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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 Cycle Fest 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.

Erie Arts and Culture and Bike Erie present the Opening Night Fun Ride
Thursday, August 10, 2017

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 begin with a Bike Erie “challenge,” a tour of Erie’s cultural and historical sites and end with a block party featuring live music and a beer sampling from Five and 20 Cellars.

The Ride begins at the You Pick 6 Tap House (see map for lineup location) and will end at Perry Square.

5:00pm — Registration opens
6:00pm — Ride begins

Registration Fee — FREE


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The YMCA's Jelly Jar Ride
Friday, August 11, 2017

Riders have a choice of a 25 or 50-mile non-competitive ride. Each ride will take riders through the county's beautiful vineyards, fruit farm region and lakeshore. Partial proceeds from both rides benefit the Y's Food + Fun bus, a free mobile meals site for kids in need.

7:00am — Registration opens
8:00am — 50-mile ride begins
9:00am — 25-mile ride begins

25-Mile Ride: The Jelly Jar 25-mile bicycle tour is a generally flat ride with some rolling hills and occasional short but steeper roller coaster dips and climbs. Riders will set out from the lakefront park of Shade's Beach in Harborcreek, PA on the shore of Lake Erie onto quiet and largely shaded roads meandering through thousands of acres of orchards, farms and vineyards including the vineyards of Mazza Winery which will be open for visits and complementary sampling. Then you'll roll into the town of North East, Pennsylvania known as "The Heart of Grape Country". Gibson Park, in the center of town, will offer juices and snacks courtesy of Welch Foods. Spectacular views of Lake Erie will be along the last leg of the return ride to Shade's Beach where festivities will include wood fired pizza from Brooklyn Pizza prepared onsite, Lim Wit Radler beer, courtesy of Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing and samples of Mazza wines, courtesy of Mazza Winery.
Click here for a turn by turn route

50-Mile Ride: The Jelly Jar 50-mile bicycle tour starts at scenic Shade's Beach in Harborcreek, PA along the shores of Lake Erie following rural roads through vineyards and farmland including the vineyards of Mazza Winery which will be open for visits and complementary sampling. Then you'll roll into the town of North East, Pennsylvania known as "The Heart of Grape Country". Gibson Park, in the center of town, will offer juices and snacks courtesy of Welch Foods. You'll then rise into the hills of New York State to picturesque Findlay Lake at 1600' above sea level. Here you'll find a water and snack stop at the Findley Lake Watershed where you'll have an option to ride an additional 5 miles around the Lake where you'll pass by Krasa's Kove, featuring homemade ice cream! Or, you may turn around at the Findley Lake Watershed for your return ride. The return downhill route takes riders back through the heart of North East an additional stop at Gibson Park for water and snacks courtesy of Welch Foods. Spectacular views of Lake Erie will be along the last leg of the return ride to Shade's Beach where festivities will include wood fired pizza from Brooklyn Pizza prepared onsite, Lim Wit Radler beer, courtesy of Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing and samples of Mazza wines, courtesy of Mazza Winery.
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EmergyCare’s Tour de West County
Saturday, August 12, 2017

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 farm land, narrow lanes, and old growth forest. Choose a 12, 25, 50 or the all new 100 mile century loop. All ride routes are monitored by EmergyCare's trained medical professionals and water/snack stations are strategically placed to make sure riders can rest and refuel.

The YMCA's Camp Sherwin, 10 miles west of downtown Erie, serves as the begin and end point for this ride. Camp Sherwin has plenty of amenities to keep the whole family entertained, whether riding or not! Pond for fishing, swimming pool, splash pad, hiking trails, basketball courts and access to the beach..

The Ride begins and ends at the YMCA’s Camp Sherwin, 10 miles west of Downtown Erie.

6:45am — Registration opens
7:30am — 100 mile ride begins - View Route
8:00am — 50 mile ride begins - View Route
9:00am — 25 mile ride begins - View Route
10:00am — 12 mile ride begins - View Route


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WQLN'S Fat Tire (the beer, not the bike)
Alley Cat Bike Race

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Alley Cat Bike races have quickly become the fastest growing, and most fun bike adventure-rides because they are for cyclists of all abilities. Alley Cat is a scavenger hunt around and through Erie's downtown neighborhoods. Winners are often the most cleaver not necessarily the fastest. The race will begin at Frontier Park. Riders will be told where the race's first stop is located. At that stop riders will be given a list of addresses of significant Erie locations where they have to go to and pick up New Belgian Brewing promotional gifts like bottle openers. The first rider to collect all nine and return to the park – wins a year's supply of Fat Tire Beer. There will also be prizes for second and third place finishers.

Noon - The Erie Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet will perform a free concert at the LEAF amphitheater
1:00pm — Registration opens
2:00pm — Ride begins

Registration Fee — $15


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In-between all the weekend bike rides take a break at Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park to see everyone's favorite cycling film, free and under the stars.

Breaking Away (1979)
Friday, August 11, 2017 at 8:30pm
in Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park


Nominated for four Oscars - Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Director, and Best Music, and winner of the Oscar for Best Screenplay. This is the story of a small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team, as he vies for the affections of a college girl.

 
Lake Erie Cycle Fest benefits WQLN Public Media, EmergyCare, and the YMCA of Greater Erie.