Erie County is well known among cycling enthusiasts for its wide variety of terrain and scenery. On a single ride, a bicyclist can experience the beauty of the Great Lakes, rural farmland, old growth forests, and city neighborhoods. Terrain in Erie County is ever-changing from fast flat lake-plains to the rolling countryside that forms the gateway to the Appalachian Mountains. Lake Erie Cyclefest is a unique collection of weekend cycle tours promising riders breathtaking views, and the kind of challenge and camaraderie that will return a lifetime of amazing memories.

Good Morning Star Shine
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Perhaps the prettiest place to find yourself in all of Erie is to find yourself on the Presque Isle peninsula during a summer sunrise. They are, in a word, spectacular. So spectacular that Lake Erie Cyclefest decided to add a sunrise tour of Presque Isle State Park. And who better to guide the tour than Good Morning Erie's Traci Teudhope.

Presque Isle State Park's Beach One Pavilion
5:15am Registration opens
6:00am Ride begins
Registration Fee: FREE
Bike Erie Slow Roll
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Whether you are visiting Erie from a long distance or you've lived here all your life, you will love this free, lively, and creative slow-ride-tour of Lake Erie Cyclefest's host city. The 10-mile ride will roll out of the northeast corner of Perry Square and visit many of Erie's cultural and historical sites. All riders stay together and travel at about 6 miles per hour. The ride will conclude with an Erie Downtown Partnership block party featuring live music and a beer sampling from Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing.

North East Corner of Perry Square
5:00pm Registration opens
6:00pm Ride begins
Registration Fee: FREE
YMCA Jelly Jar
Friday, August 3, 2018
Riders have the choice of a 27 or 52-mile non-competitive ride. Riders may add an optional loop around Findley Lake, NY to the 52 mile ride to take total mileage to 57 miles. Each tour will take you through the county's beautiful vineyards, fruit farm region and lakeshore. The Lake Erie Grape growing region is the largest grape growing region in the world, and in August smells simply grape-er-rific! The fruity aromas will remind riders of those long ago "jelly jar" days when people put up their own preserves. The ride includes optional stops at Mazza Vineyards and Kraza's Kove (homemade ice cream in Findley Lake, NY) and will conclude with a picnic with wood-fired pizza from Brooklyn Pizza and a beer sampling from Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Y's Food + Fun bus, a free mobile meals site for kids in need.
Jelly Jar 27-Mile Route     Jelly Jar 52-Mile Route
Shades Beach Park
7000 E Lake Rd, Erie, PA 16511
7:00am Registration opens
8:00am 52 Mile Ride begins
9:00am 27 Mile Ride begins
Registration Fee: $40
Tour de West CountyNew Start Location
Saturday, August 4, 2018
This is Erie County's premier bicycle tour with a long-standing tradition of spectacular routes, safety support, water stops and after ride fun. This non-competitive event provides several scenic ride routes of varying distances. West Erie County is a treat to the senses with its rolling farmland, narrow lanes, and old growth forest. Choose a 12, 25, or 50-mile loop of Erie County. All routes are monitored by EmergyCare's trained medical professionals and water/snack stations are strategically placed to make sure riders can rest and refuel. This year Tour de West County will be part of the Dan Rice Days celebrations with a new start at Lake Erie Community Park. There are a lot of Dan Rice Days events to keep the whole family entertained while you pedal around West Erie County.
Tour de West County will end with a picnic and all riders will be given tokens to exchange for a beer sampling from Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing at The HUB.

Lake Erie Community Park
10192 W Lake Rd, Lake City, PA 16423
7:00am Registration opens
8:00am 50 Mile Ride begins
9:00am 25 Mile Ride begins
10:00am 12 Mile Ride begins
Registration Fee: $40
Oscar the Grouch's Gravel Grinder
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Brand new to Lake Erie Cyclefest is the gravel-grinder, so dirty and bumpy that it even makes Oscar grouchy. Not for the faint of heart or road bike this grinder begins at Lake Erie Speedway and follows an early Sunday morning 25 mile route around Eastern Erie County's beautiful Eaton Reservoir, then tags New York State and returns to the speedway. The ride will end with a picnic and a beer sampling from Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing.

Lake Erie Speedway
10700 Delmas Dr, North East, PA 16428
7:30am Registration opens
9:00am Ride begins
Registration Fee: $40
WQLN Alley Cat Ride
Sunday, August 5, 2018
This is Lake Erie Cyclefest's only bike race. Alley Cat Bike races are fun adventure-bike rides for cyclists of all abilities. Lake Erie Cyclefest's Alley Cat is a scavenger hunt around and through Erie's downtown neighborhoods. Winners are often the most clever not necessarily the most speedy. This year's race will begin at Frontier Park's Educational Center. Riders will be given lanyards to wear around their necks. The lanyards have drawings of what riders need to find and a list of clues. The first three riders to return to Frontier Park will win fabulous prizes. The ride will end with a beer sampling from Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing and the Jazzy portion of Erie's Jazz and Blues Fest.

Frontier Park's Educational Center
1501 W 6th St, Erie, PA 16505
1:00pm Registration opens
2:00pm Ride begins
Registration Fee: $15
LECF Rides
The Hub
Things to Do in Erie
Where to Stay in Erie
Saint Vincent Hospital
YMCA of Greater Erie
WQLN Public Media