Schuylerville, N.Y. - The 5th annual Champlain Canalway Trail Bicycle Tour, a one-day exploration of historic sites along the Hudson River/ Champlain Canal corridor, will take place on Sunday, August 14. In honor of the National Park Service Centennial and Canal Splash, this year's tour will begin at Hudson Crossing Park near Lock 5 just north of Schuylerville. It will then proceed through villages and country-sides to Saratoga National Historical Park, with stops at selected significant historical landmarks related to the Revolutionary War campaign of 1777. Expert historians at each stop will introduce cyclists to local historical events that led to the Battles of Saratoga and changed the course of the war!
Beginning with the "Bridge of Boats" near the starting point, stops may include Fort Hardy Park, the General Philip Schuyler House, and the sword surrender site, before arriving at the national park for an interpretive talk and lunch. From there, participants have two options: biking back to the starting point (a total of about 32 miles round-trip) with possible additional stops, or proceeding through the park to Lock 4 near Stillwater and enjoying a relaxing scenic 2.5-hour ride on the canal with Mohawk Maiden Cruises back to Lock 5.
The tour starts at 9 a.m., with return expected about 4:00 p.m. The cost for the bike tour in both directions is $55.00 per person and includes lunch, support vehicle and guides. Returning by boat will cost an additional $25.00. Bike rentals will be extra. To register, please visit http://hudsoncrossingpark.org/cctbiketour/ for more information and to register. Limit of 75 riders. Deadline for registration is August 3rd.
The annual ride is presented by the Champlain Canalway Trail Working Group, in collaboration with Lakes to Locks Passage, Saratoga National Historical Park, Mohawk Maiden Cruises, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and Akiba Travel, to showcase the efforts to complete the Champlain Canalway Trail, a 62-mile multi-use path along the Hudson River and old or current Champlain Canal linking the Erie Canal in Waterford with Lake Champlain in Whitehall and connecting all the communities in between. The trail is presently about 25% open for use. The CCT Working
Group is a coalition of municipalities, counties, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations promoting the development and enjoyment of the trail. A percentage of the proceeds will go to Hudson Crossing Park to be used to
advance the building of the Champlain Canalway Trail. For more information visit http://hudsoncrossingpark.org/cctbiketour/ or contact Lori
J. Solomon at email@example.com or 518-322-2067.