The third annual Tour de Blairstown will take place on Saturday, August 4, 2018, to benefit the Foodshed Alliance to help New Jersey’s family farms thrive, provide access  to farm-fresh healthy local food for all, regardless of means, and protect our rural environment. Registration for the ride, which offers a choice of three scenic routes through the northwest NJ countryside, is open; the rate is $50 online and $60 on site the day of the event.

The event, which is being professionally managed by Marty’s Reliable Cycle, begins and ends at the Blairstown Farmers’ Market at 5 Stillwater Road, Blairstown, across the street from the Blairstown Elementary School. It is open to all ages; those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult.

Cyclists have a choice of 25-, 40- and 62-mile scenic routes, which begin with an easy registration/check-in process with free coffee and a light breakfast from 6:30 to 9:00 a.m. The 62-mile ride leaves at 7:30 a.m.; the 40-mile ride leaves at 8:00 a.m.; and the 25-mile ride leaves at 8:30 a.m. It is a rain or shine event. Official rest stops along the way with free water and snacks will be provided by community sponsors: Blairstown Rotary, Greater Blairstown Business Association (GBBA), the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm and the Blairstown Museum. This year’s SAG wagon is sponsored by 4Track of Blairstown.

Lunch, catered by Rogue Tacos & Catering; and a craft beer from Buck Hill Brewery, is included after the ride in the registration fee. Following the ride, participants will have the opportunity to shop at the Blairstown Farmers’ Market and enjoy Historic Blairstown Day, sponsored by the Blairstown Museum, a celebration of Blairstown’s heritage on Main Street, just one block from the market. Spend the afternoon enjoying the ambiance of a bygone era with live entertainment; antique, craft and food vendors; antique/vintage car show; a celebration of John Insley Blair’s birthday (his birthday is 8/22) and much more.

Organized by Marty’s Reliable Cycle to benefit the Foodshed Alliance, the Tour de Blairstown is sponsored by the Blairstown Rotary Club, the Greater Blairstown Business Association, the Blairstown Museum and 4Track. It is supported by the Blairstown Enhancement Committee, YMCA Camp Mason, Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm, Township of Frelinghuysen, Township of Stillwater and Triple Brook Camping Resort.

Marty’s Reliable Cycle promotes cycling at the local level and sponsors many charity rides to support those in its community. Its three full-service cycle shops are located in Morristown, Randolph and Hackettstown. Proceeds from the event benefit the Foodshed Alliance which works at the intersection of food, farming and the environment to foster a self-sustaining foodshed that supports farmers, nourishes people, respects the land and strengthens our communities.