By all accounts the BikeMaine visit Downeast was a stunning success. With over 400 cyclists, 75 BikeMaine staff and hundreds of volunteers involved, the winding back roads and small communities along Washington County’s coast were busy for the week of September 12.
Cyclists hailed from 37 states and several Canadian provinces, with some coming from as far away as San Diego and Seattle. The riders, with an average age of 59, rode for a full week and covered 375 miles during the BikeMaine event, sponsored by the Portland‑based nonprofit Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Optional side trips, such as to Reversing Falls, added another 44.5 miles. This year’s event was the fourth large‑scale ride organized by the group, according to event director Zach Schmesser. According to its website, the 5,000‑plus member coalition seeks “to make Maine better through biking and walking.”