Over the past few years the final Sunday in July has been a memorable one in Washington Township, as hundreds of bicyclists take on the town’s mountainous roadways to raise funds for good causes.
The Tour de Long Valley is back on July 27, offering three courses – 20 miles, 40 miles, and a 62-mile trek – with proceeds benefitting both the David D. Hammar Foundation and Long Valley First Aid Squad.
Pre-registration is available online by going here. Cost for each course is $35, with the Metric Century course (62 miles) peddling at 8 a.m.; the 40-mile course spinning at 9 a.m.; and the 20-mile riders hitting the pavement at 10 a.m. The event kicks off at Rock Spring Park, which is also the finish line.
The 20-mile course will keep riders atop Schooley’s Mountain, traveling along a scenic route with a few hills. The 40-mile course and Metric Century route offer challenging climbs and rolling terrain. Rest and water stops will be available throughout each course.
The David D. Hammar Foundation was created after Long Valley resident David Hammer died from injuries sustained when he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in town. The foundation promotes bicycle riding safety throughout the country.
Sponsors for this year’s event include:
- CycleCraft (event organizer and host)
- Cazes Family Practice
- Chester Bagel
- Long Valley First Aid Squad
- The David D. Hammar Foundation
- Artisan Grafix Screen Printing and Embroidery