Cycling

Farm to Farm Bike Ride

Sagadahoc County, Maine -- Join the Merrymeeting Trailblazers, Maine Farmland Trust and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust for a farm-to farm bike ride! Three ride options offer a chance to visit a variety of farms in Bowdoinham, Richmond and Topsham. Each ride is designed for a range of abilities and interests. Participation in the ride is free; all three rides begin, and depart from Mailly Waterfront Park in Bowdoinham. 

Preregistration for the rides is not required, but it is appreciated for help with ride planning. To register, visit merrymeetingtrail.org/events or contact Ruth Indrick at the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust at rindrick@kennebecestuary.org or (207442-8400. 

Ride times and descriptions:

10:00 am – 35-mile ride through Bowdoinham, Richmond, and Topsham with short stops at farms on the route. This ride is best for intermediate or advanced riders.

10:15 am – 24-mile ride through Bowdoinham and Richmond with stops to explore farms along the way. This is a good ride for beginner or intermediate riders.

10:30 am – 14-mile ride with stops to explore some of Bowdoinham’s Forever Farms. This ride will be led by MFT staff and is good for beginner & intermediate riders and those who are interested in learning more about farmland protection in one of the richest farming areas in Bowdoinham.

All riders and farm visitors are invited to attend the Town of Bowdoinham's Open Farm Day and Art Trail barbecue from 36 p.m. in Bowdoinham’s Mailly Waterfront Park and features fresh foods from local farms. The barbecue is $10 per plate and $4 for dessert.   

Preregistration for the rides is not required, but it is appreciated for help with ride planning. To register, visit merrymeetingtrail.org/events or contact Ruth Indrick at the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust at rindrick@kennebecestuary.org or (207442-8400. 


This event is held in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Maine Open Farm Day, an annual summer tradition, growing agricultural awareness, and connecting Maine farmers and the public. 

Find a list of participating farms in all 16 counties of Maine: http://bit.ly/MaineOpenFarmDay2019

Share you experiences with #MaineOpenFarmDay on social media.

After your visit to a participating farm, please complete the visitor survey

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Sun, Jul 28th, 11:00am
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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

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasternTrailAlliance/?ref=ts 

 


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

 

 

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Sat, Sep 7th,
7:00am to 4:00pm
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New England Parkinson's Ride

Choose from a 10, 30, 50, or 100-mile route. All rides begin and end at The Ballpark, Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

Riders of all ages and ability are welcome if they can ride safely.

Food, beverages, music & family activities will be available all day.

Bring your friends & family along to enjoy a fun day for a great cause!

All cyclists please note:

  • If you are bringing back or creating a team, please make sure that the Team Captain is the FIRST to register! All other members of a Team need to select “Join a Team” rather than register as an Individual. When searching for team name, use only a few letters and then select from the drop-down box.
  • If you rode last year, your Team Fox password is still active if you use the same email address. Just plug it in when asked for a password at the beginning of the registration form. If you have forgotten it, there will be a “forgot password link” and a password reset will be immediately emailed to you. New cyclists will simply create a password. Please remember your password as that will also be your login to your Fundraising HQ.
  • If you riding as a couple or part of a team, please remember that ALL cyclists MUST fundraise individually so that we can track your minimum fundraising and VIP status. Your Individual fundraising will always show as part of the Team total!

Registration:

Registrations fees are non-refundable. All adult cyclists must agree to raise a minimum of $150 for The Michael J Fox Foundation before Ride Day.  We truly hope that you will raise more for this all-important cause and will give you the tools necessary to do that with your own Fundraising HQ. If you are one of the few who don’t intend to do additional fundraising, please consider making your $150 donation at the point of registration. All cyclists will be required to obey by the Rules of the Road and sign a Waiver during the registration process.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!
Register by April 15, 2019: $60 

STANDARD REGISTRATION FEE
(thru August 1, 2019): $75 

LATE REGISTRATION FEE
(after August 1, if space is still available): $100   

Register here: https://fundraise.michaeljfox.org/new-england-parkinsons-ride/account/register

Please follow along event news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neparkinsonsride

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Sat, Sep 7th,
10:45am to 4:00pm
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Carrabassett Valley Backcountry Cycle Challenge

The Town of Carrabassett Valley, Maine, invites you to participate in the 9th running of the Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge, a mountain bike endurance event. The CBCC offers 25k, 50k, and 100k courses which cover a great mix of terrain in Carrabassett Valley and the surrounding area. The 100k race is part of the National Ultra Endurance Mountain Bike Race Series and all distances will earn you points towards the 2019 Maine Mountain Bike Series. A kids' race for riders ages 12 and under will also be offered.

Participation in this race will support Carrabassett Region NEMBA trail maintenance and development and kids' mountain bike programs. It’s the largest yearly fundraiser for the local trail network!

To learn more about the CBCC, check out the Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge website. We hope to see you at the 2019 CBCC! The CBCC site will be updated with event details and registration info as the date gets closer!

Register here: http://cbccrace.com/registration/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cbccrace/

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Sat, Jul 13th,
8:00am to 5:00pm
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The FARM Ride - Maine's Premier Gravel Grinder

Join Fresh Trails Adventures, and embark on our second annual gravel cycling adventure through the best terrain the state of Maine has to offer. The FARM Ride will take you on hilly and meandering paved, and gravel roads through northern Maine’s newly planted potato and wheat fields, with vistas into neighboring New Brunswick, Canada. Ride amongst old and new friends on a road bike with puncture resistant tires, cross bike or gravel grinder (recommended).
A downloadable GPX file for your GPS will help you navigate (check back in June @ www.freshtrails.com).
 
The FARM Ride is not for the faint of heart; climb over 1,000 feet for every 10 miles ridden, for a total of 60 miles. It is sure to test your physical and mental prowess. A mid-route fuel station will keep you going when you need it the most. Celebrate your finish with a post-ride BBQ featuring our local Aroostook Beef Company burgers, a cold pint of craft beer from First Mile Brewery, buckwheat ployes and ice cream sandwiches from Bouchard Family Farm, and tunes from local musicians!
 
  • A Bailout Loop (27 miles) is available for those who want to head back sooner. Still very hilly.
  • No sag wagon: be prepared with extra tubes, patches, air pump/CO2, chain tool, etc.
  • Expect 4-5 hours on the bike with numerous challenging climbs.

Early bird registration (now till February 28): $40
Lazy bird registration (March 1 until April 30): $50
King & Queen Procrastinator registration fee (May 1 till June 21): $60

Registration morning of: $65
 

Whattcha get:

  • Entry into the best damn gravel bike ride you’ve ever pedaled
  • One frosty cold pint of beer from First Mile Brewery
  • One Fresh Trails Adventures souvenir pint glass
  • BBQ with some of the best local beef your taste buds have ever tasted (Aroostook Beef Company)
  • Yummy local buckwheat ployes from Bouchard Family Farm
  • Tunes from local musicians
  • About 2,000 burned calories (before post ride beer and food)
  • Additional meal passes available for $10 
  • Additional pint of beer available for $4
 
For complete details please visit: https://freshtrails.com/event/f-a-r-m-2nd-annual/

Register HERE! 

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Sat, Jun 22nd,
8:00am to 5:00pm
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3rd Annual Essex Woods Fat Bike Race - 2019

Come join us for the 3rd Annual Essex Woods Fat Bike Race  -  Part of the Maine Winter Fat Bike Series

March 3, 2019

12 Watchmaker Road, Bangor 

https://www.facebook.com/events/2097364040503085/

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Sun, Mar 3rd,
9:00am to 12:00pm
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4th Annual Rangeley Winterpaloozah

 
February 17, 2019 ~ 10am - 4pm - Haley Pond Park & Rangeley Town Park
 
 
 
 
 
 

Enjoy a day of playing on the frozen pond and in the snow.  Horse & wagon rides, ice skating, pond hockey, curling, snow golf, fat tire bikes, kicksleds, snow kiting, XC skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, snow castle, campfire & marshmallow roast, hot chocolate and more fun and games for the family.  Free. 

Also pay-for-entry competitions, including Dog Keg Pull, Cardboard Sled Race, Firewood Toss, "Paloozah" Carry (a twist on the wife carry event), Fat Tire Bike Race and the Paloozathon (run, snowshoe, fat bike).  Prizes will be awarded.

Hot lunch available ~ 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

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Sun, Feb 17th,
10:00am to 4:00pm
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4th Annual Rangeley Fat Bike Loppet

 

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleback Mountain Road, Rangeley

At the time of this listing, event information was TBD. Please feel free to reach out to the contact information below for schedule and registration information. 

Our bike courses take advantage of the beautiful varied terrain we have available here at the Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, from wide straight-a-ways to gradual ascent and descents, to some aggressive hill climb/descent opportunities. Views and possible wildlife sightings are included! Classes include 10 and 20 mile nordic groomed, 10 and 20 mile single track mix, and a 10 mile nordic untimed tour. Courses may change due to snow conditions! 

For more information call 207-864-4309, or send us an email at rlxcski@gmail.com.

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Sun, Jan 27th,
10:00am to 4:00pm
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Cycle for a Cure Fundraiser

XGen Fitness in Scarborough will host a breast cancer cure fundraising event on Sunday, 10/21 from 9am-1230pm. Ride in our brand new studio with five fun instructors in 30 minute blocks. Donate a minimum of $10 for each block you want to ride in! All donations will be 100% matched by NXGen Fitness and all proceeds will go to the Maine Cancer Foundation. There will be a Lululemon trunk show, chair massages, and Portland Nutrition Corner will be on hand with nutritional supplements. Refreshments will be served! Reserve your bike today by calling NXGen at 883-2979 and help us support breast cancer programs in Maine!

FMI: www.facebook.com/events/295129514636834/

Date: 
Sun, Oct 21st,
9:00am to 12:30pm
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4th Maine Apple Cycle - Fundraiser for Kids

4th Annual Apple Cycle takes place Saturday, October 13th~ 

Cruise by apple orchards while supporting Community Bicycle Center! 

Contact information: director@applecycle.org

Event registration, time of ride and fees are availble here: AppleCycle 

Apple lovers, eat your heart out! On Saturday, October 13 hundreds of cyclists across Maine and beyond will ride in the 4th annual Maine AppleCycle to raise money for the Community Bicycle Center’s free afterschool programs for kids. Leaving from Shaker Hill in Alfred (home to Apple Fest), cyclists will enjoy peak season foliage by pedaling on one of four carefully crafted bike tours to participating apple orchards. AppleCycle breaks out of the ride mold with its agri-tourism orchard hop design featuring eight beautiful apple orchards nestled along Greater York County's most scenic rural roads. 

Spanning nine towns, this ride threads through some of southern Maine’s most scenic rural roads to showcase the brilliant foliage for which our state is known. Throughout the ride, cyclists will be spoiled with savory, apple-inspired treats and even a few cider donuts to motivate cyclists up those challenging hills. Moreover, unlike many other benefit rides, AppleCycle prides itself on providing a low-impact experience by soliciting responsible New England vendors and locally sourcing our ride food when possible, limiting disposable waste at rest stops, and composting food scraps. 

 Proceeds from the Maine AppleCycle support the Community Bicycle Center (CBC), which uses bicycles to connect with over 400 kids each year. The CBC’s free, year-round youth programs located in the heart of Biddeford ensure that kids of all ages and backgrounds are provided with a safe place to connect with caring adults through bike rides and repairs. No program fees are every required, thanks to generous donor support and fundraising events like AppleCycle.

Four Route Distances:

- 100 Miles: You're So Harcore 

- 62 Miles: McIntosh Metric

- 35 Miles: Honeycrisp Half Bushel

-7 Miles: Apple Seed Seven 

 

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