2005 Tour of Hope Team to Appear on June 11 at Bike Trail Dedication in Central New Jersey

Hopewell Valley News reported that members of the 2005 Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope Team will appear at the dedication of a major segment of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, a 20-mile circular bike path that is being constructed in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, in Mercer County, New Jersey.

This event will take place at Bristol-Myers Squibb's Hopewell Campus at 311 Pennington-Rocky Hill Road in Hopewell on Saturday, June 11, 2005. (Google Maps calls this property by its old name, "Mobil Technical Center".) It will begin at 9:00am, with a ribbon-cutting at 9:30, and a demonstration by the Tour of Hope Team of relay riding at about 10:00am. The full schedule for this event is located on the Lawrence Hopewell Trail Website, LHtrail.org.

Kathleen and I lived in Lawrence Township until 2002 and we still live nearby, so I'm really pleased that this trail is being constructed. I'm planning to attend. If you live in Central New Jersey or the neighboring areas of Pennsylvania, an excellent way to support this type of development would be to attend the dedication.

Of course the biggest item of interest to many Operation Gadget readers is the appearance of the 2005 Tour of Hope National Team. According to the Hopewell Valley News article:

The June 11 event will mark the first time the 2005 Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope Team will appear together in public. The team, comprised of 20 cyclists who have been touched by cancer, will conduct relay rides around the Bristol-Myers Squibb loop road inside the campus as a highlight of the community event. The cycling enthusiasts will spend the next four months preparing for a cross country ride with Lance Armstrong in the fall to increase awareness of the vital importance of cancer research and clinical trials.

The 2005 Tour of Hope Team is in town for its first training camp. If you remember when I reported on the Tour of Hope Team Application announcement, the organization announced at that time that there would be team training camps on June 10-14 and August 26-30.

I spoke to a representative of the Tour of Hope organization yesterday and learned that the public announcement of the members of the team is still a couple of weeks away. I hope to have the opportunity to meet at least a few of them, although I won't have much specific to say about them until the organization makes its announcement.

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