Niagara Residents Encouraged to Explore Ontario's Greenbelt on a Bike Join the 2009 Tour de Greenbelt This September

Niagara Region September 1, 2009 – Three brothers, three bikes and perhaps a little Sibling Rivalry. Join Paul, Matthew and Daniel Speck, owners of Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery, and unwind in Niagara this September and unwind by taking part in the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation’s 2009 Tour de Greenbelt cycling extravaganza! An innovative and exciting opportunity for Ontarians and visitors to bicycle their way through Ontario’s Greenbelt, the Tour de Greenbelt is open for registration at www.tourdegreenbelt.ca and spots are filling up fast.   

Niagara Region residents are encouraged to participate in the Tour as it expands its ‘fresh air festival on wheels’ on Saturday, September 12. Exploring Niagara gives riders the opportunity to experience the Greenbelt surrounding St. Catharines -- from shady tree-lined lanes to wide-open farmland, from lush green golf courses to historic towns and villages.

“Family is an important part of our business. As three brothers we work every day to create an assortment of wines that showcase the best Niagara’s vineyards have to offer. It’s great to be a part of such a family-friendly event that allows you to explore the Greenbelt’s countryside,” said Paul Speck, President of Henry of Pelham.
        
“We’re thrilled to be going into our second year of the Tour,” said Burkhard Mausberg, President of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “Ontario’s Greenbelt is the largest Greenbelt in the world. What better way to experience the diverse landscape, bountiful selection of local food and vibrant culture within the region, than by riding through it?”

This year’s Tour accommodates all levels of riders. Each route showcases the beauty of the Greenbelt. The 31km route is surrounded by several wineries and takes the rider into the Jordan Valley. A point of interest during the 54 and 87 km routes include the Short Hills Provincial Park, which is a part of the Bruce Trail.

Designed for fun rather than competition, this family-friendly cycling Tour is marshalled to ensure the safety of all riders. Special transport is available for those who do not wish to complete the full day’s ride and Emergency Medical Services and bicycle repair support are also available.

Starting and finishing at Henry of Pelham Winery located at 1469 Pelham Rd., R.R.#1, St. Catharines, participants will enjoy a chance to mingle at the completion of the ride where there will be a freshly prepared, local Greenbelt BBQ lunch – all included in the price of the ride! Participants 19 and older will also be able to enjoy a glass of the Speck brother’s wine. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and parking is available at the Winery. 

The Tour costs only $40 per person per day to register and is free for children 14 and under who are accompanied by an adult (up to 2 children per adult).  Register online at www.tourdegreenbelt.ca or call 1-888-960-0030. 

The Tour covers four regions of the Greenbelt. Other routes include:

•    Saturday, September 12 – St. Catharines/Niagara Region
•    Sunday, September 13 – Burlington/Halton Region
•    Saturday, September 26 – Newmarket and Lake Simcoe/York Region
•    Sunday, September 27 – Ajax/GTA and Durham Region

The Tour was first held in 2008 as a partnership between the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Canada’s leading outdoor retailer, and attracted more than 1,000 riders. The event introduces Ontarians to the importance of the Greenbelt to the quality of life in southern Ontario.  MEC has returned as the presenting sponsor of the Tour.

Possibility grows in the Greenbelt. Wrapping around the Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt is 1.8 million acres of potential to make Ontario a better place. Encompassing the Niagara Escarpment, the Oak Ridges Moraine, Rouge Park, hundreds of rural towns and villages and some 7,100 farms, Ontario's Greenbelt is the largest and most diverse in the world.

The Greenbelt Foundation began in June 2005 as an independent, charitable foundation with a mandate to promote and sustain our Greenbelt as a beneficial, valuable, and permanent feature, enhancing the quality of life for Ontario residents.

To learn more about the Speck brothers and the recent launch of their Sibling Rivalry wine, visit www.henryofpelham.com.


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For further information please visit www.tourdegreenbelt.ca and contact:

Peter Hart, Tour de Greenbelt Manager, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, 647-224-0634, peterh - at - tourdegreenbelt.ca 

Jennifer Asselin, Communications Manager, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, 416-960-0001 ext. 310, jasselin - at - greenbelt.ca 

Diana Crosbie, President, Crosbie Communications, Office: 416-360-6625 Cell: 416-735-2081, diana - at - crosbie.on.ca

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