BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ – Sunny skies made for a perfect day for the 26thannual Olde Mill Inn Cycling Races and the Children’s Bike Races on Labor Day.
The Olde Mill Inn Cycling races, sponsored by Liberty Cycles, Eddy Merckx Bicycles and the Bernards Township Parks and Recreation, began early on Monday, at 7 a.m. to be precise, and continued until about 11. Prizes were awarded to each of the many categories.
The winner of the Professional Category 1,2,3 race was Stephen Hall of Australia.
The Children’s Bike Races started at noon. This annual tradition reunites families at the end of summer vacation, just before school begins. It drew its usual crowd of excited children, their parents and grandparents, and local officials. All the children received ribbons.
Township Committeewoman Carol Bianchi, Deputy Mayor John Carpenter, Jim Baldassare, Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher, Somerset County Freeholder Brian Levine, Township Committeeman John Malay, John Surano and Mayor Carolyn Gaziano attended and kept busy handing out lollipops, ribbons, encouragement and congratulations to all the riders.
This year, for the second year in a row, there was also a one-mile foot race, organized by Curbing Hunger Inc. The race is on the same course the bikes use. The winner of the TrueLeaf Kitchens Curbing Hunger Labor Day Mile race, with a time of 5:23 was Ilan Hausner.