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Tour of Somerville Cycling Series Memorial Day Weekend

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Competitive cyclists from throughout the world will again converge in central New Jersey Memorial Day weekend to compete in the 74th edition of one of America’s classic cycling events, the annual Tour of Somerville on Monday, May 29.

Re-branded as The Tour of Somerville Cycling Series, sponsors have extended racing over the course of three days, with racing events in Bound Brook on Saturday, May 27 and Raritan on Sunday, May 28.

The Tour of Somerville Cycling Series is promoted by Arts on Division, a Somerset County-based non-profit organizaton that encourages and supports all aspects of culture and the arts. Arts on Division donates a portion of the Tour proceeds to local nonprofit organizations.

Additionally, the Tour has secured Michael Malekoff as race director. He returns to Somerville as a long-time resident, former standout cyclist and, most important, a promoter of major national and international cycling events including state, national and international events like the U.S. national cycling championships, U.S. Olympic trials, the 1984 Olympic track championships and the 1986 World Cycling Championships.

The Tour of Somerville attracts thousands of spectators from the tri-state area each year and more than 600 competitive cyclists from around the world in various categories from Juniors, Masters, Women, Senior Men and Pro Men.

The featured event is the historic Kugler-Anderson Memorial 50-mile criterium, the nation’s oldest, major bicycle race. Named after two cyclists who won the first and second races in 1940 and 1941, they both gave their lives in World War II. To honor their memory and sacrifice, the race was named after them when it resumed in 1947.

More than a sporting event, the “Tour” has been described by Sports Illustrated, the New York Times and other media as a combined street fair, music festival, community expo and neighborhood lawn party all wrapped around the fast-paced, multi-lap competition through the streets of Somerville’s historic downtown.
Past competitors have included the likes of Tour de France winner Greg LeMond and Olympic gold medal speed skater turned cyclist Eric Heiden, as well as scores of national and world cycling champions; all have applauded the size and enthusiasm of the crowds lining the race’s course and the sense of community and history that defines Somerville.

For the second consecutive year, both men’s and women’s race participants will be competing for equal prize lists, the first national bicycle race to make parity a priority. In addition, a new “Kid’s Race” will be added where youngsters can compete for bragging rights and ribbons.

For more information about the Tour of Somerville Cycling Series, day-of activities, sponsorship or registration information; visit the website at www.tourofsomerville.org or send an email to: info@tourofsomerville.org.

This post was written by Rod Hirsch of Tap into Somerville. 

Somerville Spring Street Fair

It’s that time again!

Sunday June 4th
Main Street, Somerville
from 11AM-5PMFun for the whole family!

Come join us and make some memories:)

Another community event Sponsored by the
Somerville Business and Professional Association.
For updates like us on facebook

SPEND AN APPETIZING AFTERNOON WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON AT THE WALLACE HOUSE AND OLD DUTCH PARSONAGE

On Sunday, June 4, from 1 – 4 pm George Washington re-enactor Dave Emerson will speak at the Old Dutch Parsonage while Susan Plaisted gives a hands-on ice cream-making demonstration in the kitchen wing of the Wallace House historic site.

In early June of 1789, George Washington took his leave of “Hope Farm,” home of the Wallace family, to resume his spring campaign against the British army.

Step back in time, and come hear him speak at the Old Dutch Parsonage, where he goes to say goodbye to his good friend, the Reverend Jacob Hardenbergh.

At the same time, in the kitchen of the Wallace House, historic foodways expert Susan Plaisted will give a hands-on demonstration of how ice cream– one of Washington’s favorite desserts – was made in the eighteenth century.

Samples available for visitors. This event is suitable to all ages.

71 Somerset St.

Somerville, NJ  08876

Phone:  908-725-1015     Email: whouse3@verizon.net

There is ten dollar per-person fee to attend this program for adults,

five dollars for children ages ten and under.

Advance registration is recommended.

Seatings to hear George Washington are at 1, 2 and 3 pm.

Call 908-725-1015 or email whouse3@verizon.net to register.

Please register early, as seating is limited.

 

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