Monday, May 27, 2013
TOUR OF SOMERVILLE
My wife and I just got back from the Tour of Somerville bicycle races in nearby Somerville,, New Jersey.
The Tour of Somerville is an annual series of bicycle races in Somerville held over Memorial Day weekend, with the premiere race held on Monday. The series of races are called "tours" due to a New Jersey state law forbidding racing on highways for prizes.
2013 marked the 70th race.
The event, dubbed the "Kentucky Derby of Cycling," is considered the oldest major bicycle race in the nation. It culminates in the 50-mile Kugler-Anderson Memorial race. That centerpiece race offers a $15,000 prize.
It is very exciting watching the cyclists. They race at about 25 to 30 miles per hour and the final sprints can be at 35 miles per hour.
Today there was a crash of maybe 6 cyclists in one of the races about 20 yards from me. A very scary situation. I do know that one of the competitors was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Congratulations not only to the winners, but to all competitors.