Eighth Annual Bob Riccio Memorial Tour de Pitman
June 10th, 2017, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
8 am woman’s category 3 4 and 5
9 am men’s category 4 and 5
10 am men over age 35
11:30 am Men’s pro 1 2 3
4 Bike races starting at 8 am finishing about 2 pm. The first race is a women’s category 4 race, part of the women’s category 4 cup. The 9 am race is category 4-5 racers, the 10 am race is age 35+ racers and the last race is the Men’s Pro category 1-2-3 which starts at 11:30 am and ends about 2 pm.
Uptown Pitman will host its Eighth Annual Bob Riccio Memorial Tour de Pitman, along with two other competitive bicycle races. The Caffeinated Cyclist, a professional cycling shop on Broadway in Pitman, along with Uptown Pitman will host three competitive bicycle races. These races will bring individual as well as team competitors from the Tri-state area, showcasing their talents and competing for prizes.
Now in its eighth year, the race through town brings out cyclists from all over the region to compete in a number of heats around the 3-mile loop. There are three races this year. Amateurs to professionals to the 35-year-old and older crowd made up the 250 cyclists that were out on Broadway in town last year. The three groups all run heats individual of each other starting at one hour intervals. It kick starts at 8:00 AM with category 4/5 racers who will ride 8 laps (24 miles). Next, at 11:00 AM racers 35+ yrs old will ride 10 laps (30 miles) and finally, 12:00 pm begins the pro Category 1/2/3. They will ride 18 laps (50 miles).
The race begins in front of the Caffeinated Cyclist located at 101 W. Jersey Avenue in downtown Pitman at 8:00 AM. Parking is available in the lot on the corner of Holly Ave. and Broadway, and in the lot on Holly Ave. at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Simpson Ave.
This year’s event is sponsored by Investors Bank, United Methodist Communities, Caffeinated Cyclist and Republic Bank. Uptown businesses will be open and there are spots throughout the course route with great views for cheering and photographing. Check out uptownpitman.com for specials. Make it an all-day event and stick around for the Family Day in the Park for the whole family. There will be music, face painting, etc…
We are having a block party this year in ballard park!
Bobaloo Block Party
June 10th, 2017, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Free Family Activities include Music, Face painting, Bounce House & Obstacle Course!
Bob, or Bobaloo as he was known to his friends, was a long time resident of Pitman who passed away as a result of brain cancer on June 11, 2008. Bob was a loving family man who is survived by his wife Colleen and two children, Emily and Daniel.
Bob was an avid cyclist and loved to promote the sport of cycling. Bob participated in competitive and club cycling for many years as a member of the Summit Cycling Club and Jersey Velo Sport. He enjoyed the competition and camaraderie with his fellow riders and was recogized in the peleton for his strength, tenacity and positive attitude. He fought his battle with cancer in much the same way he met the challenges of bike racing.
As an ambassador of the sport, Bob encouraged many young people to give cycling a try, including many racers who will be competing in this year’s race. Bob was a passionate and compassionate lifetime vocational educator who retired as Principal of Cumberland County Technical Center in 2007. Bob was able to identify skillsets in his students and encouraged them to pursue careers that would be most beneficial to them.
The Riccio Family, The Caffeinated Cyclist Bike Shop and Racing Team, The Greater Pitman Chamber of Commerce and the Community volunteer for this race as a fitting remebrance of Bob.
Annual Tour de Pitman:Music/Arts Fest Photos