More than 500 cyclists kicked off the 16th annual statewide Cycling the Erie Canal Sunday, a 400-mile bicycling tour from Buffalo to Albany concluding this Sunday. Riders will arrive in Rome Thursday and depart Friday morning.
The Rome Area Chamber of Commerce has issued its annual guide for cyclists. It outlines the schedule, attractions, where to eat and details for the shuttle bus service offered. Riders will camp on the west lawn at Fort Stanwix National Monument.
On Thursday, riders will pedal past the Erie Canal Village as they approach Rome. There’s a 15-minute train ride available throughout the afternoon until closing at 5 p.m. There’s also the Rome Sports Hall of Fame & Museum on site.
Once riders arrive at the fort in downtown, there will be guided tours there 6-7:30 p.m. Mayor Joseph R. Fusco Jr. will visit the site during the afternoon to welcome riders.
Shuttle buses, departing from the North James Street side of the fort, adjacent to the Willett Center, will take riders to and from restaurants and shopping areas, though many restaurants and places to shop are in walking distance.
The YMCA offers showers until 8:50 p.m., the sauna and steam room until 8:45 p.m., jacuzzi until 8:30 p.m. and the main pool for open swimming and lap lane swimming.
The chamber’s guide outlines many options. It also notes Colonial Laundromat across Black River Boulevard from the fort, is open 24 hours a day.
On Friday, riders will head over to the YMCA for a buffet-style breakfast, which opens at 5:30 and closes at 8. Between 7 and 8:30 a.m., riders will depart the city. They will then cycle through Herkimer County to end the day in Canajoharie.