Sunday, October 28, 2012

Don't Forget - Bubble Cross CX is Nov. 4th!

We are excited about the new venue for 2012! Bubbling Springs Park, West Milford, NJ. It promises to be a fun course - technical, with some climbing, some sand, and of course - bubbles! Here are some other new additions for 2012!

  • Race at Bubble Cross 2012, and your number gets you a free beer at Uncorked Wines in West Milford! Great way to unwind after the race and compare notes with friends!
  • Kids Race at noon! Any age under 10 - training wheels ok! Swag and snacks for all!
  • Great food! West Milford's own P.R.I.D.E., a group of developmentally disabled adults, will be selling coffee and bagels in the morning, and there will be burritos from Ruby Rose starting at 11 a.m. 
  • Please help us with our annual food drive - we are hoping to help fill the shelves of our local food pantry! 
  • Our race schedule has been tweaked slightly to accommodate the kids race. Please double check your starting time. Also, don't forget the time changes on Saturday night, and the clocks go back one hour! 
  • Parking is onsite, but we appreciate any carpooling you can do. No alcohol or pets, please. 
  • Don't forget - entry fees go up $10 if you register onsite!

 As always, any questions - Looking forward to a great  race!

Pump Track closed to prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Additional hurricane closures - the West Milford Family Pump Track is closed until further notice. We're taking today to cover up as many of the jumps as we can and dig some additional drainage. Thanks for your understanding - we'll let you know when it re-opens!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

NJ State Park Closures

Hey everyone -

As a heads up, we have just heard that all NJ State Parks will be closed as of noon tomorrow, Sunday, October 28th. This will give the park staff time to clear roads, etc. before the storm. We'll let you know when they are officially re-opened.

Be safe!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Last minute ride - Sterling Forest, 10/27

Sorry for the late notice - we're going to do a last minute "before the storm" road ride tomorrow in Sterling Forest! We'll meet at the visitors center at 10:30 a.m. - plan on a three hour ride. The newly paved roads in the park are a joy to ride on, and the leaves will certainly be blown off the trees by the hurricane, so come on out and get a good look at them before they are gone! 

Giving Mike a hand!

Hello friends - 

As many of you know, our friend and local bike shop owner Michael Hoek had a recent serious crash on his bike, one which has involved both surgery and now rehab. And, as we all know, neither of those things comes cheap! Many of you have known Mike for years, and know how supportive he has been of cycling - for the racer, the casual rider, and everyone in between. So, in support of Mike, and Town Cycle, and all small businesses and their owners, we'd like to show him some love - and we'd truly appreciate it if you could help us out. 

The Cash Mob has been a great tool that the Sustainable West Milford has used to highlight local businesses. They pick a date, ask everyone to bring some cash, and "mob" the chosen store. We know the bike shop doesn't really fit into the type of business that normally the West Milford Cash Mob would frequent - that's why we're appealing to the wider cycling community. If you're headed out to ride before the storm this weekend, or are taking a ride next week or weekend, come hit up Town Cycle for some Clif bars, extra tubes, CO 2 cartridges, etc. New socks, some gloves - items you need to stock up on anyway! Any purchase, large or small, would be a big help to Mike, his shop and his family, and would be a great way to show Mike how much we care for him, and all he has done for the last 25+ years for the local cycling community. 

Please pass the word on to your friends and family in the cycling community. Start your Christmas shopping early - or hand someone your Christmas wish list! And thank you all for your support. We know that the cycling community is well known for "taking care of their own" - and we appreciate it! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Update on our favorite bike shop owner!

Just to keep you up to date on the latest - Mike is out of the hospital, and will be spending the next few days at rehab, getting used to walking with the new hardware he is sporting! He wants to thank everyone for the all the good wishes, and asks you give him a little more time before visiting, so he can concentrate on his physical therapy and getting home! Once he's home, he'll be more than happy to see people.

In the meantime, the shop is open for business, with the same usual hours, staffed by all of Mike's most trusted people. A lot of people have asked what they can do to help, which is so much appreciated. The best thing you can do for Mike right now? Go shopping at Town Cycle! Start your holiday shopping early, or start loading up on your cold weather riding gear. Or even get a head start on outfitting your ride for next season! Maybe you've been over to the new West Milford Family Pump Track, and thought - "hey, I need a new bike for this place!" Whatever it is you've been waiting for, now's the time. Let's support Mike the way we know best - by riding our bikes!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Catching up - Kids Ride, Jungle Habitat 10/13/12

It's been busy around here, so let's go back a week and catch up! On Saturday, October 13, we helped JORBA host a kids mountain bike ride at Jungle Habitat. We had age ranges from 2-16, training wheels to tubeless - all having a great time!

Much thanks to John Florey and the Highlands Sports Group for donating swag, as well as Jeff Lenosky for donating some great hats, Native and Teva stickers and Clif bars. Also a big thank you to Ski Ducks for helping to underwrite our day, and as always, Town Cycle! 

Just a few more pictures available here . Thanks again to all the riders and the volunteers who came out in the cold - we had a chilly start, but a great ride! Can't wait to do it again!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Get well Mike!

Our favorite local bike shop owner, Mike Hoek, took a tough tumble off his bike, and learned that gravity is a harsh mistress! The bad news is that it took surgery to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. The good news is that the doctors say the surgery was a total success, and he should be home in a few days. Mike asked for no visitors until he is home, but we're sure he'd appreciate hearing from you . We'll keep you updated - happy healing, Mike! 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

West Milford Family Pump Track Grand Opening!!

Looking forward to the official grand opening of the West Milford Family Pump Track on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 12-4 p.m. Many of you helped us build - now come help us celebrate! Food, giveaways, and of course - lots of riding! 

Weather looks to be great, so bring the family out to join us! As always, any questions - drop us a line

Friday, October 12, 2012

Kids Mountain Bike Ride at Jungle Habitat Sat., October 13

Just a reminder that we will be helping out JORBA with the kids ride at Jungle Habitat tomorrow - 9:30-12 p.m. It'll be a bit chilly, but we'll have post ride drinks (hot chocolate!), snacks and swag for everyone! All levels and abilities welcome - moms and dads too! 

Also, please remember - for those of you driving through town, the West Milford Autumn Lights Festival will be going on - please leave yourself extra travel time because of road closures and extra traffic. Thanks!

Any questions, drop us a line - Hope to see you out there! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Where the Trail Ends free screening at Mountain Creek Sat. night!

Looking for something to do Sat. night - for free? Check out the free screening of Where the Trail Ends at Mountain Creek on Saturday, October 13 at 7 p.m. More details here .

Friday, October 5, 2012

Great news - our 2012 Bubblecross CX race is in West Milford!

Great news! Team Town Cycle is excited to be holding our 2012 cyclocross race right here in West Milford - at Bubbling Springs Park on Macopin Road! The date is Nov. 4, 2012, and all the details can be found here . If you've always wanted to see what it is all about, this is a great chance to see it up close - and close to home!

Stay tuned for updates as race day gets closer!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Save these dates!

A few dates to throw out there -

  • Sat., October 13 - Kids Ride - Jungle Habitat! Join JORBA as we have a great ride out there for the kids! Meet us at Jungle Habitat at 9:30 a.m., we'll break up into groups, practice on our "skinnies", and ride around Jungle! Snacks and water and maybe even some swag for our junior riders will be provided! We'll wrap up by noon. Mist or very light rain ok - steady rain will cancel. Any bike in good working order with knobby tires will work - and of course, helmets! Please bring a non-perishable food item for our local food banks - peanut butter, canned soup, pasta, beans, sauces, cereal, etc.  - they are in great need!
  • Sunday, October 21 - the official Grand Opening of the West Milford Family Pump Track! Join us for a day of celebrating and riding as we show off the new pump track to the world! We'll be there from 12-4 p.m., so please come out and help us thank those who made this all possible as well as celebrate the awesomeness that is the new track!
  • Sunday, November 4 - cyclocross racing comes to West Milford! This year, our annual CX race will be held right at Bubbling Springs, and we couldn't be more excited. More details to come!
So mark those dates on your calendar, and keep that pencil handy - more excitement is to come!