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Take a divine bike ride at the D’Vine Experience

August 20, 2015
Westfield Republican

Whether your are an experienced bicyclist or someone who enjoys a scenic bike ride, the D'Vine Experience has routes for all to enjoy.

The D'Vine Experience is an event sponsored by United Way of Northern Chautauqua County and Enactus in order to raise funds and awareness for community organizations.

This year's event will be held on Sept. 12 at the Grape Discovery Center, 8305 West Main Road (Route 20), Westfield, which will also be the starting point for the Tour D'Vine's two bike routes.

The Slow Roll is a 7.2 mile ride that includes a gradual hill. It takes the riders past many vineyards with stops at three wineries and includes a gorgeous view of Lake Erie. The route heads west on Route 20 from the Grape Discovery Center, south on Creamery Road, then west on Hardscrabble Road, north on Munson Road and then west on Route 20 back to the Grape Discovery Center.

United Way of Northern Chautauqua County Executive Director Deb Tederous said the idea for this route was inspired by another nonprofit.

"I was looking for feedback regarding the bicycle rally. In my not-for-profit circle, the expert to ask is Spoke Folk's Rich Goodman. When I asked him, one of his suggestions was adding the 'Slow Roll' because of the social nature of the Tour D'Vine," she explained.

The Slow Roll is a leisurely ride, featuring lake views and vineyard scenery as well as stops at Noble, Johnson Estate and Mazza wineries. No previous experience is needed - just a bike, helmet and a desire to have fun and socialize.

A $10 wrist band is available for purchase, which will cover tastings at the three wineries.

The Bike Lovers Route is a 28 mile route and includes some good hill climbs past rolling vineyards and also has some great views of Lake Erie. This route goes west on Route 20 toward Ripley and heads south on Broadway Road, which turns into Welch Hill Road. It then heads east on Lombard Road and turns north on Douglas Road and then continues north on Creamery Road. It turns onto Hardscrabble Road heading east, and then turns north onto Route 21, until it hits Martin Wright Road and heads east. The route then heads north on Felton Road, then west on Prospect Road, south on Hardenburg Road, and then west on Bliss Road. The route leaves Bliss at Route 394 and heads north to the center of the village of Westfield and Route 20, and then heads west on Route 20 back to the Grape Discovery Center.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a start at 9:30 a.m. Upon bikers' return, there will be the Taste of Chautauqua along the Lake, featuring local cuisine with voting for the best sweet and savory dish, as well as interactive activities with United Way-affiliated agencies, a hay ride, children's bike parade, live music, wine tastings and more.

Tour D'Vine registration is available now online with easy and secure payment through PayPal by going to unitedwayncc.org, clicking "events," D'Vine Experience and Bicycle Tour Registration. Adult registration for ages 15 and up includes a T-shirt at a cost of $30. Registration for children 15 and under is free. Additional T-shirts can be purchased for $15.

For more information or other ways to register call 366-5424 or visit the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County Office at 626 Central Ave., Dunkirk.

 
 
 

 

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