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WJW Tour de Flateau Benefits Hunterdon Land Trust:

The Western Jersey Wheelmen Cycling Club is proud to be able to cycle in Hunterdon County. Our County has a rich agricultural heritage. It has the largest number of farms in the state. It presents a beautiful pastoral landscape that often surprises visiting riders. Many of the roads are not only aesthetically pleasing but are decidedly low traffic compared to much of the rest of the state. We have chosen routes that are relatively flat on the Hunterdon plateau. 

In addition to having a productive agricultural base, Hunterdon is rich in natural resources. Groundwater is the primary source of potable water for county residents; thus the need to maintain a clean and adequate supply is essential. However, surface water is equally important. Two reservoirs and a canal, located in the county, provide 225 million gallons a day of water for 1.5 million people in New Jersey. Many trout streams traverse the county, eventually draining into the Raritan, Delaware or Musconetcong rivers. Numerous state- and federally-listed endangered and threatened plants and animals are known to occur in Hunterdon County as well. 

The County’s open spaces make for great cycling. But we are not immune to development pressure. That is why we have partnered with the Hunterdon Land Trust for this year’s Tour de Flateau. The Hunterdon Land Trust is a private, nonprofit organization with specific mission to conserve land and its resources. They have a history of successful and strategic land preservation. We will highlight a few of these preserved parcels along each route.

Land preservation is a critical tool in the effort to manage growth wisely and maintain Hunterdon County’s traditional rural character. By working with local governments, the Land Trust helps communities control sprawl, reduce traffic, protect beautiful landscapes and historic areas, and provide ample space for outdoor recreation.

About the Routes:

The Flateau Century is aptly named for the terrain used in these particular routes. The Hunterdon Plateau is 60 square miles of fairly flat farmland west of Flemington, and a cyclist's paradise. Kingwood is at the western boundary of the plateau and this loop remains on the plateau going along country roads, through woodlands and farmlands.

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The Hunterdon Hundred (Century and Metric Century)

This is the link to the full 100 miles of the Hunterdon Hundred.    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6104244 The route starts Brunello Trattoria (a restaurant where you can park) on the plateau, heads toward Round Valley and then up on to the Sourlands before returning to the plateau for the final 25 miles.

The Metric Century follows the first 30 miles or so of the full century and then back to the plateau near the start of the ride.  This route’s final 25 miles on the plateau is the same as the century’s final 25.  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3052455

The first 75 miles of the century and the first 40 miles of the metric are fairly hilly, while the final 25 miles of both rides are fairly flat.

After the ride, enjoy refreshments at Brunello’s.

“The Old Flateau”

Just to the west of Flemington (Hunterdon Co. NJ) is 60 square miles of farm land featuring flat rural roads which local cyclists call the ‘Flateau’.  Rides in this terrain are prime for fast, coordinated groups since climbing is nearly non-existent.  All of the following routes start and finish at Brunello’s Trattoria, 300 Old Croton Road, Flemington, NJ.  The loops can be separate rides or can be combined to lengthen your ride.

Plateau Perimeter Loop – 30 Miles, 1200 feet of climbing

Plateau Inner Loop - 24.5 Miles, 750 feet of climbing

Plateau Center Loop – 16 Miles, 525 feet of climbing

“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

“Ringoes to Lambertville to the Sourlands”

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2552331  This link will take you on a low traffic, hilly, 32 mile ride which starts in Ringoes which is half way between Flemington and Lambertville.  Park at the Ball Field Parking on Wertsville Rd. between routes 202 and 579.   You will descend into Lambertville passing plenty of boutiques, restaurants and conveniece stores, and then the route takes you up on to the Sourland mountains and back to rural Ringoes where you will find a couple of delis, a bakery and a restaurant.  2442 feet of climbing.

“Lambertville to the Sourlands”

Lambertville, on the Delaware River, is a tourist destination featuring many shops, galleries, restaurants, B&Bs and the Delaware and Raritan canal and towpath.  There’s something for everyone in the family.  In contrast, the 90 square miles of the Sourlands (perhaps named because it is unsuitable for farming) comprise the largest contiguous forest in central New Jersey. The area is crisscrossed with paved country roads that run along the mountain ridge, past historic farms and through beautiful forests.

Parking in Lambertville: Lambert St. at the base of the Delaware River bridge.  Go to the parking area past the old (and closed) River Horse Brewery for parking.

Lambertville to the Sourlands – 42.5 Miles, 2650 feet of climbing

“Shades of Death”

This ride meanders through Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex and Warren counties on the way to the infamous Shades of Death road.  Made popular by Weird NJ magazine, this 3.3 mile stretch of road is the subject of legends including vicious highway bandits, the local residents who left lynched bodies dangling over the road as a warning to others and legends of significant numbers of bizarre fatal car accidents.  Winding past Ghost Lake (named for the wraith-like vapors that rise off of it), the Fairy Hole (a Lenape indian cave) and Lenape Lane (again, subject to many gruesome legends) Shades of Death is a welcome respite from the substantial climbing that may cause shades of death for some riders who are unprepared for the challenge.

Parking is located at the South Branch River Reservation Park, 111 Bank St, Califon NJ, 07830.  The small town of Califon offers a few shops and eateries (BEX Kitchen being highly recommended) for post ride entertainment.

Shades of Death – 50.5 miles, 4650 feet of climbing (including 3 prolonged, steep climbs.  Bring your climbing gears.)

“The Concrete Mile”

The Concrete Mile – 40.5 miles, 4200 feet of climbing

“The Jersey Double”

The Jersey Double is the route the Western Jersey Wheelmen used for the famous, 200 miles in a day event.   Although it has been a number of years since the WJW held it as a event, the course remains as a fond memory for many riders looking for the “next challenge.”  Thanks to Peter Grabowsky,  the route is available in Ride with GPS.

The Jersey Double - 200 miles, 11,600 feet of climbing

“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

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  • "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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Winter Cycling

Too many cyclists hang up their bikes at the first sign of snowflakes. They’re missing out: As your body struggles to stay warm in the cold, you not only burn more calories, but your body also learns to use oxygen much more efficiently, according to research from Northern Arizona University. Most importantly, riding around in the snow can be incredibly fun. This is what you should—and shouldn’t—do to make the most of your winter cycling 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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