Ride For Literacy

June 15 - 16, 2013

Join your fellow cyclists on a Ride For Literacy. This fundraising event will benefit adult learning and literacy programs at The Newland Center.  


The first annual Ride for Literacy is a two-ride in Madison County, an area renowned as a cycling paradise with some of the safest, and most scenic and historic roads in Upstate New York. For cyclists who cannot commit to two days, one day riders are welcome.


Chittengango Canal Museum

This two-day ride covers 35-40 miles each day. It will begin at the canal museum in Chittenango at 9:00 on Saturday, June 15, stop for lunch at the Cazenovia Country Club and end by 4:00 at Colgate University, arguably the most scenic campus in the United States. Day one includes an optional additional loop of 16 miles.

Colgate University Campus

After dinner on campus, a night on the town in historic Hamilton, and overnight lodging at Colgate University, riders will enjoy a hearty breakfast and depart Hamilton at 9:00 on Sunday, June 16. After lunch on the Peterboro Green, home to abolitionist Gerrit Smith and a stop on the underground railroad, the ride returns to Chittenango by 4:00 in the afternoon.

Chittenango Falls

Along the way, cyclists will enjoy full support with water stops and a sag vehicle as they follow roads and turns described on daily cue sheets and brightly marked on the pavement. It is a ride – not a race – that can be accomplished by riders of all levels. Stop and enjoy the views along the Erie Canal, at Chittenango Falls, and the many lakes in southern Madison County, and enjoy local hospitality in Cazenovia, Eaton, Hamilton, Solsville, Peterboro and Chittenango.

To register for the ride, mail in the Registration Form. If your business is interested in sponsoring the ride complete the Sponsorship Form.


You can also complete your registration online below.

Registration & Waiver Form
Ride for Literacy brochure.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [566.6 KB]
Ride for Literacy Sponsorship Form
Ride Sponsorship.doc
Microsoft Word document [317.5 KB]
Directions for Day One
Ride for Literacy Route.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [208.8 KB]

Online Registration


$25 registration fee  


Raise a minimum of $250 for the 2-day ride.

Raise a minimum of $125 for the 1-day ride. 

Ride For Literacy

Support a Rider!  Click here to donate any amount to help our riders reach their funding goals.  Please specify which rider you are donating on behalf.



The ride is being organized by a committee of volunteers from across the region who have organized dozens of charitable rides. If you are interested in volunteering to help put the ride together, or you have any questions, contact Glenn Ivers at givers@twcny.rr.com