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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 1, 2019
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.

Presque Isle State Park's Beach One Pavilion
5:15am Registration opens
5:45am Ride begins
Registration Fee: FREE
Suffragette Ride/Slow Roll
Thursday, August 1, 2019
This year’s LECF Slow Roll will pay tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Suffragette Movement of 1919-1920.

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper will serve as Grand Marshall leading a group of bicycle riders wearing period attire departing from Perry Square at 6pm and riding past historic sites of the Suffragette Era in Erie. The ride will culminate at the Erie Downtown Partnership’s Block Party in Perry Square where free bike valet services will be provided by Bike Erie. This ride is free, but registration through the LECF website is required.
Slow Roll Route
Main Stage, West Perry Square
5:00pm Registration opens
6:00pm Ride begins
Registration Fee: FREE
YMCA Tour de Vineyard
Friday, August 2, 2019
Breathtaking views. Legendary vineyards. And the Erie Lakeshore wrapped into one special bicycle tour. Riders have the choice of a 21 or 47-mile non-competitive ride. Riders may add an optional loop around Findley Lake, NY to the 47 mile ride to take total mileage to 52 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. A stop in historic and charming downtown North East, PA will provide cyclists with classic sweet treats and PBJ sandwiches made from local grapes. The ride includes optional stops at Mazza Vineyards where purchases will be safely transported back to Shades Beach. The ride will conclude with a picnic with wood-fired pizza from Brooklyn Pizza and beer and wine sampling from Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing and Mazza Vineyards. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Y's Food + Fun bus, a free mobile meals site for kids in need.

Note: Cyclists should be in condition to handle long and steep hills along the 47-mile ride.
21-Mile Route     47-Mile Route
Shades Beach Park
7000 E Lake Rd, Erie, PA 16511
7:00am Registration opens
8:00am 47 Mile Ride begins
9:00am 21 Mile Ride begins
Registration Fee: $40
EmergyCare Tour de West County
Saturday, August 3, 2019
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.
12-Mile Route     25-Mile Route     50-Mile Route
Lake Erie Community Park
10192 W Lake Rd, Lake City, PA 16423
7:00am Registration opens
7:30am 50 Mile Ride begins
8:00am 25 Mile Ride begins
9:30am 12 Mile Ride begins
Registration Fee: $40
Rocket 105 Gravel Grinder
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Hey Shredders! If You’re looking to rip-up summer this Gravel Grinder is your recipe for fun! We begin on 2 miles of pavement—YUCK—then it’s off road through the Hetz evergreen farms and onto the old Erie to Pittsburg Railroad line (no “H” in Pittsburgh in the 1860s—like you and this ride they got the “H” outta’ here). The route is 25 miles. There’s a water and bathroom stop at the 15 mile mark and beer sampling at the HUB in Frontier Park.
Gravel Grinder Route
Lake Erie Community Park
10192 W Lake Rd, Lake City, PA 16423
7:00am Registration opens
9:00am Ride begins
Registration Fee: $40
WQLN Alley Cat Old Maid/Poker Run
Sunday, August 4, 2019
This year’s Alley Cat ride is a fun game of cards where Cyclists follow a marked course to 9 historic West Erie City locations.
We’ll visit military architect John Boyd’s home, creator of the wind-chill formula Paul Siple’s home, Erie’s Negro League ballpark, the farm of one of the country’s first millionaires and more. Each stop will feature performers dancing, singing and creating.
Scheduled to appear are:
  • Stephen Trohoske, bassist and awesome jazz/funk musician
  • Tyler Smilo, singer songwriter
  • Slim+Red, singer and songwriting duo
  • Alethea Bodine: dancer and performing artist
  • New American musicians from the International Institute
At five of the nine stops riders will collect a playing card (poker for adults, old maid for the kids), best hands win fabulous prizes. All riders will receive comp tickets to the after party in Frontier Park.
Alley Cat Old Maid/Poker Run Route
Frontier Park's Educational Center
1501 W 6th St, Erie, PA 16505
1:00pm Registration opens
2:00pm Ride begins
Registration Fee: $20

Lake Erie Cyclefest rides will be held rain or shine. Start times will be delayed in case of thunder and lightning. If a thunder storm occurs during a Lake Erie Cyclefest ride, cyclists are strongly encouraged to immediately seek shelter

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YMCA of Greater Erie
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