Tour of Somerville more than just bike races
The Tour of Somerville Cycling Series, sponsored by Ferrero, U.S.A., Inc., offers fun and excitement for the entire family. While the bicycle races are conducted at speeds up to 40 mph through the streets of Somerset County, spectators will be able to enjoy a fun assortment of free family activities.
Sunday’s Bound Brook Criterium features a family fun ride at 12:30 in front of Smalley Middle School. The four races, featuring cyclists ranging from juniors to pros, begin at 1:30. Families can enjoy good food, music and kids’ activities throughout the event.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, the Sports and Music Festival and the Sanofi Kids’ Pavilion provide the backdrop in downtown Somerville for the six bicycle races, attracting some of the best cyclists in the world. Sponsors and other vendors will be on-hand to sell food, display their products and give out samples. The public is invited to the Ferrero tent, where the title sponsor will be sharing free samples of their Nutella Crepes, Tic Tacs and Rocher chocolates. A Memorial Day parade begins at 9 a.m. and a family fun ride takes place at 10 a.m. prior to the cycling races.
Middle Earth will be selling raffle tickets and accepting donations of used cell phones at the races to raise funds for their youth programs. The winner of the 50/50 raffle will be picked on Monday at 4 p.m. at the Tour’s finish line. Donation boxes for used cell phones will be available by all race courses. Phones can be in any form or fashion – broken, obsolete, working or non-working.
The Sports and Music Festival will be located on Bridge St. between Main & High St. from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Live music performances will be provided by the bands New Tension, French Onion Soup, Slackjaw and School of Rock. At 12 noon, the Somerville YMCA will host basketball games and boxing clinics. At 1:45 p.m., the Somerville Martial Arts Team will provide a demonstration. There will be a performance at 2 p.m. by the Grove Street Bicycles BMX Demo Team and at 3 p.m. by the Prime SkateShop of Hillsborough Skateboard Demo Team. A complete schedule of these events is available at www.tourofsomerville.org under the “spectators” section.
The Sanofi Kids’ Pavilion will be located at the intersection of Main and Grove Streets (east of the old Courthouse) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entertainment at the Kids’ Pavilion, sponsored by Sanofi U.S., will include an animal petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable rides, and spin art.
The Ferrero Tour of Somerville Cycling Series is a community event that promotes healthy lives. The event, which is free to the public, attracts over 600 professional and amateur cyclists, including some of the best cyclists from throughout America and abroad, as well as local hopefuls. The Tour of Somerville would not be possible without the invaluable help of its sponsors: Ferrero, U.S.A., Sanofi U.S., Somerset Medical Center, PSE&G, the Downtown Somerville Alliance, the Somerville Bicycle Shop, and Aton Computing. You can learn more about the day’s events and volunteer opportunities at www.tourofsomerville.org.
Middle Earth is the event organizer and beneficiary. The agency is a nonprofit that has served youth for almost 40 years. Middle Earth’s programs offer local children a safe environment where they can hang out with their friends, engage with caring adults who listen, obtain help with homework or employment searches, participate in fun group activities, and volunteer for community service opportunities. Their programs also teach basic life skills such as budgeting, cooking, obtaining a driver’s license, as well as positive decision making skills, acceptance of consequences for their actions, mentoring and leadership skills. All of their programs, which are free to youth, guide children in learning respect for themselves and others and choosing positive alternatives to gangs, drugs and crime.
For additional information about the Ferrero Tour of Somerville Cycling Series, contact Amy DiIorio or at Middle Earth at 908-725-7223 or visit www.tourofsomerville.org.
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