What makes Pining For A Cure different from so many other benefit and gran fondo bike rides?
For one…Pining For A Cure is FLAT, with less than 1,500 feet of elevation on the 100 mile route, and even less that on the 75 mile route. No scary climbs or white knuckle descents here, just pedal away at your leisure while enjoying some of the most scenic and serene roads that New Jersey has to offer. Speaking of serene roads, the Pine Barrens are also QUIET, with minimal traffic and very few intersections. On some 20 mile stretches, you will probably see more hawks and turkey vultures than cars. That’s not to say that the Pines are boring. On the contrary, the region is famous for some of NJ’s weirdest landmarks, and there is a wonderful variety of scenery. We’ll be riding through dense pine forests, between fields of colorful cranberry bogs, past glistening glassy reservoirs, and across five wooden bridges on our trip out to the very tip of Great Bay Boulevard, a stunning marine and avian wildlife haven! The aforementioned Great Bay Boulevard will come 35 miles into the ride…the perfect time and the perfect place for a reinvigorating brunch stop catered with fresh baked LEGENDARY world- famous donuts, courtesy of Bagel Nosh in Lakewood, NJ.
Ride sponsors Coffee Surf Co. and Pinelands Brewing Company will also be offering nitro- boosting Nitro Cold Brewed coffee at the starting line breakfast, and so good-I’d-gladly- ride-another-100-miles-for-another-pint craft beer at the post ride pizza party.
And that’s not all, folks!
Our goal is to make this One Of The Best Days Ever On A Bike, and that means we want to encourage riders to do more than just ride their bikes. Cool down with a Hot Diggidy Dog hot dog at the famous Hot Diggidy Dog watering hole–a favorite refreshment stop for cyclists, kayakers, motorcyclists, and locals for years (and chock full of awesome photo ops). Follow the spacious designated bike lanes past glassy lakes and evergreen forests to Nixon’s General Store, where their dazzling selection of locally made candy will stimulate your sense of taste and nostalgia…
…And there is so much more in store! More details will be made available as the date approaches, so stay tuned!
As you can see, our goal is to provide our participants with the best possible experience. Even better, 100% of all profits from the ride will to go directly toward the Patient Services at CINJ. Pining For A Cure is a 100% not-for-profit ride. No one involved in the production of the ride takes any salary, and volunteers are unpaid. We do this because we believe in the cause of the Rutgers Cancer Institute and because we believe in bringing people together to ride bikes. Still, creating a a ride like this is an expensive endeavor, so we are relying on a large turnout and corporate sponsorship to help cover the cost of the ride and still leave plenty left over for RCINJ. YOU can help us accomplish this goal by telling as many people as you can about the ride, and by letting us know if you know of bike-friendly businesses that might be interested in a financial sponsorship. THANK YOU!