2004-08-12 / Front Page

Bicycle event raises money for research

One family began
an event that could one day help millions
BY TARA PETERSEN
Staff Writer

One family began
an event that could one day help millions
BY TARA PETERSEN
Staff Writer


JERRY WOLKOWITZ staff Members of the Northeast Hardware Racing Team finish first in the 50-mile professional race at the Team Time Trial in Millstone Sunday.JERRY WOLKOWITZ staff Members of the Northeast Hardware Racing Team finish first in the 50-mile professional race at the Team Time Trial in Millstone Sunday.

MILLSTONE — Teams of riders bicycled their way Sunday toward a cure for juvenile diabetes.

The Aug. 8 second annual Team Trial Challenge was held at Frogbridge Day Camp in Millstone and included a 25-mile course around the area.

This year’s event raised more than $5,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), according to event promoter Bill Borghard of Howell.

Borghard said the race included competitions in about 10 categories based on age, sex and ability. The event was also the New Jersey Bicycling Association (NJBA) state championship for Team Time Trials.


PHOTOS BY JERRY WOLKOWITZ staff Members of the Action Wheels racing team near the finish line at Frogbridge Day Camp in Milstone Sunday. At right, a small but vocal crowd applaud the finishers as they cross the finish line on Yellow Meeting House Road.PHOTOS BY JERRY WOLKOWITZ staff Members of the Action Wheels racing team near the finish line at Frogbridge Day Camp in Milstone Sunday. At right, a small but vocal crowd applaud the finishers as they cross the finish line on Yellow Meeting House Road.

Teams, numbering 54 this year, started every 90 seconds and raced against the clock.

Bicyclists rode along Route 526 through Imlaystown, north on Route 539, east on Windsor and Perrineville roads, and south on Route 571 before finishing back at the camp.

Each team consisted of three to four members. The time was recorded for the third member on the team to finish for men, and the second to finish for women.

Borghard said that the men’s professional teams completed the 25-mile loop twice. For the second year in a row, Northeastern Hardware won the event and managed to average 28 miles, according to Borghard.


"We had 200 riders this year," he said. "That’s more riders than they had in the Tour de France."

The race brought teams from around New Jersey and surrounding states.

In the corporate category, the RFEA V-Brewing team finished just over two minutes ahead of the High Yielders, a team from New York. Team Bikery, based out of Monmouth and Essex counties, brought home the trophy for best overall placement, with two first-place and two second-place finishes.

The Women’s Open race was won by Somerset Wheelmen, a club establishedin 1936 that is located near the cycling Hall of Fame in Somerville.

Liberty Cycle’s junior team, of Basking Ridge, won the junior category, which was selected as part of the Lance Armstrong Junior Olympic Race Series (LAJORS).

For Borghard and his wife, Patty, the event is much more personal.

More than three years ago, their daughter, Bridget, now 10, was diagnosed with diabetes. It is at that time that the Borghards became involved with the JDRF Central Jersey Chapter.

Borghard said that since is an avid cyclist himself, he decided to organize the event. All the proceeds, according to Borghard, go to the JDRF in hopes of one day finding a cure for children like Bridget.

Borghard described the diabetes as a "disease which strikes children suddenly, makes them insulin-dependent for life and carries the constant threat of devastating complications."

"Like all children with diabetes," Borghard explained, "Bridget needs to prick her finger eight to 10 times per day and receive insulin medicine to regulate her blood sugar."

According to Borghard, almost 1.5 million Americans have juvenile (type 1) diabetes, which kills one American approximately every three minutes.

In addition to the NJBA, primary sponsors included Lynxx Fitness, Shore Family Eyecare, and CSS Inc. Many local businesses also donated prizes.

The $5,000 raised this year was well in excess of the first race, which raised $3,000, according to Borghard, who said he has high hopes for research and for another event next year.

"Significant progress has been made in many research areas to provide real hope in finding a cure to diabetes," he said. "In 2005, we will strive to hold an even more successful race to raise needed money to find a cure against diabetes."


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