The seventh annual Aylmer Express Graphics Group 3 Port Tour bicycle ride rolled through Aylmer and Elgin Country on Saturday, August 19. More than 400 cyclists rode this year, with riders from across Southwestern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area.
The 3 Port Tour event raised close to $15,000 with most of the proceeds going to the Forest City Velodrome in London, Ontario, one of the only indoor cycling tracks in North America, and to East Elgin Secondary School’s award-winning Environmental Leadership Program.
The Environmental Leadership Program is a semester-long, multi-credit course that teaches students outdoor skills including canoeing, forest management and conservation. The ELP class also provides volunteers for the event each year. Several other local organizations will receive donations as well.
Founded by Aylmer Express President John Hueston in 2011, the 3 Port Tour ride offers three distances, 50, 100 and 160 kilometres which correspond to one, two or three ports, starting and finishing in Aylmer. The fully supported ride includes food and drink at rest stops and all three distances have a common lunch stop in Port Bruce. The 100 km route stops in Port Burwell while the 160 km route adds Port Stanley as well.
Hueston designed the ride to showcase the best of Elgin County as a tourist destination and place to raise a family. Collectively, the seven rides have raised $70,000. Organization of the 3 Port Tour is led by The Aylmer Bicycle Club, for which Brett Hueston serves as President.
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