Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tour de Montclair-Bikes and Feet!

It's Baaackkk: The Tour de Montclair

Register now for the May 15 event

Question: what event has ballooned from a small community bike ride drawing only 200 people into an all-out festival attracting more than 1,000 participants?
The infamous Tour de Montclair, of course. Indeed, Bike&Walk Montclair has announced the 9th annual Tour de Montclair to be held at Essex County's Brookdale Park on Sunday, May 15 (rain or shine).
Laura Torchio, Bike&Walk Montclair Trustee, said some of the feedback she's received in past years relates to a broadened perspective on the part of participants.
"Those who had assumed 12 miles was really long or that Montclair’s hills were too steep discovered that not only could they get around by bike, they discovered some really special places in Montclair that they could enjoy at a slower pace," she said.
She said that the community cycling and recreational event promises something for everyone: family-friendly bike routes, a car-free loop in the park, a trike-a-thon for the littlest riders, music, games, and this year—a community walk!
Cyclists of all abilities are invited to ride one of the Tour’s three routes: a one-mile car-free loop within the park, a medium on-road route (8 miles), and a more challenging "long route" around Montclair (12 miles). Walkers can enjoy the car-free park and continue on a 4-mile route via the Lenape Trail (a blazed trail that links many attractions and neighborhoods) and the Upper Montclair shopping district.
The 2011 Tour de Montclair’s lineup of partners includes the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the Township of Montclair, the Montclair YMCA and, for the first time, Partners for Health Foundation, which will be showcasing its Healthy Eating Active Living initiative.
Torchio said that each Tour has a theme that reflects the many benefits of bicycling and walking.
"Our themes have ranged from traffic safety to walking and biking to school to clean air," she said. "This year’s theme is Bikes and Feet on Every Street, and with our added walking component, we literally will see that happen!"
Bike&Walk Montclair is the driving force behind the hugely popular event, now in its ninth year. Overall, the Tour de Montclair is devoted to making Montclair more bike and pedestrian friendly, evidenced by the motto “Bikes and Feet on Every Street.”
Register online here for a discounted rate and to reserve a 2011 Tour T-shirt (because, really, how else can you feel morally superior to your non-biking friends?)
Online registration is $15 per person or $40 per family (up to 5 members).  Bike&Walk Montclair is also offering a “Springtime Special” of a $10 Membership when you register for the 2011 Tour de Montclair.

And, in case you need another race to commit too, Maplewood will also be holding a bike race on july 10 to coincide with Maplewoodstock.

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