|Ride for McBride is an annual charity bike ride held to honor and remember the life and work of Joseph McBride. Joe was a beloved member of the NJ/PA community for forty years, where he raised a family, coached and refereed sports, taught and worked as a social worker, and was a friend to many. Sadly, Joe lost his life in 2010 doing something he loved: riding his bike. We gathered together for the first time as a community in 2011 to ride and remember a man who touched thousands of lives. Participants in Ride for McBride can ride one of three routes (10, 25, 50 miles) and there is a luncheon ceremony held after the ride. The proceeds raised by the ride go to the Joseph McBride Memorial Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice – a masters program in social work. The scholarship is awarded to a second-year student who best exhibits Joe’s enduring qualities as a social worker: unflinching courage, strong integrity, and boundless passion. The first scholarship was awarded in the spring of 2012.
|10 mile route
Time: Takes about 1 – 1.5 hours for beginners/casual riders. The terrain is mostly flat, with a few small hills, and passes through farmlands. There is no rest stop on this route.
Suggested start time: 10:00 a.m.
25 mile route
Not recommended for beginners. This route may be quite challenging for casual riders, unless you are riding regularly. The terrain is mostly flat, with a few small hills and gentle rollers. You’ll pass through small towns and farmlands along the way. There will be one rest stop halfway through the route.
Time: Takes about 3 – 3.5 hours for casual riders, about 2 – 2.5 hours for intermediate to advanced riders, and less for strong riders.
Suggested start time: 8:30 a.m.
50 mile route
For veteran riders only. Must be riding regularly. The terrain is mostly flat, with a few small hills and gentle rollers. You’ll pass through small towns, farmlands, and the Pinelands along the way. There will be one rest stop halfway through the route.
Time: Takes about 3.5 – 4.5 hours for intermediate to advanced riders, less for strong riders.
Suggested start time: 8:00 a.m.
|Pre-registration fee: $35 (download application at http://rideformcbride.com/ and active.com registration to be added in the near future - information will be on the website as well)
Day of registration: $40
|Helmets are to be worn at all times.
Make sure your bicycle is in proper working order BEFORE you arrive.
Carry a water bottle; water will be provided.
Practice safety and obey all traffic laws.
|The begins at: Tall Cedars Picnic Grove, 245 Sawmill Road, Hamilton Township, NJ 08620
Traveling South on South Broad St. from Trenton, continue straight to the end of S. Broad St. Be careful to make sure you bear to the right of the clock and PNC Bank at the one light. When S. Broad St. ends, bear left at the yield sign, go about 200 yards, and make the first right onto Sawmill Rd. Continue about 1 ¼ miles to the Picnic Grove on the right.
Coming from I-295, you get off at Exit 60A and take I-195 East to the S. Broad Street (Yardville) Exit 2 and bear right onto S. Broad Street. Then follow the above directions.
Coming North on Route 130, turn right onto Ward Ave at Bordentown (Chickie’s & Pete’s Restaurant on corner) and continue on Ward Ave. into Crosswicks. At the stop sign turn left onto Church St and go down the hill and across the creek. Turn right after crossing the bridge onto Old York Rd. Then make the first right onto Sawmill Rd and go about 1¼ miles to the Picnic Grove.
Coming South on Route 130, make left turn at Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Rd. (You need to take a jughandle in front of the Home Depot.) Go through the first traffic light (Yardville-Allentown Rd), under the turnpike, and turn left at the first intersection onto South Broad Street. Follow Broad St until it ends at the yield sign. Bear left at the end of the road and then take first right onto Sawmill Rd. Picnic Grove is 1 ¼ miles on the right.
Traveling South on the NJ Turnpike: Get off at Exit 7A and take route I-195 West to Route 130 and follow the directions from Route 130 South.
Traveling North on the NJ Turnpike: Get off at Exit 7 and take Route 206 North to its junction with Route 130. At this junction make a right onto Ward Avenue (Chickie’s and Pete’s on right corner) and follow the directions from Route 130 North.
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