Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine Celebrates Farms, Food, Bicycles and Open Space in Vacationland
FREEPORT, Maine – Wrenegade Sports introduced this week Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine, a mass-participation cycling event to be held at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport over the August 27-28, 2016, weekend. Farm to Fork Fondo - Maine will highlight the region’s vibrant farm-to-table movement with mid-ride aid stations hosted by local farms with treats from the farm, a post-ride Maine lobster bake and farm to fork barbecue; and a pre-ride dinner in the Wolfe’s Neck Farm Mallet Barn. Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine offers bicycle rides and activities for people of all ages and all abilities.
“We could not be more excited to bring the Farm to Fork Fondo series to Maine next summer,” said Wrenegade Sports principal Tyler Wren, who organizes similar events in Vermont, Hudson Valley and Pennsylvania Dutch country. “This area of Maine has the perfect combination of beautiful farmland, proud rural communities and an exciting story to tell that allows us to fulfill our mission of creating a unique and exciting experience that highlights and supports the symbiotic relationship between cyclists, famers and open space.”
Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine is capped at 450 participants and is expected to sell out. Each of the other events in the Farm to Fork Fondo series has drawn participants from more than twenty states, with a similar broad demographic expected in Maine. “When I learned about the opportunity to bring the Farm to Fork Fondo to Maine, I thought this program is such a natural fit for our beautiful state,” said Elissa English, Director of Sales & Marketing for the Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau. “A national cycling event, with an international professional cyclist presence that showcases the passion in our farm to table culture. Our farmland provides such a beautiful, natural backdrop for outdoor sporting. This is an amazing addition to our 2016 calendar of events in Southern Maine!”
Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine weekend activities also include: a bicycle skills clinics for riders of all abilities led by the Colavita | Bianchi Professional Cycling Team; a talk on the local agriculture; local and cycling industry vendors; more than $10,000 in raffle prizes; live music; Kids' Mini-Fondo; farm tours; and more. All activities are hosted by Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine.
Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine will benefit local farms and charitable organizations via the innovative New Holland Volunteer Competition. Volunteers filling jobs such as staffing aid stations and marshaling intersections will be organized into teams each representing different local farms or charitable farm organizations. With their support and creativity, these teams will compete for participants' votes, and will all win cash donations for the farms and organizations they represent.
The Farm to Fork Fondo series is supported by New Holland Agriculture, a global leader in agricultural equipment and a supporter of small farms across the world; Colavita USA, an Italian specialty foods importer and long-time cycling sponsor and advocate of healthy living; and Bianchi Bicycles, the world’s oldest bicycle brand and manufacturer of innovative bicycles for people of all abilities. Additional series sponsors include: the Colavita | Bianchi Professional Cycling Team; Fine Cooking Magazine; GU Energy Labs; Ride With GPS; Ritchey Logic; Rudy Project North America; Saris; Jakroo Custom Design; TRP; Vittoria North America; Fit Werx; BarFly Bike; Bar Mitts; and Stan’s NoTubes. Local supporters include: Wolfe’s Neck Farm; Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau; 111 Maine Catering; Maine Shore Lobster Bakes; Pineland Farms; Harraseeket Inn; Cabot Creamery Cooperative; and Gorham Bike and Ski.
Visit www.FarmForkFondo.com for more information on the Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine and to register or volunteer for the event.
About Wrenegade Sports
Wrenegade Sports' mission is to whip up perfect combinations of health, social good, community and fun into unique and exciting events. The guiding company principles are: to promote physical activity in a fun and supportive environment; to create achievable challenges for people of all ages and physical abilities; to benefit event host communities; and to use the company events to do social good. Wrenegade Sports events have been featured in Men’s Journal, Men’s Fitness, Edible Manhattan, Lancaster Farming and Road Bike Action Magizine.
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About the Maine Sports Commission - The Maine Sports Commission aims to promote Maine as a four-season destination for sports events and sports-related meetings and to increase their economic impact in the state by attracting new events or by growing existing sports-related events, including professional, collegiate, amateur, and youth sporting events.
The Maine Sports Commission was created in February 2012 in response to the growing demand for information regarding sports events and sports-related meetings in the state of Maine. The leadership of the Maine Sports Commission includes representatives from seven of the eight tourism regions, the Maine Office of Tourism, representatives from the Bangor and Portland Convention & Visitors Bureaus, and representatives from the sports, education, and tourism industries. The seven tourism regions participating in the commission are the Maine Beaches, the Greater Portland & Casco Bay Region, the Mid-Coast Region, Western Maine's Lakes & Mountains, Aroostook County, the Kennebec River Valley, and The Maine Highlands.