By MARTY BASCH – Concord Monitor
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Cycling events, whether a charity century, hardcore race, epic mountain bike ride or fun recreational spin, offer opportunities for personal goals, exercise and camaraderie. Though many are Northern New England stalwarts, there are also some new entries on the scene this season.
If Iowa has the RAGBRAI, Maine’s gunning for BikeMaine, a week-long 400-mile cycling adventure through the heart of the Pine Tree State. The inaugural ride, presented by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, takes place Sept. 7-14 with a loop from Orono, including overnights in Dover-Foxcroft, Belfast, Castine, Bar Harbor and Ellsworth. Plans call to grow this year’s 350-rider cap to 2,000 with each year’s route showcasing a different region of Maine. The fully supported ride costs $875 and includes 18 meals. Figure on 60-70 miles per day largely on rural roads. More info at bikemaine.org or call 207-623-4511.
(Published in print: Sunday, April 28, 2013)