Brookdale Community College
7, 13, 25, 35, 50, 62, 100 miles
College seems to be a hot bed of biking activates in Monmouth County; besides the Autism ride, the Jersey Shore Touring Society
runs many of the clubs weekly rides from the same Lincroft campus (JSTS organizes
the Autism event). In addition, Brookdale hosts the Farmlands tour about a
month later; the Farmlands tour however is presented by the Central Jersey Bike Club.
We chose to ride the 35 mile loop, but decided to take the
25 mile cut-off due to excessive heat the day of our ride. We were disappointed
with some of the roadways that the 25 mile route ran, while the traffic volume
was low, some of the shoulders were very narrow. The breakfast goodies were
good, as were the two rest stops we visited. This was a totally “on your own”
ride, there were no ride groupings, or ride leaders that we could find. The cue
sheets were accurate, and the roads well marked.
The Autism ride is obviously intended to raise money for a
good cause, but one thing that sets it apart from most charity rides is the set
ride fee. While most charity rides require you to raise money in addition to a
registration fee, the Autism ride asks a reasonable all inclusive donation of
$30. The large minimum pledges often required by other Tour de Charity
rides make it difficult for a family or couple to raise the required amounts,
and has effectively deterred us from participating in them on a regular basis.