MONTGOMERY, NJ - The Sourland Conservancy will host the 8th Annual Sourland Spectacular on Saturday Sept. 7, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. with proceeds helping to preserve the ecological and historic resources of the Sourland Mountain.
The “Five Mile Almost Flat Family Fun Ride” has been a big hit with riders who want to have fun and support the cause, but aren’t ready to tackle the more challenging routes. Serious cyclists from all around the tristate area will challenge themselves on one of four Sourland region routes: 25.6 miles, 35.6 miles, 50.3 miles or 62.6 miles.
The longest of these, the Metric Century, includes a total of 3,646 feet of climbing.
All rides begin and end at the Otto Kaufman Center at 356 Skillman Rd, Skillman. Parking will be available at Montgomery High School. Riders will choose their own start time between 7 and 10 a.m., with bagels and coffee served at the registration tent.
Lunch will also be served. Rest stops will offer all-natural peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pretzels and a variety of fresh fruit, among other snacks. Lunch, snacks and SAG (Support and Gear) services are included in the registration fee.
Participants who buy advance tickets online will also receive a colorful tubular bandana. Riders will follow cue sheets that are available online now at sourlandspectacular.com and at the event’s registration tent. Temporary arrows will be affixed to the roads, marking every turn. Each route is marked using a different colored arrow. Riders should choose a start time that will allow them to finish between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The event will also host a bike drive from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of used bicycles in all conditions, parts, and accessories will be given to the Trenton Boys & Girls Club Bike Exchange, a volunteer organization that refurbishes used bikes and sells them at modest prices at its Ewing location. All proceeds from the bike drive will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County.
Event registration is open now: Adult $50; children 8-16 years $25; children under 8, free.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website or call the Sourland Conservancy’s office at 609-309-5155.
Proceeds from the Sourland Spectacular will support the Sourland Conservancy’s mission to preserve the unique character of the Sourland Mountain region. The 90-square-mile Sourland region is home to the largest contiguous forest in Central New Jersey. It encompasses a complex ecosystem of forest, wetlands and grasslands, and is home to an incredibly rich diversity of animal and plant species, many rare or endangered. The forest is especially important as a breeding area for migratory songbirds, particularly those who nest only in large wooded areas.