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Children's Bike Races and 26th Annual Olde Mill Inn Cycling Races Take Place on Labor Day

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The Annual Labor Day children's bike races, presented by the Bernards Township Parks and Recreation Department, begin at noon on Monday, Sept. 4.   Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
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All levels of cyclists will participate in this Labor Day's 26th Olde Mill Inn Tour of Basking Ridge presented by Liberty Cycle, Eddy Merckx Bicycles and Bernards Township. Credits: Courtesy of Liberty Cycle
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Children were ready to race at a previous Labor Day event. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
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The Olde Mill Inn Tour of Basking Ridge bike races return to downtown Basking Ridge on Labor Day, Sept. 4. Pre-registration is required for Adult and Junior Races as well as the Children's Races. Credits: Courtesy of Liberty Cycle
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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ – Have you registered for the annual children’s bike race or for the twenty-sixth running of the Olde Mill Inn cycling races, both of which will take place on Labor Day?

It’s not too late, adult cyclists and those competing for prizes in Junior categories must register online here. Online registration will be open until 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3.

Children who are participating in the Children's Races, which begin at noon, are also required to pre-register through the Bernards Township Parks and Recreation link here. Those who don’t have an account with the town should set one up by calling the Recreation Department at 908-204-3003. There is no fee for the Children's races. All participating children are required to wear bike helmets.

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The home straight was just paved. During Tuesday night’s meeting of the Township Committee, Township Administrator Bruce McArthur gave a shout out to the engineering department for “making South Maple a priority” and making sure the paving was done before school started, and “Labor Day and the Bike Races.”

There are some fees associated with adult races and licensed junior categories, and cash awards in several categories. There are no fees for the children’s races. All children are required to wear bike helmets.

There are separate races for 10-14, 15-18 licensed junior categories. There will be separate prizes for boys and girls 10-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18. All juniors will get medals and merchandise as prizes.

Categories include Masters 55+ is 15 miles and starts at 7 a.m.; Junior 10-14 is five miles starts at 7:45 a.m.; Junior 15-18 is 10 miles and begins at 8:05 a.m.; Cat. 4 is 15 miles and starts at 8:35 a.m.; Masters 45+ is 15 miles and beings at 9:15 a.m.; Cat 1,2,3 is 25 miles and begins at 10 a.m.; Category 5 and Citizens is 10 miles and begins at 11 a.m.  Kids races are one lap and begin at noon. All times are merely estimates. Organizers have noted there is no Cat 5 in the Masters Races. The Citizen Race Fee includes a $10 one-day license fee and $10 off a second race.

Number pick up on Race Day begins at 6:15 a.m.

The races will begin from 107 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge.

The annual race is one of the top township events of the year, welcoming everyone back from the summer.

The races are presented by Bernards Township Parks and Recreation, Eddy Merckx Bicycles and Liberty Cycle.

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