Liberty Cycle bike shop in Basking Ridge "is very proud of what we have created with Bernard's Township — the second longest running race in New Jersey, only behind the longest running race in the country, The Tour of Somerville," according to shop co-owner Greg Cordasco and the Liberty Cycle website.
The Bernards Township Parks & Recreation will present the annual Labor Day Children’s Bicycle Races at noon on Labor Day. Online registration already has started.
Races are scheduled to be held starting on South Finley Avenue in Basking Ridge with the adult races to start and finish at the Lewis Street intersection. Children ages 3 to 12 are invited to register to participate in straight bicycle sprints down South Finley Avenue toward the finish line at the intersection with Lewis Street.
Pre-registration is required for the free children's races as well as the licensed races for adults, for which a fee is charged.
Children can be registered online now at www.bernards.org. Click on the blue “register online” button on the homepage and enter the registrant's household’s user name and password, according to the recreation department.
Registration is free, and no fee or credit card information is required. Participants also may print a registration form and register in person at the Parks & Recreation Department located at 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, or send in registration by mail, according to the recreation department.Information on the adult race is on the Liberty Cycle website. Adults who wish to pre-register for the races should do so on bikereg.com. There will be no race day registration.
Start time for adult & licensed junior racers is 7 a.m. See BikeReg.com for a full schedule). Online registration closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday, according to the website.For licensed USA Cycling racers, races are scheduled for riders from age 10 to 55 and over. All of these racers in Basking Ridge are going for Garden State Cup points that are up for grabs, as part of the season-long series, on Labor Day.
"Of course, it is great to see the 350 to 400 accomplished racers, but the real highlight of the day is the Kids Races," Cordasco said. "This, too, is one of the largest and best attended Kids Races in the country."
"We look forward to seeing everyone at this 'welcome back from summer,' Labor Day tradition," Cordasco said. "It is great to see everyone catching up again after the summer vacation.
For information on the Olde Mill Inn Tour of Basking Ridge Labor Day bicycle races contact Greg Cordasco at LibertyCycleBikes@gmail.com or 908-630-0110.