Somerville tour adds warm-up event for recreational cyclists
For 80 years, the Tour de Somerville has been known as one of the most elite cycling races in the United States. Professional cyclists from around the world come to this central New Jersey borough with the goal of winning this prestigious event.
For the first time since the tour began in 1940, a recreational hike for area residents will take place on Sunday, August 29 as an introduction to the races scheduled for the following weekend. Recreational cyclists are invited to join the Somerset County Tour, which will travel on relatively flat country roads, stopping for rest at various Somerset County parks.
The ride will begin at 8 a.m. in downtown Somerville, at the Division Street pedestrian mall, adjacent to the post office. Runners can register online at tourofsomerville.org or in person on the morning of the hike.
With two distances to choose from – 25 and 50 miles – the ride is perfect for the weekend rider. Entrance fees for the 25 mile Somerset County tour are $ 20 for youth ages 13-18 and $ 30 for adults; the cost for the 50 mile trip is $ 35 for youth and $ 50 for adults.
Managed by the Tour de Somerville team, the route will include fully equipped rest areas, mechanical support and plenty of snacks along the way. All runners will receive an event t-shirt and can enjoy the many restaurants Somerville has to offer at the end of the race.
“We wanted to promote cycling in central New Jersey, and what better way to kick off the Tour de Somerville cycle race series than by hosting a recreational ride,” said Mike Malekoff, tour director.
This hike is made possible by long-time Tour de Somerville sponsor Atlantic Health System. With its new facility, Bridgewater Pavilion, located on Route 22 just minutes from downtown Somerville, this was the perfect opportunity to promote healthy outdoor activity as people emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic .
Additional support for the ride is provided by area cycling clubs including Western Jersey Wheelman, Princeton Free Wheelers, Central Jersey Wheelman, and Andiamo Cycling Club.