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Going to this year’s Alumni Reunion? Why not join us on a weeklong bike ride! We have lots of fun activities planned including a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game, wine and brewery tours, bonfires and cookouts, and lots of sightseeing. We welcome alumni and friends along the way to join us as we ride through your local areas or meet us for lunch or dinner along the way.

Please contact our marketing director, David Holleb, at or 908.234-9297 for more information.    

What began with a small group of athletically minded alumni from the class of 1958 back in 1998 has evolved into an annual event with a growing following. This year’s group includes veteran riders Dave Conrad ’76, David Holleb ’77, Dave Perry ’61, Jim Randall ’77, and Peter Stull ’75. Joining the group for their inaugural ride are Stephen Barton ’13, Richard Rygiel ’76 and Bob Wade ’64 (Bob is going all out for his 50th class reunion!). Janan Chandler ’79, who resides in Toronto, has graciously agreed to be our hostess this year and is dusting off her bike in preparation for the ride. Ed Law ’58, a long-time participant, is our sponsor “at large.” 

In 2012 we were “Bikers from Mars” (Mars, PA that is).  In 2013 we were “Alums along the Mohawk” (Mohawk River from Albany).  After much thought and deliberation, and sage advice from past veteran riders, this year’s group has settled on “TorontoAU.”  It’s simple, yet conveys our journey from Toronto to Alfred University.

After a night or two at the Toronto Hilton (downtown) we will begin our journey Sunday morning, June 1at Harbour Square Park on the waterfront. We plan on biking about 50 miles each day and will be arriving at the King Alfred Statue on campus around noontime Friday, June 6. We have planned overnight hotel stays in Hamilton, Ontario; Niagara Falls, Ontario; Batavia, NY; Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY; and Corning, NY (Corning won Rand McNally’s Most Fun Small Town in America for 2014!). 

While in Canada we will be following the Waterfront Trail, a paved bike path that runs from Toronto to Niagara Falls. We will be passing through the following towns in Ontario: Oakville, Burlington, Grimsby, St. Catharines, and Niagara-on-the-Lake.  In New York we will be passing through Lockport, Mt. Morris, Hornell, and Bath. On our last day of the ride, Friday, June 6, we will be stopping at the Hornell Comfort Inn mid-morning to join with local riders on the final leg to Alfred.