4th annual chq gran fondo



In 2018, the fourth-annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo raised more than $15,000 for local charities. The cycling event reveled in another beautiful and sunny day on Chautauqua Lake, and over 400 bicyclists participated in the day.


Sunny day, smiling faces and community support.


The 2018 event raised funds for several local charities: The Rappaport Fund for Breast Cancer Patients and Equipment, the Chautauqua Lake Sailing Foundation, the Rosemary “Rosie” Billquist Memorial Fund, and The Creche, Inc.

Due to the Stow Ferry being under repair, the routes were a little different in 2018. The 20-mile Social route followed route 394, and had a mid-way point at the Children’s Safety Village in Ashville. The 40-mile Fitness route allowed cyclists to follow Route 430 through Hartfield, Dewittville, pass the historic Midway State Park, through Bemus Point, down into Celoron, and through Lakewood on their way back to Mayville along Route 394.

The most challenging route - the 60-mile Challenge - boasted being a “metric century.” Die-hard cyclists climbed the Chautauqua Ridge via route 394, passing through historic Westfield and up to Lake Erie’s Barcelona Lighthouse before returning to Chautauqua Lake along Route 308. Cyclists will then connect to Route 430 and loop Chautauqua Lake, following the same path as the Fitness Route.


The were four selfie spots along the way, as a means to promote the fun, family friendly event: the Children’s Safety Village, 59 Lucy Lane, the three corners in Bemus Point, and the big blue chair at Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant. 

The after party featured food provided by Sticks & Bricks Wood Fired Pizza out of Erie, PA, and craft beer on tap provided by Southern Tier Brewing Company. Vendor’s Row showcased many local organizations and businesses. Webb’s Captain’s Table provided a VIP lounge area with a covered patio and cocktails. Local favorites, The Porcelain Busdrivers, took center stage under the tent and got the party rocking.


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