Bicycling in New Jersey
This is the third in a series of articles discussing rides outside of the Southeastern Pennsylvania area. This month the featured location is New Jersey. There are more than seven bicycle clubs in NJ that sponsor public rides open to non-members, so this article will just highlight a few of the major events.
The Pinelands Triple Loop in May offers three loops through the Pine Barrens, each starting from Batsto State Park near Hammonton. Ride 1, 2, or all 3 loops for 28 to 100 miles on flat terrain. Each loop starts and ends at beautiful historic Batsto State Park where lunch is provided. Run by the Shore Cycle Club, PO Box 492, Northfield, NJ 08225.
The Farmlands Flat Tour in May is a well-organized event in Northeastern NJ, starting from Brookdale Community College, in Lincroft (Exit #109 of the Garden State Parkway). Ride 18, 25, 38, 50, 62, or 100 miles on flat terrain. Staged by the Central Jersey Bicycle Club (CJBC), Box 2202, Edison, NJ 08818; phone 732-225-HUBS. Several charity rides also start from Brookdale Community College. Look for the Jersey Shore Tour de Cure, the Ride for Autism, and the Ride, Walk & Stroll for Rett (Rett Syndrome) on the SCU calendar.
The Get Ready Metric in June is a scenic ride in rural Southern NJ, starting from Fort Mott near Pennsville. The roads have very low traffic and the terrain is flat to gently rolling through farms and marshlands. Staged by the South Jersey Wheelmen, P.O. Box 2705 Vineland, NJ 08362-2705.
The Longest Day and the Jersey Double are for very strong riders who want to pedal 200 miles in one day. Both rides take place in June around the date of the maximum daylight. The Longest Day is a one-way ride from High Point to Cape May, diagonally across the entire length of NJ from North to South. Write to the CJBC at Box 2202, Edison, NJ 08818. Riders must join the CJBC in early May to participate in The Longest Day. The Jersey Double is a 200-mile loop through rural parts of six northwestern NJ counties (Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Warren, Sussex, and Mercer) containing some of the state's finest countryside. The route is moderately hilly with 11,00 feet of vertical climbing. The strongest riders complete the course in a little over 11 hours, but others finish in the dark, requiring more than the 16 hours of daylight available. 54 riders, including a few SCU members, completed the 200 mile course in 2000. For information on the Jersey Double, contact the Western Jersey Wheelmen.
The Princeton Event takes place on the first Saturday in August and is one of the biggest events in New Jersey with 1,800 riders. Start from Mercer County Community College, West Windsor (between Trenton and Princeton), and bicycle 16 to 100 miles. There are seven routes with a choice of flat-to-rolling or rolling-to-almost-hilly or terrain. Run by the Princeton Free Wheelers, P.O. Box 1204, Princeton, NJ 08542-1204; phone 609-882-4PFW (4739).
The Jersey Devil takes place in September and provides routes through the farmlands of Southern NJ on flat to gently rolling terrain. Start from Parvin State Park near Vineland and ride from 25 to 125 miles. A well-stocked central food stop is utilized at the end of each 25- or 50-mile loop. Presented by the South Jersey Wheelmen P.O. Box 2705 Vineland, NJ 08362-2705.
Two highly-recommended events start from Thompson Park, in Jamesburg, NJ, near Exit #8A of the New Jersey Turnpike. Thompson Park provides a scenic Lake-front start location with rest rooms and plenty of parking, and the rides go on low-traffic roads past the horse farms in central New Jersey. The Habitat for Humanity Tour benefits Middlesex County Habitat for Humanity. Fund-raising pledges are optional for this charity ride. The Pumpkin Patch Pedal takes place in the Fall and uses different routes.
New Jersey Bike Map - "The information on these maps is the result of 27 years of cycling experience in the area."
LAB-Affiliated Clubs - Find bicycle clubs and events in New Jersey
SCU list of bicycle clubs - Bicycle clubs in the mid-Atlantic states
SCU Calendar of Events - Find additional bicycle events in NJ and the current year's dates for events on this page
Maps and driving directions
SCU home page
Unless stated otherwise, all events provide a cue sheet, marked route, and SAG support. When requesting information by mail, please send a S.A.S.E. to the sponsor. All distances are listed in miles. To convert to metric: 31 miles = Half Metric Century (50 km), 62 miles = Metric Century (100 km). There are no ride leaders for these events, and you ride at your own pace.
Although this list is compiled from reliable sources, SCU and the editor are not responsible for errors or omissions. Please contact the event sponsor to confirm the date, registration deadlines and fees, start times, and services provided. The listing of an event in this article does not represent an endorsement by SCU or by the editor. All rides and activities posted on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual organizers of and participants in the ride or activity. All participants in rides and activities appearing in this article do so at their own risk and assume responsibility for all hazards, injuries, and other risks inherent in such rides and activities. Roads will be open to motor-vehicle traffic; extreme caution must be used while riding.
This article was originally published in the February 2001 SCU Chainletter. Revised 8/10/08.
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