Friday, June 26, 2009

Get Psyched for Ramapo Rally this August 16

A great ride is coming  up this August in North Bergen, NJ and BBB has heard nice things about it. 

For one, just about every North Jerseyan does this ride. You can make it any length you want, including the incredible 125 miles (that's for people who want to be able to eat as much as they want later on). But you can also do it with your kids, or in BBB's case, with your precious dog, by riding fewer miles.  Or you can assuage your guilt by sticking your spouse with the kids (okay they got some sunshine and exercise) while you go blow out your guts on the climbs.
Anyway, what better way to wile away a gorgeous August afternoon? Plus you'll get to see so many of your friends and neighbors, and beautiful green hills of New Jersey (I know you New Yorkers think it's all about vile toxic spills, ship container yards, belching dirty factories, and racist cop highways in New Jersey, but that's just SOUTH New Jersey, not North!--just joking.)

And if you sign up by the first of August, you'll get a free insulated cooler--good for all that sports drink--err beer, you're going to drink afterwards.

Writes Ted Semegran:

"This year’s Ramapo Rally, on Sunday Aug 16, 2009, again features a wide variety of rides for everyone “from families to fanatics”,  from a flat to rolling 12-mile ride up to a very challenging 125-mile route. In between there are rides of 25,  50, 62, and 100 miles.

The Rally starts at the Campgaw Mountain Reservation ski area at 200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah, NJ, with easy access to nearby major highways.

The short rides stay in the Bergen County area near Mahwah, NJ. The longer rides head towards Morris County and its many scenic country roads, including the Splitrock Reservoir and Black River Wildlife Area.  (Pic below of Splitrock Reservoir--maybe you can get off your bike and go swimming?)

 The century midpoint is in the charming town of Chester. The 125-mile route includes a challenging climb up Schooleys Mountain but rewards its participants with a great descent. There will also be a series of led rides for all distances departing at set start times, for those who prefer to ride in a group. But the routes are well-marked and detailed cue sheets will of course be supplied. 

For registrations postmarked by Aug 1, riders will receive a free six-pack insulated cooler. 

There will be six well-stocked rest stops featuring home-baked goods, and SAG support backed up by ham radio operators. [Note from editor, hopefully the "ham" operators won't have taken some samples from your beer cooler, and will be able to radio your exact position when you get a flat.]  

Register at  or download form and get additional information at .  Before Aug 1, registration is $25 for BTCNJ members, $30 for non-members, afterwards $30 for BTCNJ members and $35 for non-members; day-of is $35 for all.

We’ll have a light meal back at the start site for returning riders, as well as music and a merchandise tent.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Camp Sunshine, a camp for multiply-handicapped children and young adults, located in Ridgewood NJ."

For those of you who are still skeptical about the greenery in New Jersey, here is a quote from Wikipedia about Schooley's Mountain, which the Ramapo Rally will pass through:

Schooley's Mountain is an unincorporated community in Washington Township, in Morris County, New Jersey, named for the Schooley family who owned a considerable amount of land there in the 1790s, is on Schooley's Mountain, a mountain with an elevation of about 1,000 feet directly north of Long Valley. It rises 600 feet above the surrounding valley, located about 45 miles from New York City. It contains many housing developments and Schooley's Mountain Park, a recreational area with an overlook, a waterfall, and numerous hiking paths, as well as Lake George. In its past, Schooley's Mountain was a resort and an estate. The Lenni Lenape Native Americans called it home.
The Vanderbilts were among the numerous New York City socialites who trekked to the mountain for its restorative waters. The rich chalybeate-infused waters were thought to improve health, detoxify the system, and generally "make it all better". Schooley's Mountain County Park offers active and passive recreation on 797 acres. The park was acquired by the Morris County Parks Commission in 1968 and opened to the public in 1974.

So how could you pass up a place where the Lenni Lenape indian tribe lived, and where later the Vanderbilts trekked and bathed in the rich chalybeate-infused waters! 

Be there or be square!

1 comment:

Joel said...

33rd Annual Ramapo Rally Bicycle Tour Scheduled for Sunday, August 15, 2010.

The Ramapo Rally, (RAMAPORALLY.COM) organized by the Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey (BTCNJ) is the premier bicycling event in North Jersey. The event offers six beautiful, well-marked routes: 12, 25, 45, 62, 100, or 125 miles -- through the farm, lake and hill country of northern and western New Jersey. Last year over 1200 riders and volunteers participated in the Rally.
The routes range from a family friendly 12 mile ride through the suburban communities of northern Bergen County, NJ, to a very challenging 125 mile ride through the Highlands of Morris County.
Location and Time:
Campgaw Mountain County Park, 200 Campgaw Rd, Mahwah NJ
First riders – 7:00 AM Last riders 10:00 AM
Registration Information:
• Register online at ACTIVE.COM or mail registration (form available at RAMAPORALLY.COM)
• Register by August 1st
o Receive a free gift.
o Receive a chance to win a VBT Tuscan Coast or Tuscany by the Sea vacation.
• Online and mail registration at closes August 10th, 2010
• Fees schedule
o Pre-registration by August 1 (Based on postmark for mailed forms)
 BTCNJ member $25.00
 Non-member $30.00
o Pre-registration after August 1
 BTCNJ member $30.00
 Non-member $35.00
o Day of event
 All $35.00
• Many rides led by BTCNJ ride leaders – see website
• Sag wagon and bike shop mechanical support.
• Fully stocked rest stops, with home made baked goods.
• Complimentary lunch at the end of your ride.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Camp Sunshine in Ridgewood, NJ. The camp helps multiply disabled children.

For more information: Joel Ringer 201 475-1533