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Alfred University ‘reunion bikers’ note initial participants for 2019 ride

Alfred University | 11/08/18

The Alfred University “reunion bikers,” a group of alumni who spend the week preceding Reunion Weekend bicycling to Alfred, have announced initial participants for their 2019 ride.


ALFRED, NY – The Alfred University “reunion bikers,” a group of alumni who spend the week preceding Reunion Weekend bicycling to Alfred, have announced initial participants for their 2019 ride.

Next year will mark the 12th time since the inaugural bike ride in 1998 that the group will be pedaling to Alfred to join fellow alumni at Reunion, scheduled in 2019 for June 7-9. The group also rode in 2003 and 2008 – the year of the Class of 1958’s 50th reunion – before embarking on eight consecutive trips from 2010-18.

Next June, the reunion bikers will begin their journey in the Rochester area, spending three days (June 2, 3 and 4) bicycling along the Erie Canal and Genesee Riverway Trails. On Wednesday, June 5, with group will pedal to Letchworth State Park, where they will spend two days before departing Friday, June 7, for Hornell. In Hornell, the riders will prepare for their “victory celebration” ride into Alfred to the Alfred University campus and up the hill to the King Alfred statue.

Following is a list of riders who plan to participate in the 2019 event: Larry ’68 and Denise ’69 Ploetz (returning to campus for Denise’s 50th alumni reunion); Roberta Auerbach ’74, David ’77 and Regina Holleb, Dave’61 and Kate Perry, Jim Randall ’77, and Carolyn Zimlich; and first-time riders Amanda Fazzino ’10, and Dave ’90 and Tracy Fleet. Two founding members of the group, 1958 graduates Russ Fahey and Elliott Lasky, plan to participate in a portion of the 2019 ride.

What began in 1998 with a small group of athletically minded alumni from the class of 1958 has evolved into an annual event with a growing following.  In 1998, several members of the class of 1958 celebrating for their 40th Reunion rode from the Philadelphia area across the Pocono Mountains to Alfred University.  They had so much fun and decided to do it again for their 45th Reunion in 2003, and for their 50th Reunion in 2008. The ride has become an annual event with a different route chosen each year.

A few of the original riders from the class of 1958, including Roger Eiss, Fahey, Barney Hart, Lasky and Andy Seaman joined the ride in 2018 for their 60th alumni reunion. 

The group welcomes students, alumni and friends to join them on their ride, or for lunch or dinner along the way.  Please email Jim Randall ’77 at JamesRandallJr@msn.com for more information. Also, Randall invites anyone who can identify the photo above (where it was taken) to contact him with their responses.