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Tuesday September 15th, 2015

Posted at 11:00am

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The Essex Region Conservation Authority and Foundation will be holding their fourth annual Canada South Coast Bike Tour on Saturday, September 26th.

The tour includes five cycling routes across the region, including a 15 kilometre family ride, a 32 kilometre intermediate ride and a 70 kilometre route along the safe Chrysler Canada Greenway trail.

A new 112 kilometre advanced road ride will begin and end at the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Centre and travel along beautiful urban and rural roads.

“We are excited to include the LaSalle Recreation Trails as part of our tour route,” explains Danielle Breault Stuebing, ERCA’s Director of Community Outreach Services. “The popularity of cycling both for recreation and as a form transportation continues to grow both in our community and around the world. This bike tour attracts participants from the United States as well as other parts of Ontario. It’s the only organized multi-level bike ride in our region.”

The 15km event begins and ends at Schwab Farm Community Entrance on the Arner Towline. The 32 kilometre intermediate ride will begin and end at the Harrow Community Entrance, and the 70 kilometre route will be based from the Caesars Windsor Community Entrance on Country Route 8, just west of Walker Road.

There is also a 58 kilometre road route which will begin and end at Holiday Beach Conservation Area.

Rest stops with water, snacks and washrooms will be available approximately every 20 kilometres along this route. All routes will lead to the Kingsville Train Station Community Entrance/Mettawas Station Restaurant for lunch, which is included in the registration fee.

“Also new this year is the ability to register as a team,” says Susanne Tomkins, Development & Communications Coordinator for the Foundation. “All teams will receive a $5 discount off of each registration fee for their group! So grab your friends, cousins, and co-workers and get out and ride!”

Costs range $25 to $35 a participant, with a family maximum of $75. There is no charge for children in bike trailers. All funds raised will be used to help construct the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway. “Recently, the Essex Region Conservation Foundation received $500,000 from the Federal Canada 150 program,” Tomkins reveals. “This brings the total of the Trail On! campaign to $750,000. We’re nearing the finish line to be able to begin construction on the long awaited Essex-Amherstburg Greenway in 2016, and hope everyone will participate in the Bike Tour to help us finalize our campaign.”

“We have welcomed guests ranging in age from 9 months to 90 years, on tricycles, in bike trailers and on tandem and recumbent bikes. This truly is an event for everyone!” Breault Stuebing adds. Those wishing more information can check out www.erca.org/active

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