MEMORIALS FOR A BELOVED BICYCLIST

cole porter 3 10313cole porter 1 100313A bicycle painted pink, said to have been the favorite color of Shrewsbury resident Cole Porter, and a solitary candle were left Thursday night on River Road in Fair Haven at the site of the September 15 racing accident that resulted in Porter’s death Wednesday. At right, the marquee at the Shrewsbury Hose Company, where Porter was a volunteer firefighter.

Services in the form of a three-hour viewing that begins at 9 a.m., followed immediately by a funeral mass, are scheduled for Monday, both at the Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven. (Click to enlarge)

 

FAIR HAVEN GEARS UP FOR EARLIER BIKE RACE

A scene from the 2011 edition of the Tour de Fair Haven, above. Below, members of the New Jersey Wheelmen will show-off century-old big-wheel bikes. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

While bicycling is a casual hobby to some and a childhood pastime to others, there are those who hunger for the wind-in-their-hair feeling and the thrill of participating in a high-exertion race.

For the fourth year in a row, Fair Haven is preparing to host dozens of such enthusiasts with this Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven. Michel Berger – Frenchman, casual cyclist, organizer and head of the Fair Haven Business Association– said a number of changes this year, including a seasonal switch.

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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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BIKERS’ BONANZA: A TRIO FOR TWO-WHEELERS

tourdefhRiders 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.

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FAIR HAVEN GEARS UP FOR BIKE RACE

fh_detour1a1Detour de Tour: Signs on River Road alert motorists to Saturday’s planned shutdown. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

As he was driving through Fair Haven last week, Michel Berger got a sense that his brainchild, the Tour de Fair Haven, is going to be a success this weekend.

He was following a young man decked out in a full cyclist ensemble test-driving the weekend’s route on River Road. He caught up and spoke to the rider.

“He said, ‘This is a great route. I’m happy we have a chance to do this around here,'” Berger said. “You could tell he was really getting ready for Sunday.”

That’s when at least 75 bicyclists of all ages and skill levels will be seen zipping through Fair Haven competing in the first Tour de Fair Haven, a dual-purpose event that Berger, a Fair Haven resident from France, dreamt up last year to promote cycling to children.

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