A weekend of rides to close the season September 16 & 17

Saturday September 16 - Central Jersey 200K

Starting and finishing at McCaffrey's Shopping Center in West Windsor, this relatively flat route will feature a day of riding on pleasant roads with bucolic scenery.  This brevet has always been a fun and social season wrap-up. In the interest of keeping with that tradition, a lunch stop with food and beverage is planned at Nixon's General Store in Tabernacle. Preliminary cue-sheet and route map are available on the 2017 Events Page

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Sunday September 17 - Princeton 120K Populaire
©Daniel Pfeffer

Starting and finishing at McCaffrey's Shopping Center in West Windsor, this challenging route will head north through the sleepy streets of downtown Princeton and continue over hilly terrain to the outskirts of the quaint village of Frenchtown. From there, riders will enjoy some milder roads to Flemington and a provided lunch stop at Pete's Bike Shop. Hills will reappear on the return to the finish with a second passing over the Sourland Ridge on Lindberg Road. The total distance is 74 miles. A route map is available on the 2017 Events Page. Organizers are busy planning the remaining details, and more information will be available soon. Registration to open in August.  

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We look forward to seeing you!

Joe Kratovil

RBA  New Jersey - New York City


Past 2017 Events - Re-caps and Results
photo by Chatsworth Bogs

Twenty-six Riders Finish Batsto 200k

The Batsto 200k Season Opener took place as scheduled.  The weather forecast which predicted a cool day with rain showers kept a few registrants from taking the start.  The 26 riders who decided to clip in all made it to the finish and enjoyed a meal provided by our host, Lower Bank Tavern, where Bill's Veggie Burgers were reported to be a crowd favorite.  

Despite the less than favorable weather some riders took to the flat route in high spirits and turned in some fast times.  Jim Vreeland made it around in a very spiffy time of 7 hours 9 minutes, which is the fastest time on record* for the south jersey route.  Two other riders were under the 8 hour mark and a total of 11 riders were under 9 hours. 

Volunteers were on hand at all controls to provide water, energy bars and encouragement as needed.  All things considered it was a fine day for a South Jersey Brevet.  Click here for Results

Cranbury 200k Riders in Asbury Park, NJ                      

Sixty-Two Riders Finish Cranbury 200k

In what is becoming a tradition for this spring brevet heavy rains combined with lightning moved in an hour before the start leaving behind a soggy wet Village Park.  The violent storm kept a few from making their way to the start, but the large portion of registrants would take to the roads on time.  

It was a warm morning which would quickly progress to the hottest day of the year.  This presented quite a challenge to many of the riders.  Volunteers were on hand at every stop providing water and much needed moral support.  Unfavorable winds would add to the difficulty factor on the second half of the route.  None the less a new course record was set by Jim Vreeland of Piscataway, NJ.   Vreeland bested the former fastest time by one minute.  There were a few other spiffy times, but most of the field just wanted to survive the day.  

A steady stream of finishers arrived at the Italian Touch Restaurant beginning in the late afternoon through to the early evening.  All finished in daylight and enjoyed Pizza and beverages.  The mood was festive with many lingering and chatting with fellow riders.  All but two that started found their way to the finish.  Navigation issues and a mechanical failure where the cause of the DNF's. 

Results are avalable at the link below.

photo by Jim Vreeland

Fourteen Complete the Challenging Englewood 300k

A cool rainy morning caused some suffering for the 17 riders who chose to take the start.  Twenty-two percent of those signed up decided to take a pass and stay home.  The first of the starters to bail out would do so after only an hour.  The first intermediate control at West Milford would see another rider pack it in.  A third would call it a day at Port Jervis with a knee injury. 

Weather improved by afternoon and the remaining field would have reasonable temperatures with light wind for the rest of the brevet.  A small army of volunteers were on hand to attend to the needs of the 14 riders who were still pedaling.  With the improved conditions no one else was destined to abandon.  

In just over thirteen hours Ian Mangion would find his way to the finish just ahead of Jim Vreeland.  Dougin Walker and Warren Finnerty would arrive together about one hour later.  Riders would continue to make their way to the finish until almost 1am when one weary participant would arrive just prior to the cut-off.  While the course presented a hearty challenge to all no one was disappointed.  The route was high in scenic quality and most of the roads were rural and lightly traveled.   Riders and event staff were in agreement that the brevet was successful.  Click for results

36 Finish the New Jersey Devil 300k
Southern NJ Brevet

All thirty six riders who registered for this first time event took the starting line and found there way back to the finish for a 100% success rate!  No one could recall an occasion when this ever happened before on an NJR 300k.  The weather was mostly favorable, with light winds, though some riders did get hit with passing showers.  
Bill Schwarz, from Edmonds, WA, on the Devil - photo by Nigel Greene

Bill Russell, from Vinyard Haven, Mass, aboard a Velomobile was the first to reach the finish in 9 hours 18 minutes.   Fredrick Akesson, from New York City, was the first rider on a traditional upright bike to arrive in a blistering fast 9 hours 50 minutes.  New Jersey's own Jim Vreeland was the next rider in with a time of 10 hours 20 minutes.  

The route was advertised as a fast 300k.   As confirmation of this 10 riders would complete the course in under 12 hours.  Although all riders were complimentary of the Rick Lentz designed route whether they experienced a fast finish or not.   

All riders were treated to pizza and beer at the finish in Hammonton.  Volunteers were present at all controls with water and moral support.  The final riders would complete the route just after 10pm with smiles.  Organizers and volunteers were smiling as well.  All were pleased with the success of the event.    

Photo by Michael Povman

Photo by Jim Vreeland

Twenty Six Riders Finish Wildwood 400k 

The new Wildwood 400k route was put to the test by 26 riders who took the start from East Windsor at 4am in cool overcast temperatures.  After sunrise light rain showers moved about the area for several hours combined with cool temperatures and wind.  Riders appeared well prepared and suffering was minimal.  By early afternoon the weather turnaround was dramatic with clearing skies, sunshine, and mild temperatures.  This would hold throughout the day.  The evening hours would bring a return of cool temperatures, but conditions were still manageable.  Supported by many volunteers the field made good time.  All would find their way to the finish for a 100% success rate.  The first riders to arrive, Jim Vreeland and Dougin Walker, came in about 7:30pm and  the last two just after 5am.  Due to the flat route a few good size groups came in together with one numbering over 10 riders.  All were treated to sub sandwiches and beverages in the hotel lobby.  All appeared to be in good spirits.  

 photo by Steve Hallett

Nineteen riders complete the Princeton 600k  

photo by Gil Lebron

A field of twenty-five started out from the Clarion Hotel at 5:00am on Saturday morning. The riders took to the roads in a heavy downpour which persisted for the first two hours.  By the first control in Bloomsbury, with all safely down from the treacherous Bloomsbury Road descent, the rain ceased and would not return for the remainder of the two day event.  

With the temperature rising and the hills increasing five riders would not complete the challenging 217 mile first loop.  Volunteers transported bikes and riders back to the hotel.  A sixth DNF would occur when a rider who completed the initial loop opted not to set out on the second 155 mile loop.  The remaining field all departed to take on the final miles riding out from the hotel over a time span of about two hours with the final departure at 5:13am. 

The first to complete the event was Bill Russell, from Vineyard Haven, Mass.   Aboard a fully fared recumbent he was the only rider to forego a hotel bed.  Russell departed for the second loop within a half hour of completing the first one.  His time of 26 hours 41 minutes was more than five hours faster than the second finisher, Randy Miller from Ramsey, New Jersey. 

The remaining field worked their way to the finish with the final two riders arriving together after 7pm.  All were treated to food and refreshments at the hotel.   Riders were well supported on the event by an army of volunteers, which included several roving sag vehicles and mechanical support.  Clearly this helped improve the finish percentage to 84% from last years 47%.