Save the date!
October 3rd to October 6th, 2024
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 of 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.
Distances on routes are subject to change if road conditions warrant.
We will update 2024 routes when available. For now, check out last year’s routes below!
Day 1 – October 5, 2023
DESPERATELY SEEKING SALLY
Start Time 9:00 a.m. White Horse Winery, Hammonton, NJ – The ride starts and ends at this location.
Provisional Mileage: there will be a 26-mile and a 49-mile loop. Starting at White Horse Winery in Winslow Township, much of the ride is in Waterford Township, which was first recognized by royal charter in 1694. Waterford was also the home of 1950s & 60s TV personality Sally Starr. You will ride through a mix of small towns, suburbs, and rural areas in scenic Camden County, passing many farms and vineyards along the way. The Long Route will go into Burlington & Atlantic Counties as well. After your ride, visit the winery for a tasting.
Day 2 – October 6, 2023
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, 37-mile, and 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, and wildlife management areas, and passes the famed “Chair on the Roof”. The medium and long loops also travel 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. All loops start from the same location.
Day 3 – October 7, 2023
IN & AROUND PEASLEE
Start Time 9:00 a.m. Estell Manor County Park in Estell Manor, NJ – The ride starts and ends at this location.
Provisional Mileage: There will be a 26-mile and a 52-mile loop. This ride traverses pristine Pinelands. Steeped in history from the early settlers who once called this new land their home – to the massive munitions plant built during World War I, much of this area has now been designated as several wildlife management areas. These include Great Egg Harbor River WMA, Maple Lake WMA, Dorothy Preserve, Tuckahoe WMA, Gibson Creek WMA, and Peaslee WMA.
Day 4 – October 8, 2023
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. This ride takes you through Brendan Byrne State Forest, historic Medford Village, past Kirby’s Mill, and the farm fields of Southampton Township. Enjoy food and beer after the ride in the historic barn at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.
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.
Questions? Contact Brian at Kermesse Sport at 267-744-4538.
Tour de Pines 2023 Advisory Committee Members: 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!