Tour one of the nation's most scenic and historic areas on 12,25,35,50, 65 or 100-mile bicycle routes. Rides for all abilities, great food, ample rest stops, SAG support, air conditioned post-ride lunch and Bike Expo and more. Maps, cue sheets, Garmin files, and fully marked roads. Benefits safe cycling education and local volunteer first aid squads--there when we need them 24/7.
Registration closed for 2013. Our registration limit has been reached. We limit registration to ensure a quality ride experience.Thanks for your interest and we hope you will consider riding with us next year.Please check "rambleride.org" for a 2014 Ramble preview early next year.
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... The best one day riding event I've attended!
... Well done!
... Good job putting the route together.
... Ride was terrific. Loved the route!
... Very well organized.
... Excellent marshals and directions
... I felt, the route was very enjoyable. The Marshals did a good job.
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New design for 2013. Order by April 15 for guranteed pick-up at the Ramble. Order at Rambleride.org after you register for this year's Ramble.
Rides for all abilities. Scenic routes with “historic” surprises … rest stops and refreshments. Full lunch buffet in air-conditioned cafeteria after riding. Bike Expo with gear, massage and more. A great chance to tour our area's incredible history … to show that bicycles belong— for recreation, transportation and health… and to raise money for cycling safety education and the local volunteer emergency squads vital to riders and our community.
Organized by volunteers from the Morris Area Freewheelers, one of NJ’s largest adult bicycle touring clubs, under the auspices of the Morris Area Freewheelers Foundation. Presented by Atlantic Health, a recognized leader in quality health care for New Jersey and nationwide. Supported by local cycle shops and other area merchants.
6 fully marked tours, all with cue sheets (Garmin files will be available to registered riders a few days in advance of the event.):
12-miler (start 10:30 a.m.)
For newer cyclists: Ride the three-college tour—partly on bike paths. Follow the signs or join a group led by an experienced Freewheeler rider.
25-miler (start 10 a.m.) and 35-miler (start 9:30 a.m.)
On flat to rolling terrain with a few climbs through some of the most historic areas out New Vernon and Basking Ridge way. See the Great Swamp, Great Oak and enjoy mid-tour rest stops.
50-miler (start 8:45 a.m.) and 65-miler (start 8 a.m.)
For more experienced riders, to Far Hills and beyond, with fast flats, scenic roads, some challenging climbs and plenty of rest stops, including the Jockey Hollow area of the Morristown National Historical Park where the Continental Army spent the worst winter of the Revolution.
100-miler (start 7 a.m.)
For experienced and fit riders, with tours through Jockey Hollow, then on to Far Hills, Round Valley and beyond, with scenic climbs, spectacular descents and fast flats. Plenty of rest stops.
Before and after:
Morning get-you-going refreshments. Post-ride: an all-you-can-eat buffet from 11-5. Bike expo, music, massage and entertainment.
Meet Us at:
Drew University, Madison, NJ Free parking if you drive. You can also hop a NJ Transit train to either Madison or Convent Station and cycle over to Drew.
Ramble Riders: Please Note
• Registration fee includes water, snacks, rest stops, lunch, entertainment, bike expo, give-aways and discount coupons, cue sheets and all support services (rest rooms or porta-johns, parking, on-call medical, clearly marked routes, SAG (on-road vehicle support), ride guides and more.)
• Ramble rides sun or showers!
• Helmets a must. No headphones or cell phones while riding.
• Each rider must register on separate form.
• An adult parent or guardian must accompany each rider younger than 18.
• Children in bike seats or trailers must wear a helmet.
• No trikes or training wheeled bicycles are allowed.
• Riders or parent/guardian must sign the Release.
• The Tour is for cyclists only. For safety reasons, walkers or skaters may not participate.
• Check-in required Ride Day.
• Check-in Open 6:30 – 11 a.m.
• Note recommended ride start times.
• All riders must finish by 4 pm.
Ramble through "Pretty" Historic Areas
12-mile riders will tour Drew and traces the Traction Line past Fairleigh Dickinson University and St. Elizabeth's College.
Our 25- and 35-miler explores The Great Swamp and The Great Oak
Bought for a barrel of rum, 15 kettles, 4 pistols, 4 cutlasses plus other goods, and 30 pounds cash, the current Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is all that remains of a 30,000-acre tract deeded by the Delaware Indians in 1708. By the Revolutionary War, settlements dotted the area and local settlers fashioned wagon wheel parts with wood cut from the Great Swamp woods. We enjoy it because the threat of building a jetport mobilized an army of volunteers in one of the first successful battles of the environmental revolution during the ‘50’s and ‘60’s.
Look for one of the oldest white oak trees in the Western Hemisphere and its 156-foot spread in Basking Ridge. By the time of the Revolutionary War the oak was already nearly 400 years old and George Washington was said to have picnicked in its shade along with Lafayette and other officers.
The flatter 25 mile route now goes through Lord Stirling Park, where the home of the Continental Army general Lord Stirling was located. NOTE: A small segment, approximately 1/4 mile long, is dirt and gravel. Please plan accordingly
Our 50 and 65-mile rides feature a rest stop at Jockey Hollow, part of the Morristown National Historical Park
The Continental Army bivouacked here for two winters 1777 and 1779-80. This was strategically sound because the elevation of Jockey Hollow was several hundred feet above the British to the east. In the days of horsepower, this was considered an impregnable redoubt. The ’79-‘80 winter was the "cruelest" of the war, worse than the one at Valley Forge. Desertions and mutiny were commonplace. On May 25, 1780, Pennsylvania troops put down a mutiny. Two of the ringleaders were hanged. Fortunately, they are not still hanging around.
Stroll from the rest stop to the Wick House, quarters of Major Joseph Bloomfield of the 3rd New Jersey Regiment and the winter headquarters of General Arthur St. Clair in 1779-80. A myth was that Henry Wick's daughter, Tempe, in an attempt to hide her horse from the British, coaxed the horse up into the Wick House attic. Visit the Wick House at the Jockey Hollow rest stop and look up the attic stair to see if it could have been true.
Our 100-mile ride explores the area around Round Valley Reservoir
All the best history and riding of the 50/65 PLUS the vast vista of Round Valley and the quaint towns of Mountainville, Whitehouse Station and Stanton.
Explores the area around the Round Valley Reservoir, known for its pristine clear blue waters. In Colonial times, the valley was a patriot's refuge. The Round Valley Reservoir was created by the New Jersey Water Authority in 1960. The reservoir is named after the naturally formed circular valley surrounded by Cushetunk Mountain.
Pass through Pottersville on the way back -- following roads built on Native American trails.
The Morris County Stronghold
Morris County was among the few Revolutionary strongholds in New Jersey. Morristown provided Washington with an important defensive advantage. The country lying behind Long Hill and the Watchung Mountains was protected from sudden attack by both those rugged heights and broad swamps. More importantly, the furnaces and forges that provided iron products for the army were located nearby. The army was able to subsist in the Morristown area without overburdening the local economy or depleting its food reserves. Morristown would be a great place for a visit or a meal after the Ramble.
Our Ride HQ: Drew and Bottle Hill
Today it’s called Madison, but when it was founded a half-century or more before the Revolutionary War, it was called Bottle Hill. Today, The New York Times says it has a downtown that looks like a movie set, great places to eat and the NJ Transit Station is about a mile from Ramble HQ at Drew. Drew, founded over 120 years ago, has a campus they call the Forest (you’ll see why) and top-notch liberal arts, graduate and theological schools.
For All Riders: Plan a Visit after the Ramble to The Ford Mansion, Washington's Headquarters, part of the Morristown National Historical Park.
George and Martha stayed here while the troops were in Jockey Hollow. The Mansion is a restored Georgian-style home built for colonel Jacob Ford Jr. The home became Washington's Headquarters during the cruel winter of 1779-80.
You can tour the Mansion and the Museum with its world-renowned collection of Revolutionary War objects, paintings and documents.
All our hills are downright historical!
Ramble Tips & Rules
• Check the fit of your cycling helmet. They’re required.
• Check your emergency I.D. (Go to rambleride.org for a handy info card that will help.)
• Inflate your tires properly
• Wipe down your chain, lubricate, and wipe off the excess.
• Make sure you have a spare inner tube
• Plan to carry (but not use while on the bike) a cell phone.
• Plan to bring a full water bottle.
• Practice with and use a rear-view device, either bike mounted, helmet mounted or eyeglass mounted.
On the Ramble:
• Wear your helmet. It’s a must.
• Wear your wristband to show that you are a registered rider entitled to all Tour services, including rest areas.
• Skip the headphones or cell phones while riding.
• Move completely off the road and dismount when you stop to rest, repair your bike, or make a cell phone call.
• Carry photo identification (minors excluded) and keep it handy; you may need it.
• Exercise bicycle safety and respect other cyclists.
• Cycle defensively. Be prepared for moves by other cyclists and allow plenty of room, especially down hills.
• For more safe riding information, please go to rambleride.org
Adult and children 12 & older-$45 thru 3/15, then $50 thru 4/15, then $55
Child under 12 (12 Mile Ride)-$15 thru 4/15, then $20