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Each summer, the fully-supported Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour offers great cycling, wonderful scenery, and the history of the Erie Canal. The 2017 tour brought the largest group of riders to the Erie Canalway Trail, with more than 650 cyclists from 35 states and DC, Canada, Demark, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom riding between Buffalo and Albany.

The 2018 Cycle the Erie Canal tour will mark the 20th anniversary of this annual event, one of the signature events of the Erie Canal’s Bicentennial Celebration. Riders will leave Buffalo on July 8 and arrive in Albany on July 15.

From the moment riders begin in Buffalo to the festive finish line in Albany – and everywhere in between – they’ll experience the people, history, and charm that make the Erie Canalway Trail special. This year’s ride will take cyclists over 200-year-old aqueducts, by locks and other historic Canal infrastructure, and through dozens of charming Canal communities.

Beyond the great scenery and warm, Upstate welcome for which the tour is known, recent enhancements have made the ride even better:

  • End-of-tour shuttle from Albany to Buffalo: In addition to offering a shuttle at the beginning of the tour to Buffalo, we also offer transportation from Albany at the end of the tour for people who would prefer to park in Buffalo. Less driving means more time to discover the Erie Canal!
  • Cycle the Erie Canal jersey: A must-have souvenir, the 2018 Cycle the Erie Canal jersey evokes the unique scenery and historic charm of the area.
  • Four-day and weekend options: same great cycling, tailored to today’s busy schedule.

Registration for the Cycle the Erie Canal tour is now open.

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Thanks to the New York State Canal Corporation, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Nalgene, Wegmans, Capital District Physician’s Health Plan, and the Tourism Promotion Agencies for Wayne, Cayuga, Madison, Montgomery, Schenectady, and Albany Counties for their support of the 20th Annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour.