2016 June

Chautauqua Gran Fondo Registration Now Being Accepted

(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.

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 visit www.ChautauquaGranFondo.com to register online.

Enter the Corporate Challenge!


(MAYVILLE, NY) — Promote employee wellness, team spirit and community pride at the 2016 Chautauqua Gran Fondo on Saturday, August 27 in Mayville, NY. Participants will enjoy a scenic ride around Chautauqua Lake, with several opportunities to stop and enjoy refreshments along the way. Following the ride, cyclists are invited to the afterparty at Webb’s Captain’s Table to enjoy a picnic lunch and entertainment headlined by The Stickers.

Each team should consist of 5 or more riders, who will each receive a $5 discount off the registration fee. All fitness levels and abilities are welcome to participate in this scenic ride and day of community pride.

Teams are also encouraged to participate in the Corporate Challenge fundraising and team spirit competitions. For details or information on how to register your team, please visit http://chautauquagranfondo.com/teams/

  Form a Team!


Teaming up with Southwestern Schools Education Foundation

(JAMESTOWN, NY) — Members of the Southwestern Schools Education Foundation (SSEF) met with Michelle Turner, Vice President of Marketing – CCIDA, at Wegman’s this weekend to discuss the upcoming 2016 Chautauqua Gran Fondo.

The SSEF is proud to be chosen as one of the benefactors of this year’s event and encourages residents of the Chautauqua Region to participate in this fantastic, family-friendly event. The Chautauqua Gran Fondo is an event designed for participants of all ages and skill levels to celebrate Chautauqua Lake and the surrounding historic destinations. The event also features an after-party at Webb’s Captain’s Table with live music headlined by The Stickers and a delicious picnic lunch.

With four years’ experience in organizing their own successful Bike Tour around Chautauqua Lake, the SSEF is a vital benefactor for the growth and success of the 2016 Chautauqua Gran Fondo event.


From left: Michelle Turner, Vice President of Marketing CCIDA; Jay Yaggie, Treasurer SSEF; and Lori Radack, President SSEF. 

For more information on the Southwestern Schools Education Foundation, visit SWCSFoundation.org

To register, visit: ChautauquaGranFondo.com/register




The Stickers to Return as Headlining Performers for the 2016 Chautauqua Gran Fondo

(MAYVILLE, NY) — The Stickers are back as the headlining act for the 2016 Chautauqua Gran Fondo on Saturday, Aug. 27. The second annual event is a community-led promotion of health and well being for cyclists of all skill levels. The bicycle tour will culminate with an after-party celebration behind Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville.


The Stickers are made up of three brothers originally from Pennsylvania. The band currently has a single: “Countrified,” that has been selected to be featured during an episode of the ABC TV show, “Nashville.” The song has also been featured during the NHL All-Star Game, the Daytona 500, is currently airing a video on CMT, and has climbed into the 40s on the Country Music Charts.

Deb & the Dynamics are set to open for The Stickers. This funky, blues seven-piece band is made up of musicians with over 30 years experience performing for audiences.




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