Riders assemble for the start of last year’s Tour de Fair Haven.
The straightaways and sidestreets of the greater Green have been thinned just barely of peak-season traffic. The late summer sun starts inching for the door before the check arrives, just a little earlier each day.
For hundreds of year-round residents and frequent flyers, however, this little corner of eastern Monmouth County is just coming into its own in the weeks past Labor Day and one guy’s “good sleeping weather” is another’s prime pedal time.
This Sunday brings the first in a trio of high profile fundraising events powered purely by gears and chains and the people who make them work. A sequel to 2009’s inaugural competition, the second annual Tour de Fair Haven Bicycle Racing Event traces a circuit through a “welcoming and cheering” crowd. Like the two local biking tours that follow on September 25 and 26, it’s a recently minted tradition that’s fast becoming a season-extending attraction with each turn of the wheel bringing in bucks for worthy causes.