The 9th Annual BCBT will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Bergen Community College. Save the date!
Our 8th Annual Bergen County Bicycle Tour, held on Sunday June 3, 2012 was a blast. Cyclists loved the new 25-mile route (designed by Bill Mayser and Ted Semegran) and the new 45-mile route (designed by Fred Mandell). We got lots of kudos regarding our new rest stop location at the Old Tappan Library , and folks raved about the Blimpie’s (Dumont) sandwiches (some vegetarian for the first time) and hot dogs. All of which was followed by ice cream from Confetti’s Creamery (Bergenfield). We want to also thank Dole who donated bananas for our rest stop.
Over 670 cyclists registered for the Bergen County Bicycle Tour (BCBT) this year. More than half pre-registered for the event. Over 50 of our club members volunteered as ride marshals and leaders and another 25 or so took charge of set-up and closedown (headed by Nick Mangino), registration (Kimberly German), food handling (Allan Baer), SAG (Louis Wassong & Bob Campbell), rest stop (Harriet Einschlag, Beth Talini and Glenn Barnes), and arrow painting (Tom Rochford, Gerald McBride, Louis Wassong & Andres Tirbocchi) activities. We also sold over $1,000 of club merchandise.
We again collected significant funds for the Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and for the first time for Bergen Community College (BCC), for which our donation will contribute to a scholarship fund for BCC students. A total of $2750 was donated to each.
On event day the weather was great and we managed to conclude the event before the big rains hit later that afternoon. The 12-milers rode our well proven route through Ridgewood and almost 100 kids and parents did the annual 5-mile family ride in local streets in Paramus near the college.
The primary aim of the BCBT is to enable cyclists to learn about routes in Bergen County and to become familiar with our bike club. It also helps get families, especially those with young kids, to ride for fun and health. As a result, we seem to get many new BTCNJ members after the rides.