have revealed that the Erie Canalway Trail receives over 3 million visits yearly and generates an economic impact of over $253 million.

In Little Falls, riders explored Rotary Park and the Marina, the glacial potholes of Moss Island, a National Natural Landmark, and shopped at Canal Place.

Louis Dimock from Bolton, Connecticut, one of the volunteers from the event, said, “I’ve been doing this ride for maybe 15 years now as a volunteer. I’m the afternoon guest stop coordinator. I check to ensure everybody gets what they need and keep my workers going.”

She said the ride this year has been great. “Very few incidences and everybody seems to be enjoying themselves, and the weather has been fantastic compared to last year. They’re all doing well and moving right along.”

Jonie […]

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