BTCNJ’s (Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey) Annual Ramapo Rally is the premier club-sponsored bicycling event in northern New Jersey. In 2014 about 1400 riders and volunteers participated in our annual signature event. We started at the Campgaw Mountain Reservation in Mahwah, NJ, a beautiful part of the Bergen County parks system.
Our six routes ranged from one of the most challenging (hilliest and longest) routes of any area club rally of 125 miles all the way down to a 12-mile route suitable for families and novice riders – and everything in between. Well-stocked rest stops along the way offered nourishment, sanitary facilities and even mechanical support. Roving SAG wagons provided help to riders with problems. At the end of the ride, participants returned to the start site for a light meal, massage, and the opportunity to browse and shop the Rally Marketplace for cycling related merchandise and information from our sponsors.
A significant portion of the proceeds from the Rally will be given back to the community. In 2013 we donated $14,000 from Rally earnings to support local community charities and volunteer organizations.
Watch the video above to get a flavor for the event, and plan to join us in 2015.