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This August 3rd, the Tioga County Tourism Office hosted the 11th Annual Bike Tioga, an event designed to promote healthy living while displaying the county's natural beauty and local businesses. Bike Tioga is not a race; in fact, riders were encouraged to stop along the way and take their time. Picnic lunches and local farms have been popular stops in the past, and the event has always emphasized a relaxed, fun environment.
This year's rides were 25, 40, 63, and 104 miles with various elevations through flat and hilly countryside. For example, the longest route, "Cornell Farms Ride," circled up to the Cornell Plantations and Farms on Daisy Hollow Road and returned via Irish Settlement Road. After cycling 104 miles, participants received an official Tioga Tourism certificate commemorating their physical fitness achievement.
"The event attracted many visitors to the area," says Emily VanScoy, the Americorps service member who coordinated the event with Tioga Tourism. "Out of 115 participants, 79 cyclists were from outside Tioga County and 14 were out of state." Cyclists commented on the natural beauty of the county, which was made even better by the cooperative weather. Beautiful clear skies with just the right amount of wind -enough to keep cyclists cool, but not enough to make the ride more difficult- gave the whole day an exciting air. The participants also took advantage of the Body Lab massage therapists who were on-site. The free 10-minute massages were an especially big hit with the 104-mile riders!
Photos of the event will be distributed on the Visit Tioga Facebook page and on the Bike Tioga website at www.biketioga.com.
This event was made possible through contributions from the following local sponsors:
Gary J. Williams & Raymond Mint, OD PC
Ice Cream Works
Lounsbury Allstate Insurance
Martin Plumbing & Heating
Scott Smith & Son
Southern Tier Bicycle Club Inc.
Southern Tier Recycling
Tioga State Bank
Visions Federal Credit Union
Bike Tioga is a Rotary Club and Tourism Office service provided to the community to enhance our quality of life, promote healthy living, and encourage visitors to experience Tioga County's beautiful countrysides and attractions.
This event provides experienced and non-experienced bicycle riders with the choice of rides ranging from 25 to 104 miles on Saturday.
Since this is not a race, riders have the opportunity to stop along the ride for rest and refreshments. Rides include flat to hilly terrain through scenic areas of Tioga County, Chemung and Tompkins County dependent on the ride selected.
The cyclists return from their rides to refreshments, food, massages and more!
Please call the Tioga County Tourism Office at 607-687-7440 / 1-800-671-7772 or email for more information about Bike Tioga.
2013 routes are detailed below for any riders looking to relive the routes!
Saturday, August 3, 2013
38 mile - Pagoda Ride - 894 ft. elevation gain
Grab a snack at the Speedsville Grocery and relax in the shady town square.
63 mile - Potato Ride - 1726 ft. elevation gain