The Sourland Conservancy will hold its seventh annual Sourland Spectacular bicycle rally on Saturday, September 8, 2018.
The event will offer challenging routes for serious cyclists, as well as a shorter alternatives for more casual bikers. Routes of 26 to 63 miles are planned, all of which include climbing, as the Sourland Mountain is beautiful, but not flat. The routes begin and end at the Otto Kaufman Community Center on Skillman Road in Skillman. All parking will be across the street, in the parking lot in front of Montgomery High School.
Coffee and snacks will be provided at registration. The designated rest stops along the routes will offer beverages, snacks, and bathroom facilities. SAG services also will be provided.
Riders may start between 7:00 am and and 10:00 am, and should plan their start time so that they can finish the route in time for lunch at the Otto Kaufman Center. Those taking the 63-mile route should plan to start between 7:00 am and 8:00 am. Those taking the 51-mile ride should start no later than 8:30 am, and those taking the shorter routes should get started before 10:00 am. Registration will remain open until 10:00 am.
Following the morning rides, bikers will join up for a fabulous picnic lunch, with brownie sundaes for dessert. Participants who register by August 28 will receive a pair of cycling socks commemorating the event.
Proceeds will benefit the Sourland Conservancy, a non-profit organization working to protect the ecological integrity, historical resources and special character of the Sourland Mountain region.
The registration fee is $45 per person online until August 2, and then $50 online and on the day of the event. The fee for children ages 12 to 16 is $25. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The 90-square-mile Sourland region is home to the largest contiguous forest in Central New Jersey. The sparsely populated area is home to an incredibly rich diversity of animal and plant life.