09 Jan

Tour of Somerville Celebrates 75 Years!

It’s a new year and a new look for the Tour of Somerville. For 75 years the Tour of Somerville has been a fixture in the Town of Somerville. As the oldest bike race in the country and one of the most prestigious races to win among top cyclists, the Tour of Somerville enters a new era with a new logo along with an expanded program. Our new logo, represents the 75 year history along with our strong association to Memorial Day honoring our military. The Kugler-Anderson 50 mile pro men’s race is named for the first two winners of the Tour of Somerville, Furman Kugler and Carl Anderson, both who gave their lives during WWII.

While cycling will always be the focus of the Tour of Somerville, additional events and activities are being scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend. By appealing to a broader audience with a focus on family engagement we expect attendance to increase dramatically. Last year’s success with the Unity Bank Kid’s Corner on the fourth turn will now be expanded to other areas of the race course. The first turn will add a sports exhibition with assorted demonstrations from local organizations and sports teams. Division Street will have live entertainment by various music groups. On Davenport Street a “Bike Swap” flea market will offer individuals the opportunity to buy and sell used bike equipment. In the morning, prior to the Tour of Somerville, a family recreational ride will take place along with the traditional Memorial Day parade to honor our troops and veterans.

Adding to the excitement is the addition of a new bike race that is currently in the planning to bring some of world’s top sprint cyclists to race down Main Street reaching speeds over 45 miles per hour. For local youth look for our Development Cycling Program coming to your school. Cycling classes will teach the basic skills of riding a bike, bike safety and bike maintenance. Those interested in racing will have a chance to compete Memorial Day weekend. This along with several other exciting additions are in the works to make this year’s 75th anniversary a Memorial Day to remember.

05 Jan

Tour of Somerville Nominated for Salute to Tourism Award

SOMERVILLE, NJ  – The venerable Tour of Somerville Cycling Series, which has drawn hundreds of thousands of racers and spectators to Somerville over the Memorial Day weekend for the past 75 years, has been nominated to receive the 5th annual Salute to Tourism Award, sponsored by the Somerset County Business Partnership.

The awards honor employees and organizations throughout Somerset County in three categories: Economic Champion, Service Excellence and Tourism Champion. The program pays tribute to front line tourism staff and organizations that set the bar for the Somerset County Tourism industry.

The Tour of Somerville, an international sporting event recognized as “The Kentucky Derby of Cycling,” is one of eight nominees in the Tourism Champion category, described as “an individual or organization that has promoted Somerset County’s attributes and resources to help establish the destination brand and draw more visitors.”

The Salute to Tourism Awards event will be held on Friday, Jan.19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.at The Bernards Inn, 27 Mine Brook Road in Bernardsville. It will include the awards presentation and keynote luncheon with hospitality expert, writer, travel podcaster and consultant, Glenn Haussman. The awards selection committee comprises representatives from fellow New Jersey Destination Marketing Organizations.

Register for the Salute to Tourism online at bit.ly/salute2018.

Read full article here.

08 Dec

What’s great about turning 75?

In 2018, the Tour of Somerville will be celebrating a birthday — 75 years old and still going strong. As the oldest bike race in the country, the Tour of Somerville has had many of the best cyclists in the world compete in this Memorial Day classic. Cyclists covet the title of “winner” of the Tour of Somerville. Last year was no exception, as Noah Granigan, a professional cyclist from New Jersey, won the featured 50-mile men’s event. Even more exciting, Noah is the grandson of Joe Saling, the long-time announcer for the Tour and local cyclist who has amassed more than 20 national cycling titles and was recently inducted in the U.S. Cycling Hall of Fame.

Joe has been racing more than 50 years and ran the local bike shop he purchased from Pop Kugler, the organizer of the very first Tour of Somerville in 1940. Currently entering its 75th year and named for Pop’s son, Furman, who won the first two races (along with fellow tour winner Carl Anderson), the Kugler-Anderson Tour of Somerville is a reminder of what Memorial Day is all about. Both Furman and Carl gave their lives in World War II after winning the first three races held in 1940, 1941, and 1942. Suspended for four years during the war, the race was reinstated by Pop in 1947 and was shortly thereafter named after both Furman and Carl.

Now, 75 years later, with 2018 right around the corner, the planning committee has been working hard to make 2018 a special year, introducing new activities to the weekend events. We aren’t quite ready to announce everything yet, but look to our website come January and hear what is in store for the new year. One thing not new is our returning title sponsor, Unity Bank, which guarantees the continuation of the race for years to come. Additionally, along with the new surprises being planned, we are looking for the community to support us both as sponsors and volunteers. If you are interested in becoming involved with the Tour of Somerville, please contact Mike Malekoff at mike@tourofsomerville.org.

Get ready for a big year, our 75th, to see the best in bike racing. Maybe you’ve never been to the Tour or, alternatively, it may be a long-standing tradition for you to attend the races. Either way, 2018 will be our biggest and best Tour yet. We hope you will join us as we celebrate our 75th birthday and, on Memorial Day, those who served our country in the military.

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30 May

Tour of Somerville 2017 Winners

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 74thAnnual Tour of Somerville and made it such a success! Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2017 races!

TOS Men Open Pro / Category 1:
1. Noah Granigan (USA)
2. Augusto Sanchez Beriguete (Dominican Republic)
3. Michael Chauner (USA)

TOS Women Open Pro / Category 1/2/3:
1. Laura Van Gilder (USA)
2. Anita Stenberg (Norway)
3. Deborah Leedale-Brown (USA)

Bound Brook Men Open Pro / Category 1/2:
1. Marloe Rodman (Jamaica)
2. Stephen Hall (Australia)
3. Scott Savory (Guyana)

Raritan Men Open Pro / Category 1/2:
1. Stephen Hall (Australia)
2. Augusto Sanchez Beriguete (Dominican Republic)
3. John Durso (USA)

Raritan Women Open Pro / Category 1/2/3:
1. Ariane Bonhomme (Canada)
2. Laura Van Gilder (USA)
3. Colleen Gulick (USA)

06 Jun

Tour of Somerville 2016 Winners

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 73rd Annual Tour of Somerville and made it such a success! Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2016 Tour of Somerville and Bound Brook Criterium!

TOS Men Open Pro / Category 1:
1. Scott Savory (Guyana)
2. Hamza Eastman (Guyana)
3. Carlos Andrés Brenes Mata (Costa Rica)

TOS Women Open Pro / Category 1/2/3:
1. Ellen Watters (Canada)
2. Sarah Fader (Boulder, CO)
3. Jamie Gilgen (Canada)

Bound Brook Men Open Pro / Category 1/2:
1. Stephen Hall (Australia)
2. Bobby Lea (Mertztown, PA)
3. Corey Davis (Danville, VA)

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Bound Brook Criterium 2016

21 Mar

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Tour of Somerville Offers a Variety of Sponsorships for Legendary Cycling Event

Proceeds to support Jack’s Kids, which eases the financial burden on families dealing with childhood illness.

Somerville, NJ (March 11, 2016) – This coming Memorial Day, cyclists from around the globe will again gather to compete in the 73rd Annual Tour of Somerville. Over two days, 600 competitors will race through Somerville and Bound Brook, in front of more than 15,000 spectators. On May 30th, the Tour will culminate in the 50-mile Kugler-Anderson Memorial, the nation’s oldest major bicycle race.

interviewRace organizers announced today that numerous sponsorship opportunities are available for local corporations, businesses, and non-profit organizations to promote their brands. With access to a unique mix of participants and spectators, these opportunities are expected to disappear quickly.

The event is promoted by Arts on Division, a Somerset County resource that promotes all aspects of culture and the arts, for the benefit of Jack’s Kids. Jack’s Kids is a Somerville Elks initiative that eases the financial burden to families dealing with a serious childhood illness and/or serious disabilities.

Jacks KidsAssemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, 2016 Honorary Chair of the 2016 Jack’s Kids Softball Tournament, said, “It’s very exciting to be a part of the Tour of Somerville – it’s such a huge community event, with so many locals and guests from around the world. We’re so impressed with and grateful for the generosity of the Tour sponsors.”

The free Tour of Somerville, described by Sports Illustrated as, “the greatest bargain in sport,” is much more than just the action of a fast-paced, multi-lap race. Wrapped around it are a street fair, music festival, and neighborhood lawn party, all in the historic streets of downtown Somerville.

Past competitors, including Tour de France winner Gerg LeMond and Olympic gold medalist Eric Heiden, have applauded the size and enthusiasm of the crowds lining the course and the sense of community that defines racing in Somerville and Bound Brook.

Middle Earth, another local non-profit supporting the tour, works with youth to provide prevention, intervention and crisis services. They will be providing youth volunteers to make the event an enjoyable one for all attending.

“Parts of the Tour of Somerville Cycling Series will be held on Sunday, May 29 in Bound Brook, providing for a two-day marathon exposure opportunity for sponsors, along with a variety of smaller opportunities,” according to event chair Lisa Yates-Werner.

Those interested in discussing remaining sponsorships can contact Lisa Werner at info@tourofsomerville.org.

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