1. BikeMaine is a race.
BikeMaine is not a race! BikeMaine is a cycling tour, but more than that it’s a vacation on two wheels. Cyclists pedal at their own pace along uncrowded, safe and quiet roadways through small towns rich in local culture. From the saddle, riders will see some of the most breathtaking views and vistas Maine has to offer.
2. You need to be an Olympian to ride BikeMaine.
In fact, you don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to ride BikeMaine, but you may feel like a sports hero the way “the locals” treat you. With proper training and preparation, most cyclists who ride regularly during the bicycle season can conquer the route. The terrain is moderately challenging, ranging from the gentle sloping roadways of the coastal regions to the steeper climbs as routes approach the foothills of the Western Mountains. BikeMaine cyclists have ranged in age from 25 years old to 81 years young! Support vehicles stand ready to assist, and medical and mechanical support is never far away.
3. BikeMaine is too expensive.
Included in your registration are seven days of riding, 18 hearty, delicious meals over the course of the week (with one of them being a lobster dinner) and well-stocked rest stops for recharging and refueling. There is nightly entertainment (from comedy performers to contra dancing and live music) and a wide variety of afternoon activities in each host community. In addition, your registration fee includes a marked and mapped route, mechanical support, medical support, baggage transportation, hot showers, and a tee shirt. An overwhelming majority of BikeMaine 2013 and 2014 riders stated in a survey that they thought BikeMaine was an excellent value for the money spent.
BikeMaine helps to make Maine a better, safer place to cycle, with proceeds from the tour going to support bicycle advocacy through the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.
4. September in Maine is always cold and covered in snow.
On the contrary, September is one of the most beautiful months to cycle in Maine. With daytime temperatures averaging from the mid 60s to the low 70s, and nighttime temperatures in the mid 40s to upper 50s, late summer in Maine is perfect for comfortable riding during the day and cosy sleeping in a tent at night. September also provides great opportunities for very early leaf peeping, lesser traveled roads (most tourists have gone home!), and none of Maine’s infamous pesky black flies.
5. Camping is no fun.
While that may be a matter of opinion, camping isn’t the only option on BikeMaine: we have lodging options for all budgets and interests. If you don’t like setting up a tent, we offer a deluxe camping experience with our Tent & Porter service. Tent & Porter allows riders to arrive in the Village each afternoon to a tent and two camp chairs already set up and their luggage waiting for them inside the tent.
Don’t like to camp? You can make your own arrangements to spend some, or all, of your nights in local lodging. And for those who don’t want to deal with camping or making hotel arrangements, we’ve partnered with the bicycle travel experts at Summer Feet to provide a Lodging Package, complete with transportation to and from the BikeMaine Village each day.
A. Set-up your own tent B. Sign-up for Tent and Porter Service C. Sign-up for a Lodging Package