Tour de Pines

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance holds a bike tour of the Pinelands every October.

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Tour de Pines – Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2022

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Tour de Pines rider Mike Thompson gives a thumbs up as he leads the pack outside Whitesbog Village.

The Tour de Pines, sponsored by Pinelands Preservation Alliance, celebrates Pinelands Month in October. This year we offer four single-day bicycle tours of the New Jersey Pinelands. Proceeds benefit the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, a nonprofit organization working to protect the resources on New Jersey Pinelands since 1989. There is no other bike ride like this in New Jersey!

All routes start & finish in the same location; participants provide their own transportation, food, and lodging as these are unsupported rides.  Although the rides are self-guided, we will provide each participant with:

  • Cue Sheets
  • GPS Files
  • Free Access to the Ride with GPS App
  • Instructions that contain details about the rides

Partnering with kermesse sport:

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance is pleased to work with Kermesse Sport to organize the Tour de Pines, which allows us to continue to offer high-quality events for you to enjoy.  They have been involved in event organization for more than 30 years and are best known for their World Class Hell of Hunterdon event, which is one of the oldest gravel cycling events in the US. 


Registration is open!


Distances on routes are subject to change if road conditions warrant.

2022 Tour de pines routes

Tour de Pines Laurita Winery Ride in 2018.

Day 1 – September 29, 2022
NO WHINING RIDE
Start Time 9:00 a.m. Laurita Winery, New Egypt, NJ – The ride starts and ends at this location.

Provisional Mileage: there will be a 28 mile loop and a 47 mile loop. Scenic areas in both Ocean and Monmouth counties may be enjoyed, including many agricultural, tree and horse farms. The route passes through Colliers Mills and Assunpink Wildlife Management Areas, as well as a visit to Historic Walnford, a Monmouth County Park. Be prepared for some rolling terrain and a few steep hills! After your ride, visit the winery. The short & long courses start from the same location.

Bridge to Nowhere Ride in 2014 with Delaware Bay in background.

Day 2 – September 30, 2022
BRIDGE TO NOWHERE
Start Time 9:00 a.m.
Belleplain State Forest in Woodbine, NJ – The ride starts and ends at this location.

Provisional Mileage: there will be a 55 mile loop. This ride takes you through Belleplain State Forest, Port Norris, and Dividing Creek. Have lunch on the mysterious Bridge to Nowhere at Maurice River Park! See the East Point Lighthouse (the second oldest lighthouse in NJ) on the Delaware Bay. Cycle through an area of New Jersey that looks much as it did 50 years ago! Only a Long Course is available

Pinelands Meets the Bay ride in 2019.

Day 3 – October 1, 2022
PINELANDS MEETS THE BAY
Start Time 9:00 a.m.
Bass River State Forest in Tuckerton, NJ – The rides start and end at this location.

Provisional Mileage: there will be a 22 mile loop and a 49 mile loop. This ride starts from Bass River State Forest, New Jersey’s first state forest, established in 1905, and travels through populated places, wildlife management areas, and passes the famed “Chair on the Roof”. The longer route also travels out and back on Seven Bridges Road to the Rutgers Marine Studies facility, which is a former US Coast Guard Station. The views from this part of the ride are impressive. The short & long courses start from the same location.

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The barn at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

Day 4 – October 2, 2022
CRANBERRY CRUISER RIDE
Start Time 9:00 a.m.
Pinelands Preservation Alliance 17 Pemberton Rd, Southampton NJ 08088. The rides start and end at this location.

Provisional Mileage: there will be a 27 mile loop and a 43 mile loop. We brought back and oldie but a goodie! The last time we offered this route was 2014! This ride takes you through Brendan Byrne State Forest, historic Medford Village, past Kirby’s Mill, and past the farm fields of Southampton Township. Food and beer after the ride in the historic barn at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. The short & long courses start from the same location.

As this ride serves as the Grand Finale of the 2022 Tour de Pines, we plan to offer some post-ride food & drinks. 

Register for the Tour!

Participants register for each day & route they want to participate in; if you register for multiple days, you will automatically receive an entry fee discount on your additional days, if you register for them at the same time. For example, your initial ride will cost $45, and your additional rides will cost $20 each. Each participant who registers by August 31, 2022 will receive a complimentary Tour de Pines Beanie at check-in prior to your first ride (one per person, regardless of the numbers of days you register for).

Discounted Fee Deadline: Monday, Aug 1, 2022 at 12:01 AM ET.

Online Registration Deadline: Friday, Sep 23, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET.

All registrations takes place through BikeReg. Click on the link below.

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance is a local, grassroots organization and your participation truly makes a difference in our effort to protect New Jersey’s Pinelands. The Tour de Pines helps to support our work to protect New Jersey’s Pinelands so there are always beautiful green places to ride your bike in south Jersey.

Information

Questions? Contact Brian at Kermesse Sport at 267-744-4538.

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Tour de Pines 2022 Advisory Committee Members: Eric Ascalon, Harry Chaikin, Mickey Coen, Mona Freedman, Anita Garner, Michael Hardy, John Keenan, Kevin Kristian, Chris Monchinski, Dan Rappoport, Daniel Sferas, Jay Stephens, Ed and Patricia Troike, and Jim Wheatcroft. PPA is very grateful for their hard work in planning this year’s event!

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