By Andrew Pagano
With summer coming to an end and fall just around the corner, many bicyclists may be pondering where or when they will be able to take their last epic bike ride before freezing wind chill, ice puddles and road salt become the frequent obstacles. Whether you’re looking for an all-out cyclocross event or a low-key scenic bike ride for a good cause, there are plenty of bicycling events in New Jersey throughout the late summer and early fall.
See below for a list of events with event dates, locations, short descriptions and links to the event pages and/or flyers.
- September 19, Trenton Cycling Revolution, Trenton, NJ. Takes participants not only to the city’s better known historic sites and buildings. The 12-mile route takes in all but one of Trenton’s 20 known 18thcentury remnants.
- September 19, Jersey Devil Century, Centerton, NJ. Ride 25 or 50 miles on flat terrain in the morning and afternoon; routes can be combined for 50, 75 or 100 miles. Organized by the South Jersey Wheelmen.
- September 19, RCDCU Annual Bike-A-Thon, Franklin Middle School, Somerset, NJ. Three mile fun ride/walk; 10-, 30-, 50-mile rides. The purpose of this event is to raise money to increase the awareness of Prostate Cancer and the importance of early detection. Contributions will be made to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation.
- September 19, Tour de Farm Warren County, Blairstown, NJ. Ride 40 or 64 miles with breakfast and farm tastings included with registration. Optional Farm to Fork Celebration (tickets sold separately).
- September 19-20, Bike MS: Country Challenge, Morristown-Whippany, NJ. Ride one or two days. Benefits the National MS Society.
- September 20, Mill Creek CX, 304 Beverly Rancocas Road, Willingboro, NJ. The New Jersey Cross Cup is open to all riders and will consist of a series of events designated by the NJBA Cyclocross Committee. Courses will follow USA Cycling rules.
- September 20, Century for the Cure, Camp Riverbend, Warren, NJ. Ride 40, 62 or 100 miles. Registration fee includes choice of rider jersey or event t-shirt and cycling socks; $500 fundraising minimum. Benefits the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
- September 20, Gap Gallop, DeSales University, Center Valley, PA. Ride 33, 50, 70, 83 or 103 miles on rolling-to-hilly terrain. Challenge yourself on an optional climb up Fiddlers Elbow. Pre-registration only. Organized by the Lehigh Wheelmen Association.
- September 20, Ride for McBride, Tall Cedars Picnic Grove, Hamilton Township, NJ. Ride options are 10, 25 or 50 miles. Benefits the Joseph McBride Memorial Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.
- September 26, HIPPO CROSS(ing), 25 Hunter Road, Lambertville, NJ. Online pre-registration closes on Wednesday September 23rd, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. Beer garden, food from local merchants as well as portable restrooms are on site.
- September 26-October 3, Army Navy Challenge, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, Army, the 5th Challenge event of 2015. Two-hundred warriors and their supporters will ride from West Point to Annapolis beginning Saturday, September 26 at the Army vs. Western Kentucky football game and finishing on Saturday, October 3 at the Navy vs. Air Force football game.
- September 27, Cognition Beginner CX Clinic, Montgomery, NJ. A four-hour instructional clinic for cyclocross riders at Van Hourne Park.
- September 27, Cycle 4 Awareness, Barnegat Light, Long Beach Island. Event consists of two rides, 18 miles for the beginners and 36 miles for all the experienced riders. The event will start at 8:00 a.m. and run until 2:00 p.m. This ride is aimed at raising money and awareness for autism.
- September 30, Fall Classic, 1803 Route 34 South Wall Township, NJ. Racing begins at 6:00 p.m. at Garden State Velodrome at Wall Stadium. Current USA Cycling licensed required.
- September 30-October 4, Tour de Pines, various start locations in the Pinelands National Reserve, NJ. Five consecutive single-day (loop) bicycle tours of the scenic, low-traffic New Jersey Pinelands, 40-55 miles per day on flat terrain. Ride 1-5 days. The ride leader will average 11-13 mph, but faster groups will go off the front and follow the cue sheet. Benefits the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.
- October 3, Cooper River Cross CRCX, Cooper River Park, Park Boulevard, Cherry Hill, NJ. Categorized races through the park starting as early as 9:00 a.m. for Men Category 4 single speed races.
- October 3-4, Bike MS: City to Shore. Cherry Hill, Hammonton or Mays Landing to Ocean City, NJ. Ride 1 or 2 days, 25-175 miles total. Benefits the National MS Society.
- October 4th, Caffeinated Cross, 275 Bridgeton Pike (Route 77), Mullica Hill, NJ. Takes place on the Fairgrounds of the Gloucester County 4-H Fair in scenic Mullica Hill.
- October 11, Bike for Bancroft, Rowan College at Burlington County (formerly Burlington County College), Mount Laurel, NJ. Ride 10, 25, 45 or 65 miles through scenic Burlington County. Suggested minimum fundraising amount is $200. Benefits Bancroft, a leading provider of programs and supports for children and adults with autism or intellectual or developmental disabilities.
- October 17, Ride for the Animals, Wall, NJ. Off-Road ride on the Allaire State Park bicycle path. Ride up to 14 miles or turn around at any point. Benefits the Animal Protection League of New Jersey.