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Western Jersey Wheelmen

Back in May of 1981, the then president of the “Central Jersey Bicycle Club” decided that he had grown weary of all of the political undertones that existed within a very large cycling club. So he and his wife, along with three other cycling friends, decided that they had enough and would breakaway from that club and form a new club. This was the birth of the “Western Jersey Wheelmen”.

The purpose of our club was quite simple…to promote bicycling in western New Jersey, one of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the state. Our club’s initial bylaws were drafted in such a way as to keep our club from growing too large, so a “100 member limit” was stipulated within it. The idea was to have fewer members that were truly serious cyclists and would be “active” riders as opposed to having hundreds and hundreds of members, most of which would never be seen at a ride. So in the beginning, one didn’t just join the Western Jersey Wheelmen, one had to instead be accepted as a member. Over the years, the limit was raised to 200 members, and then eventually the limit was eliminated altogether. 

At the end of 1981 our club had a total of 25 members, but in keeping with the club’s concept, they were extremely active members. Events for that first year were a swim & picnic ride, a camping weekend, a night at the velodrome, a fall tour to Port Jervis and a beer and pizza bash! But no event in our club’s history was more famous than “The Jersey Double”, a 200-mile bike ride completed in one day. At its peak, “The Jersey Double” would attract nearly 100 participants, not just from New Jersey, but from Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland as well. Although our club no longer runs “The Jersey Double”, we continue to offer numerous special events throughout the year. 

Today the Western Jersey Wheelmen offer rides for all abilities, whether you are a seasoned “A” rider loving those hills and pace lines or the casual “D” rider just getting started in the sport. Road rides and off-road rides are both offered, on weekdays as well as on weekends.

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Club Rides
  • "Round the Valley" Variant

    This is a slight variation of an area classic.  This ride starts at Pickel Park, Whitehouse, past Round Valley State Park, the Stanton General Store, to White Oak Park, Branchburg and back to Pickell Park.  There are some hills.  27.6 miles.  Pickell Park Round the Valley

  • "Oldwick Old School"

    Oldwick to Tewksbury, Califon to High Bridge.  Low traffic route, five big climbs. 3500 feet of ascent. 30 miles  http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1383219

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Tips for Fall Cycling

Autumn is a time of change. Some of it great – the leaves changing color, a new season for new endeavors, and a welcome relief from the heat. But that change also brings with it some new challenges for those who get around by bike. The rain can be a big deterrent for a lot of people to continue using their bike as a means of transportation. We also get shorter days, cooler mornings and evenings, and cloudiness. But the new conditions need not be a deterrent, just another opportunity to find your footing on two wheels. Here are some tips for cycling in autumn to keep you enjoying your commute through the cooling season.

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Member Comments

 

Diana Davis:

I LOVE riding in Hunterdon County! The plateau in Kingwood to the rolling hills in Readington. Sometimes a challenge, but always beautiful scenery!

Kurt Grabfelder:

I appreciate being a club member because it makes it much easier to get riders together for a group ride.  Riding with a group is safer and, I think, it brings out the best effort in you.  I like associating with like minded people who are interested in biking, fitness and nutrition.

The Western Jersey Wheelmen.

The Western Jersey Wheelmen is a year-round recreational bicycle club, sponsoring road and off road rides throughout the year and catering to all ability levels. Social events and special rides bring us together periodically throughout the year.


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