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Pedal to Protect the Pines

14th Annual Tour de Pines Bicycle Ride

For fourteen years now the Pinelands Preservation Alliance has joined forces with bicyclists to organize a five-day bicycle tour of New Jersey’s Pinelands National Reserve. This year’s Tour de Pines event will take place from October 3rd to October 7th.

This event is designed to get people out in the Pinelands and on their bike no matter how fast they ride. The Tour consists of 5 consecutive single-day bicycle tours of the New Jersey Pinelands. Each day’s tour ranges from 40-55 miles that begin and end at the same location. It is a non-competitive ride where participants get a cue sheet for each day’s ride so they can go at their own pace. Participants can ride 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 days. This year shorter loops of 25 miles are offered on Oct. 3rd, Oct. 5th and Oct. 7th.

Proceeds from the Tour benefit the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, a nonprofit organization working to protect the New Jersey Pinelands since 1989.

“It is more important than ever to raise awareness that these low impact areas where we love to ride our bike, go for a hike or swim are threatened. The more people that are involved the better chance we have at protecting them in the long run” said Becky Free, Director of Membership & Communications for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Becky is the staff representative on the Tour de Pines planning committee.

The Tour de Pines highlights the size of the Pinelands (approximately 1 million acres) and it’s uniqueness as a wilderness area very close to both New York City (70 miles) and Philadelphia (30 miles). It also passes through a landscape that is made possible by the underlying water source, the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer, one of the largest (17 trillion gallons) pristine aquifers in North America.

“More than 20 million people live within an hour’s drive of the Pinelands and yet so many people don’t even know it is here. Our hope is that the Tour de Pines event continues to grow giving more people the chance to experience its wild forests, wetlands and historic villages,” said Carleton Montgomery, Executive Director for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

Last year registration for the Tour de Pines increased 65% over the previous year when 336 people signed up to ride all or part of this five day tour of the Pinelands National Reserve! With great weather in the forecast this year’s turnout promises to be even higher.

Registration is $45 per person – ride as many days as you want for one fee. For more information or to register visit www.TourdePinesNJ.org or call 609-859-8860.

Pinelands Preservation Alliance will be scheduling photo opportunities and interviews with the riders during the course of this journey, which will begin on Wednesday, October 3rd at Laurita Winery, Burlington County, and culminates at PPA’s offices in historic Vincentown in Southampton Township on Sunday, October 7.

Our thanks go out to the 2018 Tour de Pines Planning Committee: Harry Chaikin (Briganine, NJ), Mickey Coen (Forked River, NJ), Bob Cummings (Browns Mills, NJ), Anita Garner (Pomona, NJ), John Greenberg (Waretown, NJ), Michael Hardy (Collingswood, NJ), John Keenan (Hammonton, NJ), Kevin Kristian (Pennsauken, NJ), Chris Monchinski (Little Egg Harbor, NJ), Dan Rappoport (Princeton, NJ), Daniel Sferas (Little Egg Harbor, NJ), Susan Soesbe (Browns Mills, NJ), Jay Stephens (Toms River, NJ), Ed and Patricia Troike (Atco, NJ), and Jim Wheatcroft (Ocean City, NJ). PPA is very grateful for their hard work in planning this year's event!

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance would like to thank the following sponsors of the Tour de Pines:

Community Tour Sponsor

Jersey Shore Cycle Club

Team Tour Sponsor

Flying Fish Brewing Company (Somerdale, NJ)

Cahilly’s Horticultural Services (Dumont, NJ)

Bicycle Shop Sponsors

Bicycles Unlimited in Forked River

Padi’s Pedal Power in Toms River & Ortley Beach

Village Bicycles in Tuckerton

Shore Brake Cyclery in Brant Beach

Beachwood Bicycles in Beachwood

Friend of the Tour

Tate & Tate Certified Court Reporters (Medford, NJ)

Tour Supporters

AtlantiCare (Egg Harbor Township, NJ)

Pemberton-Pyramid Lodge No. 92 (Pemberton, NJ)

Time Machine Repair (Medford, NJ)

To find out more about these celebratory rides through the Pinelands, or to schedule an interview or photo opportunity at one of these locations, please contact Becky Free at (609) 859-8860 x 121 by cell at 609-346-0282 or becky@pinelandsalliance.org

Visit www.TourdePinesNJ.org for more information or to register.

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) was established as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1989 by environmental leaders and Pinelands residents, with the goal of preserving and protecting the more than 1 million acres of the New Jersey Pinelands. PPA remains the only private organization dedicated solely to environmental protection throughout the Pinelands.




Contact Becky for exact location and start time for the rides listed below.

2018 Tour de Pines Schedule:

Day 1 – Wednesday, October 3, 2018 -- NO WHINING RIDE Start Time: 9:00 a.m. Laurita Winery (GPS: 85 Archertown Road), New Egypt NJ 08533

Rides of two distances are offered, a 43-mile loop and a 25-mile loop. Both rides start at Laurita Winery, which is located at the edge of the Pine Barrens. Scenic areas in both Ocean and Monmouth counties may be enjoyed, including many agricultural, tree and horse farms. The route passes through Colliers Mills and Assunpink Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), as well as a visit to Historic Walnford, a Monmouth County Park. Be prepared for some rolling terrain and a few steep hills! This ride crosses the Union Transportation Trail (a relatively new “rails-to-trails” that is also a part of the Monmouth County Parks System), and this trail could be a ride for another day. After your ride, stay a while to sample Laurita’s wine and enjoy the atmosphere of this unique place!

Day 2 – Thursday, October 4, 2018 -- BRIDGE TO SOMEWHERE Start Time: 9:00 a.m. Atlantic County Bikeway, 6725 E. Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township NJ 08234 (Harbor Square Mall)

This 55-mile loop takes you along the Atlantic County and Northfield Rail Trails, over five bridges and through towns you probably never heard of. Make sure your brakes work when you cross the Great Egg Harbor Bay via the gigantic Ninth Street Bridge connecting Somers Point to Ocean City. This bridge is so big that Ocean County has a visitor center on it and fishing piers with parking areas!

Day 3 – Friday, October 5, 2018 -- IN & AROUND PEASLEE Start Time: 9:00 a.m. Estell Manor County Park, Estell Manor, NJ, 08319

Rides of two distances are offered – a 48-mile loop and a 25-mile loop. Both rides start off from Estell Manor County Park, located south of Mays Landing in lower Atlantic County. These two rides traverse pristine pinelands. Steeped in history from the early settlers who once called this new land their home to the massive build-up of a munitions plant during World War I, the area has more recently, been mostly designated as park land or wildlife management areas. You will ride past or through Estell Manor County Park, Great Egg Harbor River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Maple Lake WMA, Dorothy Preserve, Tuckahoe WMA, Gibson Creek WMA, and Peaslee WMA. Both rides either pass through or skirt a number of these parcels that have been set aside as non-developable land for the foreseeable future – and hopefully, forever. As you travel through these areas, please observe the natural beauty that abounds. Ease up a bit and have a look around as you ride – you will enjoy all that your eyes behold!

During the early segments of both rides – as well as at the end for each – you will pass alongside the Lenape Farms Acquisition. This parcel of land is a property of over 5,000 acres that was once owned by a private hunting club, and then purchased by the State of New Jersey in 2013. It is the largest area of land that has ever been acquired by the State at one time and is currently open to mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, and hunting.

The areas that you will pass through are home to a variety of Pinelands flora and fauna, as well as native species to include the Barred Owl, Northern Pine Snake, Pine Barrens Tree Frog, Coopers Hawk, Osprey, and Bald Eagle – just to name a few. It is strongly recommended to visit the Warren E. Fox Nature Center that is located within Estell Manor Park, which is home to environmental and live animal displays.

Day 4 – Saturday, October 6, 2018 -- 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, Heislerville, Leesburg, Dorchester, Mauricetown, Port Norris, and Dividing Creek. Have lunch on the mysterious Bridge to Nowhere at Mauricetown Riverfront Park! See the East Point Lighthouse (the second oldest lighthouse in NJ) situated on the Delaware Bay at the mouth of the Maurice River. Cycle through an area of New Jersey that looks much as it did 50 years ago!

Day 5 – Sunday, October 7, 2018 -- PINELANDS ADVENTURE LOOP Start Time: 9:00 a.m. at Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Southampton, NJ 08088

PPA opened Pinelands Adventures in 2015. This canoe/kayak livery provides 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 and Tabernacle townships. A lunch stop may be made in Tabernacle, but we recommend you eat light so that you can enjoy chili and beer, compliments of PPA when you return from your ride.

The 45-mile ride will journey through open Pinelands and make a stop at Pinelands Adventures, which is located adjacent to Atsion Lake in Wharton State Forest. An optional 8.8-mile “out and back” may be ridden to visit the Carranza Memorial. Emilio Carranza, the Lindberg of Mexico, is forever memorialized at this stone monument located in Wharton State Forest. The site is where his airplane crashed during a thunderstorm while making 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, 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.