Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour - July 12-19, 2015
Buffalo to Albany

Join people of all ages and from all over the country and world on July 12-19, 2015 for the 17th annual Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour across New York State along the scenic and historic Erie Canal, named a National Heritage Corridor. Enjoy great scenery, interesting history, and unparalleled cycling on this 8-day, 400-mile adventure. You'll experience the canal and enjoy historians' stories about the people, places and things that made life along the Erie Canal so unique in its day and so important to the history of New York State and the country.

The Ride
You'll cover 40 to 60 miles per day, about three-quarters on completed portions of the Canalway Trail, the rest along public roadways with good shoulders. This is a great tour for riders of all abilities. Most days, the route follows the canal along level ground. There are some rolling hills and two long, gradual climbs in the Mohawk Valley. Overnights will be at Buffalo, Medina, Fairport, Seneca Falls, Syracuse, Rome, Canajoharie, and Schenectady. 2-day and 4-day options are also available.

The Rider Handbook

Check out our 2015 Cycle the Erie Canal Rider Handbook - your compehensive guide to preparing for the tour. (The 2015 Rider Handbook available mid-January.)

The Erie Canal

In 1825 it was called the "Eighth Wonder of the World," a man-made waterway that stretched into the western wilderness to touch the Great Lakes. This tour will follow the towpath along sections of the original Erie Canal and the "canalized" Seneca and Mohawk Rivers through historic villages, rural pastures, old locks and abandoned aqueducts. Today, the Erie Canal and the cities and villages along it are being rediscovered as a unique and easily accessible corridor with a rich role in the history of America.

New for 2015: Cycle the Erie Canal Trailblazers

Interested in cycling the whole tour for only $100? Become a Cycle the Erie Canal Trailblazer and fundraise to help PTNY Close the Gaps in the Erie Canalway Trail! Registration is only $100 and includes a free Cycle the Erie Canal jersey and guidebook and special recognition on the tour. Click here to learn more.


Both riders and non-riding participants can volunteer to help out during the ride. Volunteers will receive a discount and riders will still be able to bicycle part of the time. There are many volunteer possibilities available, including SAG and luggage truck drivers, rest stop help, route supervisors, route checking, and more! Click here for more information. If you have questions, about volunteering, please call Al Hastings at 607-423-2769.

The Guidebook: Cycle the Erie Canal: A Guide to 400 miles of adventure and history along the Erie Canalway Trail is packed with detailed information about the outstanding bicycling and sightseeing waiting for you along the Erie Canal. The convenient spiral-bound, 144-page guidebook features full-color maps and lots of detailed information about what to see and do along the way. Order on your bike tour registration form or on our website.




Thank you to our sponsors and tourism partners!




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