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July 2013 Trail Maintenance Schedule

There are plenty of opportunities to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the trails you ride.

West Milford Family Pump Track

When: Mondays 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Lycosky Drive, West Milford, NJ 07480
Description: On Monday’s at 6pm, we’ll work on the pump track and do some riding until dark. Bring your bike, something to drink and a desire to improve the track and we’ll see you there!

Jungle Habitat
When: Tuesdays 5:45pm – 8:15pm
Where: 99 Airport Rd, West Milford, NJ
Description: The return of I Dig Tuesdays trail maintenance work sessions at Jungle Habitat. Meet us at the gate at 5:45 p.m, and bring yourself some water, bug spray, and gloves-we’ll supply the tools. We’ll head in by 6 p.m. to do some work on Boulderdash.

Ringwood State Park
When: Thursdays 4pm – 7pm
Where: Ringwood State Park
Description: RSVP each week for work site. Meet at work site. Tools will be provided. Please note that there will be no work day on July 18!!

Lewis Morris State Park
When: Saturday, July 20th, from 8:15 – 11:30AM
Where: Sunrise Lake Boathouse, Lewis Morris County Park
3.0 miles west of Morristown on Route 24/510. Take left into Lewis Morris park and follow signs to Sunrise Lake boathouse
Steady rain cancels.
Description:Since 2002, volunteers have contributed thousands of hours to build new trails, close down unsustainable sections and keep the trails in great shape. Come help us do more in 2013!
All tools provided. Just bring yourself. Open to ages 15 or older.

July 2013 Mountain Bike Race Schedule for NJ and NY

Mountain Bike Racing

New Jersey
Join Mountain Creek every Thursday this summer for the Thursday Night Race League. These cash-in-the-hat fun races will move to a new trail each week. Come out and challenge yourself against the clock and compete for the weekly bragging rights. Details: Registration: 4:30pm-5:30pm @ the Biergarten Riders Meeting: 5:45pm @ Top of Trail Race Starts: 5:50pm-6:30pm (Start Novice to Expert) Divisions: Expert/Novice Location: Trail Varies weekly Entry Fee: $10 to enter Additional Details: Biergarten open until 10pm with live music and food & drink specials, Winners take home the cash! – 10% Rule in Effect.

Danzeisen and Quigley Summer Sizzler Date: 2013-07-07 Race Type: XC The D and Q Summer Sizzler The course will feature 6+ miles of twisting South Jersey singletrack: logs, stream crossings, short/steep climbs, and whatever we can throw at you. The course is fun and flows well. We are going to run the course in a slightly different way than years past. Directions: From Central and North New Jersey Take New Jersey Turnpike south to Interchange 4. Exit there onto Route 73 and follow signs 1/4 mile to Route 295 South. Remain on Route 295 for 10 miles, until it merges with Route 42 in Bellmawr. Move left onto Rt. 42 lanes, then follow Route 55 Directions to GCC Campus.

Annual Bulldog Rump, AMBC, MARC
Campmor Hudson-to-Highlands Race #5
SUNDAY, July 14, 2013
Kittatinny Valley State Park, Andover, NJ The 18th Come on up to beautiful Andover, New Jersey and participate in one of the region’s longest running mountain bike races! This race is again part of the Campmor H2H Race Series as well as an American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC—and it’s a higher value for National Points) and part of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship Series. That’s three distinct series that you can earn points all at one race! The course is fast, fun, and furious…somewhere in the neighborhood of 7 miles of fun mountain biking. Great for gears or single-speeders. Awesome for veterans of the sport or the first timers out there.

New York
2013 E*thirteen East Coast Showdown at Plattekill Mountain Bike Park
Plattekill Mountain will be hosting the E*Thirteen East Coast Showdown,
July 4-8 2013.
The E*thirteen East Coast Showdown will offer four big days of racing, riding, camping and fun. The pros will be battling it out for $5000 in available prize money.
Amateurs will be racing for their share of great prizes.
Thursday and Friday will be practice days for all events; the first race on tap is Saturday’s inaugural POC ESC Enduro Series race.
The enduro race consists of 5 timed sections and 4 untimed transfer sections. The untimed transfer sections will guide racers to the start of each timed section. The timed sections will be mostly downhill but to get to them the racers will have to earn it by peddling. The Enduro race will feature 20-30 minutes of racing and take about 3 – 4 hours to complete the course. The ESC is excited to be bringing an enduro series to the East Coast, you won’t want to miss the enduro action.
Fastest Amateur in the uphill transfer between Sections 3-4 will win a FOX DOSS Adjustable Seatpost! ($400Value)
Super D will start the racing action on Sunday morning. The ESC Super D’s begin with a mass start by racer’s class.
Some classes will have over 20 racers battling it on the track at the same time. Super D racing is heart-pumping action that pushes racers to their limits.
The Super D course will be open, fast and have at least one uphill section to further push racers.
The Super D track is designed to maximize passing opportunities and offer close, exciting racing. The feature event of the weekend is the action packed downhill race.
The DH race will be contested on Plattekill’s newest ProGRT track, the racers asked for this demanding track again. Expect steep tight sections, big drops and huge jumps. This race course is quickly becoming known as the best DH track in the East. Racers will not want to miss surfing the famed plattekill shale in the steepest sections! Special Pricing for racers that enter all three events will include a 4 day lift pass for Thursday – Sunday Riding and Racing. Please Pre Register at www.easternstatescup.com for the Enduro.
Limited Number of Racers in this event
SCHEDULE: Thursday July 4 and Friday July 5 Practice Enduro, Super D and DH Registration open all day Saturday July 6
NO Super D Practice 10:00am-5:00pm
DH Practice 10:00 am Enduro registration closes 10:30 am
Mandatory Enduro Racers Meeting 11:00am
Enduro Race Start 3:30 pm Enduro Racing Ends 4:30pm
Enduro Awards Registration open all day for Super D and DH
Sunday July 7 10:30 Registration Closes 8:00am – 11:00am
DH Practice 8:00am – 10:30am
Super D Practice 11:00am – 12:30pm
Super D Race 1:00pm – 3:00pm
DH Race 4:30 Super D, DH and Overall awards
For full information, schedule and Enduro Pre Reg please visit www.easternstatescup.com

Stewards Of Stewart/Team Bicycle Doctor New York State Mountain Bike Race Series
XC Race  at Stewart State Forest in New Windsor NY
See Event Website for More Details

The Annual 6 Hours of Power

Sunday, July 14, 2013
Holiday Valley Resort-Ellicottville-NY 14731

The event kicks off at 10:00am once again this year at Holiday Valley Ski Resort in Ellicottville, New York .  A LeMans style start send entrants into a 1/3 mile easy lap to mount bikes at 10:00am sharp.  Shop tech support, two course water/feed stations, plenty of shade in the forest, a 10-mile 1-lap course that will burn your legs off featuring 1,200 feet of elevation changes, double track, gnarly manicured single track and two short sections of gravel roads are included in your entry fee.  Post-race dinner, t-shirt sales and logo merchandise all available on-site for additional guests.  Local lodging opportunities within 1-mile of event start line.  Race-day entries always welcome.  Holiday Valley Ski Resort is located 1-hour south of Buffalo on Rt. 219. Field limits:  Solo: 200 , Teams: 150 2-person teams.

Classes:
Solo M/F: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-30, 40-49, 50+, Clydesdale (200lbs+), SingleSpeed (one class)
Teams (Combined ages) M, F or Co-Ed :29 & Under, 30-45, 46+, SingleSpeed (any age or combination)

Mountain Creek Bike Park – Saturday 06/22/13

Ladies Day: SAVE 50% on Lift Tickets, Lessons and Rentals. Kathi Krause of Dirt Rock n Root Training and Elinor Wesner of Femme Fatale Racing will be leading a Ladies Only group DH ride at 9:30AM. Meet up at the Cabriolet.

First full day of summer and the BagJUMP is opening today. FREE for Season Passholders. $15 for daily access. Sign your waivers and get your wristbands in the Bike Center. Open 1PM – 6PM weekends and holidays.


June 2013 Schedule of Biking Events

Family and Recreational Rides

 

FamilyRides

Saturday June 8th

The FreeWalkers and the East Coast Greenway are leading the Hudson River Loop Walk, a nearly 30-mile walk up and down the mighty Hudson River. There are spectacular views for the entire walk on both the New Jersey and New York sides and plenty of interesting detours. The walk begins at 8:00 am at Exchange Place in Jersey City, and ends at the WTC. You don’t have to commit to the whole walk, and may join in with the group at any spot along the route.  Thanks to the progress on the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway on the Jersey side and the well-established Hudson River Greenway on the New York side, it’s now possible for pedestrians and cyclists to complete an entire loop (except for the use of the PATH train from downtown World Trade Center back to Exchange Place in Jersey City). For details, see the event website or PDF brochure.

Trips for Kids JORBA holds this month’s ride in Mercer County Park in West Windsor. Trips for Kids (TFK) International has opened the world of cycling to over 100,000 at-risk youth through guided mountain bike rides and job training/earn-a-bike programs. All TFK chapters, modeled on the foundation of the original TFK Marin program, are managed and operated independently at the local level but share a common goal. The mission is to use bicycles as a vehicle for lessons in confidence building, achievement, health, fitness and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills and the simple act of having fun.  Meet up at the Marina Lot to ride from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Lunch will be provided. You must pre-register … email TripsforKids@jorba.org to RSVP or with any questions.

The 5th Annual Revolutionary Ramble presented by the Morris Area Freewheelers Foundation, features Ramble Rides for all abilities. The rides, ranging from 12 to 100 miles, feature fully marked cue sheets, scenic routes, “historic” surprises, rest stops and refreshments with a full lunch buffet in an air-conditioned cafeteria after riding. The earliest (longest) ride begins at 7:30 am, with staged starts for all of the other rides following. Don’t miss the Bike EXPO held near the registration area. The Revolutionary Ramble will start and end at Drew University on Route 124 in Madison, conveniently accessed by car or just a short bike ride away from NJ Transit stations in Madison or Convent Station. For driving directions and public transportation options, check out their Facebook event page.

 

Saturday, June 15

Bring your young and pre-teen kids (and their bikes) to Bike-Walk Metuchen and Keep Middlesex Moving‘s first Youth Bike Rodeo, in the Pearl Street parking lot across from the Metuchen Farmer’s Market.  Held from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, the free event includes bike and helmet checks, fun bike safety activities and a challenging bike skills obstacle course.  Participants will learn how to bike safely and stay on control while avoiding obstacles as well as the rules of the road. The group is looking for volunteers to help out as well.  If you or your high-school aged kids are willing to do so, please email cara.cuite@gmail.com.

Friday, June 28

The Chester Recreation Department and Marty’s Reliable Cycle have teamed up to present a series of Family Rides on the section of the west Morris Greenwaythat goes through Chester.  These rides are designed to help to promote a healthy lifestyle for residents of Chester and surrounding areas, and to provide awareness of the beautiful trails in Chester. The rides will meet up at 10:00 am, off of Pleasant Hill Road at the parking lot next to the Hermits of Carmel.  All rides will be led by Jesse Epstein (and family), one of the owners of Marty’s Reliable Cycle and a Chester TWP resident. The ride will be roughly 6 miles long, on a flat trail. Mountain bikes or hybrids are recommended, kids bikes are appropriate. All ages are welcomed.  EmailJesse@martysreliable.com with any questions.

Saturday, June 29

The Hudson Transportation Management Association (TMA) offers free classes every year to individuals wanting to learn more about cycling safety and the rules of the road. Traffic Safety 101: Urban Biking & Safety Skills provides the ins and outs of urban street cycling, and then some. Participants leave with a more complete understanding of their rights and responsibilities on the road along with improved bike handling skills and increased confidence riding in traffic. This class will be held in Jersey City at PS 3, 111 Bright Street, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (rain or shine).  Taught both in the classroom as well as on the street, cyclists at all levels will receive a worthwhile education on bicycling in an urban area. This class could also be your stepping stone to becoming a League Certified Instructor (LCI) yourself. Be sure to sign up in advance online or by calling 201-792-2825. As a bonus, you’ll get a free bike helmet when you pre-register!

Recurring Rides and Events

Tuesdays:

Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association (JORBA) Beginner Mountain Bike Group Rides at Allaire State Park are held every Tuesday. Be ready to start promptly at 6:00 pm, from the Hospital Road parking lot. Although everyone is welcome, these rides are mainly for BEGINNERS who want an easy-paced and friendly ride through the trails of Allaire. The group moves only as fast as the slowest rider, and no one is ever dropped. Speed demons need not apply, and leave the Heart Rate Monitors at home. JORBA also has a great cast of characters that are happy to give you tips on how to avoid some of the bumps and bruises we’ve all experienced. The only requirements are a bike, a helmet, water, and a sense of humor.

Wednesdays:

Come on out for a weekly easy and fun mountain bike ride at the Tourne Park in Boonton! Meet up is at the ball field parking lot at 6:00 pm, where the group will ride until it is dark. These rides are totally focused on fun. Pace is varied and totally dependent on the riders who are there. Nobody gets left behind. This is a great ride for beginners to learn new skills and get into shape without worrying about getting dropped in the woods by the tough guys.  For more information, email brendan@cyclecraft.com.

Marty’s Bike and Brew Mountain Bike Ride is a mountain bike ride that leaves from the Marty’s Reliable Cycle Hackettstown store on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm sharp. The shop closes at 5:00 on Wednesday so the employees can go on the ride. There will be intermediate and expert paced rides. The ride will go through Stephens State Park, Saxton Falls and Deer Park. The ride will be awesome, mostly because Megan Schmidt and Mikey Shank will be guiding you. After the ride everyone is welcome to gather up at Bea McNally’s for brews and food!

Albert’s Mountain Bike Ride
Wednesdays 6pm – 8pm
Meet at the Patriots’ Path Parking lot off of Sussex Road. (map)
Beginner ride every Weds starting April 3, 2013, end sometime in the fall when there is no more light.  Meet at Patriot Path Parking lot off of Sussex Road.  Start at 6PM. Warm up on Patriot’s Path, then into Lewis Morris and back.

Wednesday Night Road Ride
Meet at Martys in Randolph
1164 New Jersey 10  Randolph, NJ 07869
(973) 584-7773

There will be an “A” pace drop ride-pace is 20 mph plus. “B” pace ride pace is 18 mpg. Also a drop ride. Although we try to keep together. If others want to show up, there will be no ride leaders so come with a friend and do the regular Saturday morning ride loop.

 Last Friday Rides
Bike & Walk Montclair holds its monthly Last Friday Ride.  Meet at 6:30 pm at the Montclair Public Library, 50 S Fullerton Ave.   BMC’s Last Friday rides are community-led bicycle rides held on the last Friday of every month.  The rides are casual, slow-paced and family-friendly, and any bike type (road, mountain, hybrid, tandem, recumbent, anything human powered on large wheels) is welcome.  Bring lights, your bike bells and good spirits, and prepare to have fun!  Come and kick back in the saddle and get your neighbors used to seeing 2-wheelers around town.

Join Bike and Walk Morristown for the Morristown Community Bicycle Ride, a friendly ride that EVERYONE can do. Held on the last Friday of every month, the group meets up at 6:15 pm at Morristown Town Hall – the ride takes off at 6:30 pm.  After the ride, there is usually a gathering of some type, open even for those who didn’t ride.  For the latest information on the ride theme and post ride gathering place,  check out BWM’s Facebook page .

 

Ride for a Cause

June 8th
The Ride for Autism taking place at the Brookdale Community College in Lincroft is a one-day charity bicycle tour designed to raise funds for Autism New Jersey and also to raise community awareness about autism. It is also an opportunity for socialization either as a participant or as a volunteer. Last year’s ride raised over $50,000. The ride is open to all levels of cyclists, from beginner to serious. Participants choose from five routes ranging in length from 10 to 100 miles, designed by the Jersey Shore Touring Society bicycle club. Rest stops and SAG support are provided on all routes. A vendor expo, one-mile kids ride and kids activities take place throughout the day. A celebratory lunch takes place immediately following the ride. You will still be able to register onsite the day of the event, starting at 6:30 am.

June 9th
Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation, in support of The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas, will hold its 7th Annual Pedaling for Prevention Bike Tour, a professionally managed bike tour through the scenic country-side communities of Morris and Somerset Counties.  Rides of 10, 25, and 40 miles are available, and your registration includes on-course rest stops with refreshments, water, and Gatorade. A bike tech is available at registration and throughout the ride. The event also includes a great after-party with DJ and lunch catered by Calabria’s, Livingston. Those interested in learning more or registering should visit: www.njburncenter.com.

 

June 15th
Safe Haven Rabbit Rescue, Inc. of Clinton is holding its Fourth Annual Bike for the Buns. This family-friendly bicycle ride along the scenic towpaths of the D&R within Bull’s Island State Park will benefit the homeless rabbits at Safe Haven.  Biking along the beautiful towpath trails is scenic and relaxing for any level rider. Bike mechanics will be available for simple repairs if needed. Enjoy a day out on your own or bring the family.  Registration includes rest stops and a picnic after the ride. Cost is $32 individual or $30 per rider for teams of 4 or more. Visit BikefortheBuns.info for details, to pre-register, or make a donation. Register by June 1 to save $5 and receive a free T-shirt.

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey will host The 2nd Annual Pedal for Preservation on the Columbia Trail.  Families, recreational riders, and avid cyclers can enjoy a seven, 14, or 28 mile rail trail ride through picturesque small towns in rural Morris and Hunterdon counties. The acclaimed, unpaved route traverses forest, farms, and parklands alongside the South Branch of the Raritan River.  Riders will start and finish at West Morris Central High School, 259 Bartley Rd. in Chester. First ride begins at 9:00 am.  Registration is only $25 per person and includes t-shirt and lunch. Register online at tlcnjride.eventbrite.com. All proceeds benefit The Land Conservancy of New Jersey which works to preserve and protect New Jersey’s natural land and water resources.

06/16/13 3rd Annual JFS Wheels For Meals: A Ride To Fight Hunger in Bergen COunty 50,25,10,3 Jewish Home at Rockleigh, 10 Link Dr., Rockleigh, NJ
06/29/13 Racin’ 4 Mason 4th Annual Cycling Fundraiser 23 Birch Ridge Rd. Hardwick NJ

Learn to Ride

June 8th
Adult Learn to Ride class, held from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in Montclair NJ
Bike Walk Montclair is holding an Adults Learn to Ride Class from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Montclair High School Faculty Parking lot on North Fullerton Ave. Those new to the cycling adventure learn to ride with the safe, easy, and very “balance first” method. Refreshments will be provided.   All students must wear a helmet and have a bicycle that fits. The cyclist must be able to rest his or her feet flat on the ground while sitting on the bicycle seat. This class is designed for adults (or ages 14 up) who do not know how to ride a bike, and there is a class fee of $25.00 per person.
Please contact Dickson Lane at education@bikewalkmontclair.org or call 973-280-9686 for registration information, questions about logistics or weather-related concerns.

June 9th
Adult Learn to Ride class, held from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in Morristown NJ
TransOptions’ Bike Right coaches are teaming up with Bike and Walk Morristown to help guide you to riding on two wheels in no time.  In this 2-hour class students learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop and steer a bike as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit. Most people learn to ride their bikes while taking the class, but even if they don’t, they leave with an easy, crash-free, and low-stress way to teach themselves to ride. It’s never too late to learn to ride!  Class location is the Visiting Nurse Association parking lot, 175 South Street, Morristown.  Register online at TransOptions.

June 15th
Kids Learn to Ride from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in Montclair NJ

Bike Walk Montclair is holding a Kids Learn to Ride class from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Montclair High School Faculty Parking lot on North Fullerton Ave. Those new to the cycling adventure learn to ride with the safe, easy, and very “balance first” method. Refreshments will be provided.   All students must wear a helmet and have a bicycle that fits. The cyclist must be able to rest his or her feet flat on the ground while sitting on the bicycle seat. This class is designed for kids who do not know how to ride a bike without training wheels, and there is a class fee of $25.00 per person. Please contact Dickson Lane at education@bikewalkmontclair.org or call 973-280-9686 for registration information, questions about logistics or weather-related concerns.

Race Schedule

RaceJeffThursday June 20th Mountain Creek Opening Race

Join us every Thursday this summer for the Thursday Night Race League.  These cash-in-the-hat fun races will move to a new trail each week.  Come out and challenge yourself against the clock and compete for the weekly bragging rights.

Details:

Divisions: Expert/Novice

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Location: Varies weekly

Entry Fee: $10 to enter

Additional Details: Biergarten open until 10pm with live music and food & drink specials, Winners take home the cash! – 10% Rule in Effect.

XC Racing

June 23 Lewis Morris Challenge
Lewis Morris Park, Mendham, NJ Marty’s Reliable Cycle

Road Racing

NJ Highlands Gran Fondo

Date: Sunday June 9, 2013
Distances: 25,60,100
Start Time: 7:30 am
Start Location: Craigmeur Recreation Complex 1175 Green Pond Road, NJ
Description:
This is a 2013 Gran Fondo National Championship Series event 3 loops to choose from: 100 mile, 60 mile, 25 mile Event Open to All 4 Timed Sections – Best Combined Time Wins Prizes for 100 mile overall and age group winners Awards for 60 mile and 25 mile winners Fully stocked aid stations to keep you going Ride with your friends, Race with your friends The Gran Fondo National Championship Series offers some of the longest timed sections and most challenging terrain of any gran fondo. The rider with the fastest combined time through each designated section will have truly earned their victory. Beneficiary BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Patriots’ Path Council, #358 Come Challenge Yourself Must register by 6/2/13 to receive an event T-shirt Register now to avoid price increases. Current price: $95, $75, $50 Course Description The NJ Highlands Gran Fondo showcases some of the best riding around. It’s hard to believe riding this good is located in such close proximity to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. The Highlands area is a 1,343 square mile region of Northern New Jersey which is noted for its scenic landscape and environmental importance. Much like this ride, the area is composed of rolling farmland, hilly ridge lines, and winding roads that weave up and down the lush green mountains. As you enjoy the diversity of the beautiful terrain and scenery, the route will take you through three counties and two states. As the loop progresses so will the elevation, the gran loop will gain 9,000 vertical feet. This event is sure to expose you to roads you never thought could be tucked away so close to one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country.
Web Site:
http://www.granfondonationalchampionshipseries.com/
Contact:
(765) 24-7-BIKE

 

REI Events

Date / Time
Classes and Events
Price
Register
6/8/201310:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT Introduction to Mountain Biking Class 
On easy terrain, our instructors teach basic techniques such as shifting, braking, ascending, descending and maneuvering obstacles. Novara mountain bikes are provided free for those without a bike. Recommended for ages 14 and older; under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.Location: Lewis Morris County Park | More Info, Directions, Gear List
Member: $65.00
Non Member: $85.00

Spots left: 7
Total spots: 12

6/22/201310:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT How To Ride A Bike Class 
If you never learned to ride a bike or need to relearn the basics, this is the class for you! Our patient instructors use a series of skill-developing exercises to get you up on two wheels. You’ll learn to start and stop smoothly while balancing comfortably on a bike. How to Ride a Bike class is for adults and kids 12 and older.Location: Lewis Morris County Park | More Info, Directions, Gear List
Member: $65.00
Non Member: $85.00

Spots left: 7
Total spots: 12

Rideyourbike.us May Calendar of Events

Mountain Bike Racing

Special Events

May is National Bike Month

The League of American Bicyclists has a host of Events to promote safe cycling visit their site to find an Event in your neighborhood.

Wednesday May 8th is Bike to School Day is a national event that gives communities across the country the opportunity to join together in bicycling to school on the same day. The event, an exciting celebration for both those new to the experience and those who have been two-wheeling to school for years, is part of the movement for year-round safe routes to school, and encourages bicycling to school as a healthy way for kids and families to make their school commute.
Schools, community members and parents can register a Bike to School Day event now at www.walkbiketoschool.org.

Bike to Work Week is May 13-17 and Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17.

Mountain Creek Opening Day

This Saturday May 4th is opening day at New Jerseys premier Mountain Bike Park.

Mountain Creek has dubbed this weekends opening Bike de Mayo and in addition to great riding opportunities there will be a mountain wide scavenger hunt, Mexican hat dance and Pinata.

Bike Expo New York 2013

Where: Pier 36, 299 South Street, Basketball City, New York, NY
Located along the East River at South Street and Montgomery Street:  Get Local Directions

Price: FREE and open to the public 

When: Friday May 3, 2013 (10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
Saturday, May 4 2013 (9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

What to Expect: Bike Expo New York (BE NY) hosted more than 90 exhibitors representing the best brands and organizations in biking, including Raleigh, Specialized, Fuji, Cannondale, Shimano, and People for Bikes.  Local brands were also represented with companies such as Vespertine, Rolling Orange, Montecci and many more.
Went here when I did the 5 Boro bike tour to pick up my packet
A definite must go if you have never been a great opportunity to get check out products, learn something new,  and mix it up with other cyclists. Don’t miss the Red Bull “Ayr” Bag Demo sure to be amazing with pro riders pulling out some .

The 2013 Discover Hudson Valley Ride will take place on Sunday, June 30.  Register today!  Route Descriptions and special features are listed below:


Mountain Bike Racing

Racing

 

Campmor H2H Race #3  – 10th Annual Waywayanda Spring Cleaning
Sunday May 5, 2013
Where: Wawayanda State Park
885 Warwick Turnpike Hewitt, NJ 07421
Registration: begins at 8 a.m. and closes 15 minutes before each race.
If your race starts at 9 AM, your registration closes at 8:45 AM.
(Pre-register online at www.bikereg.com save ~$9.00)

2013 HS & MS Mtn Biking Championships & Kids Race
Be sure to mark your calendars, and join Team Bulldog on Saturday May 11, 2013 for their 8th Annual High School and Middle School NJ Mountain Biking State Championships and Kids’ Mountain Bike Race. This event has been an absolute blast in years past and is an excellent way to introduce aspiring young racers to mountain bike racing; for the older juniors in middle school and high school, you can choose from among a novice category and one for seasoned racers.

HS/MS State Championships Race Flier Online Registration
Kids’ Race (Grades K-5) Race Flier Online Registration

Campmor H2H Race #3 – Rumble in the Jungle 
May 19, 2013

Join us at Jungle Habitat for the Rumble in the Jungle – another fantastic race on a course approximately 5 miles long, full of all the features that make Jungle Habitat such a unique place to ride

All of the details can be found here:
Get the Rumble in the Jungle event flyer. (pdf)

2013 Spring Classic ProGRT & Super D 
Mountain Creek Bike Park presents The 2013 Spring Classic, May 16-19, 2013
Event Flyer
POC Eastern States Cup – Series Race #1
Pro/Am Gravity Tour – ProGRT Race #3
USAC MTB National Gravity Calendar Series Class 1
USAC 2013 Pro and Junior World Team Qualifying Race


Fun Rides and Kids Events

Bike Rodeo
MAY 11, 2013 10:00 A.M.—12:00 P.M.
30 LYCOSKY DRIVE, WEST MILFORD, NJ
You are invited to a free Bicycle Safety Rodeo at the West Milford Family
Pump Track, Lycosky Drive, Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The
program is geared for children grades K-5, but is open to any age. Training
wheels are OK!
The event will include an informal bicycle and helmet safety
check and a graded ride through a short course in the parking
lot. Weather and conditions permitting, the pump track will be
open throughout the day to riders of all ability levels.
Rain will cancel the event. For further information,
contact Mike at 973-728-8878, or email Jon Sherwood at jlsherwoodhighlands@gmail.com


Classes and Seminars

Traffic Skills 101

May 18, 2013

Description Sponsored by: – North Jersey Bicycle Touring Club – New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. Through TS101, students learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and children above age fourteen. The curriculum is fast-paced, takes between eight and nine hours, and prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling.
Location Ridgewood Public Library
125 N Maple Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Contact Les Leathem
609-578-0625
les.leathem@njbwc.org
Fee $50 – Advance sign-up required
Contact Les Leathem or New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition for information or to sign up
Equipment Required Bicycle and helmet required. Gloves, rear-view mirror recommended

REI Activities

 

 

 

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5/7/20137:00 – 8:30 PM EDT Bike Maintenance Basics 
Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike.Location: Yonkers REI | More Info, Directions
Free

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Total spots: 30

5/7/20137:00 – 8:30 PM EDT Bike Commuting Basics 
Bike commuting means different things to everyone, and before you start, it’s important to understand why you ride. This will impact where you ride, how frequently you ride, and what gear you may need.Location: East Hanover REI | More Info, Directions
Free

Spots left: 37
Total spots: 40

5/7/20137:00 – 8:30 PM EDT Bike Maintenance Basics 
Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike.Location: Soho REI | More Info, Directions
Free

Class Full

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Total spots: 45

5/8/20137:00 – 9:00 PM EDT Hands-On Bike Maintenance – Wheel Truing 
The wheel is a crucial part of the bike and failure can be catastrophic. Over time, the rim, spokes, and component parts can become worn and/or damaged and the wheel can become fatigued; requiring repair or replacement.Location: East Hanover REI | More Info, Directions
Member: $45.00
Non Member: $65.00

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Total spots: 8

5/8/20137:00 – 8:30 PM EDT Bike Maintenance Basics 
Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike.Location: Paramus REI | More Info, Directions
Free

Spots left: 12
Total spots: 25

5/8/20137:00 – 8:30 PM EDT Bike Maintenance Basics 
Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike.Location: Norwalk REI | More Info, Directions
Free

Spots left: 6
Total spots: 25

5/9/20137:00 – 9:00 PM EDT Hands-On Bike Maintenance – Trail / Roadside Repair 
This hands-on bike maintenance class focuses on what to do when you are on your ride and the unexpected happens. Our instructors will share tips and tricks to help you triage the situation in the field to keep you riding.Location: Yonkers REI | More Info, Directions
Member: $45.00
Non Member: $65.00

Spots left: 7
Total spots: 8

5/15/20137:00 – 8:30 PM EDT Bike Maintenance Basics 
Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike.Location: East Hanover REI | More Info, Directions
Free

Spots left: 24
Total spots: 30

5/18/201310:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT Introduction to Mountain Biking Class 
On easy terrain, our instructors teach basic techniques such as shifting, braking, ascending, descending and maneuvering obstacles. Novara mountain bikes are provided free for those without a bike. Recommended for ages 14 and older; under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.Location: Lewis Morris County Park | More Info, Directions, Gear List
Member: $65.00
Non Member: $85.00

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Total spots: 12

5/22/20137:00 – 9:00 PM EDT Hands-On Bike Maintenance – Rim Brake Systems 
Bring your own bike and learn through a combination of hands-on work and demonstrations about your bike’s RIM brake system. This is an intensive hands-on bike maintenance class with guidance from an REI Certified Bike Technician.Location: East Hanover REI | More Info, Directions
Member: $45.00
Non Member: $65.00

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Total spots: 8

5/22/20137:00 – 8:30 PM EDT Bike Maintenance Basics 
Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike.Location: Paramus REI | More Info, Directions
Free

Spots left: 22
Total spots: 25

5/25/201310:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT How To Ride A Bike Class 
If you never learned to ride a bike or need to relearn the basics, this is the class for you! Our patient instructors use a series of skill-developing exercises to get you up on two wheels. You’ll learn to start and stop smoothly while balancing comfortably on a bike. How to Ride a Bike class is for adults and kids 12 and older.Location: Lewis Morris County Park | More Info, Directions, Gear List
Member: $65.00
Non Member: $85.00

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Total spots: 1

Mountain Creek Opening Day 2013

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Mountain Creek Opening weekend 
This Saturday May 4th is opening day at New Jerseys premier Mountain Bike Park.

Mountain Creek has dubbed this weekends opening Bike de Mayo and in addition to great riding opportunities there will be a mountain wide scavenger hunt, Mexican hat dance and Pinata.

The weather is supposed to be great with temps hitting 70. The crew at Mountain Creek has been hard at work getting trails ready for opening day.

Bike Rentals

GT will be providing two models of downhill bikes for rent this year

Standard: GT Fury Alloy 2.0 with 210 mm of suspension in the rear  and 200 mm up front
$89.99 + tax for full day / $49.99 for 1/2 day* ( includes helmet and shin and elbow pads plus reduced price lift ticket)

High Performance: GT Fury Carbon Team with 210 mm of suspension in the rear  and 203 mm up front
$149.99 + tax for full day / $74.99 for 1/2 day*

Been riding the trails for a while but haven’t made the “jump” down-hilling.
Mountain Creek offers the Experience Downhill Package

2 Hour Standard DH Bike Rental & Trail Access
Protective Equipment
Guided Instruction $99.99 +Tax

Also on tap for this year is Cross Country. Mountain Creek has teamed up with JORBA to improve and extend the 10 miles of trails already available. Cross country lift tickets are only $7.00

Don’t have a full suspension mountain bike but have been itching to give it a try, well Mountain Creek has you covered
You can a rent a GT Sensor 3.0 with 110mm of front and rear suspension for $60 for a full day and $30 for 1/2 day (rental includes Helmet and shin and elbow pads)

Mountain Creek Resort is located at
200 McAfee Vernon Rd (Route 94)
Vernon, NJ 07462

* 1/2 day rates begin at 2:00 PM

JFS Wheels for Meals Ride

Wheels for MealsJFS Wheels for Meals Ride June 10th, 2013

Did you know that there are over 25,000 families below the poverty line in Bergen County? JFS, the organizer of this ride, has been working tirelessly to provide for the needs of our community. Last year, they delivered 25,000 meals on wheels and fed many families through their food pantry.

The ride will take place on June 16th, 2013 – Father’s day. It is a multi-distance family ride ranging from 3 miles to 50 miles routes, even a walk option is available. Check out www.ridetofighthunger.org for details.

We invite you to help. You can join our team by completing the Registration form here. You can create your own team here, or simply make a donation on our behalf here.

A donation of just $18 feeds a person in need, $54 feeds a family for a day, $90 keeps the food pantry open for a day, $180 provide meals for an elderly couple for a month and $540 provides meals for a person for 8 months. Whatever you can give will help – it all adds up! This is your opportunity to give back.

Rideyourbike.us – April Events

April has seen a dramatic shift from the cold overcast days of March to warm sunny days.
Spring is upon us So unless you are laid up like me after a mishap at Rays get out and Ride 

Trail Maintenance

Jorba volunteers have made great progress during their first day in 2013. Section 1 of 5 of the proposed trail re-routes has been cleared and raked with a great start to bench cutting and rock working. We plan to continue with tread work over the next series of work days, until this section is complete and open for riding. 

Dirty Thursdays begin on April 4, 4:00-7:00 pm.
For those looking to get in some week day work. Meet at the work site when you can by foot or bike. RSVP Art White for location by 2:00 that day, so he has enough tools. Art plans to pull tools in to work site by bike and trailer.

Monday, April 8

Bike and Walk Morristown is hoping the weather will be nice by this date for the return of their Meatless Monday ride. This ride will leave at 6:30 pm from Drip Coffee on the Green (whether it is open or not), and head over to Carmel Haifa in Morris Plains for what organizer Kendra declares is ‘New Jersey’s best falafel and hummus.’

Tuesday, April 9

Paramus REI is holding one their popular FREE Bike Maintenance Basics classes from 7:00-8:30 pm.  If you ride a bike, you’ll want this class – I know, as I’ve taken it myself.  In this informative presentation you’ll learn how to properly lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bike. No experience is necessary and the class is free, but space is very limited, so pre-register now at REI.com.

Wednesday, April 10

Marty’s Bike and Brew Mountain Bike Ride is a mountain bike ride that leaves from the Marty’s Reliable Cycle Hackettstownstore on Wednesdays at 6:00 pmsharp. The shop closes at 5:00 on Wednesday so the employees can go on the ride. There will be intermediate and expert paced rides. The ride will go through Stephens State Park, Saxton Falls and Deer Park. The ride will be awesome, mostly because Megan Schmidt and Mikey Shank will be guiding you. After the ride everyone is welcome to gather up at Bea McNally’s for brews and food!

Thursday, April 11

Missed the Tuesday class? You can still get to Paramus REI for their popular FREE Bike Maintenance Basics class from 7:00-8:30 pm.  In this informative presentation you’ll learn how to properly lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bike. No experience is necessary and the class is free, but space is very limited, so pre-register now at REI.com.


Saturday, April 13

Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association’s Trips for Kids heads to Allaire State Park in Farmingdale.  Meet up at the Hospital Road Lot at 10:00 am.  The event lasts until 3:00 pm, and lunch will be provided.  Your RSVP is required and parents not riding must stay at the meet up location.  Waiver forms will need to be completed for all riders.  If needed, bikes and safety gear will be available on a first come/first serve basis.  Email TripsforKids@jorba.orgto RSVP or with any questions.


Sunday, April 14
Ringwood Trail Maintenance – Meet at the Ryerson Middle School (130 Valley Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456) at 9:00 AM
Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, water, and snacks. Tools will be provided. Steady rain cancels
If you have enjoyed any of the trails in Ringwood this is your chance to give back and make the trails better.
Click Here to see what a day of trail maintenance looks like.

Tim Sullivan will be hosting a 12:00 noon Bike Tour through Newark Branchbrook Park’s famous cherry trees. Come see the largest collection of cherry trees in the US in full bloom. The blossoms will be better and the group will visit the official Branchbrook Park Bloomfest at the halfway point of the tour. The noon start to gives  you time at the festival for Japanese cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, food choices, and more.  The meet-up is at the Prudential Concert Grove between the lions. If you can look across the lake and see the cathedral, you’re in the right place. The course is about 8 mostly-flat leisurely miles long, and you’ll be walking your bike through cherry groves. It’s easy for beginners and kids.  Riding rain or shine, and PLEASE wear a helmet!  Post-ride, Tim will lead the group down to the Ironbound (just east of Penn Station) for some food and sangria! He knows all the back street spots that are cheap and dee-licious! There is no fee for the tour. Wear pink in cherry solidarity if you want. Qs?: Call Tim at 973-997-6461 or email tim@tsoup.com

Wednesday, April 17

Marty’s Bike and Brew Mountain Bike Ride is a mountain bike ride that leaves from the Marty’s Reliable Cycle Hackettstownstore on Wednesdays at 6:00 pmsharp. The shop closes at 5:00 on Wednesday so the employees can go on the ride. There will be intermediate and expert paced rides. The ride will go through Stephens State Park, Saxton Falls and Deer Park. The ride will be awesome, mostly because Megan Schmidt and Mikey Shank will be guiding you. After the ride everyone is welcome to gather up at Bea McNally’s for brews and food!

Sunday, April 21
Race #1 of the H2H 2013 Race series (NJ State Championships)
Blue Mountain is a great venue with many tight technical sections, rock gardens, power climbs, steep descents. The course is fast and sets up riders for a lot of side by side racing.
Event:Chain Stretcher
Location: Blue Mountain, Peekskill, NY
Promoter WMBA
  

Introduction to Mountain Biking – Hosted by REI Paramus Class takes place at Lewis Morris County Park
REI’s instructors will teach you the proper techniques of shifting, braking, hill climbing, descending, body and pedal position, and navigating minor obstacles on the trail. Proper trail etiquette and safety will also be addressed. Class will begin at 10:00 am, and is expected to last about 7 hours.  The cost for REI members is $65.00.  Non-members will pay $85.00.  This is designed as an educational ride, not a guided tour; the idea is to teach you how to get more out of your mountain biking experience. This event is recommended for those 14 and older – and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  Please feel free to bring your own personal helmet, but they will have helmets available for those that do not have a helmet. Space is very limited for these classes, so pre-register now at REI.com.

Ride for the Wildis a benefit ride for Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured wildlife, farm and domestic animals in the Northwest NJ area. The ride starts at 9:00 am, and starts and finishes at Marty’s Reliable Cycle of Hackettstown.  The route is a 40-mile road loop best suited for road bikes, with 2,000 total feet of climbing and a halfway aid station/rest stop at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary. Beautiful scenery, rolling hills, and more cows, horses, goats and alpacas along this rural ride than cars — bears and bald eagles have been known to make an appearance too!  Registration is a $20 donation per rider, with all of the proceeds go to the Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary. Riders will be provided cue sheets, and road markings will be posted at intersections. Contact Megan at Marty’s of Hackettstown at megan@martysreliable.comor 908-852-1650 with any questions.


Wednesday, April 24

Marty’s Bike and Brew Mountain Bike Ride is a mountain bike ride that leaves from the Marty’s Reliable Cycle Hackettstownstore on Wednesdays at 6:00 pmsharp. The shop closes at 5:00 on Wednesday so the employees can go on the ride. There will be intermediate and expert paced rides. The ride will go through Stephens State Park, Saxton Falls and Deer Park. The ride will be awesome, mostly because Megan Schmidt and Mikey Shank will be guiding you. After the ride everyone is welcome to gather up at Bea McNally’s for brews and food!

 FREE Bike Maintenance Basics classes at Paramus REI from 7:00-8:30 pm.  In this informative presentation you’ll learn how to properly lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bike. No experience is necessary and the class is free, but space is very limited, so pre-register now at REI.com.


Friday, April 26

Join Morristown’s Community Bicycle Ride, a friendly ride that EVERYONE can do. Meet up at 6:15 pm at Morristown Town Hall – the ride takes off at 6:30 pm.  After the ride, everyone (even those who didn’t ride off the upcoming calories) is invited to mix and mingle with other friendly folks and start off the sunny season right with some homemade ice cream at South Street Creamery for the Bike and Walk Morristown Ice Cream Social, beginning at 7:15 pm.


Saturday, April 27

Join Bike and Walk Morristown at the Sidebar in Morristown for their spring membership drive and first ever Bikes.Bands.Beer event. This party includes music by three fantastic bands: local favorites Eyeswan and Brydgrass, and coming in all the way from Nyack, Srch Party, who was recently featured on WFMU’s Long Rally with Scott McDowell. Each ticket includes a coupon for one of the Sidebar’s great craft beers on draft, and there will be an amazing silent auction. This is also a perfect time to become a member if you haven’t already! General tickets are $15 in advance (including the beer coupon), and $20 at the door. Want to skip the membership line at the party? Get a BikeWalkTown Membership ticket now, get the beer and a year-long individual membership for $35. Tickets on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets. As always, BWM thanks their generous sponsors for believing that Morristown would benefit from more bikes, bands and beers together in one place: James O’Rourke Physical Therapy, New Jersey Roller Derby, and Be Well.

Sunday, April 28

 Hands-On Intermediate Bike Maintenance class at Paramus REI  will teach you all about your bike parts, basic repair techniques and when you need to seek professional repair help. Topics include cable systems and adjustments to your brakes and deraileurs. To keep the class interactive, seats are limited to 6. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bike to practice on.  Class starts at 11:00 am, and continues through 3:00 pm.  As always, space is very limited, so pre-register now at REI.com.

Ringwood Trail Maintenance – Meet at Lot C at 9:00 AM

Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, water, and snacks. Tools will be provided. Steady rain cancels
If you have enjoyed any of the trails in Ringwood this is your chance to give back and make the trails better.
Click Here to see what a day of trail maintenance looks like.
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Two Road bike races to be held at Hunter Mountain in 2013

The Hunter Mountain Spring Classic and the Hunter Mountain Fall Classic will be held on May 11 and Sept. 7, respectively.
These are Two well supported bike race “classics” that came to the area last year.
Both races are presented by Anthem Sports and from the organizers of America’s Queen of the Classics, the Tour of the Battenkill.

The Hunter Mountain Classics are stops on the Stan’s Notubes Great American Cycling Series of Events for 2013.  A 39 mile road race with NO dirt road sections with an exciting start and finish at Hunter Mountain!

The complete circuit is 38.6 miles, with those in the Juniors category, ages 15-18, making the loop only once, but everyone else except Cat-1 doing it twice, for a total of 78 miles.
The Cat-1 Elite Men’s Pro category will travel 117 miles — a full three times around the circuit.

The initial category will start off at 9 a.m., with the race generally concluding about 3 p.m.
The Spring Classic race is the fourth in the year’s Great American Cycling Series, which is sponsored by Stan’s NoTubes, a distinctive tubeless design created by Corning businessman Stan Koziatek.
The race is preceded by the BattenSpring Classic in March, the Tour of the Battenkill in April, and then the Tour of the Dragons in Vermont in early May.
Tour of the Catskills in August is the seventh in the annual lineup, and the Hunter Mountain Fall Classic in September is the eighth on the circuit, after which it finishes up with the Tour of the Adirondacks and the BattenFall Classic.

Drake said the beauty of the region and the variety of the course challenge is what makes riders love coming to the Catskills.
“It’s been real positive,” he said. “It’s such a great area to race.”
Drake said that last year, the Hunter Spring Classic drew in more than 400 riders — a very respectable number for a race’s first year — and he is hoping to see even more this year.
“We’re hoping to improve on that this year,” he said.
“The whole Northern Catskills are just a great place to ride our bicycles,” Drake said.
“And,” he added, “it’s close to New York City, so it’s very convenient (for many participants).”
For more information on the Hunter Spring Classic, visit www.greatamericancycling.com.

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Thanksgiving Day Rides for 2012

Thanksgiving Day Rides – 2012 

Waywayanda – A Local classic and favorite of mine always a great turnout Meet at the Boat Launch Around 8:00 Ready to ride at 8:30

Jungle Habitat – For those of you who are out a little too late on Wednesday night this is the ride for you Meet at 10:00 am
The West Milford Pump Track will be closed

Lewis Morris – The “tradition” continues this year on Thanksgiving Day.
Where: Meet at Parking Lot across from Sunrise Lake on Rt 24. Please note that last Sunday, there was a fallen tree blocking access to this parking lot. I’m not sure if it will be cleared for next week.
Time: Start at 9AM
Due to the recent storm damage, be prepared to climb over some fallen trees.


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