Race #1 is cancelled

Due to the 100% likelihood of extensive rainfall tomorrow, Friday, we have been asked by the Mercer County Park Commission to cancel this weekend’s race, Wild West Windsor.

Although the park absorbs water quite well, due to the rains earlier this week and a forecasted 2-3 inches of rain within 48 hours of our race start, there was just too high a risk of damaging the trails, the sandy infield, and the grassy overflow parking areas to go ahead with our race.

We spent the past 24 hours feverishly trying to come up with a contingency plan, which would have canceled the Saturday pre-ride and pushed out our start times by one hour on Sunday. We also offered to do extensive pre- and post-event trail work. But unfortunately in the end the park commission decided to shut down all scheduled activities across the entire park for the weekend. Even if we had been allowed to proceed for now, there would have been a high likelihood that we would have had to cancel later tomorrow or Saturday, either because we determined that the conditions were not safe for our student-athletes, or going ahead with the race would have caused irreparable damage to the trails.

We tried rescheduling the race to next weekend, but due to scheduling restraints at the park and among members of our core race staff, that’s not an option either. So at this point we look forward to our second scheduled race for April 23rd at Six Mile Run which will now become our inaugural race, and hope you will be able to join us then.

Please believe me when I tell you that writing this note is the toughest thing I have had to do as the League Director. And no one is more disappointed than the NJICL Core Crew, all of whom have been working diligently for close to two years to make this weekend an amazing experience.

It is important for all of us to keep in mind the bigger picture of what we set out to do: to get more kids on bikes, and provide an opportunity for the teens of New Jersey that is unique and quite different from the other youth programs offered in the state. We have over 200 student-athletes signed up, over 120 coaches, and have created a grass-roots movement that I know will change the future of biking in the state of New Jersey for the better. None of that is in danger, this is just a speed-bump on our road to making a real difference in the lives of our participants and the bike community at large.

Keep the faith, and I look forward to seeing you on the 23rd.


Tom Kruse
League Director

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