PLAINFIELD, NJ - This Sunday, May 7, the City of Plainfield will host the New Jersey State Bicycle Championships from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, which will feature professional cyclists from around the world including State Champion and Plainfield resident Juan Pablo Jimenez, three-time Olympian Bobby Lea, and current Women’s World Champion Kim Geist. The competition, organized by National Silver Medalist and New Jersey resident Greg Cordasco, will also include a series of youth races for children of all ages.
“We are truly gratified that the New Jersey State Bicycle Championships has chosen to return to Plainfield,” said Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, City of Plainfield. “Last year, this world-class event brought together communities from around the state and athletes from around the world, and we look forward to continuing the tradition this year. Aside from watching champions compete, the day will consist of fun family activities provided by our Recreation Department. We will also host our first-ever Plainfield food festival, The Taste of Plainfield, featuring samples of food from across the globe that are reflective of our city’s rich diversity. Having this event here demonstrates the growing confidence that Plainfield is a great place to live, work, and play. I hope to see everyone come out, participate, and enjoy Plainfield hospitality!"
For the second year in a row, every child from Plainfield that participates in the youth races will receive a free bicycle courtesy of organizer Greg Cordasco’s bicycle shop, Liberty Cycle. Last year, Liberty Cycle and the City of Plainfield gave away 70 bicycles. The aim of the bicycle giveaway is to promote health and fitness.
“I would like to thank Mayor Adrian Mapp and the residents of the City of Plainfield for embracing this championship competition,” stated Greg Cordasco, Champion Cyclist and Owner of Liberty Cycle. “Many champions will be awarded, but the real winners of the day are the children of Plainfield. Every child that participates in the races will receive a bicycle, and this year, we expect to gift bicycles to 100 children.”
"I am proud that for the second time Plainfield is hosting the New Jersey State Bicycle Championships and that our residents will have the opportunity to witness Olympic-level athletes compete in their city,” added Jon Stewart, Chief of Staff , Office of Mayor Adrian O. Mapp. “This is yet another example of the renaissance that is underway in the City of Plainfield."
The start and finish lines for the races is Plainfield City Hall located at 515 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ. General registration for the cyclists begins at 8:00 a.m. and registration for the youth races starts at 12:30 p.m. For more information, to view the race schedule, or to register for a race, visit www.bikereg.com/newjerseystatecriterium.
The Taste of Plainfield will take place adjacent to City Hall on 5th Street from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will feature a variety of food from local restaurants. For more information on the festival or to register as a vendor, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-226-2509.
Parking for both events is available in the Union County College parking lots located at 232 East 2nd Street, Plainfield, NJ. City Hall is also accessible via New Jersey Transit on the Raritan Valley line.