Hundreds of cyclists to celebrate the region’s farms, food and landscapes in June
The award-winning bicycle event series Farm to Fork Fondo will include a stop in New York State's Finger Lakes region in 2017. 500 cyclists from throughout the country are expected to attend Farm to Fork Fondo – Finger Lakes June 24-25, 2017.
"Finger Lakes is a perfect addition to our Farm to Fork Fondo series," said Wrenegade Sports founder and event director Tyler Wren. "This iconic farmland region will allow us to showcase a diverse mix of farms, unique farm-to-table fare, and tight-knit rural communities. Our mission is to motivate the cycling community across the country to support their local farms, and Finger Lakes give us an ideal platform to broadcast that message."
The event will include gourmet aid stations at several Finger Lakes farms, where cyclists will sample chef-prepared food made from each farm’s ingredients. Course options for all abilities will range from 10 to 100 miles.
Atwater Estate Vineyards in Burdett, NY will serve as the start-finish venue on June 25, and host a pre-ride ‘Meet the Farmers Dinner’ on June 24, catered by farm-to-table specialists Serendipity Catering. "Atwater is honored to host the first Farm to Fork Fondo to be held in the picturesque Finger Lakes Region," says Ted Marks, Owner of Atwater Estate Vineyards. "This is a natural fit for us as we work closely with local craftsman, farmers and artists in our endeavors. To be part of an event that introduces new people to our region and highlights the heart of what we are in this unique way is extremely exciting."
"We’re really excited to showcase everything we love about living here and pleased to partner with the folks behind Farm to Fork Fondo in coming to the Finger Lakes in 2017," says Tom Knipe, Principal Planner and Tourism Program Director with the Tompkins County Planning Department. "The quality of riding here, with our lakes, gorges, hills and forests and open farm-scapes, is really top notch. Pair that with an experience where you get to engage with our really high quality, authentic wineries, cideries, farms, and local food, and…wow."
Local partners include Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hotel Ithaca, Serendipity Catering, and Ithaca Convention & Visitors Bureau. Additional local farm and food partners will be announced in coming months.
Online registration will open on Sunday January 15, 2017.
Visit FarmForkFondo.com for more information.
ABOUT FARM TO FORK FONDO
Farm to Fork Fondo is a series of non-competitive cycling events in iconic farmland regions throughout the Northeastern United States. The mission of the Farm to Fork Fondo series is to highlight and support the symbiotic relationship between cyclists, farmers and beautiful landscapes. Ride options range from 10 to 100 miles, and include several on-farm aid stations where participants sample chef-prepared treats made from each farm’s ingredients. For more information, visit FarmForkFondo.com.
Farm to Fork Fondo series partners include Colavita, Bianchi, New Holland Agriculture, Elite Performance Team, Stages Cycling, GU Energy Labs, Vittoria, Stan's No Tubes, Bar Mitts, Tetra Bike, Drink Maple, Cycliq, Ride With GPS, Velofix, Saris, Jackroo, and Rudy Project.
2017 SERIES CALENDAR
- June 11: Farm to Fork Fondo – Hudson Valley
- June 25: Farm to Fork Fondo – Finger Lakes
- July 16: Farm to Fork Fondo – Vermont
- July 29: Farm to Fork Fondo – Pennsylvania Dutch
- August 27: Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine
- September 24: Farm to Fork Fondo – Berkshires
ABOUT ATWATER ESTATE VINEYARDS
Atwater Estate Vineyards and Winery is located on the southeastern shore of Seneca Lake in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State. Located 7 miles north of Watkins Glen, Atwater's vineyards, containing sixteen different varieties of grapes, grow on a glacier-carved hillside that extends from Route 414 to just above the water’s edge. Using quality estate grown fruit, Atwater's portfolio of wines include dynamic varietals and artful blends to please every palate.
Learn more on AtwaterVineyards.com.
ABOUT WRENEGADE SPORTS
Wrenegade Sports produces the Farm to Fork Fondo event series. Wrenegade Sports was founded by former professional cyclist Tyler Wren with a mission to whip up perfect combinations of health, social good, community and fun into unique and awesome events. Wrenegade Sports' guiding principles are: to promote physical activity in a fun and supportive environment; to create achievable challenges for people of all ages and physical abilities; to leave our event host communities better than we found them and to use our events to do social good.
For more information, visit WrenegadeSports.com.
Wrenegade Sports Marketing & Production Manager