Lake Erie CycleFest Kicks Off August 1

ERIE, Pa. — Erie Cyclefest will partner with Erie’s Blues & Jazz Festival for Rhythm and Ride Weekend again this year, beginning August 1. The event includes six cycling events.

Kicking off on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 6 a.m. the Good Morning Star Shine Ride will be held at Presque Isle State Park, Beach 1 Pavilion. The sunrise tour of Presque Isle State Park will be led by Jet 24’s “Good Morning Erie” host Traci Teudhope. Registration begins at 5 a.m.

Other rides include:

• Suffragette Ride/Slow Roll – Thursday, Aug. 1 at 6 pm. (registration at 5 p.m.) in Downtown Erie at Perry Square. The Slow Roll will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Suffragette Movement of 1919-1920. Hundreds of cyclists will participate in a 10-mile ride wearing period attire. The ride ends with an Erie Downtown Partnership Block Party.

• YMCA Tour de Vineyard – Friday, Aug. 2 at 8 a.m. (registration at 7 a.m.) at Shades Beach. Riders choose between a 27- or 52-mile non-competitive ride through the Lake Erie win region, as both rides conclude with a picnic with wood-fired pizza and beer sampling from Five & 20 Spirits at Shades Beach in Harborcreek. Proceeds benefit the YMCA of Greater Erie’s Food + Fun bus, a free mobile meals site for kids in need.

• EmergyCare’s Tour de West County – Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9 a.m. (registration at 7 a.m.) at the Lake Erie Community Park in Lake City. Erie County’s premier bicycle tour provides three scenic ride routes, a 12-, 25- or 50-mile loop of Erie County. The rides end with a picnic. All riders receive tokens for beer sampling at The HUB.

• Rocket 105 Gravel Grinder – Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9 a.m. (registration at 7 a.m.) at the Lake Erie Community Park, Lake City. This ride is not suited for road bikes. The grinder begins at Lake Erie Community Park and follows a 25-mile route on field dirt, game lands and old railroad paths. The ride ends at Lake Erie Community Park where all riders will receive tokens for beer sampling at The HUB.

• WQLN’s Alley Cat Old Maid/Poker Run – Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. (registration at 1 p.m.) in Frontier Park. The Alley Cat ride is a fun game of cards where cyclists follow a marked course to nine historic west Erie City locations, including 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 features performers dancing, singing and creating. At fie of the nine stops, riders will collect a playing card (poke for adults and old maid for kids) and the best hand will win prizes. All riders will receive tokens for beer sampling at The HUB.

For more information, visit www.eriecyclefest.org.