Frequently Asked Questions
Have any questions regarding the Tour de Farm NJ? Please see the answers to our FAQ's below. If you don't see it here, feel free to email us.
What is the difference between the Tour de Farm Routes and the Tour de Farm Fondo Routes?
The Tour de Farm Routes (Short & Long) visit farms along the routes, without a racing / timed segments. The Fondo Routes (Piccolo and Gran) have timed-segment competitions, and visit limited farms. On the Fondo routes, your overall time from start to finish does not matter; only the timed segments count. The timing segments will be calculated at the end of the Fondo rides.
What are we doing to create a safe environment for all participants, farmers, and volunteers?
Individually prepackaged breakfast and lunch, instead of buffet style
Hand sanitizer at each farm stop and at Race Farm
Masks required at farm stops
Staggering start times
Limited number of participants
Why should I attend this event?
The Tour De Farm NJ is unlike any other cycling event in NJ. Our event is all about supporting our NJ Farmers and their Farms.
We've created a culinary excursion into NJ farm country. If you love great food, fresh air, and beautiful countryside; this event is for you. The day begins with a farm-fresh locally sourced breakfast to help power you through the ride.
Once you hop on your bike, you will stop at farms along the route where the farmers will provide you with a "tasting" of what their farms have to offer. The farmers will be offering their products for sale. So feel free to bring a backpack and/or saddlebags and cash along with you on the ride or the farmers will have your purchased items will be brought back to the start/end of your tour.
What's included in the price of a cycling ticket?
A Tour De Farm Cycling ticket includes: A locally-sourced BREAKFAST, participant wristband, small tastings along the cycling route, water along the cycling route, bathrooms at each farm, free day-of parking at the start/finish, route signage marking every turn, cue sheets, SAG wagon support AND LUNCH.
A Tour De Farm Fondo ticket includes: A locally-sourced BREAKFAST, participant wristband, limited farm stops with snacks, water along the cycling route, bathrooms at each farm, free day-of parking at the start/finish, route signage marking every turn, cue sheets, SAG wagon support, timed segments using chip, AND LUNCH.
A driver in car ticket includes: A locally-sourced BREAKFAST, participant wristband, small tastings along the driving route, water at each farm, bathrooms at each farm, free day-of parking at the start/finish, cue sheets, AND LUNCH.
What does a "tasting" mean?
Farms along the cycling routes may offer a tasting of their recent harvests or a small farm-specific item (ie. flower, fiber, etc). These tastings are literally tastings. Do not expect a full course at each stop.
If I need medical service, what do I do?
If you or a fellow rider is experiencing a medical trauma or emergency, dial 911, and report your exact location using the cue sheet as a guide, then if you have the opportunity dial the contact number found on the top of the cue sheets, and report in to the tour organizers.
Is there a minimum age for participants? The minimum age for participants is 13 years old - these courses are challenging and demanding. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times while on the route, and must have their registration form and waiver signed by their legal parent or guardian.
Are the roads closed for traffic?
No, except for a limited time at the immediate start area, all roads will be open to regular traffic.
There will be police controlling traffic at major intersections along the route. At all times riders must obey all traffic laws and ride on the right hand side of the street. Riders must follow the instructions of police officers, course marshalls and volunteers to avoid disqualification. Please review the NJ Bicycling Manual for other related concerns.
I have registered but I cannot participate. Can I get a refund or transfer my registration to another rider? The entry fee is non-refundable, and there are no deferrals. However, you can transfer your registration to another person at any time prior to packet pick-up. You are responsible for finding the other rider - the recipient must register through Eventbrite.com. Once packets are picked up, they are non-transferrable.
I have registered, but I can't find all my tickets. Each ticket is emailed directly via Eventbrite to each individaul participant. If you purchased multiple tickets but only have your ticket on the PDF, please ask the other person that you registered to check his/her email for the ticket. If you're still unable to find your tickets before the event, please send us an email.
I have never participated in a large group ride before. What do I have to be concerned about?
When riding in a group you need to pay extra attention to the riders around you and signal your intentions at all times. It takes skill to get used to riding closely behind someone else's wheel. Most importantly, do not overlap the wheel of the rider in front of you, do not make and sudden, unannounced speed or direction changes - if you happen to miss a turn, rather than suddenly swerve back, call out that you missed a turn and are slowing down, then safely re-trace back to the route. Please review the NJ Bicycling Manual for other related concerns.
What type of bike can I ride for the event?
We suggest that you use a road bike, as it is the best option to ride in groups. Its light weight makes climbing easier (and there are plenty of climbs). You can also ride a mountain bike, touring bike, hybrid bike, single speed (with two brakes), or a recumbent. Fixed gear bikes are not permitted on the ride.
What do I have to wear?
All riders must:
Have their tour wristband around their wrist for the entire event.
Helmets with buckled chin straps must be worn at all times.
Headphones of any kind are not allowed.
Where do I park?
There is lots of parking at your tour. Please follow the tour signs and pay attention to the parking volunteers.
Where do I register? You can register only via our EventBrite page.
If I have a mechanical issue on the course, what do I do?
Firstly, move out of the path of fellow cyclists and off to the side of the route. We highly encourage all participants to know basic safety and repair skills, including in particular fixing a flat tire. Be prepared and bring your own pump or CO2 cartridges and extra tubes for your bike. If you can fix the issue yourself, move off the course and proceed with your repairs. However, if you are still unable to make the repair, you can dial the number printed on your wrist band for assistance. Please note that the wait for assistance and/or a ride to the nearest rest stop can be long and by waiting, you run the risk of not being allowed to finish the event. Please review the NJ Bicycling Manual for other related concerns.
I would like to shower and change my clothes after the ride.
We will not have shower facilities at the event.
What social media hashtag should I use?
Can someone else check-in and/or pick up my t-shirt?