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.