Cyclists stop in Syracuse for "Cycle the Erie Canal" Tour (Photo: CNY Central) SYRACUSE, N.Y. — 750 cyclists arrived in Syracuse on Wednesday as part of the Annual Cycle the Erie Canal Tour.
The annual eight-day, cross-state tour returned to full capacity this year, with bikers traveling 40 to 60 miles per day as they make their way from the starting point in Buffalo all the way to Albany.
Wednesday marked the halfway point of the ride with plenty of support coming from the local community.
“We believe after riding 200 miles, you deserve a big welcome, so we ring bells, we have signs, we make them a big welcome because it’s a big deal,” said Camillus Erie Canal park Trail person Linda Vishnecky.
The 750 cyclists come from 40 states and range in age from 10 to 83 years old.
“They come down the towpath, they come in, they are kind of hot and tired, and they see us ringing bells and holding our signs and they get real happy, big smiles on their face, and it makes you feel good to do this for them,” said Vishnecky who participated in the event twice before.
They’ll continue their journey Thursday, heading to their next point in Rome.