We’ve moved to facebook!

Where’d everyone go? facebook. We have a facebook page for outreach, and a facebook group for members.

Click through and bookmark! See you there.

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Holiday Party

The club’s holiday party is scheduled for December 15 at Brunello’s Trattoria.  The restaurant is on route 579, just north of route 12.  As we had last year we will have a private room and I’m sure a wood fire going in the fireplace.  The cost for members and guests is $10 each.

More information will be coming, but mark your calendars now.

BTW have you joined the club’s Facebook group?  We will be moving to using Facebook as our Internet platform in the next couple of weeks.

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New Members

Please welcome the following new members:
Eric Kohler
Melanie Lenahan
Andrew Milstein
Robin Patric
Marc Rothenberg
Jim Simpson
Ron Zulli

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Hunterdon Hundred

Here are a couple of reminders and updates for the October 12 Hunterdon Hundred.

Cue sheets and GPS route download. These are available from a link on our website’s calendar page.  Go to the ride calendar, click on the ride you are doing and then click on the link which takes you to Ride With GPS.  Print the cue sheet or download the GPS route from this site.

A limited number of cue sheets will be available at the start

Time Schedule:

100 miles will leave at 7:30.

62 miles (13-14 mph avg.) will leave at 9:00.

62 miles at an A pace (16+ mph) will leave at 11:00.

All rides will leave on time and should finish around 3:00.

Non-members will need to arrive early enough to sign a waiver and pay a $10 membership fee.

More information is in the two articles below or call Kurt at 570-677-3591.

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Easy Rider

Jan Kaufman & Kurt Grabfelder (570-677-3591) will lead this ride on September 29.  We will average around 12 MPH, travel on scenic roads, have a rest stop and no one will be dropped. Flateau CenturyWe will be riding with the Central Bucks Bike Club.  Let’s get some of our newer riders and some spouses out for this ride.  Check the ride calendar for more details.

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New Members for June, July and August

Please welcome to the club:

John Haggerty
Allen Herman
James Hopta
Craig Yannuzzi
Michael Manks
Frank Tunnero
Chris Peterson
Daniel Tuttle
Jeremy L Weniger
Randy Grundleger
Brian Gilli

Hope to see you on a ride.

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Hunterdon Hundred Preparation

The Hunterdon Hundred, the WJW Club Century ride, is October 12 (see the article below).  Whether you plan to do the 62 mile metric century or the full hundred miler, it is a good idea to prepare for the ride.  You don’t want to be the one person in your group with a mechanical breakdown or the one who forgets to eat breakfast and bonks halfway through the ride.  The following are some hints to prepare for the big event.

Do these soon.

  • Make sure your bike is in good working order and that those annoying noises are taken care of.
  • Make sure you have that extra tube, tools, pump, and money in your bike bag.
  • Put in some extra miles each week, do some longer rides close to the length of the ride you plan to do on the 12th, do some hills.
  • Test any new equipment, and those new bike shorts.  You don’t want a surprise at mile 50.
  • If you are thinking of changing your on-the-ride nutrition/hydration, test it between now and the century, that new fancy sports drink might not sit too well in your stomach.  Again you don’t want surprises at mile 50.

The day (or two) before the ride.

  • Plan and maybe even prepare what you will eat for breakfast the day of the ride.
  • Gather your ride food, your ride gear, water bottles, pump and anything else you might need and pack it in a bag so that you can grab it on the way out the door.
  • Plan your time schedule and set your alarm so you arrive in plenty of time to check in, unload the bike, and have that last snack before the ride starts.  We do want to start each ride on time and it is inconsiderate to make people wait for you.  If you are on time you are late.

A little preparation will help make your ride enjoyable.

Both the metric and the full century routes head off the plateau away from the cars and don’t return to the cars until the end of the ride.  There are a few convenience stores along the routes but not many, so don’t count on frequent stops, bring plenty of water and ride food.  The first part of each route is fairly hilly and the last 25 miles of each route is on the plateau and fairly flat.  We hope that all the rides finish at 3:00 and that everyone can stay and enjoy the lunch special at Brunello Trattoria.  The club will buy the first round.

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Hunterdon Hundred


Join the Western Jersey Wheelmen on Saturday, October 12, for the Hunterdon Hundred, a 100 mile bike ride. This event is open to club members and non-members.

In addition to the century ride, the club will host a 62 mile metric century ride.  The rides will start throughout the morning and finish around three o’clock when cyclists can enjoy a cash bar on Brunello’s patio and buy a fabulous Italian lunch special for $10.  Other rides may be added for the day, so keep an eye on the ride calendar.Rest Stop at a Winery (2)

The century route will be on mostly rural roads and will include some challenging hills as the ride leaders take the bikers up and down the beautiful Sourland Mountain and back up to the Hunterdon Plateau where the final 25 miles will be on fairly flat roads.  The 62 mile metric century will follow a similar route but without as many hills.

Non-club members will need to complete a waiver form on the day of the event and pay a $10 fee which includes a four month WJW membership.  For more details contact Kurt at 570-677-3591 or kurt.grabfelder@gmail.com.

 The starting location is Brunello’s Trattoria, 300 Old Croton Rd., Flemington.  The restaurant is west of Flemington on route 579 just north of route 12.  Cue sheets will be provided for each of the rides.  Closer to the ride date, the routes will be posted on the club website at www.bikewjw.org.

The starting times and approximate average speeds are:  7:30—100 miles at 15 mph, 9:00—62 miles at 13 mph.Flateau Century

The Western Jersey Wheelmen is a year-round recreational bicycle club, catering to all ability levels and interests, with road and off road rides throughout the week. Check the web site wordpress.bikewjw.org for rides and other events.

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Email Notifications

If you would like to be notified by email when a ride is posted, scroll to the bottom of the calendar and click on RSS.  Follow the directions and you should be notified of a new post.  You will need to choose the program you want to use for receiving the RSS feed, most often an email program, such as Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.  In the RSS setup, you will need to navigate to your program files and specify the program there.

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Club Picnic

Bike ExchangeThe club picnic is Saturday, August 24, at Pickell Mountain Park, in Whitehouse.  Come out and tell tall tales of this year’s biking exploits as you socialize with you fellow wheelmen and wheelwomen.  Bring your clunker bike for the everyone loses race and test your biking prowess after an adult beverage or two.  All bikes in the race will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club’s Bike Exchange.  More details are on the calendar posting.

What?  Roadie Dave on a mountain bike teeter totter!

What? Roadie Dave on a mountain bike teeter totter!

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