Cycle the Canal event returns at full capacity in 2022

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 January 2022 at 3:56 pm

8-day ride went virtual in 2020 and was about half capacity in 2021

Photo by Tom Rivers: These two cyclists approach Albion on the morning of July 12, 2021 and are greeted by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus portrayed by Bob and Kathy Schumacher of Medina. They were part of a welcoming committee for 350 cyclists.

The caravan of cyclists who ride the towpath from Buffalo to Albany will be back at full capacity in July.

The 24th annual Cycle the Erie Canal will have room for 650 riders, Parks & Trails New York announced.

The event starts on a Sunday morning in Buffalo on July 10 and concludes July 17 in Albany. The cyclists ride about 40 to 60 miles each day. The first day they ride 48 miles to stay overnight in Medina. On July 11 they head 61 miles to Fairport.

The 2020 event was cancelled as a group due to Covid-19 restrictions but riders could bike virtually. The 2021 group was 350 – about half the size of the 650 to 700 that typically ride.

The Orleans County canal villages of Medina, Albion and Holley all welcome the cyclists. Most years they come from 40 states and several countries.

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