Essex – The Essex Region Conservation Foundation is ready to welcome hundreds of cyclists to the “Place for Life” in late September for the Essex Region Conservation Bike Tour. Back by popular demand, the tour will once again begin and end at the beautiful Mettawas Park in Kingsville.
Building off the momentum of last year’s event, the Foundation is hoping to attract more local and regional organizations to enter corporate teams and take part in some friendly competition to raise funds to create a new community entrance along the Cypher Systems Group Greenway.
“Last year, event participants raised nearly $25,000 to support trails in the Place for Life,” says Danielle Breault Stuebing, Director of Communications & Outreach. “This year, we’re aiming to reach a $35,000 goal in order to build a new community entrance along the Cypher Systems Group Greenway at County Rd. 15. The Bike Tour is ideally suited for teams and families interested in health, wellness and team building to explore the region’s fantastic trails while raising funds for additional parking and access locations.” The top fundraising team will be recognized with a tree and plaque prominently featured at the new community entrance.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 28th. Riders will be able to take in all the final sights of summer with the choice of five different routes catering to all skill levels. Road routes will range from approximately 60km – 110km, while Greenway riders can choose from a 15km, 32km or 60 km trail experience. The tour will conclude with a lakefront festival offering delicious local food offerings from Rob’s Culinary Motion and the Hub Windsor. Local bike shops and cycling groups will also be part of the celebration.
“We want to showcase the beautiful connected trail systems that we’ve created across the region through the Chrysler Canada and Cypher Systems Group Greenways,” Stuebing adds. “As well, road rides will include stops at some of our wonderful conservation areas. We encourage all participants to consider supporting more trail enhancements in our region by gaining pledges.” The Foundation is also introducing incentives for Team Captains and top individual fundraisers.
Registration for the Essex Conservation Bike Tour is open and available online at
For more than four decades, Essex Region Conservation has been sustaining and enriching the environment of the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region to ensure it is the Place for Life.
For More Information:
Danielle Breault Stuebing
Director, Communications & Outreach Services
519-776-5209 ext. 352