(JAMESTOWN, NY)— Registration is now being accepted for the second annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo, which will be Saturday, Aug. 27.

The cycling event kicks off at 9 a.m. at Lakeside Park in Mayville. An after-party featuring live music, lunch and refreshments at Webb’s Captain’s Table will follow the cycling event. The community event is designed to promote health and well-being for cyclists of all skill levels, while raising funds for local nonprofit organizations. The cycling ride, a picnic and live music all are included in the cost of registration.

All participants will have a choice of four cycling routes. The scenic 20-mile social tour is the shortest of the rides looping around the northern end of Chautauqua Lake, and includes a trip across the nostalgic Bemus Point-Stow Ferry. The 40-mile fitness tour loops around Chautauqua Lake with plenty of sights to see and refreshment stops along the way. The 37.3-mile challenge lets riders experience the Chautauqua Ridge with an elevation change in excess of 737 feet with grades of 6 percent. Riders then get to relax on the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry before the ride back to Webb’s Captain’s Table. Lastly, the 58-mile challenge is for the most experienced cyclists: looping up into Westfield and onto Lake Erie’s Barcelona Lighthouse before returning to circle Chautauqua Lake.

A picnic lunch and afternoon of live music at Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville will follow the cycling portion of the event. Deb & the Dynamics will take the stage followed by the return of country recording artists The Stickers to provide a family-friendly afternoon of live music.

A group of cyclists enjoy a ride across the lake on the historic Bemus Point-Stow Ferry during the 2015 Chautauqua Gran Fondo.

Vendors are welcome to showcase their products and services outside the main gate of the after-party at Webb’s Captain’s Table.

Proceeds will benefit the SWCS Education Foundation, the Mental Health Association, and the Chautauqua County Veteran’s Endowment Fund. The cost to participate is $30, which includes sag wagon, refreshment stops, safety services, as well as admission to the after-party at Webb’s Captain’s Table following the tour.

For more information, or to register, contact Venn Blakely at 716-753-6290, or to register online.

Jason Bussman