On a rainy September morning, nine dedicated cyclists from “Team Preservation” braved the inclement weather – all for a good cause – to raise both awareness and funds for The Land Conservancy of New Jersey.
Joining 2,200 other cyclists for this year’s Gran Fondo in Morristown, NJ, Team Preservation consisted of David Epstein, President of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey and several of its trustees and supporters.
Starting off on the slick city streets of Morristown, Team Preservation logged a collective total of over 330 miles through scenic back roads of Mendham, Bernardsville, Far Hills and Peapack Gladstone. Through their charitable efforts, the team helped raise more than $11,000 that will help continue preserving and protecting New Jersey’s vital natural lands and drinking water resources.
“Although the weather wasn’t optimal for cycling, it didn’t dampen our team’s spirit to conquer this competitive route,” said David Epstein. “There were a number of timed hill climbs that challenged us, but all in all, it was a fantastic ride.”
This marks the 4th year that TLC-NJ has participated in Gran Fondo NJ. While not considered a race, Gran Fondo is a competitive ride that starts and ends in Morristown, NJ. Roughly translated as “big ride”, cyclists are met with the excitement and challenges found in Gran Fondo rides of Europe. Each participant can choose to ride in one of four routes from 18 miles up to 107 miles.
Many thanks to our riders, David Epstein, Kaki Pierson, Kate Halse, Rob Romaine, Matt Finlay, Bill Conger and Gerry Lauro. (Not pictured: Gaye Brumbaugh and Spence Mehl)
If you are a cyclist and would like to join TLC-NJ in Gran Fondo 2019, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to become a team member. Or, please check back on our Events Page for Gran Fondo photos and future information.