Sunday, May 29, 2011

Local Bike Club to Host Bergen Bike Tour June 5


Annual Event raises money for local charity
May 30, 2011
By Ted Semegran

Join as any as 500 to 600 cyclists this Sunday, June 5 for the Bergen County Bicycle Tour.

This is the seventh year the Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey has sponsored a major cycling event through more than 18 towns in Bergen County.  

It enables cyclists of all skills, young, old, practiced or beginner, to take part in the activities and see parts of New Jersey that they have never seen, with distances ranging from 5 miles to 45.

Cycling the distance should make you feel good in more ways than one, because the money raised will be donated to the Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, a locally-run charity to send gifts to the solders in Afghanistan. 

The start site for the event is Lot B of Bergen Community College at 400 Paramus Rd.  The 45-mile ride starts at 8:00 AM, the 25 mile ride at 8:30 AM and the 12 mile ride at 9:00 AM.  A 5-mile flat, family-friendly ride for kids of all ages starts at 10:30 AM.

The cost to join the event is $15 day of the event or $10 if you get in your registration before June 2.  Go to BTCNJ.com to register. 

At last year’s ride participants rode through18 different towns in Bergen County. There is nothing more spectacular than the 75 or more parents and children on bikes leaving Bergen Community College at 10:30 AM escorted by a Bergen County policeman on motorcycle.  The faces of the parents and kids, when they return, having successfully completed the course is also wonderful.  Most rode on the road for the first time. 

Why did we choose Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon as our charity?  Well, the son of one of our board members, Diane McNally, was in Afghanistan and was getting goodies from a New Jersey-based charity.  We later learned Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon charity was being run by a Bergen County resident, Alan Krutchkoff. 

This fit perfectly with our interest in supporting locally managed and relevant charities.  Our club, for example, donates significant money from our Ramapo Rally event to Ridgewood based Camp Sunshine, a camp for disadvantaged kids. 

Last year, the Bergen County Bicycle Tour had over 600 cyclists. 

Like last year, this year when cyclists come in from their rides they will be served goodies like hot dogs, oatmeal cookies and drinks. A raffle will be held with bike-related prizes.

A rest stop at Cyclesport in Park Ridge for the 25 and 45-mile riders will have goodies as well.

Last year’s event netted about $3600 for the charity.  The club kicked in the remaining $400 to make it an even $4,000 check for Adopt-a-Solider Platoon.

We are continuing with our $10 pre-registration fee (need to register by June 2).  Go to BTCNJ.com and get the details to either register with Active.com and/or send in a form to our PO Box in Haworth.


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