2017 – Day 1- Pittsfield


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Day 1 – Skowhegan to Pittsfield – September 10      

“And they’re off!”

The BikeMaine 2017 route begins along the Kennebec River, following it out of Skowhegan, then travels along back country roads to Canaan, Burnham, and Unity. After circling Unity Pond, the route traces Beaver Brook north, crosses the Sebasticook River, and takes riders into Pittsfield to the BikeMaine Village in tranquil Manson Park.

  • Mileage: 57 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2198 feet


The town of Pittsfield was known as Plymouth Gore, Sebasticook Plantation, and Warsaw, before being named after William Pitts of Boston in 1824. The rich land provided ample opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping and growing crops. The Sebasticook River offered waterpower for a sawmill and gristmill, and soon new shops opened that attracted new businesses. The arrival of the railroad in 1855 spurred the town’s growth as a manufacturing center. Woodworking plants and a canning factory were established. The first woolen mill in Pittsfield opened in 1869, and at one time Pittsfield had the largest woolen mill in the State. In 1868, Isaac H. Lancey built a hotel that welcomed guests from all over the world. The Lancey House made Pittsfield a tourist destination, and the Lancey name became synonymous with gracious living in “your home away from home.”

Today, Pittsfield is home to Cianbro, one of the United States’ largest 100% employee owned construction companies, operating in over 40 states and employing 4,000 people. The town is strategically located along an interstate highway, has an airport, regional hospital, four financial institutions, and close to 200 businesses. Maine Central Institute, a well-known, private secondary school serving as the town’s high school, houses the nationally known Bossov Ballet Theater. The town has extensive recreation facilities, including a ski slope, 9-hole golf course, public swimming pool, trail system, and the 45 acre in-town Manson Park, which will be home to the BikeMaine Village.

Each July, Pittsfield hosts the Central Maine Egg Festival, featuring one of the largest frying pans in the world.


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