Eastern Trail's 16th Annual Maine Lighthouse Ride

 

The Maine Lighthouse Ride benefits the Eastern Trail Alliance, an organization dedicated to building a 65-mile greenway from Kittery to South Portland, Maine. 

All rides begin and end at the beautiful oceanfront campus of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) in South Portland.

Become an Eastern Trail Alliance member now and reduce your registrations costs! http://easterntrail.org/index.php/join-us/become-a-member

First 500 registrations will receive a free pair of lighthouse socks! 

Online registration will close at 1200 registered riders - This event has sold out 5 years in a row. Pre-registration is required - there will be no on-site registration. Please plan to arrive for sign in one hour before your selected ride departs.

Registration fees cannot be refunded or transferred to a future ride.

Event details and schedule:

The 40-mile 8 Lighthouse Ride (8:00 AM) includes the South Portland Greenbelt as well as a spur to the 3-mile section of the Eastern Trail across the beautiful Scarborough Marsh, the largest salt marsh in Maine. For those of you who haven’t seen the trail yet, it is not to be missed! From there, the ride continues along the spectacular coastline of Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, and South Portland, passing by three state parks, five gorgeous beaches, and two museums. Eight historic lighthouses are visible from the route. The 40-mile ride usually takes take 3 to 5 hours, with two rest stops provided. There is so much to see on this ride, you may want to take all day to finish it!

The 62-mile Metric Century 8-Lighthouse ride (7:30 AM) follows the route of the 40-mile ride, but continues down the coast through the summer resort of Old Orchard Beach to picturesque Camp Ellis.  This ride usually takes 6 to 7 hours, and includes three rest stops.  Flat to rolling terrain. This ride also includes a 3-mile crossing of the beautiful Scarborough Marsh on the Eastern Trail (crossed both going out and return trip). The trail has a fine, packed gravel surface which is suitable for road bikes traveling at 10 mph. The remainder of the ride is on paved public roads.

The 100-mile 9 Lighthouse Century ride (7:00 AM) includes all of the beautiful scenery of the other rides, as well as a jaunt through Old Orchard Beach and Saco to the quaint village of Kennebunkport, the summer home of George H.W. Bush. This is truly a spectacular century characterized by flat to rolling terrain, beautiful ocean views, and four rest stops staffed with friendly Eastern Trail volunteers.

Our 25-mile ride option is suspended for 2019 while construction takes place on the "Gap" portion of the Eastern Trail beyond Wainwright Field (from South Portland into Scarborough and beyond). We hope to bring this ride back as a total off-road ride option once construction is complete. 

Register here: https://www.active.com/south-portland-me/cycling/races/maine-lighthouse-ride-2019

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MLR Ride Description - Go here for a comprehensive description of the what is included in and available with the Lighthouse ride.

Bicycling options and start times:

  • Century (100-mile) 7:00 am (See all 9 lighthouses)
  • 62-mile (metric century) 7:30 am (8 lighthouses visible)
  • 40-mile 8:00 am (8 lighthouses visible)

Our 25-mile ride option is suspended for 2019 while construction takes place on the "Gap" portion of the Eastern Trail beyond Wainwright Field (from South Portland into Scarborough and beyond). We hope to bring this ride back as a total off-road ride option once construction is complete.

All rides start and end at Southern Maine Community College - click here for directions. If you are coming from out of town, there are many lodging options.

Go here to read the most recent MLR E-newsletter for the latest about the ride.

Maps and Cue Sheets are available here - they will also be provided at the ride.

Maine Lighthouse Bike Jerseys can be ordered online at any time - they make great gifts as well. The new 2019 MLR bike jersey (Male short sleeve)2019 MLR Bike Jersey (Male short sleeve)2019 jersey design is shown to the right. Jerseys from the 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 rides are also available.

Jerseys can be ordered online now - directly from Atayne, which "makes performance outdoor clothing and sports apparel that is safe for people and the planet."

Important rider information (frequently asked questions) is available here.

Rest stops and lunch. Food will be served between 11 am and  4:30 pm. Rest Stop Hours are available here.

Please note that this is a tobacco free event. SMCC is tobacco free and smoke-free campus as are all of our rest stops.

Check out the great Sponsors that have contributed funds and in-kind goods to support the Lighthouse Ride. Please patronize these great businesses as a way of saying thanks for their support of the Eastern Trail! Want to become a sponsor? - More information here

 

 

Date: 
Saturday, September 7, 2019 -
7:00am to 4:00pm
Sport: 
Cycling
City: 
South Portland
Annual Event: 
Yes