Stay tuned for registration opening.
With this warm spell, it seems fitting that GCBT is asking you to start thinking about next season’s cycling plans! If you’re not a member of GCBT, you will need to join in orderto participate in this event. The annual membership is $40 CDN.
We are really pumped to offer a cycling adventure in the US again, not far from a favourite of past years – Allegany State Park. In addition to going down memory late (or should I say up up up) in the state park, we will explore the mountains of Pennsylvania and beautiful hilly countryside in the Ellicottville NY area.
This is happening over the civic holiday weekend but take note that it runs from Thursday to Sunday (that’s August 1 st to 4 th ), not the traditional Friday to our holiday Monday in Canada. We will be hosted at the lovely Saint Bonaventure University campus in the town of Allegany, NY. We are arranging a late checkout on Sunday so you can shower and pack up after cycling. You can choose to arrive one or two days pre-event – the Tuesday and/or Wednesday July 30/31 - to have more time to explore the area on your own. It is not possible to extend your stay beyond Sunday. Moredetails later about checkin and checkout times.
Accommodations will be in one of the student residences. Each unit has 3 bedrooms (each with two single beds), 2 full bathrooms, a furnished kitchen and living space. The kitchen has frig, stove and microwave. Linens and towels are provided. And the best part, it’s all air conditioned!!
Dinners are included. There will be an outdoor pavilion BBQ on Thursday evening, and dinner in the campus dining hall on Friday and Saturday. You’re on your own for breakfasts – make your own in your suite’s kitchen (you’ll need to bring your own dishes, cutlery, fry pan, etc,) or head to one of the local restaurants. And of course you are on your own for lunches too – pack something along with you in your jersey pocket or take note of stops recommended along the route.
There will be 3 route distances each day – roughly 60 kms, 80 kms, and 100 kms. All routes are on paved roads. Work is well underway in designing the routes to provide a mix of flats and challenging hills, beautiful countryside, and refreshment stops along the way. There are no tour marshalls for the rides – everyone should be self sufficient to follow route instructions (using RidewithGPS) and to handle basic bicycle maintenance on the road, or be sure to cycle with someone with that knowhow and to whom you arehappy to owe a beer at the end of the ride . Everyone gathers after breakfast, for pre- ride instructions, and departs together each day. Groups tend to form with similar speed and similar distance cyclists. Your bikes can be stored in your suite or bedroom.
And now for the cost … as noted above, you need to be a member of GCBT in order to participate in this weekend adventure. Check our calendar for the weekend day rides from early April until late October – all for the $40 fee, it’s a steal!
The Saint Bonaventure Trip Fee will be approximately $335 Canadian per person. Single and double occupancy will be available. We will be opening for pre registration in the not too distant future. Stay tuned for email notification.
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