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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!


2015 Tour de Pines Dates: 9/30/15 to 10/4/15

Registration is now open!

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Pedal to Protect the Pines

The 2015 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. This year the Tour will run from September 30 to October 4th. 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 approximately45-53 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!

NEW IN 2015:

  • Shorter Loops between 22-27 miles are available for Oct. 2nd and Oct. 4th.
  • GPX files of all rides will be available for download after you register.
  • NEW RIDES starting from Tuckerton Seaport and Estell Manor County 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.

This is a Tour where you will see new sites and meet new friends all while averaging 11-13 mph. People ride faster and slower during the Tour but the beauty of it is we all experience it together.

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

Day 1 - Wednesday, September 30th

Day 2 - Thursday, October 1st

Day 3 - Friday, October 2nd

Day 4 - Saturday, October 3rd

Day 5 - Sunday, October 4th

 

Registration Information

 

Day 1 – Wednesday, September 30, 2015
RIDE LIKE THE DEVIL
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest, 08037

This 48-mile ride starts at Historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest, a former iron and glass-making industrial center. You will visit several historic and legendary sites in the Pine Barrens. A lunch stop will be made in Historic Smithville Village, and you will visit Leeds Point – the birthplace of the Jersey Devil. Other highlights include Port Republic and Oyster Creek, and side trips may be made to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Chestnut Neck (site of a battle fought in the Revolutionary War), or the Renault Winery – places that are not too far off of the route.

Day 2 – Thursday, October 1, 2015
NEW RIDE: TUCKERTON SEAPORT JOURNEY
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.at Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, Tuckerton, NJ 08087

This 49-mile ride starts at the Tuckerton Seaport, a 40-acre maritime village that celebrates the unique history of the people of Barnegat Bay and features the Tucker’s Island Lighthouse. See important natural areas like Bass River State Forest (NJ’s first state forest) and Wharton State Forest. Follow the Mullica River into the town of New Gretna as you head back to the Seaport. A side trip can be taken out Great Bay Boulevard (Seven Bridges Road) and through the Great Bay Wildlife Management Area to the Rutgers School of Marine Sciences (a former Coast Guard station). From this spot, enjoy a panoramic view of Little Egg Harbor and Holgate (Long Beach Island) to the east as well as Brigantine and the Atlantic City skyline to the south. After your ride, stay awhile to explore Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum. It also houses the New Jersey Surf Museum - explore New Jersey's connections to the sport and lifestyle! The total distance of 49 miles included the out and back on Seven Bridges road.

Day 3 – Friday, October 2, 2015
NEW RIDE: ATLANTIC-CAPE RAMBLE
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.at Estell Manor County Park, Estell Manor, NJ, 08319

Rides of two distances are offered – a 48 mile loop and a 22 mile loop. Both rides start off from Estell Manor County Park, located south of Mays Landing in lower Atlantic County. This property is the site of a former World War I munitions plant that was operated by the Bethlehem Loading Company, and gave rise to the existence of the town of Belcoville. The park office offers an extensive photographic history for this era, as well as an interpretive center depicting the area wildlife.

The rides traverse a great deal of low traffic roads, and largely undeveloped land. They pass the historic sites of Aetna Furnace and the Head of the River Church, and a number of wildlife management areas. After reaching the Head of the River (reference to the Tuckahoe River), the 48-mile ride proceeds to Belleplain State Forest, Dennisville and Tuckahoe – while the 22-mile ride begins its return to the starting point. Both rides pass through Dorothy, riding along Lenape Farms (formerly a 5,000 acre hunting club, now preserved-land owned by the state) and return to Estell Manor County Park.

Day 4 – Saturday, October 3, 2015
BRIDGE TO NOWHERE
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.at Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine, NJ, 08270

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

Day 5 – Sunday, October 4, 2015
NEW ROUTE: PINELANDS ADVENTURE
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.at Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Southampton, NJ 08088

PPA embarked on a new venture this year with the opening of Pinelands Adventures, a canoe livery which will provide 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 Township, Kirby’s Mill, a visit to historic Medford Village, and a lunch stop in Tabernacle.

The 45-mile ride will journey through open pinelands, making a stop at Pinelands Adventures, which is located adjacent to Atsion Lake in Wharton State Forest. An additional lunch stop is offered on this route in the town of Indian Mills, and an optional 8.8-mile “out and back” may be ridden to visit Carranza Memorial. Emilio Carranza, the Lindbergh of Mexico is forever memorials at this stone monument in Wharton State Forest at the site where his airplane crashed during a thunderstorm during 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 in Medford Village, 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

2015 Registration Fee: Participants can ride one, two or all five days for just one fee. Current members of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance pay $36 and non-members pay $40. This fee includes cue sheets, GPX files, a limited edition t-shirt and entrance to our end-of-Tour festivities held on October 4, 2015 following the last day's ride.

There are three ways to register:

  • Register online. Click here.
  • Register over the phone by calling Tom at 609-859-8860 ext 14.
  • Mail in your registration form with payment. Click here for registration form.
 

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. This year riders will recieve a discounted PPA membership for one year.

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

Information: Contact becky@pinelandsalliance.org or 609-859-8860 x21 for more information.

Tour de Pines 2015 Planning Committee Members: Bob Birdsall, Wayne Cahilly, Mickey Coen, Bob Cummings, Helen Dudar, Dick Gouldey, Kevin Kristian, Chris Monchinski, Dan Rappoport, and Susan Soesbe. 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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