Media & News

Thanks, Orono (BDN Letter to the Editor)

September 25, 2013 News No Comments

This article originally appeared in the Bangor Daily News

Thanks, Orono

I was a rider in the inaugural BikeMaine ride. I live north of Chicago, Ill. This was my first time in the state of Maine. The hospitality I received was overwhelming. I want to thank the community for hosting us. The young men and women who helped unload our luggage from our cars were so friendly and helpful. The kindness and friendliness of the people I met was heart warming.

Thank you to the high school, middle school and elementary school for opening your doors to us for camping, dinner and breakfast. Thank you to all the behind-the-scenes people who helped make our stay in Orono so enjoyable and to the bike mechanics for volunteering their time to fix any and all bike problems.

My experience was incredible. The memories I have of this trip and everyone involved will be with me forever.

Pat Brummet

Wilmette, Illinois

BikeMaine Photo Gallery

September 16, 2013 News No Comments

Check out the BikeMaine Photo Gallery on Facebook here.

For more photos, check out the website of photographer Jamie Corriveau here.

Make sure to tag yourself and share the pictures.  If you’d like to post pictures of your own, make sure to tag them with #BikeMaine.

BikeMaine Today Newspaper Archive

September 16, 2013 News No Comments

We heard from a lot of folks that they’d like to have a digital copy of the BikeMaine Today newspaper to review after the ride.  Ask and you shall receive!  Each day’s paper, as well as the whole week are linked below.  Enjoy!

If you’d like to download an archive of all six newspapers, please click here.

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WCSH 6 / WLBZ 2 TV Coverage

September 16, 2013 News 1 Comment

WCSH-News-Center-Logo-COLORWe’re incredibly grateful to our friends at WCSH & WLBZ for all of their efforts covering the rides, especially Tim Goff and Kirk Pratty!  If you were riding and missed the coverage, here are links to each days reports from the ride.  Enjoy!

Ride Promo

Day 1

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Bicycle group’s ‘rolling exploration of Maine’ wraps up weeklong tour

September 14, 2013 News No Comments

This article originally appeared in the Bangor Daily News.

Bicycle group’s ‘rolling exploration of Maine’ wraps up weeklong tour

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 14, 2013, at 11:10 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 15, 2013, at 5:54 p.m.

EASTBROOK, Maine — More than 250 bicyclists from 34 states and three Canadian provinces braved the rain Friday as they pedaled from Bar Harbor to Camp Jordan in Ellsworth via scenic roads through eastern Hancock County.

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BikeMaine Blog – Day 7 (Camp Jordan to Orono)

September 14, 2013 News No Comments

BUJeDOQIAAIo2Rq.jpg-largeLast call for BikeMaine riders!  57 sweet miles on the road to Orono.  57 may sound like a lot, but to those who have been riding 70 miles daily, it’s a breeze!

Riders woke up to sunny skies after a day of rain and set off on the final ride of BikeMaine.  The route took them by many ponds and lakes and also along the section of Route 9 more commonly referred to as “The Airline.”  Route 9 runs continuously (though a bit circuitously) from the New Hampshire border in southwestern Maine to Calais, in the northeastern section which borders Canada.  The portion of Route 9 from Bangor to Calais is called The Airline, but it has nothing to do with planes or air travel.  Years before the Wright Brothers, the term “airline” was a reference to a short-cut between two distant points.

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BikeMaine Blog – Day 6 (Bar Harbor to Camp Jordan)

September 13, 2013 Uncategorized No Comments

cavehillAfter a relaxing rest day, riders geared up for the trek to Camp Jordan, where they would spend the last night of BikeMaine.

Once again, weather was not on our side, but that never deterred this hearty group of riders.  As they continued through Trenton and Ellsworth, riders eventually came to the lunch stop at the Cave Hill Elementary School in Eastbrook, Maine.  Here, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine organized a Bike Rodeo where children learned bike safety and handling and the older students went on a ride with a few BikeMaine participants.  The school also served some tired and wet riders a tasty lunch.  Riders from around the country brought post cards from their hometowns, that children then stuck on a map of the United States.

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BikeMaine Blog – Days 4 & 5 (Castine to Bar Harbor)

September 11, 2013 News No Comments

IMG_7849As riders awoke to dense fog in Fort George (Castine), they packed up camp and headed down the hill to the Maine Maritime Academy for a hot breakfast.  They would need all the nourishment they could get as they were about to embark on the fourth day of the ride, heading to Bar Harbor.

After a quick stop in East Blue Hill for the morning rest stop, riders were treated to sandwiches from a local restaurant in Ellsworth for lunch.  This stop was located next to a beautiful bit of water and riders continued to enjoy the cool weather provided by the fog.  After lunch, the PM rest stop was located in Trenton, just on the other side of the bridge leading to Mount Desert Island (MDI).

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BikeMaine Blog – Day 3 (Belfast to Castine)

September 10, 2013 News No Comments

photo-5 2Riders who were clambering for a picturesque Maine coastal ride finally got their wish.  After several days exploring the inland beauty of Maine, today’s route took us from Belfast through the Blue Hill Peninsula to Castine.  After an amazing (and we really mean amazing) sunrise and tasty breakfast, the weather was beautiful as riders left the seaside camp site and bid adieu to our amazing hosts in Belfast.

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BikeMaine is more than a great bicycle ride

September 9, 2013 News No Comments

This article originally appeared in the Bangor Daily News.


BikeMaine is more than a great bicycle ride

By Mark Ishkanian, Special to the BDN

Posted Sept. 09, 2013, at 11:25 a.m.

BikeMaine 2013 Inaugural Ride

How many of us really know the state we call home?

Maine is as big as the rest of New England combined with bold natural and cultural features as varied and interesting as the local residents. If you are like me, you may have driven through all 16 Maine counties but are most familiar with your own corner of Maine.

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BikeMaine Blog – Day 2 (Dover-Foxcroft to Belfast)

September 9, 2013 Uncategorized No Comments

photo-11There are beautiful routes, and then there are beautiful routes.  Although punctuated with some large (and long) hills, today’s route proved to be a crowd-pleaser.

We started our morning with a delicious breakfast provided by the PR YMCA (also our hosts for the BikeMaine Village).  Peach pancakes, sausage, bagels and more filled up riders as they headed out on their second day of riding.  The route was a more or less straight shot heading south from Maine’s inland pines to the rocky coast, the first site of the ocean for BikeMaine riders.

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BikeMaine Blog – Day 1 (Orono to Dover-Foxcroft)

September 8, 2013 News No Comments

IMG_8629Everyone was up bright and early for a 8:00am mass departure from Orono high school.  The ride kicked off with a police escort through Orono and the University of Maine campus, riding on the oldest bicycle path in Maine, before heading out on to the roads that would take them to Dover-Foxcroft.

Every effort was made to arrange good weather, but sometimes, this just doesn’t pan out…

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(BDN) BikeMaine ride to showcase tiny communities, spur economic development during 400-mile tour of Maine

September 7, 2013 News No Comments

This article originally appeared in the Bangor Daily News.

BikeMaine ride to showcase tiny communities, spur economic development during 400-mile tour of Maine

By Kathleen Pierce, BDN Staff

Posted Sept. 06, 2013, at 7:48 a.m.

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BikeMaine Blog – Arrival Day (Orono)

September 7, 2013 News No Comments

IMG_8495Riders started their BikeMaine journey traveling to Orono on Saturday, September 7th.  Arriving from 37 states and provinces, these cyclists quickly registered, picked up their goodie bag and set up camp for the first time before they ventured out to the town’s Festival Day.  Festival day included war canoes, tricycle races and a host of other activities for riders, students and community members alike.  We also met our friends, Tim and Kirk, from WCSH6 / WLBZ2 who will be joining us for the ride, capturing all of its glory to share on the morning and evening news.

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Press Release: Cyclists’ Safety Top Priority for Inaugural BikeMaine Ride

September 5, 2013 News No Comments



Brian Allenby
Communication Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Cyclists’ Safety Top Priority for Inaugural BikeMaine Ride
Hundreds of Cyclists to Traverse 400 Miles Between September 7 and 14

September 5, 2013, – Orono, ME – BikeMaine, a seven-day, 400-mile cycling celebration of Maine, will be riding through Penobscot, Waldo, and Hancock counties between September 7 and 14. Over 260 cyclists will travel the rural route and will cover 60-70 miles daily as they travel between the host communities of Orono, Dover-Foxcroft, Belfast, Castine, Bar Harbor (2 nights) and Camp Jordan (Ellsworth). With the increased number of cyclists riding on the roadways, encouraging safe driving AND riding behaviors are a top priority.

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