Covid-19 Info for the 2021 Tour


We are excited to be offering our traditional 8-day adventure from Buffalo to Albany once again!

With the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic, safety of our riders, volunteers, staff, vendors, and local community members is at the forefront of our planning.

Our first step has been to limit the size of our group to be able to better comply with COVID-19 regulations for capacity in dining, in facilities and on the trail. As such, we are limiting the group to 350 participants and volunteers. (This number might be adjusted if NY State regulations, local Health Departments and venues allow.)

Guidelines from NYS state are evolving each week and we will be ready to follow the regulations in place on July 10. We encourage all, who are interested in participating this year, to visit to stay abreast of restrictions that might impact travel plans. We will let you know of any updates or changes.

COVID-19 will be affecting many aspects of the ride and we have included these impacts in our COVID-19 CTEC Ride Policy. Please read through the policy as it will be guiding rider logistics regarding camping, dining, showering and day-to-day activities that occur.

We are ready to ride and appreciate your patience with our registration process and the logistical changes that are being implemented.

Get ready for another adventure, even at six-feet apart,

Robin Dropkin (PTNY Executive Director) , Al Hastings & April Amodei (CTEC Ride Directors)

Message from our Covid-19 Medical Director, Dr. Michael Terranova, MD FAAP

As a participant in the 2018 and 2019 Cycle the Erie Canal events, I found the rides to be one of the best athletic and social events I had ever experienced.

I am thrilled that after last year’s hiatus, we are able to all participate in the ride again.

As a practicing Pediatrician in the Buffalo, NY area for 36 years, I’ve had intimate contact with infectious diseases and their prevention throughout my career.

However, nothing could have prepared my profession, or the world, for the life-changing events of the last 14 months. I’ve continued to work at my office and area hospitals throughout the Pandemic. I have been in close contact with State and County health department officials, along with school personnel to assure that my patients and staff get care, work and learn in a safe and healthy environment.

The COVID-19 CTEC Ride Policies, posted below, are important steps to assure a safe and healthy ride.

We are committed to adjust these guidelines as necessary and welcome any suggestions before or during the week of the ride.

I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and participating in the 2021 Cycle the Erie Canal.

Dr. Michael Terranova