HIGHLANDS – The 12th Annual Twin Lights Ride on Sunday, Sept. 29 will again be produced by Bike New York and the Highlands Business Partnership (HBP).
The family-friendly event will take cyclists through Monmouth County, affording them views of the sea, numerous small towns, and the 1,180-acre Sandy Hook peninsula.
The HBP also hopes to raise awareness and funds for its Hope for Highlands initiative to restore parts of the community damaged by Super Storm Sandy and to provide financial aid to those Highlands residents displaced by the storm.
Cyclists can choose one of four options – 30, 55, 75 or 100-miles – packed with stunning scenery. Rest stops along the way will provide riders with the chance to refresh themselves and enjoy pies (courtesy of 102-year-old Delicious Orchards) and a perennially popular Twin Lights Ride attraction: a chocolate fountain with fruit and marshmallows for dipping.
The Twin Lights Ride begins and ends in Huddy Park, where Bike New York will host a post-ride Festival at the Highlands, complete with musical entertainment and locally sourced food and refreshments from the region’s many seafood restaurants. Riders also will be able to pick up their commemorative Twin Lights Ride T-shirts at the celebration.
The ride will be held rain or shine on Sept. 29 with starting times varying from 7:30 a.m. thorough 9:15 a.m. based on route length.
• 30 miles – Oceanport Loop: A ride through Monmouth County communities south and west of Highlands, including Rumson, Oceanport and Middletown.
• 55 miles – Farmingdale Loop: Same route as the 30-mile option, with an extra 25-mile southern loop through Farmingdale and Colts Neck.
• 75 miles – Brielle Loop: Same route as the 55-mile option, with an extra 20-mile southeastern loop along the coastal communities of Spring Lake, Sea Girt and Brielle.
• 100 miles – Monmouth Loop: Same route as the 75-mile option, with an extra 25-mile western loop around the Turkey Swamp Wildlife Area near Freehold.
Adult registration now through Sept. 24 is $65. Day-of adult registration is $80, cash only. Youth registration for those age 14 and younger is $35 through Sept. 24 and day-of race registration $45, cash only.
Advanced registration is encouraged and may be completed at www.bikenewyork.org/ ride/twin-lights-ride/.