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BikeMaine 2017 Is Sold Out!

March 22, 2017 Comments Off on BikeMaine 2017 Is Sold Out!

The “Pathway to the Peaks” Tour Through Western and Central Maine, Limited to 400 Riders, Has Reached Capacity but Volunteers Are Still Welcome

March 21, 2017 – (PORTLAND, Maine) – The fifth annual BikeMaine ride has sold out and is no longer accepting registrations from prospective riders, although people interested in volunteering in some capacity are still welcome to sign on, the event’s organizers announced today.

“BikeMaine is an opportunity to showcase the splendor and natural beauty of this region of Maine, along with the people and culture, and it’s become one of the most popular rides in the state,” BikeMaine Event Director Zach Schmesser said. “It’s a very special ride, and we’re proud to work alongside the people who live and work in the BikeMaine communities and our sponsors to create one of the best biking experiences that can be had anywhere in the world.”

BikeMaine is a fully-supported, seven-day cycling tour organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield as the presenting sponsor.

“Clearly this is a very special ride, showcasing why we are so fortunate to work and live here in Maine. We’re proud to again be the presenting sponsor of this event, which is a great combination of our focus on fitness and commitment to the communities we serve,” said Dan Corcoran, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. “We wish all the riders the best and welcome all of those who will come from out of state to experience all the great things Maine’s communities and people have to offer.”

The Coalition is the statewide voice of cyclists and pedestrians. Formed in 1992, the Coalition continues to lead the effort to make Maine better for bicycling and walking by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists and pedestrians through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement.

This year’s ride, dubbed, “Pathway to the Peaks,” will be held from September 9-16 and make stops in Skowhegan, Pittsfield, Kingfield, Rangeley, Hartford and Farmington. Participation is limited to 400 riders. Approximately two-thirds of BikeMaine riders are from out of state, with 20 percent reporting they have never been to Maine.

Schmesser said that even though registration for BikeMaine riders is full, people can still participate as a volunteer.

“Volunteers are every bit as important to BikeMaine as the riders, and we know our volunteers have just as much fun as the participants riding the route each day. They help with all aspects of the ride,” Schmesser said. “If you missed out on registering as a rider, you can still enjoy all that BikeMaine has to offer by volunteering.”

Prospective volunteers can sign up online at the BikeMaine website: ride.bikemaine.org.

Since 2013, BikeMaine has pumped nearly $1.7 million into the local economies of the regions where past events were located. Last year’s sold-out ride in Downeast Maine contributed $626,000 in direct economic impact, including $400,000 spent by riders during the ride, and $226,000 spent by the Coalition to produce the event, which includes most meals for the participants. Whenever possible, food is purchased from Maine farms, fishermen and lobstermen, highlighting Maine products and local services, Schmesser said.

The BikeMaine daily schedule is developed to allow riders to enjoy a carefully curated ride each morning, while leaving time to explore the hospitable and welcoming host communities each afternoon. Many local businesses, lodging establishments, bars, restaurants and gift shops in the past have reported record sales around BikeMaine’s visit to their communities.

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About BikeMaine

Founded in 2012, BikeMaine is a fully-supported, seven-day cycling tour organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The tour takes a different course every year. Routes traverse uncrowded back roads, looping through small towns and scenic areas along the coast and inland. The event was founded to promote the state as a bicycling destination and to use cycling as an economic development tool for local communities. Proceeds from the tour go to support bicycle advocacy in Maine. To learn more, visit ride.bikemaine.org.

 

About the Bicycle Coalition of Maine

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide voice of cyclists and pedestrians. Since 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has led the effort to make Maine better for bicycling and walking by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists and pedestrians through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement. We support biking and walking for health, transportation, and recreation.  For more information: bikemaine.org.


BikeMaine announces 2016 route and host communities

February 4, 2016 Comments Off on BikeMaine announces 2016 route and host communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Brian Allenby
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Communications Director
207.252-8688
brian@bikemaine.com 

BikeMaine announces 2016 route and host communities

Bicycle tour has brought over $1.0 million to Maine

Portland, ME, February 4, 2016 – On Thursday night, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine revealed the route and host communities of the fourth annual BikeMaine tour. The week-long ride will cover 350 miles along the “Bold Coast” of Maine, exploring Washington and Hancock Counties. The event will take place from September 10-17, 2016 and allows riders to explore the people, places, culture, and food of Maine. In the past three years, BikeMaine has delivered over $1 million in direct economic impact to different regions of the state through rider spending as well as the sourcing of local products and services for the ride.

Each year, BikeMaine chooses a different route and a new part of the state to explore. Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director Nancy Grant offered, “We are incredibly excited to explore yet another amazing region of our state on two wheels. Leveraging the power of bicycling to drive awareness and economic growth is a core part of the Coalition’s mission.”

BikeMaine 2016 will showcase communities along the Bold Coast Scenic Byway, which extends across Washington and Hancock Counties. BikeMaine perfectly aligns with a years-long regional effort to shine light on the unique and little-known natural and cultural assets that characterize this region. The Coalition is collaborating with Washington County Council of Governments and Bold Coast communities to turn BikeMaine 2016 into a sustainable, permanent bike route after the September 2016 event is over.

“Hosting Bike Maine gives our communities an opportunity to tell their unique stories in their own voices, utilizing their own resources,” said Crystal Hitchings of the Washington County Council of Governments. “Best of all, it allows communities to welcome visitors and interact with them in the way Downeasters do best – as if they were family and old friends.  Communities are excited for the opportunity to share and celebrate, but they are also excited for the opportunity to challenge themselves and grow.”

This year’s ride, entitled “BikeMaine 2016: Discover the Bold Coast,” will build on the success of last year’s ride, and will feature host communities in Washington and Hancock Counties. The loop route will begin and end in Winter Harbor, and will include the following host communities: Jonesport, Machias, Eastport (two nights), Lubec and Milbridge. During the seven-day event, riders will experience spectacular, untouched natural beauty and specially curated daily routes will be paired with authentic and intimate host communities and of course the freshest and tastiest food Maine has to offer.

The 2016 route will see participants pedaling 354 miles (an average of 55 miles each day, with options for increased mileage) and climb more than 19,800 feet in cumulative elevation.  Along the way, cyclists will discover Maine’s history and culture with the assistance and encouragement of host community organizations and residents.

The ride will be limited to 400 riders. Last year’s sold-out event attracted attendees from thirty-five states and 3 countries. Registration for BikeMaine 2016 is purposefully being kept small to ensure an intimate, well supported, quality experience for riders and host communities.  The cost is $875 per rider and includes 18 meals made from locally sourced, seasonal foods, ample beverages and snacks, baggage transport, mechanical and medical support and a camping site that includes showers, restrooms, and evening entertainment. Registration ride.bikemaine.org is currently open and the ride is expected to sell out as it did in 2015.

Cyclists will camp in a different host community each evening, eating meals prepared by local organizations. Wherever possible, support services, provisions, entertainment, and meals will be secured from host communities in an effort to benefit the local economy.

BikeMaine, in support of its mission to promote bicycling, healthy lifestyles and economic development, is proud to have Presenting Sponsor Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine and supporting sponsors Vermont’s Original Bag Balm, Maine Beer Company, Norway Savings Bank and Poland Spring on board again this year.

“Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine is once again pleased and proud to be supporting BikeMaine because it provides us with an opportunity to showcase the beauty of Maine while staying true to our mission of helping to improve the health and well-being of people and communities across our state,” said Dan Corcoran, plan president and general manager. “Last year several of our associates volunteered their time and were inspired by the drive and determination of those participating. As a company with over 875 local employees, we greatly appreciate the economic benefits that this tour brings to Maine each and every year.”

Grant funding generously has been provided the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Horizon Foundation, The Betterment Fund and the Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program. Key BikeMaine partnerships include Capital Ambulance and The Nature Conservancy. Media partners include WCSH6, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, the Bangor Daily News and Maine Magazine.

BikeMaine is a project of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the statewide voice of cyclists and pedestrians. Since 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has led the effort to make Maine better for bicycling and walking by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists and pedestrians through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement. The Coalition supports biking and walking for health, transportation and recreation.

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For additional information on the BikeMaine 2016 route, detailed maps, host community descriptions, registration guidance, and responses to several Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) visit the BikeMaine website at ride.bikemaine.org.


Cyclists create camaraderie in 7 days (Portland Press Herald)

September 20, 2015 Comments Off on Cyclists create camaraderie in 7 days (Portland Press Herald)

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BikeMaine is a weeklong cycling tour held in mid-September. This year, 360 cyclists rode about 350 miles, from Kittery to Bethel and back, ending Saturday.

They pedaled an average of 55 miles a day through small towns, from the rocky coastline to mountains and lakes.

The event is offered by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a nonprofit organization with more than 5,000 members working to make the state a better place through biking.


BikeMaine wraps up in Kittery (Video – WCSH6)

September 19, 2015 Comments Off on BikeMaine wraps up in Kittery (Video – WCSH6)

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KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The 350 cyclists who participated in BikeMaine this year got a nice warm welcome back in Kittery.They finished the ride in Fort Foster Park where it all started a week ago.

The cyclists rode about 350 miles over the past seven days. That’s about 55 miles per day.

Along the way, the riders visited Kittery, Old Orchard Beach, Bridgton, Bethel, Sweden and Kennebunk.

“We had the best weather, except for rain the first day, but even that was something that I’m glad I had to experience,” Mike Dunn said. “It was wonderful. I’m so glad I did it.”

Ross Healy, who lives on the West Coast, said he enjoyed his first trip to Maine.

“It was one of the best ways to come, check out the state, see a lot of cool stuff, a lot of local culture, and the ride was just beautiful,” he said.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, which puts on BikeMaine every year, has already announced the region where the ride will take place next year. It’ll be along the Bold Coast of Maine in Hancock and Washington counties.

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BikeMaine riders thankful for support crew volunteers (WCSH6)

September 19, 2015 Comments Off on BikeMaine riders thankful for support crew volunteers (WCSH6)

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SWEDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – After a rest day Wednesday, the BikeMaine riders hit the road again Thursday. Cyclists started in Bethel and rode to Sweden. They took a 60-mile route, passing through the White Mountains National Forest.

Each day, a few “support and gear,” or SAG, vans follow the cyclists as they ride. They help the cyclists who have flat tires or broken chains, and the ones who just can’t quite make it up a hill.

“Of course, some of them are your frequent fliers, if you will,” Rob Bakker said.

He operates the ham radio while Allan Harville drives. The two have been volunteering in the support vehicles since the ride started three years ago. Over the years, they’ve become friends.

Allan and Rob are there mostly to lend a hand, but there’s something in it for them too. Even though they both live in Maine, they get to explore parts of the state they’ve never seen before. But when duty calls, they spring into action.

Marina Wheland, a rider from Canada, had a broken spoke. Allan and Rob spotted her, gave her a ride to the another SAG van that was headed toward the BikeMaine mechanic.

“They are the angels of the road,” Wheland said. “They are fantastic guys, and it makes every day riding better, knowing that they’re there to pick us up if, like my bike just pooched out on me, and I’m not going to be stranded.”

For Harville and Bakker, hearing that makes giving up free time and using vacation days worth every minute.

“You know what, I get paid in smiles,” Bakker said.

“Knowing that when somebody’s in trouble, we’re going to be there. We can say that with authority because we are going to be there,” Harville said.

For Day 6 of BikeMaine, the riders will head back to the coast. They’ll ride 75 miles from Sweden to Kennebunk.


BikeMaine cyclist riding toward weight loss goal (Video – WCSH6)

September 18, 2015 Comments Off on BikeMaine cyclist riding toward weight loss goal (Video – WCSH6)

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(NEWS CENTER) — The organizers of BikeMaine say anyone can complete the ride with the right training. Mike Dunn is proof of that.

Eight months ago, he was 80 pounds heavier.

“I kept thinking, ‘I’m going to go to the gym. I’m going to be working out,'” Dunn said. “‘I’m going to do all this stuff,’ but I never did it.”

In February, his doctor told him he was headed toward a heart attach, diabetes or other diseases. A close friend, who’s a personal trainer, stepped in to help. He went through Dunn’s cabinets and got rid of all the junk food.

“He came over and said, ‘I’m not going to watch you die, Dunnsy.’ He said, ‘I’m going to make sure you change,'” Dunn said.

That’s the push Dunn needed to start eating healthier and exercising. A few months after his doctor’s appointment, he signed up for BikeMaine. His friend put together a training plan for him, and he hit the road. Three hundred miles into the ride, he said he’s doing well.

“I was scared poopless as the ride got ready to go, because I wasn’t certain I was ready,” he said.

He still has about 50 pounds to lose before he reaches his goal weight, but Dunn said he’s feeling better than ever. He hopes he can do BikeMaine, or another ride like it, next year. As soon as he finishes the ride, he said he is going to join the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, which organizes BikeMaine.

Saturday is Day 7, the last day, of the ride.

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Meet BikeMaine’s youngest riders (Video – WCSH6)

September 15, 2015 Comments Off on Meet BikeMaine’s youngest riders (Video – WCSH6)

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(NEWS CENTER) — On Day 3 of BikeMaine, the cyclists rode about 45 miles from Bridgton to Bethel.

The Powell family is getting a lot of attention on the ride. It’s not hard to spot George Powell among the rest of the BikeMaine riders. At 10 years old, he’s the youngest cyclist to ever participate in the ride, but not by much. His twin brother Noah is about 28 minutes older than him.

“My legs are good,” Noah said, about 120 miles into the ride. “They’re not hurting yet.”

Noah and George are kind of a big deal at camp. By now, they’ve gotten used to the other riders coming up to them, asking which twin they are and calling them celebrities. Their older sister Annie, who’s only 14, is adjusting to the newfound fame too. “It’s just kind of cool to have tons of people know who you are, but it’s also a little bit weird,” she said. The three of them are doing the ride with their parents, who home school them in Georgia.

“When the school buses pass, it’s like, ‘Hi I’m here. You have to be on the bus,'” Annie joked. The Powell family has been training together since April, biking a thousand miles to get ready for this ride. “We didn’t bring any books,” their mom, Lori, said. “There’s no time for that this week.”

Instead, the kids are getting the chance to explore a new place, and they’re learning the importance of hard work and determination. “How to deal mentally with something difficult, and when you get tired, maybe you get bored, we keep pressing on,” the kids’ dad Robert said. With every mile they ride and every hill they climb, they’re also learning the value of family.

The Powells are looking forward to Wednesday, a rest day in Bethel with optional riding.

On Thursday, Day 5 of BikeMaine, the riders are making their way from Bethel to Camp Tapawingo in Sweden.

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BikeMaine riders pedal through Day 2 (Portland Press Herald)

September 14, 2015 Comments Off on BikeMaine riders pedal through Day 2 (Portland Press Herald)

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SEBAGO, ME - SEPTEMBER 14: Steve Key of Orlando, Fla takes a rest during lunch break, with Tracy Cook, also of Orlando, at the Sebago Center Community Church of the Bike Maine trek on Monday, September 14, 2015. The 350-mile long trip, sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, will bring the 360 riders from Kittery, back to kittery via Old Orchard Beach, Bridgton, Bethel Sweden and Kennebunk. (Photo by Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer)

SEBAGO, ME – SEPTEMBER 14: Steve Key of Orlando, Fla takes a rest during lunch break, with Tracy Cook, also of Orlando, at the Sebago Center Community Church of the Bike Maine trek on Monday, September 14, 2015. The 350-mile long trip, sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, will bring the 360 riders from Kittery, back to kittery via Old Orchard Beach, Bridgton, Bethel Sweden and Kennebunk. (Photo by Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer)


Day 2 of BikeMaine: OOB to Bridgton (WCSH6)

September 14, 2015 Comments Off on Day 2 of BikeMaine: OOB to Bridgton (WCSH6)

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(NEWS CENTER) — Day two of BikeMaine began Monday morning at Old Orchard Beach and by the end of the ride, bikers had made their way to Bridgton.

The trip totaled about 54 miles, which means riders have completed about 120 miles in the 350 miles ride.

For riders, it’s hard enough biking as far as they do each day, so the folks at BikeMaine make things a little easier for them by packing up their chairs, luggage and tents for them.

The people who do that are all volunteers, some of them are students at Westbrook High School. Their teacher, Shannon Belt, brings them along for the event.

Belt says the students that volunteer are all “at risk,” so BikeMaine is a great experience for them.

“It be easy to get some funding and be in a hotel, and make it very plush, but that’s not where you learn,” Shannon Belt said. “The best part of these sort of experiences is trying to figure out where kids breaking point is, and try not, not break them, but to try to get them to grow and become better people.”

The volunteers get to have some fun too. Yesterday, they went paddle boarding in Old Orchard Beach and they might even do some hiking and tubing over the next few days as well.

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BikeMaine ride starts in Kittery (WCSH6)

September 13, 2015 Comments Off on BikeMaine ride starts in Kittery (WCSH6)

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KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Cyclists from across the country, and even around the globe, are in Maine this week for the seven-day BikeMaine ride. It started Sunday morning at Fort Foster in Kittery.

Three hundred fifty riders are participating in this year’s ride, 100 more than last year. Over the next seven days they’ll be riding about 350 miles, about 55 miles each day.

“If you can do something that’s like BikeMaine, you might be able to do something that you didn’t believe you could do outside of bicycling,” Doug Eaton, who came from New York for the ride, said.

The cyclists rode 60 miles Sunday to Old Orchard Beach, where they’ll stay over night. As they were eating breakfast before the official start of the ride, participants were excited, despite the rainy weather.

“I just got up and I was like I can do this,” Eliza Dagostino, a Massachusetts resident, said. “Just take my time, go slow, cruise along with everybody else. I have some friends here. They did it a couple years ago and they said it was a ball, so I’m ready to have fun.”

This is the third annual BikeMaine ride, which is put on by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Each year there are different host communities. Organizers said the ride had a direct economic impact last year of $395,000.

The host communities this year are Kittery, Old Orchard Beach,Bridgeton, Bethel, Sweden, and Kennebunk. The ride wraps up Saturday back in Kittery.

NEWS CENTER will be following the riders each day for the next week.


2015 BikeMaine kicks off Sunday morning (Video – WCSH6)

September 12, 2015 Comments Off on 2015 BikeMaine kicks off Sunday morning (Video – WCSH6)

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KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — More than 350 cyclists are preparing for the first leg of BikeMaine set to begin on Sunday.

This year’s week-long tour is expected be the biggest one yet. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine estimates that last year’s event had a direct economic impact in Maine of $395,000.

Over the course of their adventure, cyclists will pedal more than 50 miles a day, throughout southern and western Maine. Along the way they will enjoy locally-sourced foods like Maine seafood and fresh-from-the-farm produce at every meal. At night they will camp at host communities including Kittery, Old Orchard Beach, Bath, Sweden and Kennebunk.

Tune-in to NEWS CENTER for complete coverage of the event.

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BikeMaine 2015 rolls into town Monday

September 11, 2015 Comments Off on BikeMaine 2015 rolls into town Monday

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IN THE CENTER OF THE ACTION along the route for BikeMaine 2015 is the town of Bridgton, as illustrated in official T-shirt artwork by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

By Gail Geraghty

Staff Writer

Over 350 cyclists from 35 states will camp out on the grounds of the Bridgton Community Center Monday afternoon and overnight, Sept. 14, and Bridgton is ready to give them a warm welcome.

The cyclists should start to arrive around 1:30 p.m. after covering around 50 miles on the third day of their 350-mile trek through Southern and Western Maine. Residents should start to see them rolling up Route 117 from Sebago and Denmark, past Woods Pond to South High Street, and down Main Hill to Depot Street. When they leave on Tuesday, they’ll head out on Main Street and turn up Highland Road to Chadbourne Hill Road, passing through Waterford, where the North Waterford Congregational Church has planned a luncheon and rest stop.

There’ll be hundreds of volunteers to help the riders get comfortably settled — Bridgton Academy students will help them unload trucks, and the Lake Region High School’s Interact Club will also help out

The grounds of the Community Center will be transformed into a temporary tent city, as individual tents are set up for the bikers and larger tents for services such as bathrooms and first aid that will be needed.

Among organizations that have promised food and support are the Bridgton Lions Club, Rotary Club, the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and The Bridgton Economic Development Corporation. Downtown businesses are also planning to put out the welcome mat; The Depot Street Tap House is promising a lineup of entertainment.

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Maine Women’s Fund CEO Sarah Ruef-Lindquist rides Kittery to Bethel on bike

September 11, 2015 Comments Off on Maine Women’s Fund CEO Sarah Ruef-Lindquist rides Kittery to Bethel on bike

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Sarah Ruef-Lindquist

Maine Women’s Fund CEO Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, of Camden, will join more than 300 cyclists as they tour the state by bicycle Sept. 12-19. The 2015 ride is the third annual organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, founded to promote the state as a bicycling destination and to use cycling as an economic development tool for local communities.

Ruef-Lindquist has completed long distance rides in Maine, including the American Lung Association’s 180-mile Trek Across Maine five times and the Tour de Cure in Bar Harbor and Tour de Farms in Wiscasset for several years. 

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BikeMaine to tour beaches, towns and mountains in September (KeepMECurrent)

August 28, 2015 Comments Off on BikeMaine to tour beaches, towns and mountains in September (KeepMECurrent)

BikeMaine – the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s fully supported, weeklong cycling tour through some of the state’s most idyllic locales – returns in mid-September for its third annual go-round. Riders of all skill levels are signing up, each bringing his or her unique story to tell around the proverbial fire.

Westbrooker Eric Schwibs, 52, is a long-term cancer survivor out to thrive.

“I had some real physical challenges during and after treatment,” he says. “I like to show others that you can indeed bounce back fully after diagnosis and treatment.”

Cycling brought Scarborough’s Justin Ladd, 33, together with his soulmate.

“My wife and got ‘reunited’ – we used to date, in middle school – through biking events like the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Lobster Ride and the Trek Across Maine.”

Pam Fischer, 57 of New Gloucester, is not riding BikeMaine this year, but volunteering.

“My husband and I make it an annual weeklong volunteer vacation,” she says. “We are part of the village team, setting up and dismantling the mobile ‘tent city’ each day.”

Both Fischer and her husband have additional duties – all of which they relish.

“We do whatever it takes to ensure our riders have an amazing experience. We have a blast.

“Service work is important to me,” Fischer says, “and what could be better than volunteering at an event that brings a crowd of fascinating people to the beautiful backroads and small towns of Maine?”

Kittery, Old Orchard Beach, Bridgton, Bethel, Sweden and Kennebunk will host this year’s event, scheduled for Sept. 12-19. But a long list of communities can expect the riders to pass through as they wend their way across the landscape.

The 2015 BikeMaine route rolls first through the Berwicks on its way to Biddeford and Saco before cutting inland to skirt through Hollis and Steep Falls as it sidles up the western edge of Sebago Lake toward the New Hampshire border.

It circles around to head south around Gilead, where it enters the White Mountains National Forest; it takes a short hop north again at Fryeburg, then angles homeward for the last time, passing by Pleasant Mountain and through Hiram, Cornish, Limerick and Lyman before arriving at the coast in Kennebunk.

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BikeMaine expected to draw 350 cyclists for weeklong ride (BDN)

August 26, 2015 Comments Off on BikeMaine expected to draw 350 cyclists for weeklong ride (BDN)

This article originally appeared in the Bangor Daily News.

 

Posted Aug. 26, 2015, at 12:48 p.m.

The third annual BikeMaine, a weeklong ride organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, is set for Sept. 12-19, and it is expected to be the biggest one yet. During the 349-mile tour, an estimated 350 cyclists will pedal throughout southern and western Maine, camping at communities along the way.

“What we’re trying to do is develop bicycle tourism in the state and to economically impact small communities that don’t usually get that tourism,” BikeMaine Ride Director Kim Anderson True said. “We’re trying to educate communities about how to continue to attract cyclists.”

Each year, BikeMaine takes riders to different regions of Maine. This year’s host communities, where riders will camp, are Kittery, Old Orchard Beach, Bridgton, Bethel, Sweden and Kennebunk, respectively. Each day, participants will pedal an average of 55 miles, with optional 10- to 15-mile loops along the way for those looking to lengthen the ride.

Registration is nearly full, with only a few slots left as of Aug. 25.

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THE LAST DAY: I’M AN OFFICIAL BIKEMAINE FINISHER (MaineToday.com)

September 18, 2014 Comments Off on THE LAST DAY: I’M AN OFFICIAL BIKEMAINE FINISHER (MaineToday.com)
Posted: September 17, 2014
Written by: Mike McDermott – contributor – mcmikedermott@gmail.com
I decided to switch things up for the last day of BikeMaine. My son had offered me the use of his bike for the ride – a much lighter, skinny-tired roadbike compared to my own bike. I’d decided that I wanted the stability and carrying capacity of my bike for the ride itself, but for this last day, I didn’t need to carry anything so why not give his bike a try. The only problem was that his bike has the clip-in pedals with the special shoes, and the fancy combined brake lever / gear shifters. Since the first ten miles of the ride would be my exact bike commute to work, I figured I could use that time to get used to the new technology.

The morning seemed much chillier than previous mornings (or maybe it was just more of a shock coming out of my house instead of spending the night in a tent). So I went over to breakfast with a fleece pullover. We ate at the American Legion hall just a block from my house, and then the ride went right past the end of my street. As we left breakfast I gave my wife a call so she could meet me at the corner to take my fleece and a commemorative photo, and we were off on the Day 7 ride.

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DAYS 6-7: THE “CYCLING LEGS” KICK IN FROM BOOTHBAY TO BATH (MY HOME TERRITORY) (MaineToday.com)

September 18, 2014 Comments Off on DAYS 6-7: THE “CYCLING LEGS” KICK IN FROM BOOTHBAY TO BATH (MY HOME TERRITORY) (MaineToday.com)
Posted: September 17, 2014
Written by: Mike McDermott – contributor – mcmikedermott@gmail.com

When I last wrote I was just packing up my stuff at the Boothbay Memorial Library after spending a quiet rest-day afternoon getting caught up. That evening we had the big shore dinner right on the waterfront in town. There was beer and local oysters for appetizers, and then the ‘Maine Course’: lobsters, steamers, corn, potatoes, onions and eggs all steamed together in big piles of seaweed over smoldering wood embers. Plus, a whole table of salads on the side… It was delicious. After dinner we headed up to the Boothbay Opera house for the night’s entertainment – The Holy Mackerels and The Boneheads. The crowd was really moving by the end of the show, and the groove continued onto the bus back to tent city – people were singing along to ‘Chicago.’ I’m pretty sure a full scale dance party would have broken out among the tents with the slightest provocation.

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IDEXX Photo Gallery

September 18, 2014 Comments Off on IDEXX Photo Gallery

These photos just in! A big thank you to IDEXX Laboratories for hosting our BikeMaine participants as they finished their ride last Saturday. A hot shower never felt so good.


Mark Vogelzang Photo Galleries

September 17, 2014 Comments Off on Mark Vogelzang Photo Galleries

Mark Vogelzang recently joined his three brothers as they rode BikeMaine.  In addition to being the President & CEO at MPBN, Mark is an excellent photographer!  Check out his galleries below, and email him if you would like full resolution versions of the photos.  Thanks for the amazing shots, Mark!

Day 1/2  Sept 7 & 8 – https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3d7Ys4

Day 3/4  Sept 9 & 10 – https://flic.kr/s/aHsk2HmmQq

Day 5/6  Sept 11 & 12 – https://flic.kr/s/aHsk2S5FSb

Day 7   Saturday, Sept 13 – https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3wx6ry


What to do when over 250 hungry bikers show up for lunch in Newcastle?

September 17, 2014 Comments Off on What to do when over 250 hungry bikers show up for lunch in Newcastle?
Posted:  Monday, September 15, 2014 – 11:30am

Starting about 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, some 260 hungry, tired cyclists descended upon the parking lot of the Second Congregational Church for lunch. And the Twin Village community was ready for them, thanks to months of planning, organizing and the generosity of many area businesses and individuals.

The riders responded with good cheer and appreciation for the lunch. By 2 p.m., they were all fed, rested and off to Boothbay Harbor, their next port-of-call. The weather was ideal, with temps in the high 60s and partly cloudy skies.

The cyclists had arrived mounted on a full range of bicycles, from traditional tour bikes, hyper-lightweight racers, and bikes built for two, to more exotic stand-up, sit-down, and reclining models. The riders were dressed in an assortment of high-visibility shirts, shorts, custom shoes, helmets, eye-wear and biking gizmos. A U-Haul van and a ready crew awaited to assist any riders in need of a tire change, gear adjustment or other mechanical assistance.

The BikeMaine “2014 Peddling the Waterways” tour (http://ride.bikemaine.org) was conducted between Sept. 6-13, and included more than 100 riders from Maine and 160 more from around the nation and the world, ranging in age from late teens to 40- to 70-somethings.

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