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OK - You all may be asking WTF is Graveyard Bikes. GYB was/is a club/team/group that was/is a meld of primarily people from Boonton and Totowa. The origin can be traced back to a cold and wet Thanksgiving day ride circa 1987 when a couple of Boonton boys got together to ride Splitrock (Farny, Wildcat, etc) rather than the pre-feast bloody touch football game. The ride became a tradition I joined the following year, also the year I worked at Bicycle Tech in Lincoln Park. I was rejoined with my Passaic County bretheren, as the owner and other mechanic were both Totawa boys. We started the now bygone buck-a-ride. Everyone would kick in a dollar at the beggining of the ride. The winner would get 1/2 the pot, the other half was used to fund an annual dinner. The rides were regulary 10+. At one point our Wednesday night rides were pulling in 12-15 riders; we didn't even start until 8:30, I'd hit the bed around midnight usually. The Graveyard came to be, because Scotty (the other mechanic) lived next to that huge graveyard by Rt 80 in Totawa. The night before races we would all hang out and drink ripped fuel tea and work on our bikes; and test them in the graveyard. But alas, poeple get older, get married, move away and leave this wonderful sport. The original buck-a-ride and Wed night rides went on for better than decade with a core crew of riders (men and women). A few us still ride as much as ever.
On those cold Thanksgiving mornings at 7:30 the graveyard crew is always resurected in the Rockaway Valley School parking lot in Boonton Twp. We get ferried via Kimball Lanscaping tandem dump trucks to the top of Charlottesburg rd to continue the tradition. 2007 brought out about 18 riders - not even close to our record of 34. I imagine we won't stop until we can't ride anyomre. If its any indication (and I hope it is) - my dad is usually out there rocking his Klein Adept (he's 64) - he was out the Waway race too.
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