Cyclists to visit Canjo

CANAJOHARIE – Cyclists traveling along the Erie Canal will make a stop in the local area Friday.

Participants in the 16th annual Cycling the Erie Canal trip – which stretches from Buffalo to Albany – are scheduled to arrive in the village Friday evening, a news release said. A dinner at Canajoharie High School – where participants can stay overnight – is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. From 7 to 9 p.m., music will be played by George Ward, the release said. On Saturday morning, a morning rest stop is scheduled at the Fultonville Town of Glen Offices, the release said.

More than 500 bicyclists have registered for the tour, which started Sunday in Buffalo. The 400-mile bicycling tour from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled to conclude July 20. The eight-day recreational bicycling tour will help highlight the value of the canal system and the Canalway Trail, the release said.

“New York is proud to welcome hundreds of cyclists to travel upstate along the Canal Corridor, which plays a vital role in our state’s history and economy,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in the news release. “This pathway showcases the natural beauty and rich culture that New York has to offer, and I encourage both cyclists and pedestrians to get outside this summer and enjoy these incredible resources.”

Some Cycling the Erie Canal events are open to the public. For more information on Cycling the Erie Canal, contact Parks & Trails New York at 434-1583 or visit www.ptny.org.