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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

Pat LaFontaine (Photo: Bill Wippert)

Ellicottville, NY (July 9, 2012) – Adults and young people living in Western New York are invited to join Pat LaFontaine, the Buffalo Sabres and Centurion Cycling for a new biking event, Pedal with Pat LaFontaine at Centurion Ellicottville, the weekend of August 17-19.

The goal of the event is to get more people focused on improving their health by riding their bikes in a festive and safe environment while also raising awareness for LaFontaine’s Companions in Courage Foundation.

The Foundation provides funds to build interactive playrooms called Lion’s Dens in hospitals for use by children with life-threatening illnesses. Using innovative communications tools, these rooms replace the isolation of a hospital and provide a connection to family, friends and celebrities during each hospital stay.

“Western New York, the Buffalo Sabres and Sabres’ fans have given me so much, this is a way I can give back,” said LaFontaine, adding that there are multiple distances so cyclists of all ability levels can participate including both serious cyclists and those who maybe ordinarily wouldn’t get on a bike. “Everyone can come out, ride with me and the Sabres, while having a great time and getting fit”.

For the event, LaFontaine is partnering with good friend and endurance sporting event pioneer Graham Fraser of Centurion Cycling, which will bring a high quality of production to Pedal with Pat. All Centurion events feature coordinated starts using pace corrals, traffic control by law enforcement so cyclists have the right-of-way throughout, chip timing, technical and medical support, feed zones and a festival-like atmosphere to greet riders at the finish line. This August event is the third of four events in the 2012 Centurion Cycling series.

Western New York, the Buffalo Sabres and Sabres’ fans have given me so much, this is a way I can give back. - Pat LaFontaine

Individuals and families, cycling teams and clubs, and companies interested in a group wellness activity for their employees are all welcome to participate in Pedal with Pat. The event schedule is as follows:

Friday, August 17: Bike Movie Night in Downtown Ellicottville

Saturday, August 18

  • 8:00 a.m.Centurion 25-mile
  • 10:30 a.m.Pat’s Ride (11.5 miles)
  • NoonKid’s Ride
  • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.Meet Pat LaFontaine and the Buffalo Sabres (for ride participants only)
  • 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.Individual Time Trial and Can/Am Challenge (Elite Team Time Trial)

Sunday, August 19

  • 7:00 a.m.Centurion 50-mile
  • 8:00 a.m.Centurion 100-mile

For more information about Pedal with Pat at Centurion Ellicottville, please visit or

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