The Atlantic Bicycle Club was founded in 1978. In the early days the main purpose of the club was to promote the sport and pastime of cycling in all its facets to as many people as possible. This brought together cycling enthusiasts from all over Monmouth and Ocean counties as well as other areas of New Jersey.
The club has seen the development of other cycling groups in the area including touring clubs and dedicated racing teams. We are grateful to all those local bike shops who have helped promote the sport of cycling over the years.
Atlantic encourages our members to participate in all aspects of the sport. Many members join strictly for the camaraderie of the Sunday club ride and others for the chance to join our racing team.
We encourage anyone who wishes to try racing at any level and any age. Currently our racing team, Team Atlantic, has members ranging in age from 13 years to 72 years. Junior racers are strongly encouraged and we support them with entry fees and racing uniforms as well as coaching and help with equipment when possible.
Our membership is made up of men and women of all age groups and abilities from Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Current membership numbers around 75. Club uniforms are available for all members.
Club rides are held every week throughout the year, Sunday and Saturday from Allenwood School in Wall Township. Rides start at 9am in the winter and 8am in the summer. Training rides for all ages and abilities are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from Spring through Fall.
Currently we have no club sponsors, club dues make up most of our funds. We hope to realize a small profit from our race promotion.
We have a long history of bike race promotion in the area. The Tour of Red Bank Criterium was one of our biggest successes. The race ran from 1980 to 1988 and drew competitors of the highest caliber including world and Olympic champions. Currently we promote The Tour of Colts Neck Classic Road Race in partnership with the Colts Neck Department of Recreation. 2009 is our 12th year as sponsors of this popular event.
For sport or pleasure nothing beats cycling; age is no barrier- ride for life.