Cyclists stop in Utica on annual Erie Canal bike tour

The 23rd annual Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour made a stop in Utica Friday to rest and visit some local attractions.

Posted: Jul 16, 2021 2:54 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – The 23rd annual Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour made a stop in Utica Friday to rest and visit some local attractions.

The cyclists stopped by Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and the Saranac Brewery, as well as Canal Park on Leland Avenue.

Every summer, participants sign up to take the 400-mile journey from Buffalo to Albany along the Erie Canal, biking between 40 and 60 miles each day.

Assistant director of the bike tour, Jonathan Duda, says the race is for anyone who likes to bike.

“The beauty of this tour too is that you don’t have to be a Tour de France rider in order to do it; these are just regular people who enjoy biking,” said Duda. “The beauty of the trail is that it is over 85% trail, so every year there are fewer and fewer on road sections.”

The ride started Sunday, July 11, and will last eight days before the cyclists end up in Albany on July 18.

The tour typically stops in Syracuse, Rome, Utica and Schenectady, among other places.

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