WINTHROP, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — After cycling about 58 miles from Norway to Winthrop, twoBikeMainecyclists began another journey. Tandem bikers Kristie Bauer and Mike Wilson got married Monday evening.
“Biking is something we love to do together,” said Wilson.
The Des Moines, Iowa couple went for a bike ride on their first date three years ago and will marry surrounded by sweaty cyclists. They decided there was no better time or place to exchange vows. On top of all the biking gear, they packed wedding ring wedding rings.
“We had it in our heads that would like to get married this way. Cycling is a big part of our lives and something we love doing together,” said Wilson.
The two are nearly inseparable cycling across the state on their bicycle built for two.
“It teaches you to communicate, which is good in a marriage. They say a tandem will take you quicker in whichever direction your relationship was heading anyway,” said Wilson.
“You’ve got to work hard – both people,” said Bauer.
The couple said the excitement that built up during the day really added to their special day.
“It is like a wedding day, because everybody, as today went on, started approaching us and asking us questions,” said Wilson.
“And we have made so many friends here, it was just awesome!” said Bauer.
The ride organizers provided the newly weds with their own honeymoon suite as a gift, a lakeside cabin at the YMCA Camp of Maine, sparing them a wedding night spent in a tent.
The couple said they know their relationship will work if they both as much effort into it as they doing cycling.