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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 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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Autumn Riding



The temperature is finally dropping, and that means cold hands; time to dig out gloves. You know yourself and what you need to protect; perhaps it is your ears or your toes; think about some earmuffs, skullcap or thicker socks. Think layers. You may start off at one temperature and finish at another!

Dark. The sun is coming up later and setting a lot earlier now visibility is not as good as it was a few weeks ago.Time to make sure that lights work, have fresh batteries, and are not obstructed by dirt. Check with your local bike shop to find out what you need; also consider adding additional reflective tape to surfaces on your bike.

Speaking of reflective, you also need reflective and fluorescent clothing: just wearing white or light colored clothes will not cut it, especially in autumn when the light is flatter. The fluorescence will pick up existing ambient light, and reflective strips will make you visible in car headlights. You can get bike-specific reflective/fluorescent clothing and enjoy wind-breaker and rain shielding properties, or grab a general hi-viz vest.

Weather. Autumn equals unpredictable. Keep an eye on the forecast for swings in temperature and the possibility of storms. They say there is no bad weather–only bad clothing. Best advice? A little preparation goes a long way!

Road Conditions. Falling leaves are beautiful and who isn’t drawn to a pile of leaves? But before you pedal through that pile, be aware that there could be a surprise under it–a pothole, a stick, an old tire, etc. Leaves also reduce your traction so be careful when cornering on a leaf-strewn road or path.

Be safe and be seen!



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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