BTCNJ’s (Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey) Annual Ramapo Rally is the premier club-sponsored bicycling event in northern New Jersey. This year we anticipate about 1,000 riders and volunteers participated in our annual signature event. The 206 Ramapo Rally was held on Sunday, August 21, 2016. 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. Participants included riders on the hottest, lightest road bikes, as well as the whole range of recreational cyclists.
Riders on all routes chose to ride either in groups escorted by experienced ride leaders or on their own, following detailed cue sheets and road markings. 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 is given back to the community. In 2016 we donated proceeds to Ridgewood-based Camp Sunshine, a camp for multiply disabled children and young adults; local volunteer EMS squads; and the Boy Scouts.
Safety Rules and Tips for All Riders
- HELMETS are mandatory
- Ride in single file. Bicyclists are never allowed to impede traffic. There may be times where bicycles may travel two abreast when traffic is not impeded. It is a traffic violation to ride more than two abreast.
- The use of headphones and/or loud speakers is NOT permitted
- Follow the same traffic rules you would if you were driving a car.
- Be mindful of other cyclists.
- Do not follow to closely behind other bicycles
- Let other riders, and motorists, know what you are doing.
- Use hand signals when turning or when stopping.
- Check for any approaching vehicles before changing lanes
- Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction
For additional information see the AAA’s Guide to a Safe Bike Ride
ENJOY YOUR RIDE!!!
Read about past years Ramapo Rally events which were covered in the following press stories: