Le Tour Is Ready To Ride

A band of bicyclists will journey throughout Absecon Island to kick off riding season with the annual Le Tour de Downbeach, Sunday, June 5.

Beginning in Ventnor, families will spread good cheer and a shared love of bicycling on a 14-mile tour that travels through Atlantic City and Longport and ending with a barbecue at Tomatoe’s restaurant in Margate. 

The Margate Business Association, Ventnor Merchant’s Association, Borough of Longport and Atlantic City government collaborate for the annual event, which began as Le Tour de Ventnor in 2008, and has hundreds of annual attendees.

"Always wear a helmet, ride safely and pray that is doesn't rain," said event organizer Mike Wiesen.

Entry is $20 per rider, $15 each for four or more riders before the event and $25 per rider, $20 each for four or more riders the day of the event and includes a T-shirt. Helmets are required. Businesses can participate through sponsorship opportunities.

Registration forms can be picked up at Margate Bike and Beach Shop, 12 S. Essex Ave. and AAAA Bike Shop, 5300 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. Checks should be made payable to: VML and mailed to: 5300 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor, NJ, 08406.

For information and registration see margatehasmore.com. The event rain date is Sunday, June 12.