10th Annual Tour de Pines Bicycle Tour
Pedal to Protect the Pines
The 2014 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 October 1st to October 5th. 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 tour will range from 40-55 miles per day, with average speeds of 11-13 mph, and begin and end at the same location. Cue sheets are provided to all registered riders - allowing riders to go at their own speed. Participants provide their own transportation, food and lodging as this is an unsupported ride.
Participants may elect to ride one, two or all days of the Tour. All rides start at 9:00 a.m.
There is no bicycle tour like this in the state of New Jersey! See the birthplace of the Jersey Devil, NJ’s first state forest (Bass River), have lunch on the mysterious Bridge to Nowhere, ride through acres of pitch pine trees and open space, cross the Great Egg Harbor via the gigantic 9th Street Bridge and much more!
10th Anniversary Party on October 5th
The Tour de Pines started with the passion of one volunteer, Dan Rappoport, and has grown into a movement. We believe that by the time we finish this year’s Tour about 1,686 bicycles will have covered 75,070 miles in the Pinelands!
In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Tour de Pines we will host a little party after the final ride on October 5th. Thanks to a generous donation from Pinelands Nursery all attendees of the October 5th ride and/or party will receive a Pinelands native plant of their very own - either a Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia) or Swamp Azalea (Rhododendron viscosum). Flying Fish Brewing Company from Somerdale, NJ has generously donated some of their fine craft beer for the festivities!
2014 Tour de Pines 10th Anniversary t-shirt.
FOOD! Who doesn't love food? This is what you have to look forward to after finishing Sunday's ride:
- Toasted Crostini with Bruschetta
- Fresh Fruit Platter
- Grilled Asparagus-Roasted Mushrooms & Peppers
- Crudite of Garden Vegetables with Peppercorn Dip
- Stuffed Black Bread with Spinach Dip
- Miniature Sandwiches: Grilled Vegetables, Turkey Breast with Sesame Rub, Roast Beef with Provolone & Peppers
- Miniature Brownies, Canolis & Cupcakes
This party is free to all registered riders of the Tour de Pines. If you have friends or family who want to join you they must pre-register by September 25th by emailing Becky at email@example.com. The cost for non-riders is $15 at the door.
NEW for 2014: Optional scavenger hunts during the rides on October 1st and October 5th. Cool Prizes!
CUE SHEETS WITH DIRECTIONS/MILEAGE FOR EACH RIDE WILL BE EMAILED AFTER YOU REGISTER. Click on the links below to see the descriptions of each day's ride.
Day 1 - Wednesday, October 1st
Day 2 - Thursday, October 2nd
Day 3 - Friday, October 3rd
Day 4 - Saturday, October 4th
Day 5 - Sunday, October 5th
Day 1 – Wednesday, October 1st
Start Location: Historic Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest
RIDE LIKE THE DEVIL LOOP – This 48 mile ride will take to you to several historic and legendary sites in the Pine Barrens. Start off in Historic Batsto Village a former iron and glass making industrial center, have lunch in Historic Smithville Village, and visit Leeds Point the birthplace of the Jersey Devil. Other highlights include Port Republic, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Oyster Creek and Renault Winery isn’t too far away. Optional scavenger hunt during the ride for prizes.
Day 2 – Thursday, October 2nd
Start Location: Lucille’s Country Cooking, Warren Grove, NJ 08005
HEART OF THE PINES LOOP – This 50.1 mile ride takes you past Bass River State Forest (NJ’s first state forest), Harrisville Pond, Wharton State Forest, have lunch at beautiful Lake Oswego and see the New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s Franklin Parker Preserve.
Day 3 – Friday, October 3rd
Start Location: Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine NJ, 08270
THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE – 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.
Day 4 – Saturday, October 4th - NEW RIDE!
Start Location: Atlantic County Bikeway by Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Twp NJ, 08234
BRIDGE TO SOMEWHERE LOOP – This 55 mile loop takes you along the Atlantic County and Northfield Rail Trails, over 5 bridges and through towns you probably never heard of. Make sure your brakes work when you cross the Great Egg Harbor via the gigantic Ninth Street Bridge connecting Somers Point to Ocean City. This bridge is so big it has its own visitor center!
Campfire Night: The Rock It Riders Bicycle Club of South Jersey along with Budds K-n-P Country Market is holding a campfire get together at the Market in Pemberton with food, music and great company on Oct. 4th at 5pm. They have invited Tour de Pines riders to buy a ticket and meet other like-minded people. RSVP date is Sept.29th. Learn more here.
Day 5 – Sunday, October 5th
Start Location: PPA Headquarters, Southampton NJ 08088
CRANBERRY CRUISER – This 44 mile ride takes you through Brendan Byrne State Forest, historic Medford Village, past Kirby’s Mill, and past the farm fields of Southampton Township. Optional scavenger hunt during the ride for prizes. At the end of the ride celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tour de Pines 10th with food and drink compliments of PPA and Tour de Pines sponsors. Friends and family of cyclists are welcome.
Wheelies of Medford will be at the October 5th ride and will check your bike before you go out. Our hats are off to the staff at Wheelies for supporting Tour de Pines riders.
2014 Registration Fee: $25 for PPA members and $35 for a non-member - ride for one day or all days for one registration fee! Register before September 19, 2013 and get a limited edition 10th anniversary Tour de Pines t-shirt while supplies last.
There are three ways to register:
- Register online by using the link here.
- Register over the phone by calling Tom at 609-859-8860 ext 14.
- Mail in your registration form with payment. Download the registration form here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-859-8860 x21 for more information.
Tour de Pines 2014 Planning Committee Members: Wayne Cahilly, Mickey Coen, Bob Cummings, Helen Dudar, Dick Gouldey, Chris Monchinski, Dan Rappoport, Mike Thompson. PPA is very grateful for their hard work in planning this year's event! If you want to join the Committee email email@example.com.
To get a feeling for the tour check out this link for pictures from the Pinelands Preservation Alliance's Flickr account.