What makes Pining For A Cure different from so many other benefit rides 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 40 MILE and 75 MILE ROUTE OPTIONS. 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.
Route details will be made available online and e-mailed to all registered participants as the event draws near.
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 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 cross 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.
And that’s not the only extra special rest stop we have planned…
Our goal is to make this The Best Day Ever On A Bike, and that means we want to encourage riders to do more than just ride their bikes. Take a break and smell the pine trees, and the homemade craft beer! at Pinelands Brewing Company, who will be serving up a prime selection of their craft brews at the finish line! Cool down with a free 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 samples of their dazzling selection of locally made candy will stimulate your sense of taste and nostalgia…
…And there is so much more in store for our riders. More details will be made available as the date approaches, and there will be some pleasant surprises, too!
As you can see, our goal is to provide our participants with the best possible experience. Even better, 100% of all rider raised dollars will to go directly toward the Patient Services at CINJ. To achieve this, we are relying on corporate sponsorship to help us cover the logistical costs of organizing and executing Pining for a Cure. The event is completely not-for-profit, and all remaining corporately sponsored funds will also go directly to CINJ. (So if you’d like to sponsor us or know someone who might, please reach out and let us know!)