MEDEVACED RACER OK AFTER BIKE CRASH

Shots from Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven.

A rider in Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven pro-level bike race suffered superficial injuries in a crash that led to his being helicoptered to a hospital, a race official tell redbankgreen.

The rider, who is believed to have lost consciousness in the crash, was treated for a “major cut above his eye” and remained hospitalized at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune Monday morning, said race founder Michele Berger.

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TOUR FINDS ITS PLACE IN FAIR HAVEN

fh-bike-4The riders were serious, no matter their level of experience. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

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Last Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven went a long way toward solidifying the borough’s place among bicycle-racing aficionados as the real deal, race organizer Michele Berger tells redbankgreen.

With more than $15,000 in prize money this year — a fivefold increase from the $3,000 handed out at the inaugural 2009 edition of the event — the tour attracted an estimated 525 racers, or about 100 more than anticipated, Berger said.

One came from Switzerland, another from New Zealand, and every state east of the Mississippi is believed to have been represented.

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SHOCKED, FAIR HAVEN REMEMBERS LEHNERT

lehnert-2009Councilman John Lehnert at Fair Haven’s National Night Out event in 2009. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

John Lehnert spent much of his life in public service, and did it with a smile on his face and an upbeat attitude, locals say.

So the news of his death Tuesday, which the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said was a suicide, has sent a bolt of shock through Fair Haven.

Lehnert, a retired borough police officer, councilman, husband and a father of two, was 46.

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