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Local Bicyclist Ready To Finish 400 Mile Trek

Richard Vuillequez

 ALBANY, N.Y.  (AP) & WXXI News)  A 400-mile bicycle tour along the Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled to wrap up this weekend.

More than 500 cyclists began the 16th annual statewide trip last Sunday, covering between 40 and 60 miles a day. They are scheduled to finish this Sunday at the Albany Visitors Center.

Parks and Trails New York executive director Robin Dropkin says cyclists range in age from 9 to 90 and come from far away as Australia.

Organizers say the Erie Canalway Trail is three-quarters complete and will be the longest multi-use trail in the nation when it is finished.

Among the riders is a Webster man, Richard Vuillequez. The 74 year old rode his recumbent tricycle as a fundraising effort for The Little Theatre.

Vuillequez is pedaling to raise money for new seats at The Little. He is member of the board of trustees for WXXI and The Little.