2nd Annual JORBA Bike Festival

Date Published: 
Wed, 08/12/2009

Jersey Off-Road Bicycle Association Presents: 2nd Annual JORBA Bike Festival

Back by popular demand, the Jersey Off-Road Bicycle Association (JORBA) announces the 2nd Annual Bike Festival to be held from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, September 12, 2009, at the Waterloo Concert Field, 10 Kinney Road, Stanhope, NJ. JORBA's Bike Festival was created as an enjoyable way to promote trail stewardship and cycling advocacy throughout New Jersey. Last year, nearly 1,000 riders—of all ages, all levels, and from all across the state—came out to enjoy a fun-filled day of biking. There is much more in store this year.

The 2009 Bike Festival will feature guided trail rides in Allamuchy North, Deer Park, and Stephens State Park for all skill levels including women's only rides and a children's ride; incredible raffles including brand new bikes, bike shop gift cards, and other gear; demonstrations by professional riders including Jeff Lenosky; skills clinics for all levels of riders by Cycleworks owner John Nicholson; contests throughout the day; demo trailers from Giant, Specialized and Trek; and dozens of food and industry vendors. As an affiliate of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), JORBA is thrilled to be hosting the IMBA Trail Care Crew at this year's Bike Festival. The IMBA crew will be giving talks promoting responsible riding and sustainable trails and will lead group rides. Please note, bicycle helmets must be worn if you plan to ride and, of course, non-riders are also welcome.

This year, JORBA is sponsoring an essay contest in memory of Brian Hahl--friend, dedicated teacher, and passionate mountain biker. The contest will award a bike to one boy and one girl between the ages of 12-16. To enter the contest, please submit a one-page essay telling us why you deserve a bike and what winning will mean to you. Please, only one essay per child. Send entries, postmarked by September 1, 2009, to The Brian Hahl Bicycle Grant Essay Contest, P.O. Box 673, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550, or electronically to bikefest@jorba.org. Submissions will be judged by JORBA's board members and winners will be notified phone so please include your address and phone number. Each bike will be awarded to the winners during the Bike Festival and we hope you'll be present to accept your new bike and share your winning essay.

JORBA will also conduct a food drive at the Bike Festival to benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Community Food Bank supplies food to programs at nearly 1,500 non-profit charities in 19 New Jersey Counties. To help us all give back, we will gladly accept donations of any non-perishable food items. For more information on the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, please visit njfoodbank.org.

As both an educational and charitable organization, JORBA encourages volunteerism and responsible riding, while advocating off road cycling as a healthy, environmentally sound, and sustainable activity. Working closely with land managers, park officials, and other trail user groups, JORBA seeks to protect the rights and responsibilities of cyclists as equal members of the trail user community. With over 500 members strong at chapters throughout New Jersey, JORBA actively works toward conservation, development, and maintenance of trails.

The 2009 Bike Festival is sponsored by Cyclecraft, Cycleworks, Marty's Reliable, Bicycle Pro With Giant Bicycles, Bicycle Hub of Marlboro, High Point Insurance, and Waste Management

In partnership with mtbNJ.com | IMBA