Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day thanks!

To all who are traveling this weekend, may your traffic jams be few and your skies sunny! For those who are staying in town, hopefully we'll see you on one of our rides this weekend! 

And for those of you who have served in the military, have family members who have served, or have lost a loved one in combat - we salute you and yours today, and thank you so much for your service and your sacrifice! We are all honored by your commitment. 

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend! 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Saturday beginners ride series!

We're excited to announce a series of Saturday morning beginners rides! TTC member Tim Warchol will start leading beginner rides this Saturday at Jungle Habitat, starting at 12 p.m. This will be a beginner paced, no drop ride - all are welcome! Tim will adjust the ride to the needs of the group, and will give you a great tour of the trails at Jungle Habitat. Meet at the JH gates, bring some water, and join the ride! 

As always, drop us a line with any questions - And thanks Tim, for stepping up!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Kit news, and a field trip

Great news - the re-order came in for our kits! If you had placed an order for some of our stylish Team Town Cycle merchandise, it is at Town Cycle now, bagged and ready for pick-up! If you didn't place an order, and now are mired in remorse - don't despair! We do have some extra stock! Drop us a line at with what you are looking for, and we'll try to hook you up with the most stylish riding gear around! Wear the plaid proudly!

But wait - there's more! As part of our effort to whip up some enthusiasm and  win approval for the construction of a pump track in West Milford, we're planning a field trip to the only other municipal pump track in NJ. On June 4 (rain date June 11), several Team Town Cycle members will take a trip down to the Alexandria Pump Track to see what all the excitement is about! You don't need a super special bike to ride at a pump track - bring what you've got, grab your helmet, and come check it out! If you have a BMX bike, great - if not, your mountain bike or whatever you have with knobby tires will work! Bring your kids, friends, neighbors, etc. Our plan is to arrive at the track around 9 a.m., and spend a few hours riding and talking to the builders of the track. We'd love to have you join us, and are willing to help coordinate a caravan and/or carpooling for anyone interested. As always, drop us a line with any questions or concerns! 

Check back tomorrow - we've got news about a new beginners ride! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mid-week fun!

  • Reminder - tonight is an I Dig Tuesday trail work night at Jungle Habitat! Don't forget, if you are a TTC racer, PayDirt is part of your racers agreement! Doing your PayDirt at Jungle Habitat is an easy and convenient way to get those hours in! Meet us at 6 p.m. at the JH gate - bring your gloves, bug spray and water! 
  • Wednesday night is Ladies Night on Clinton Road! And this week, we have a special treat. Larry Towner from Team Town Cycle sponsor ProPower Coaching will be there this Wednesday to provide a bike fit analysis to anyone interested.  He will be at the parking lot at 5:30 p.m. with a stationary trainer. He will put your bike on the trainer and do a quick check for saddle height and fore/aft adjustment, and then make any necessary adjustments. Bike fit can be a complicated process but with these quick adjustments you can get very close to your optimum position on the bike.  This will result in greater power and better comfort.
  • Wednesday night we will also have a moderate pace, no drop mountain bike ride at Jungle Habitat. Please be wheels down at the JH gate at 6 p.m. so we can get a good 2 hour ride in before dark! 
As always, if you have questions about rides and weather, you can check your email, our blog, or our Twitter page for updates! 

Hope to see you out there!

Catching up

It's been so busy, we haven't had time to talk about a few events that have been happening here. So let's catch up!
Well, the 3rd annual Juniors in the Jungle bike race was even more successful than the two previous races, if that is possible! We had 95 racers participate in classes from kindergarten through high school, and they all did a great job! From experienced racers to first timers, a good time was had by all.

For more pictures of our day, check the link on our sidebar to the left! Finish results will be on the sidebar shortly as well.

Thanks to everyone who came out and raced, cheered, and showed our young racers such great support. A big part of our club's mission is to promote youth cycling, and the great turnout showed that the message is getting out there!

The biggest thanks goes to all of our volunteers and sponsors. Town Cycle, Trek, and Giant Bicycles - thanks for all you do to help us put on this event every year! Also much thanks for the West Milford First Aid Squad and the New Jersey Mountain Bike Patrol. We're always so very grateful for your support of all our events - and for the band-aids! And of course - we couldn't do it without our Team Town Cycle volunteers. Whether you were there for two hours or the whole day, we truly appreciate all the time you donate to us. This event happens because people like you care about the future of cycling, and we couldn't imagine pulling off an event like this without your help! 

Speaking of the kids, Team Town Cycle represented very well the Team Bulldog Kids Race and New Jersey MS/HS State Championships at Kittatinny State Park in Andover on May 7. Austin, Klae, Titus, Delia, Ethan, Dillon, Justin, and all of the TTC kids did a great job there and made us all proud. Way to go juniors! 


A few of the TTC ladies recently took a road trip to Vermont for some RR and R - Road Riding and Relaxing!

Looks like it was an awesome trip ladies! For a few more pictures of their adventures, check them out on our Flickr page! And for a nice summary of their trip, read a recap from TTC friend Alyssa here!


OK, that's some of the excitement taking place lately here at TTC! Stay tuned later today for news about kits and rides and field trips - oh my!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

King of the Mountain ride CANCELED for May 22!

Sorry for the last minute cancellation, but due some conflicts, we need to cancel our KOM ride for tomorrow. Not to worry, we'll ride that awesome route another day! 

Thanks -and have great weekend!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Party for Marty reminder, and a Judgement Day ride!

Don't forget, tickets are going fast for our wine tasting evening on June 7 as part of our Party for Marty events! Our friends at The Endless Vine have once again partnered with Team Town Cycle to put on another fantastic event to benefit our buddy Marty, and we'd love to have you all come out and join us! Information about the event can be found on the flier on our left side bar. Don't wait - all tickets are advance sales only! No sales on the night of the event. Come on out, have some fantastic wine with good friends, and help us help Marty!

We've got the usual Friday night party on Clinton Road, the first KOM ride of the season on Sunday - what about Saturday, you say?

Well, some people say that May 21 is Judgement Day - if so, let's go out in style! The Bearscat 50 course map will be online by tomorrow, so let's take a lap and see what it's all about! Join us for a lap of the Bearscat 50 course at Waywayanda on Saturday, May 21. Meet us at the boat launch parking lot at 2 p.m., and we'll take a race paced lap around the course - no sightseeing for us! It'll be a good chance for you to preview the course, figure out your food and water strategies, etc. The weather has finally cleared - let's get out there and enjoy it - before the earth swallows us whole!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Demo days and rides!

Quick reminders for this weekends ride schedule - 

Friday, May 20 - the usual Clinton Road party! 6 p.m., Rt. 23 at Clinton Road (Old Village Square Inn parking lot) - be there or else! 

Saturday, May 21 - tune in tomorrow, we're working on a possible Sat. afternoon mountain bike ride!    OK, we've got it set - meet us at 2 p.m., boat launch parking lot at Waywayanda! Race paced ride of one lap of the Bearscat 50 course! 

Sunday, May 22 - the opening weekend of the famous Team Town Cycle King of the Mountain ride! Meet us at Town Cycle, 1468 Union Valley Road, West Milford - be ready to ride at 9 a.m.! We'll conquer 3 peaks, and get a great ride in - plus points and prems for the top climbers! It's a great series of rides each year, hosted by TTC's own BJ Kisch, so don't miss out! 


Super exciting new - we've got 2 demo days to tell you about, both in June! 

The first one is from Giant Bicycle, and takes place on Friday, June 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Stewart. Stewart is a great place to ride, and Giant has a great line of bikes for you to try out! Need more info? Check out the flier with all of the details right here

The second demo day is for ladies only- sorry guys! On Wednesday, June 15, we'll host a Trek Womens Road Ride Clinic and Demo day! Meet us at our favorite road riding spot - the old Village Square Inn parking lot on Rt. 23 at Clinton Road in Newfoundland - 5:45 p.m. We'll have a limited number of bikes to demo - we'll have a short road clinic, then a ride up Clinton Road! All of the details can be found here. Ladies, please bring a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, a sister and join us! RSVP to us here at if you think you might be join us, or with any questions!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ladies night ride CANCELED for May 18

Thanks to the monsoon rains we're experiencing, we're obviously canceling tonight's road ride. For those ladies who are interested, Heather will host yoga and pot luck dinner at her place at 6 p.m. Please RSVP directly to Heather if you would like to attend, and let her know what you are bringing! Hope to see you there! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Save this date - and a quick heads up!

If you were thinking of going to tomorrow's I Dig Tuesday's trail work date at Jungle Habitat, don't put on your work gloves just yet. Check back here later today or tomorrow to see if Mother Nature will cooperate! 

This just in - I Dig Tuesday trail work date at Jungle on May 17 is CANCELED! We'll try again next week!

For all our women riders out there, pleas save this date - June 15! That's the date for our ladies only Trek sponsored Road Skills Clinic. Exact routes and details are being hammered out as we speak, but we are planning a 6 p.m. start. We'll have more details and a flier very soon, but in the meantime - write the date in on the calendar now, and tell all your friends! 


Tomorrow - a belated Juniors in the Jungle update - with photos!

Friday, May 13, 2011

A new chance to Party for Marty!

TTC members Heather and Deb, and our friend Laura at the Endless Vine in Franklin Lakes have put together another fantastic evening of wine-tasting and fun while raising some money for Marty's Fund!

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Place: The Endless Vine, Franklin Lakes, NJ
Time:  6:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost:  $30 per person

Now - here's the important parts. The event is limited to 40 party-goers, and already spots have gone! Also, your tickets must be purchased in advance - no sales will be available at the door. If you are interested in tickets, please contact Deb Wiley as soon as possible at, or call her at (201)314-5291. 

We'll have a link on the left side bar for a flier with a little more info for the event, if you want to forward it to family and friends. Remember - only 40 spots are available, and tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Laura and the staff at Endless Vine always put together fabulous events, and surely this will be no exception! 

In advance, Team Town Cycle thanks you, Pete and Kelly thank you, and of course Mr. Marty thanks you, as always, for all of your generosity! Hopefully we see you all at the Endless Vine on Tuesday, June 7th! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What's new for the week?

It's another busy week for Team Town Cycle - check out what we have going on!

  • Tuesday, May 10 - don't forget Tuesdays are trail work days at Jungle Habitat! I Dig Tuesdays, sponsored by JORBA, is a great way to spruce up existing trails at the Hab as well as break ground on some new trails. If you are a H2H racer, they are an easy way to get your PayDirt hours close to home! Meet us at the gate at 6 p.m., bring your gloves, bug spray and some water. We'll provide the tools - you provide the muscle!
  • Wednesday, May 11 - two events! Our usual Wednesday night ladies ride at Clinton Road is on! Meet us at the usual place - the old Village Square Inn at Clinton Road, Rt. 23, Newfoundland - 6 p.m. Great opportunity to try out the whole idea of group rides and pace lines! 
  • Also on Wednesday, May 11 - we'll go mountain biking at the top of Skyline Drive in Ringwood. Meet us at 5:30 at the lot at the top of Skyline Drive. We'll check out the trails in the area and get a good ride in! Plan on riding until dark - 2 to 2.5 hours.
  • Friday, May 14 - the famous Friday night Clinton Road ride! Last week we had over 25 people on our ride - come out and see what all the fun is about! 6 p.m. - Village Square Inn Parking lot, Rt. 23, Newfoundland. Be there or be square!
  • Good luck on Sunday to the TTC racers who are competing the Bear Mountain Spring Classic! And it's not too late to decide to race at the 2nd Campmor H2H race of the year at Tymor Park in Lagrangeville, NY. 
  • Also, please remember to vote in the poll to help us bring a pump track to West Milford. Want to know more about pump tracks? Here's a quick 411 on the subject! And tell your friends and family - they don't need to be West Milford residents to vote! 

Later this week, look for some announcements about a special ladies event and an event dedicated to wine! 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Help us bring more cycling to West Milford!

For the last few months, Team Town Cycle member and JORBA Executive Director Jeff Mergler has been working hard on a proposal to bring a pump track to West Milford. JORBA has already built NJ's first public pump track in Alexandria - watch the great video! 

Having a pump track in West Milford would be a great gift to the kids (and adults!) in West Milford, as well as a great opportunity to bring more people and money in to local businesses in West Milford.

Jeff, along with TTC members Jay Huggins and David Van Wart have met with various West Milford Township committees and personnel over the last few months - the Recreation Advisory Committee, the Economic Development Committee, the Environment Commission, as well as the head of the township Recreation department to discuss possible locations and support for a project in West Milford.

The next steps will include talking to the West Milford town council - and that's where you come in! The West Milford Economic Development Committee has put a poll online to gauge interest in such a project. There are two bicycling related questions on the poll, which will take you all of 30 seconds to answer! Jeff Mergler and many of us in the cycling community endorse a hearty "YES" answer to both poll questions, and we hope you can join us! We'd like to collect as many "YES" votes as possible to show the council how much public support a project like this can garner. Please take a moment to answer the poll yourself, and please pass it along to anyone else who you think would support the development of these two cycling projects in West Milford.

All of us thank you for your time - and if you have any questions about the proposal, drop us a line at, and we'll do our best to get them answered for you!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May 4 Ladies Ride on Clinton Road CANCELED!

Due to the less than lovely weather conditions today, we're canceling tonight's ladies ride on Clinton Road. If you are interested, Heather will host yoga at her house starting at 6 p.m. Please bring a yoga mat and something to contribute to potluck dinner, and RSVP to Heather to let her know you are coming! 

Hopefully Mother Nature will be kinder to us next week! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Weekend wrap up, and the week ahead

Well, it was a whirlwind weekend for Team Town Cycle! We started off with our usual Friday night fun on Clinton Road, and it only got better from there! 

We'll have more details and photos coming up, but we can say without reservation that the 3rd Annual Juniors in the Jungle Kids race was a complete success! Just look at Ethan and Austin's faces - they say it all! Stay tuned for more!

Sunday morning, our great group of TTC volunteers did their Clinton Road clean up. Among the "treasures" they found on the 2.4 mile stretch of road they cleaned - 37 big black bags of bottles, cans, fast food wrappers, plastic bags and general stuff, 1 car battery, 1 car cylinder head, a refrigeration compressor, 1 Jeep Cherokee front bumper, motorcycle parts and a ghost costume!

 And a stair stepper!

Team Town Cycle racers also held court Sunday at Waywayanda at the first Campmor H2H race of the season, showing off the plaid quite well! Wins by team members Norman Marin (battling back from injury - way to go Norman!), David Kahl and Dillon Van Wart, and podium finishes by Adam Vandenbos, and Jason Grossi, as well as great showings by Karen Bouloucon, Rich Vandenbos, Dave Van Wart, Amy McCann, Matt Kuchavik, Chris Byrnes and Rick Bauer made it an awesome showing for TTC!

And check out the home page for the Colts Neck Classic - who's that but our own BJ Kisch at the front! Nice going - way to represent! 

So, with that awesome weekend behind us, here's what's up for the week ahead.

  • Don't forget, I Dig Tuesdays are going on at Jungle Habitat. Meet us at 6 p.m. at the gate - bring gloves, water, bug spray. Get your PayDirt hours in now! 
  • Wednesday is Ladies Night on Clinton Road. Be ready to ride at 6 p.m. at the old Village Square Inn parking lot on Route 23 in Newfoundland. In case of rain, please RSVP to Heather for yoga and potluck dinner at her house. Bring your yoga mat and let her know what you can contribute to dinner!
  • Friday night ride - start time change! We've finally gotten enough light to move the start time back to 6 p.m. Be ready to ride at 6 p.m. at the old Village Square Inn parking lot on Route 23 in Newfoundland. If you are not use to group rides, this is a great way to get some experience!
  • Saturday, May 7 - if your young cyclist wants to do some more racing, Team Bulldog is holding their annual Kids race at Kittatinny State Park. They always put on a great race, and Kittatinny is a great venue for everyone! 
  • Saturday, May 7, we'll go for a mountain bike ride at Waywayanda. This is a great prep and intro ride for anyone racing the Bearscat 50, but of course anyone is welcome! It'll be an intermediate paced ride (Cat.2/3), and somewhere from 2-3 hours long. We'll meet at the boat launch at 10:30 a.m. 
  • Sunday - do something nice for the mom's in your life! 
A week with a little something for everyone! As always, let us know if need more information about any of our events -