Tour de Long Valley on July 31st, organized by the David D. Hammar Foundation gave riders a good sampling of the best our state has to offer. If you missed out on that ride, there is still another even "grander" opportunity.
On Sunday, August 28th you too can get a big taste of New Jersey's great roads by taking part in Gran Fondo New Jersey being organized by Marty Epstein owner of Marty's Reliable Cycles. Marty told me that part of the reason behind his organization of Gran Fondo New Jersey is to put on full display how good cycling can be New Jersey. I've review all three routes, (Piccolo - 43 miles, Medio - 63 and the 103 mile Gran) and can say without reservation that Marty and his team have chosen three, most spectacular and challenging routes. To accentuate the joy of riding there will be themed rest stops, challenging timed hill climbs, plenty of food and, of course, a finish line festival.
If you want to participate you'd better act fast. Registration closes August 19th. Marty also told me that he is already approaching 1,000 registered riders and that there is a possibility that he might reach the maximum number riders the event can handle.
I'll be there all weekend in Morristown. Just look for the guy in the older Rutgers jersey with the red and chrome (now) vintage lugged steel Italian road bike!