Welcome to the Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey
Registration is Open for BTCNJ’s 36th Annual Ramapo Rally! Sunday, August 18, 2013 Campgaw Mountain Reservation, Mahwah, NJ
New Jersey’s largest local bicycling event, BTCNJ’s Ramapo Rally, is a 36-year old “must-ride” tradition for cyclists in the quad-state area. The routes range from a challenging ultra century 125-mile route designed for more experienced cyclists to an easy 12-mile cruise created for novice and beginning riders. Ride routes of other lengths, speed and difficulty of terrain are available for cyclists of varying skill levels. The Rally’s rides are mapped through some of the best countryside New Jersey has to offer.
You can ride the Rally routes on your own by following supplied cue sheets, on-course directional arrows or Rally provided GPS files. You also have the option of joining an escorted ride group led by a seasoned BTCNJ ride leader volunteer
Fully stocked rest stops along the way will provide snacks and drinks. You can relax and enjoy a meal and refreshments at the end of the ride, which is provided to all riders as part of the registration fee.
Adding to your fun is an expanded Marketplace Exposition, comprised of bicycle retailers, service vendors and other prominent companies serving the area. A portion of the proceeds from the Rally supports the activities of Camp Sunshine / Camp Snowflake , a local facility for multiply-disabled children and young adults.
There will be no day-of-event registration for this year’s event. There are early-bird discounts, and registration closes on August 11th. For more information, visit www.ramaporally.com.
July Club Meeting Annual BTCNJ Ice Cream Social Thursday, July 11, 2013, 7:30 pm Ridgewood Library Ridgewood, NJ
We can all scream for ice cream on Thursday, July 11!!!! Thanks once again to Barbara Klein and Doug Chuckaour screams will be answered!!! Not sure what flavors they have in mind for this year’s social, but you won’t be disappointed. For some added enjoyment, and thanks to one of our club roaming photographers Ray Nutkis, we will have a slide show of photos taken at the recent BCBT event running in the background of the festivities. Some come on down and chill out with us for July’s meeting!
Campmor MTB Ladies Night Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 pm Campmor Retail Store in the Bike Shop 801 Route 17 North, Paramus, NJ 201.445.5000 Roadside Trailside Bike Repair/
Roadside and trailside bike repair will be presented by the lovely ladies from Campmor MTB Team & MudChix.com.
Learn how to repair a flat tire or broken chain
Learn how to check your bike before a ride
Learn what tools you should carry and how to use them
Ask questions to experienced women cyclists
10% discount* in the Bike Shop after the event *Thule, Hakima, bikes and sales items excluded
New Club Members Ride Saturday, June 15, 9:30 am Start at Ramsey Municipal Parking Lot
If you’re new to the club, you’re invited to join us for the New Club Members Ride on Saturday, June 15.
Often, after joining the club new members ask, “What now? How do I start riding with a group? What are the most comfortable pace and distance for me?”
This special ride is designed to answer all those questions and led to pay special attention to those who are new to the club and perhaps new to group riding. This is a great opportunity to get you out and riding, and meet other new club members. We will have three rides, with three different distances: a C* ride at 26 miles; a C ride covering 20 miles; and a D ride with a route of 14 miles. All three rides leave at the same time. We will be following the same route the first few miles of each ride. If you’re not sure what your riding level is in terms of riding ability, pick a level. If that level is too challenging you can drop back a level by simply waiting for the next slowest group to ride by. Special thanks to Carmella and Don Schaller, past New Club Members Ride Lieutenants, for providing the smarts and the routes.
The ride, from the Ramsey Municipal Parking Lot, is over gently rolling hills. We will ride though the towns of Ramsey, Mahwah and Franklin Lakes. After the ride we will stop at a local deli for a quick lunch and then have post-ride beverages and treats.
If you wish to participate in the ride please login and sign up for the ride.
See you there!
Leslie Felsen and Ralph Monti New Club Members Ride Leaders
BTCNJ has a full schedule of weekend and week-longtours for members only. Our volunteers lead reasonably priced tours throughout the United States and beyond. This year BTCNJ will be traveling to:
the Finger Lakes
the Amish Country
Our tours fill up quickly, so check out the multi-day tours page and sign up today!
WHO ARE WE?
The Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey (BTCNJ) has over 1,500 members and is one of the largest cycling clubs in the Northeast. We have a year-round schedule of club rides, tours and social events! We offer more than 1,000 weekday / weekend club rides, and 20 multi-day tours, both international and in the US. JOIN BTCNJ
Karl Sarkozi wins first annual BTCNJ Tire Changing Challenge. with record setting time of 2 min. 31 sec. See video.
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