One of the most interesting and engaging things we can think to do this September to kick off the fall season is Tour de Farms, a 35-mile bicycle tour starting in the City of Buffalo and ending a ways away, some would say worlds away, at Oles Family Farm in Alden, NY. The tour will take place on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 9 am – 5:30 pm and costs $55 for the general public, $50 for Gobike members. Also, if you register as a team of 10 or more people, tickets are $50 per person.
Now in it’s 7th year hosted by GObike Buffalo and the Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP), this giant group ride through Western New York is an exhilarating and eye opening experience whether you’re new to the scene (the cycling and/or local farm scenes that is) or a veteran. The ride stops at community gardens and urban farms in the city before heading out to rural farms east of the city. The event ends with a Local Food Celebration that includes everything from a meal and drinks from local breweries, to awards for teams with the Best Costume and Largest Team.
Wondering how you’ll be getting home? If you’re a trooper, feel free to ride your bike home in a group. Mere humans might prefer to opt for a ride home from friends or family, otherwise Tour de Farms supplies a bus ride back to the start location. Don’t worry – bikes are transported back in large trucks.
One of the things we’re most excited about? The get together at the end of the rewarding journey.
“The Tour de Farms concludes at Oles Farm, with a delicious local-food barbecue, tours of their gorgeous property and extensive flower gardens, and live music and dancing in the barn,” said Rebekah Williams, MAP’s Youth Education Director.
Plus, Gobike Buffalo and MAP have you covered on all fronts. The ride is fairly all-inclusive, providing a light breakfast and light lunch before and during the tour. GObike staff and volunteers provide roadside assistance and MAP follows in support vehicles.
“Last year there was light rain in the morning. We fixed about 50 flat tires on the ride and transported dry clothes for people to change into when they got to the Oles farm,” says Henry Raess, event coordinator for GObike Buffalo. “By the time we got to the final farm the sun was shining. It was a beautiful day, and we have a great time every year.”
Yep, they’ve thought of everything.
The tour started year one with just a few dozen people and has grown to the point of sell-out (about 500 people). So make sure to get those tickets before it’s too late! For more info, check out Tour de Farms’ website.
Oh, and if you’re interested in volunteering for this event, sign up here!
Tour de Farms
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Start location: Rich Products
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