Woods HollowThe rollercoaster wooded trails and fields of the county’s Tatum Park are once more the setting for the annual Woods Hollow Bike Races, this Saturday morning.

It’s pretty much the last of the yearly outdoor recreational events before the turnback of the clocks — and while there’ll still be plenty of open-air public activities to come on the greater Green, chances are they’ll be enticing attendees with cups of hot chocolate from here on in.

Right now, with the local foliage season at its most colorful, there are few better leaf-spotting locales than the Monmouth County Parks Systems’ Tatum Park in Middletown — and no better excuse to get acquainted with Tatum than the Woods Hollow Classic Mountain Bike Race, the 19th annual edition of which takes to the rollercoaster wooded trails and open fields of the park this Saturday, November the First.

Running four separate courses in a three hour session — an 11.25 mile Sport Race for experienced mountain bikers (9 am), a Kids’ Race for ages 12 and under (10:45 am), a 7.5 mile Beginner Race for ages 20 to 39 (11:15 am), and a Beginner Race for all other ages (11:18 am)  — the event affords a whirlwind tour of the beautiful park (located across Red Hill Road from the county’s breathtaking Deep Cut Gardens) whose trails and activity centers remain open throughout the calendar year.

Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each race category; there’s still time to register for the pedal-powered action, so take it here for complete details on entry fees, awards and rules.