Tour de Pines Bicycle Tour

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance holds a 5 day bike tour of the Pinelands every October. Ride one day, two days or all five - it is up to you!

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Tour de Pines 2016 from Historic Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest. Tour de Pines 2016 from Historic Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest.

Tour de Pines: October 3rd to October 7th

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Pedal to Protect the Pines

The Tour de Pines, sponsored by Pinelands Preservation Alliance, celebrates Pinelands Month in October with five consecutive single-day bicycle tours of the New Jersey Pinelands. Proceeds benefit the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, a nonprofit organization working to protect the resources on New Jersey Pinelands since 1989. There is no other bike ride like this in New Jersey!

Each day’s ride will range from approximately 43-55 miles per day and begin and end at the same location. Cue sheets are provided to all registered riders allowing you to go at your own speed. Participants provide their own transportation, food and lodging as this is an unsupported ride. But just because it is unsupported doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of great benefits!

Other important things to know:

  • Shorter Loops between 25-27 miles are available for Oct. 3, Oct. 5, and Oct. 7.
  • GPX files of all rides will be available for download after you register.
  • NEW RIDE starting from Estell Manor Park and updates to old favorites!

Participants may elect to ride one, two or all days of the Tour. All rides start at 9:00 a.m.

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CHILI AND BEER on October 7th!

We will have beer and delicious chili after the last day of the ride. Ride the Pinelands Adventure Loop on Sunday and then hang out with other cyclists on the grounds of our historic property in Southampton. Free for all registered riders - non-riding family and friends are welcome and can pay $10 at the door.


CUE SHEETS WITH DIRECTIONS/MILEAGE FOR EACH RIDE WILL BE EMAILED AFTER YOU REGISTER. This email will also include the GPX files. See the descriptions of each day's ride below. All rides start at 9:00 a.m.

Review These Ride Tips before the ride. You must know you can complete the rides you register for and that your bike is in good working order. It is not fair to all the other riders if you can't.


Day 1 – Wednesday, October 3, 2018
NO WHINING RIDE
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. Laurita Winery (GPS: 85 Archertown Road), New Egypt NJ 08533

Rides of two distances are offered, a 43-mile loop and a 25-mile loop. Both rides start at Laurita Winery, which is located at the edge of the Pine Barrens. Scenic areas in both Ocean and Monmouth counties may be enjoyed, including many agricultural, tree and horse farms. The route passes through Colliers Mills and Assunpink Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), as well as a visit to Historic Walnford, a Monmouth County Park. Be prepared for some rolling terrain and a few steep hills! This ride crosses the Union Transportation Trail (a relatively new “rails-to-trails” that is also a part of the Monmouth County Parks System), and this trail could be a ride for another day. After your ride, stay a while to sample Laurita’s wine and enjoy the atmosphere of this unique place!

Day 2 – Thursday, October 4, 2018
BRIDGE TO SOMEWHERE
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. Atlantic County Bikeway, 6725 E. Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township NJ 08234 (Harbor Square Mall)

This 55-mile loop takes you along the Atlantic County and Northfield Rail Trails, over five bridges and through towns you probably never heard of. Make sure your brakes work when you cross the Great Egg Harbor Bay via the gigantic Ninth Street Bridge connecting Somers Point to Ocean City. This bridge is so big that Ocean County has a visitor center on it and fishing piers with parking areas!

Day 3 – Friday, October 5, 2018
IN & AROUND PEASLEE
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. Estell Manor County Park, Estell Manor, NJ, 08319

Rides of two distances are offered – a 48-mile loop and a 25-mile loop. Both rides start off from Estell Manor County Park, located south of Mays Landing in lower Atlantic County. These two rides traverse pristine pinelands. Steeped in history from the early settlers who once called this new land their home to the massive build-up of a munitions plant during World War I, the area has more recently, been mostly designated as park land or wildlife management areas. You will ride past or through Estell Manor County Park, Great Egg Harbor River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Maple Lake WMA, Dorothy Preserve, Tuckahoe WMA, Gibson Creek WMA, and Peaslee WMA.

Both rides either pass through or skirt a number of these parcels that have been set aside as non-developable land for the foreseeable future – and hopefully, forever. As you travel through these areas, please observe the natural beauty that abounds. Ease up a bit and have a look around as you ride – you will enjoy all that your eyes behold!

During the early segments of both rides – as well as at the end for each – you will pass alongside the Lenape Farms Acquisition. This parcel of land is a property of over 5,000 acres that was once owned by a private hunting club, and then purchased by the State of New Jersey in 2013. It is the largest area of land that has ever been acquired by the State at one time and is currently open to mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, and hunting.

The areas that you will pass through are home to a variety of Pinelands flora and fauna, as well as native species to include the Barred Owl, Northern Pine Snake, Pine Barrens Tree Frog, Coopers Hawk, Osprey, and Bald Eagle – just to name a few. It is strongly recommended to visit the Warren E. Fox Nature Center that is located within Estell Manor Park, which is home to environmental and live animal displays.

Day 4 – Saturday, October 6, 2018
BRIDGE TO NOWHERE - THIS OLD FAVORITE IS BACK!
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. at Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine, NJ, 08270

This 53-mile ride takes you through Belleplain State Forest, Heislerville, Leesburg, Dorchester, Mauricetown, Port Norris, and Dividing Creek. Have lunch on the mysterious Bridge to Nowhere at Mauricetown Riverfront Park! See the East Point Lighthouse (the second oldest lighthouse in NJ) situated on the Delaware Bay at the mouth of the Maurice River. Cycle through an area of New Jersey that looks much as it did 50 years ago!

Day 5 – Sunday, October 7, 2018
PINELANDS ADVENTURE LOOP
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. at Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Southampton, NJ 08088

PPA opened Pinelands Adventures in 2015. This canoe/kayak livery provides greater access and educational opportunities within the Pinelands region. Rides of two distances are offered, both of which will travel past the farm fields of Southampton and Tabernacle townships. A lunch stop may be made in Tabernacle, but we recommend you eat light so that you can enjoy chili and beer, compliments of PPA when you return from your ride.

The 45-mile ride will journey through open Pinelands and make a stop at Pinelands Adventures, which is located adjacent to Atsion Lake in Wharton State Forest. An optional 8.8-mile “out and back” may be ridden to visit the Carranza Memorial. Emilio Carranza, the Lindberg of Mexico, is forever memorialized at this stone monument located in Wharton State Forest. The site is where his airplane crashed during a thunderstorm while making his attempt to complete a goodwill journey from Mexico City to New York and back again.

The 27-mile ride departs from the longer route, and rejoins it at the lunch stop in Tabernacle. Both rides will also visit additional historic sites that are described in a number of books written about the Pinelands, including the Old Sawmill and Old Indian Tavern sites.


Registration Information

2018 Registration Fee: Participants can ride one, two or all five days for just $45. This fee includes cue sheets, GPX files, a limited edition t-shirt and entrance to our end-of-Tour festivities following the last day's ride. Register by September 19th to be guaranteed an event t-shirt!

ONLINE REGISTRATION is OPEN. Click on the button below.

Register Today!

Prefer to pay by check? Fill out this form and mail it in with payment to the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Attn: Tour de Pines, 17 Pemberton Rd, Southampton NJ 08088.

The Tour de Pines helps to support our work to protect New Jersey's Pinelands so there are always beautiful green places to ride your bike in south Jersey.

PPA is a local, grassroots organization and your participation truly makes a difference in our effort to protect New Jersey's Pinelands.

Information: Contact becky@pinelandsalliance.org or 609-859-8860 x121 for more information.


Tour de Pines Cycling Jersey - Order through Champion-Systems online store! This store will only be open until Oct. 17th. Cycling Jerseys will ship after this date.

Click here for the link and ordering instructions.

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Tour de Pines 2018 Planning Committee Members: Harry Chaikin, Mickey Coen, Bob Cummings, Helen Dudar, Anita Garner, John Greenberg, Michael Hardy, John Keenan, Kevin Kristian, Chris Monchinski, Dan Rappoport, Daniel Sferas, Susan Soesbe, Jay Stephens, Ed and Patricia Troike, and Jim Wheatcroft. PPA is very grateful for their hard work in planning this year's event! If you want to join the Committee email becky@pinelandsalliance.org.


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