Olde Mill Inn Bike Racers Shine Despite Overcast Skies
Annual end-of-summer race in downtown Basking Ridge drew hundreds of participants on bikes, as well as many spectators.
The 21st annual Olde Mill Inn bike races in Basking Ridge came off like a charm for about 250 children and teens who took part in the kids races, and 310 adults, mostly elite amateurs with a sprinkling of professionals, who raced in several other categories.
Despite some cloudy skies and a few drops of rains, the event, a traditional end-of-summer gathering for cyclists and local families, was a success as usual, said Greg Cordasco, co-owner of Liberty Cycle in Basking Ridge.
The Olde Mill Inn again was the main sponsor of the event, while Liberty Cycle and the Bernards Township Department of Parks and Recreation were presenters.
Some Basking Ridge residents or cyclists for Team Liberty Cycle were among those who placed in top spots, although participants in the adult races came from throughout New Jersey, as well as from Pennsylvania and New York.
Among the local winners were Jonas Mortensen of Basking Ridge, who placed first in the category 5 race; Dag Anderson of Bridgewater, who won the Junior men's 17-18 race; Peter Rovtar of Basking Ridge, who won the category 4 race; and Lawrence Towner, who is from Pompton Plains but was riding as part of Team Liberty Cycle, who placed first in the age 45-plus category.
Other winners included Basking Ridge's own Hugo Schreur, age 12, riding for Liberty Cycle, who won the boys 10-12 age category; and Gregory Cordasco, age 11, also of Basking Ridge and a Liberty Cycle team rider took fifth place in the boys 10-12, according to Liberty Cycle
Johanna Cordasco (Basking Ridge/Liberty Cycle) took second in the girls 13-14 age category, and Justin Yuan of Bernards Township, alo riding for Liberty Cycle, won the boys 13-14 race. Jacob Boyle of Team Liberty Cycle took fourth in the 13-14 boys.