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Pining for a Cure Gran Fondo

Pining for a Cure Gran Fondo

July 29 2018
New Jersey, USA

Pining for a Cure was founded by Michael Lock and John Gregory, two guys with a passionate like of cycling and a passionate dislike of cancer. Our goal is to provide cyclists of all fitness levels with their Best Day Ever On A Bike, while raising awareness and funds for the great work of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ).

2018 is our inaugural year, and we are hoping to set the bar high right off the starting line with a great big showing of cyclists from all over the Tri-State area!

We chose RCINJ as our ride beneficiary because Michael and John were introduced to the Rutgers Cancer Institute at another cycling driven benefit, and were particularly impressed with their enthusiasm, selflessness, and dedication toward the cause. CINJ’s singular mission is to help individuals fight and defeat cancer. Through the transformation of laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, they target cancer with precision medicine, immunotherapy and clinical trials and provide the most advanced, comprehensive, and compassionate world class cancer care to adults and children.

It is our ambition that the anticipated success of Pining for a Cure will provide us with a solid foundation upon which to build, so that we can continue to assist CINJ and be a part of all the good that they do for the New Jersey community and far beyond, as we continue to wage war against cancer.

Thank you so much for your consideration in participating and/or contributing to this crucial cause.

What makes Pining For A Cure different from so many other benefit rides and gran fondo bike rides?

For one…Pining For A Cure is FLAT, with less than 1,500 feet of elevation on the 100 MILE ROUTE, and even less that on the 40 MILE and 75 MILE ROUTE OPTIONS. No scary climbs or white knuckle descents here, just pedal away at your leisure while enjoying some of the most scenic and serene roads that New Jersey has to offer.

Speaking of serene roads, the Pine Barrens are also QUIET, with minimal traffic and very few intersections. On some 20 mile stretches, you will probably see more hawks turkey vultures than cars.

That’s not to say that the Pines are boring. On the contrary, the region is famous for some of NJ’s weirdest landmarks, and there is a wonderful variety of scenery. We’ll be riding through dense pine forests, between fields of colorful cranberry bogs, past glistening glassy reservoirs, and cross five wooden bridges on our trip out to the very tip of Great Bay Boulevard, a stunning marine and avian wildlife haven!

The aforementioned Great Bay Boulevard will come 35 miles into the ride…the perfect time and the perfect place for a reinvigorating brunch stop catered with fresh baked LEGENDARY world-famous donuts, courtesy of Bagel Nosh in Lakewood, NJ.

And that’s not the only extra special rest stop we have planned…

Our goal is to make this The Best Day Ever On A Bike, and that means we want to encourage riders to do more than just ride their bikes. Take a break and smell the pine trees, and the homemade craft beer! at Pinelands Brewing Company, who will be serving up a prime selection of their craft brews at the finish line! Cool down with a free Hot Diggidy Dog hot dog at the famous Hot Diggidy Dog watering hole–a favorite refreshment stop for cyclists, kayakers, motorcyclists, and locals for years (and chock full of awesome photo ops).  Follow the spacious designated bike lanes past glassy lakes and evergreen forests to Nixon’s General Store, where samples of their dazzling selection of locally made candy will stimulate your sense of taste and nostalgia…

And there is so much more in store for our riders. More details will be made available as the date approaches, and there will be some pleasant surprises, too!

As you can see, our goal is to provide our participants with the best possible experience. Even better, 100% of all rider raised dollars will to go directly toward the Patient Services at CINJ. To achieve this, we are relying on corporate sponsorship to help us cover the logistical costs of organizing and executing Pining for a Cure. The event is completely not-for-profit, and all remaining corporately sponsored funds will also go directly to CINJ. (So if you’d like to sponsor us or know someone who might, please reach out and let us know!)

Pining for a Cure Gran Fondo

Routes: 40, 75, 100 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

***Registration Will Open In Late February. Registration fee of $50 includes Pining For A Cure jersey. Minimum fundraising requirement to ride (not including registration fee) is $150.***

Start Address: New Jersey, USA
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