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Sourland Spectacular (Save the Date)
Sep 8, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
It’s a hill – get over it! Five Sourland region routes to challenge riders of all levels.
Cyclists will choose their preferred course and plan their own ride start accordingly. The event begins at 7:00am, but riders may start as late as 10:00. All participants will plan their rides to end between 11:00am and 1:00pm to enjoy a delicious food truck lunch. For dessert, riders will enjoy the event’s famous homemade brownie sundae topped with Sourland Spectacular Secret Chocolate Sauce. Lunch, snacks and SAG services are included in the registration fee. Bathroom facilities, water and snacks will be available at rest stops along the route.
Riders will follow cue sheets that are available online and at registration. Temporary arrows will be affixed to the roads, marking every turn. The routes are marked using different colored arrows.
Volunteers will assist riders all along the way, from registration to dessert! Jim Andrews, Sourland Conservancy Trustee and Spectacular Volunteer Coordinator says, “Volunteers are essential to the success of this event: planning, coordinating sponsors, promotion, making sandwiches, baking brownies, filling water jugs, event registration, test-riding routes, running SAG (support and gear), staffing rest stops, photography, making sundaes, set-up, clean-up and everything in-between! Many volunteers return year after year. This is a great opportunity to spend the morning working with old friends and meeting new people. It’s also a wonderful way for Scouts, college students, corporate groups and other folks to participate in community service for a great cause. We are very grateful for all of our volunteers. We wouldn’t be able to do it without them!”
Proceeds benefit the Sourland Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to protect, promote and preserve the Sourland Mountain region – 90 square miles of forest, wetlands and grasslands, home to many endangered and threatened plant and animal species, and a critical stopover for migratory birds. Covering parts of seven municipalities and three counties within the heavily developed central corridor of New Jersey, the Sourlands region is also rich in opportunities for human recreation, refuge and renewal, with hiking trails and historic sites.