Lewis Morris Challenge presented by Marty's Reliable Cycles | A.C. Daughtry Security H2H Series Race #5
Words by Eric Noonan & Kristine Contento-Angell | Photos by Elana Laciofano
We had a great day for the 2019 Lewis Morris Challenge in Morristown, NJ on Sunday, June 23, 2019. The weather gods have been soaking New Jersey lately but the sun was out for the weekend, drying up the trails and shining down on race day. The course drained quickly from the week-long rain storm and racers commented on how well the course was riding.
The Lewis Morris Challenge course is well... challenging. Compared to the other racecourses in the series, it is quite hilly and constantly undulating - riders are either climbing or descending.
Some of the climbs are smooth single track, while other climbs are covered in thick swatches of crisscrossing roots or loose, choppy rock. The descents include a variety of terrain as well, from smooth, hard pack single track, to off-camber rooty switchbacks. The course is fun and great for all abilities, but it takes some skill to ride it fast.
Marty Epstein and the team at Marty's Reliable Cycle
has been hosting the Lewis Morris Challenge since the early ’90s. Marty Epstein was always involved in putting on cycling events for the local community and he is credited with putting on New Jersey’s first mountain bike race. Sadly, Marty passed away this year after a long battle with cancer, but his memory lives on. He loved the cycling community and hosting mountain bike races were important to him. We will continue to have the Lewis Morris Challenge in his memory.
We would also like to thank our local NICA N.J.
riders and coaches who came to race. Marty’s Reliable Cycle and Marty himself were very involved in bringing NICA to the state of New Jersey and it was great to see all the young people out there racing bikes.Official results
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