Friday, July 22, 2011

2nd Annual Tour de Long Valley presented by the David Hammar Foundation

I normally don't post about charity rides on WalkBikeJersey but this is a true exception that all New Jersey cyclists should come out to support.  On Sunday, July 31st the David D. Hammar Foundation will be hosting 2nd Annual Tour de Long Valley to support the Long Valley First Aid Squad.

The mission of the David D. Hammar Foundation is to "promote and enhance bicycle safety by providing resources to children, educating the public and supporting activities that raise awareness to cyclists and drivers alike."  The foundation was organized after the fatal crash that took David Hammar's life while he was on a recreational ride in the Long Valley area.  His death was an unspeakable tragedy, made all the more sad as it happened in what is by far one of the most beautiful rural places in New Jersey.

I highly recommend this ride as the cycling in the Long Valley area is very challenging and spectacularly beautiful.  And it's a great cause to boot!  You can't beat that!

Both routes are can be seen by following this link and go counterclockwise.  The 40 miles route has some truly challenging climbs along with great views (I know from first hand experience) and with nearly 1,900 feet of total climbing, will be a great training ride for those of you looking to do the Gran Fondo New Jersey a month later like me (more on that in a later post).

When you are there, also look for the East Coast Greenway Alliance / New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition booth.

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