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Since 1940, Memorial Day in Somerville, New Jersey has become synonymous with the Tour of Somerville. As the oldest continuously run major bicycle race in the United States (except for the 4 years not run during World War II), this event is regarded as the “Kentucky Derby of Cycling” and is one of the most prestigious cycling events in America. It is not only a bike race, but a festival, resident picnics, and a giant family reunion rolled into one, honoring American heroes on Memorial Day. The Tour of Somerville bike race attracts over 1,000 professional and amateur cyclists, including Olympians and cyclists from around the world. Tens of thousands of people converge on the tree-lined streets of Somerville to cheer cyclists as they speed by at 40 mph past Victorian homes and Main Street storefronts in the borough’s downtown district.Free admission encourages the spectators to stroll the streets enjoying kids’ activities, music, entertainment, and great food. Even as the Tour has grown, it has maintained its homegrown hometown image and feel. Th e day’s highlights are both the cycling and the opportunity to show community pride in the town of Somerville. Many organizations work together to make the event a success.