Wednesday February 19, 2014 | 02:51 PM
Posted by Mike Tetreault
Not that I’m sick of winter, but I’m looking forward to hopping on a bicycle and riding. I love heading out from my house and riding through the Conservancy’s Basin Preserve roads, pastPopham Beach and Fort Popham.
My thoughts of riding Maine’s scenic roads came to mind recently when organizers of BikeMaine announced a remarkable route for its second annual multi-day ride. The Nature Conservancy is proud to be a partner in this adventure.
By SUE MELLO, Staff Reporter
Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – 6:30pm
Long-distance bicycling trips are gaining in popularity as a fun and healthy way to travel. Simply search online for bike trips and you will find cycling options through Africa, Europe, Australia, Napa Valley and a host of other scenic locations.
Last year, the Bicycling Coalition of Maine offered its first 7-day Maine bike tour. This year, BikeMaine’s theme is pedaling scenic waterways; and, not surprisingly to locals, BikeMaine has featured Boothbay Harbor in its travel plans.
On its website, the BikeMaine trip is defined as a “a mass bicycle ride that explores the people, places, culture and food of Maine.” Last year’s inaugural ride was pedaled by 251 cyclists.
From September 6 through September 13, up to 350 BikeMaine’s bicyclists will join in a seven day ride with stops in Westbrook, Norway, Winthrop, Gardiner, Boothbay Harbor and Bath.
BikeMaine — The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s epic, week-long ride — is already gearing up for its second edition. They recently announced the 2014 route, a 350-mile journey that explores the people, places, culture and landscape of Maine.
This year’s ride, scheduled for Sept. 6-13, is entitled “BikeMaine 2014: Pedaling the Waterways.” Building on the success of last year’s inaugural ride, and 7-day ride will feature host communities in western, central and coastal Maine, according to a recent press release.
The loop route will begin and end in Westbrook, and will include the following host communities: Norway, Winthrop Center (State YMCA Camp of Maine), Gardiner, Boothbay Harbor (two nights) and Bath. During the journey, bicyclists will ride along rushing rivers, tranquil lakes and the Maine coast. Three of the six overnight campsites are located next to a body of water.
The year’s ride will be limited to 350 riders, with half coming from out-of-state. Registration at ride.bikemaine.org is currently open and the ride is expected to sell out.
Weeklong bicycle ride to make stops in Gardiner, Winthrop. The second annual BikeMaine event in September will travel through the Western Maine foothills and Belgrade Lakes region before passing through Augusta on the way to Gardiner.
A 350-mile bike ride route weaving through the Western Maine foothills and Belgrade Lakes region will cut through the heart of Kennebec County and include overnight stops in Winthrop and Gardiner.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine announced the route Tuesday for its second annual BikeMaine event scheduled for September 6-13.
The seven-day event aims to promote bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly areas as well as bicycle tourism. Kim Anderson True, ride director for BikeMaine, said the nonprofit selected communities that support cyclist and walking infrastructure, and are part of the Maine Downtown Network or have shown to be able to work collaboratively to show what the community has to offer.
STATEWIDE (WGME) — Hundreds of cyclists are getting ready to cover a lot of ground, 350 miles in one week.
The bicycle coalition of Maine unveiled the route for this year’s Bike Maine in September.
It’s the second year of the event, which will have more than 300 cyclists participate over seven days. It’s a big ride and potentially a big boost to the economy along the route
Registration is open to 350 people on the coalition’s website. The cost is $875, which covers meals, lodging and support along the way.
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Cycling enthusiasts and community organizers joined members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine as the route for the 2nd annual BikeMaine Ride was unveiled.
The week-long, community based cycling tour of the Pine Tree State is designed to help expose riders from Maine and afar discover sections of Vacationland that are off the beaten path and provide a boost to the state’s economy during the lull that occurs after summer vacations and the influx of leaf peepers in the fall.
The 350 mile ride will begin in Westbrook on September 6th. From there, riders will travel into the western mountains to Norway, before crossing over to Winthrop and Gardiner in central Maine. Riders will then head towards the coast, staying in Boothbay Harbor for two nights, before working their way south to Bath and ending the week where they started back in Westbrook.
BikeMaine sets 350-mile cycling course for second-annual event
Organizers hope to increase cycling awareness in rural towns during the September event.
By Deirdre Fleming email@example.com
PORTLAND — The route for the second-annual BikeMaine was announced Tuesday and organizers are aiming to increase awareness about bicycling in rural Maine towns.
Kim True, ride director of the BikeMaine bicycle tour, rides along a stretch of last year’s course in this August 2013 photo.
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Bicycle Coalition of Maine
BikeMaine announces 2014 route and host communities
Bicycle event to bring tourism dollars to Maine
Portland, ME, February 4, 2014 – Maine is in the grip of winter but the state’s newest bicycle ride is already gearing up for its second edition. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s week-long BikeMaine ride is a seven day, 350 mile event that explores the people, places, culture, landscape and food of Maine and will take place September 6-13.
This year’s ride, entitled “BikeMaine 2014: Pedaling the Waterways,” will build on the success of last year’s inaugural ride, and will feature host communities in western, central and coastal Maine. The loop route will begin and end in Westbrook, and will include the following host communities: Norway, Winthrop Center (State YMCA Camp of Maine), Gardiner, Boothbay Harbor (two nights) and Bath. During the seven-day event, bicyclists will ride along rushing rivers, tranquil lakes and the Maine coast. Three of the six overnight campsites are located next to a body of water.
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Inaugural BikeMaine Ride Makes Economic Impact
An estimated $235,000 spent in Maine communities
Portland, Maine. November 8, 2013 - Maine’s first seven-day mass bicycle ride contributed an estimated $235,000 of direct economic benefits to the communities along its route. The inaugural BikeMaine ride, produced by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, attracted 251 bicycle riders from thirty-seven states and three Canadian Provinces. Cyclists pedaled 400 miles from September 8-14th and visited the communities of Orono, Dover-Foxcroft, Belfast, Castine, Bar Harbor (two nights) and Camp Jordan (Ellsworth) before returning to finish in Orono.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine set out to create a unique bicycle ride that expands bicycling to parts of the state that don’t often see cyclists. In doing so, the Coalition hoped to capture the imagination of communities along the route regarding the benefits of cycling and the economic value of bicycle tourism. The ride also looked to make a local economic impact by buying as much food as possible from Maine farms, highlighting Maine products, and securing local services.
“We set out to develop a totally new and exciting week-long bicycle ride that is a discovery tour of Maine’s famous and undiscovered places,” said Nancy Grant, Coalition Executive Director, “and the response from riders and host communities was an enthusiastic two thumbs up.”
This article originally appeared in the Bangor Daily News
I was a rider in the inaugural BikeMaine ride. I live north of Chicago, Ill. This was my first time in the state of Maine. The hospitality I received was overwhelming. I want to thank the community for hosting us. The young men and women who helped unload our luggage from our cars were so friendly and helpful. The kindness and friendliness of the people I met was heart warming.
Thank you to the high school, middle school and elementary school for opening your doors to us for camping, dinner and breakfast. Thank you to all the behind-the-scenes people who helped make our stay in Orono so enjoyable and to the bike mechanics for volunteering their time to fix any and all bike problems.
My experience was incredible. The memories I have of this trip and everyone involved will be with me forever.
Check out the BikeMaine Photo Gallery on Facebook here.
For more photos, check out the website of photographer Jamie Corriveau here.
Make sure to tag yourself and share the pictures. If you’d like to post pictures of your own, make sure to tag them with #BikeMaine.
We heard from a lot of folks that they’d like to have a digital copy of the BikeMaine Today newspaper to review after the ride. Ask and you shall receive! Each day’s paper, as well as the whole week are linked below. Enjoy!
If you’d like to download an archive of all six newspapers, please click here.
We’re incredibly grateful to our friends at WCSH & WLBZ for all of their efforts covering the rides, especially Tim Goff and Kirk Pratty! If you were riding and missed the coverage, here are links to each days reports from the ride. Enjoy!
This article originally appeared in the Bangor Daily News.
Bicycle group’s ‘rolling exploration of Maine’ wraps up weeklong tour
By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 14, 2013, at 11:10 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 15, 2013, at 5:54 p.m.
EASTBROOK, Maine — More than 250 bicyclists from 34 states and three Canadian provinces braved the rain Friday as they pedaled from Bar Harbor to Camp Jordan in Ellsworth via scenic roads through eastern Hancock County.
Riders woke up to sunny skies after a day of rain and set off on the final ride of BikeMaine. The route took them by many ponds and lakes and also along the section of Route 9 more commonly referred to as “The Airline.” Route 9 runs continuously (though a bit circuitously) from the New Hampshire border in southwestern Maine to Calais, in the northeastern section which borders Canada. The portion of Route 9 from Bangor to Calais is called The Airline, but it has nothing to do with planes or air travel. Years before the Wright Brothers, the term “airline” was a reference to a short-cut between two distant points.
After a relaxing rest day, riders geared up for the trek to Camp Jordan, where they would spend the last night of BikeMaine.
Once again, weather was not on our side, but that never deterred this hearty group of riders. As they continued through Trenton and Ellsworth, riders eventually came to the lunch stop at the Cave Hill Elementary School in Eastbrook, Maine. Here, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine organized a Bike Rodeo where children learned bike safety and handling and the older students went on a ride with a few BikeMaine participants. The school also served some tired and wet riders a tasty lunch. Riders from around the country brought post cards from their hometowns, that children then stuck on a map of the United States.
As riders awoke to dense fog in Fort George (Castine), they packed up camp and headed down the hill to the Maine Maritime Academy for a hot breakfast. They would need all the nourishment they could get as they were about to embark on the fourth day of the ride, heading to Bar Harbor.
After a quick stop in East Blue Hill for the morning rest stop, riders were treated to sandwiches from a local restaurant in Ellsworth for lunch. This stop was located next to a beautiful bit of water and riders continued to enjoy the cool weather provided by the fog. After lunch, the PM rest stop was located in Trenton, just on the other side of the bridge leading to Mount Desert Island (MDI).