Upcoming Rides and Festivals for Cyclists in NJ and NY

The Second-annual JORBA Bike Festival

Back by popular demand, the Jersey Off-Road Bicycle Association (JORBA) announces the 2nd Annual Bike Festival to be held from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, September 12, 2009, at the Waterloo Concert Field, 10 Kinney Road, Stanhope, NJ.

JORBA’s Bike Festival was created as an enjoyable way to promote trail stewardship and cycling advocacy throughout New Jersey. Last year, nearly 1,000 riders—of all ages, all levels, and from all across the state—came out to enjoy a fun-filled day of biking. There is much more in store this year.

The 2009 Bike Festival will feature guided trail rides in Allamuchy North, Deer Park, and Stephens State Park for all skill levels including women’s only rides and a children’s ride; incredible raffles including brand new bikes, bike shop gift cards, and other gear; demonstrations by professional riders including Jeff Lenosky; skills clinics for all levels of riders by Cycleworks owner John Nicholson; contests throughout the day; demo trailers from Giant, Specialized and Trek; and dozens of food and industry vendors.

As an affiliate of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), JORBA is thrilled to be hosting the IMBA Trail Care Crew at this year’s Bike Festival. The IMBA crew will be giving talks promoting responsible riding and sustainable trails and will lead group rides. Please note, bicycle helmets must be worn if you plan to ride and, of course, non-riders are also welcome.

This year, JORBA is sponsoring an essay contest in memory of Brian Hahl–friend, dedicated teacher, and passionate mountain biker. The contest will award a bike to one boy and one girl between the ages of 12-16. To enter the contest, please submit a one-page essay telling us why you deserve a bike and what winning will mean to you. Please, only one essay per child. Send entries, postmarked by September 1, 2009, to The Brian Hahl Bicycle Grant Essay Contest, P.O. Box 673, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550, or electronically to bikefest@jorba.org.

Submissions will be judged by JORBA’s board members and winners will be notified phone so please include your address and phone number. Each bike will be awarded to the winners during the Bike Festival and we hope you’ll be present to accept your new bike and share your winning essay.
The Jorba Mountain Bike Fesival is a Great event checkout reviews from Last year
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The 15th Annual Escape New York – September 26th 2009
New York Cycle Club’s Annual Classic Chosse from 50,65, or 100 mile routes
Escape the crowds and ride out of Manhattan into our favorite cycling territory: the West Hudson Highlands.

Choose one of three beautiful, well-marked routes of 50, 65 or 100 miles, all beginning and ending in Manhattan. Each route offers picture-postcard views of the Hudson River and Palisades as you cross the George Washington Bridge and ride through the hidden pleasures of Bergen and Rockland Counties.

Enjoy the support and hospitality of The New York Cycle Club. This is the day our club goes all out to deliver a food-filled, fun-filled and fabulous day of riding to our brethren in the cycling community.

This year’s ride profits will benefit both Recycle-A-Bicycle, a youth training and environmental education initiative, and Transportation Alternatives, advocates for non-polluting, quiet, city-friendly travel.

After the ride, stick around at Sakura Park for our post-ride festival! . . .for a Manganaro’s hero, free drinks from FUZE and ZICO, gelato by Gelato Giuliana, our wild ENY flat-fixing competition, ENY raffle drawing and more.

Routes

Choose from three clearly marked Escape New York options:

1. 7:00 am: Century Challenge, 100 miles. A rolling full century through beautiful Bergen and Rockland counties. Route and Elevation Profile

2. 8:00 am: Rockland Roll, 65 miles. Ramble on lightly trafficked roads to scenic Rockland Lake State Park. Route and Elevation Profile

3. 9:00 am: Piermont Pleasures A half century to the charming and historic village of Piermont on the Hudson. Route and Elevation Profile

For newer riders tackling the 50 mile Piermont Pleasures route, we are offering leader-led groups. Join one at the start after check-in.

Limited SAG support will be available on all routes with an emergency phone number provided on your cue sheet.

Helmets are required.

Start/finish

All rides start and finish at Sakura Park, located at 122nd Street and Riverside Drive, just east of Grant’s Tomb, near the 125th Street stop on the 1 subway, Manhattan. See Routes for start times.

Get Outside and Enjoy the Ride

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