Join or Renew

 
Monthly Archives

February 2014

BikeMaine announces 2014 route for annual week-long ride (BDN)

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News

BikeMaine announces 2014 route for annual week-long ride

 

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.

“BikeMaine 2014 is purposefully being kept to 350 [riders] to ensure a, well supported, quality experience for riders and host communities,” said BikeMaine Ride Director Kim True.

The cost is $875 per rider and includes 18 meals made from locally sourced, seasonal foods, ample beverages and snacks, baggage transport, mechanical and medical support and a camping site that includes showers, restrooms and evening entertainment.

The 2014 route will see participants pedaling 55 to 62 miles each day (with daily options for increased mileage) and climb more than 23,000 feet in cumulative elevation. Along the way, cyclists will discover Maine’s history, culture, people and food with the assistance and encouragement of host community organizations and residents.

Each year, BikeMaine will choose a different route and a new part of the state to explore. And each year, the event is expected to grow.

“A key goal of BikeMaine is for riders to discover every corner of our state and celebrate the great riding found throughout Maine,” said BikeMaine Ride Chair Mark Ishkanian.

“Our community is proud to host BikeMaine,” said Patrick Wright, Gardiner’s town coordinator for BikeMaine. ”This ride gives us the opportunity to showcase our businesses and organizations, support our long term community improvement projects, and promote cycling as a healthy, family activity.”

Last year’s inaugural ride attracted 251 attendees from thirty-six states and provinces, and the event had an estimated economic impact of $235,000.

Large week-long, supported, endurance cycling events are well established and very successful in other parts of the United States, some generating more than $5 million annually in state economic benefit, according to The Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

BikeMaine is supported by returning sponsors L.L.Bean and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, as well as sponsors The Bank of Maine, the Maine Tourism Association,

Idexx and Poland Spring. Grant funding for BikeMaine 2014 has been provided by the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Quimby Family Foundation, The Betterment Fund and Davis Conservation Foundation. Key BikeMaine partnerships include the Maine Downtown Center, The Nature Conservancy, and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Media partners include WCSH6 / WLBZ2, MaineToday Media and Maine Magazine.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide voice of cyclists. Since 1992, the organization has led the effort to make Maine better for bicycling by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement.

For information on the BikeMaine 2014, visit www.bikemaine.org.

Weeklong bicycle ride to make stops in Gardiner, Winthrop (Kennebec Journal)

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News

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.

By Paul Koenig pkoenig@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer
February 5 

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.

Read More

Maine Huts & Trails Promotion for Coalition Members

By | Coalition News

Maine Huts & Trails invites you to visit our Huts! Located in Kingfield, Maine Huts & Trails is made up of 4 eco-lodges connected by over 50 miles of trails for skiing, fat biking, and snowshoeing in the winter and mountain biking, hiking and paddling in the summer. We are pleased to offer a special promotion for members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

For a limited time, BCM members can get 20% off the price of a Maine Huts & Trails membership when you sign up online by entering the coupon code BCMPROMO and then receive 20% off your first stay at MH&T* (go to Mainehuts.org)

Of interest to you bike advocates is that we have partnered with the Town and our bike club CRNEMBA to provide spectacular hut to hut mountain biking in Carrabassett Valley! At Maine Huts & Trails we provide delicious home-cooked meals prepared with locally-sourced organic ingredients, warm comfortable beds, hot showers and gear shuttles.  

Your membership benefits are:

  • Savings of up to 30% on MH&T lodging
  • Use of MH&T canoes and kayaks free of charge
  • Access to members-only early booking periods
  • Free attendance to our Annual Fall BBQ
  • Access to member-exclusive events and specials throughout the year
  • Knowledge that your membership helps:
    • Support Maine Huts & Trails’ Mission
    • Create and maintain free use of our trail system

When completed, Maine Huts & Trails will consist of 12 eco-lodge “huts” connected by 180 miles of trails; making it the longest hut-to-hut recreational trail in the United States, and the scenery is simply stunning!  Visit mainehuts.com now!

 mht

 

 

*To receive the 20% discount on membership and lodging, you must sign up for an MH&T membership as a result of this offer before March 31, 2014. Lodging must be booked within 90 days of membership sign-up but may occur anytime between the date of sign up and October 26, 2014.

 

 

Route unveiled for Bike Maine (WGME 13)

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News, Featured Posts

This article originally appeared on WGME13.com

Route unveiled for Bike Maine

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 10.08.44 AM

 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.

 

2014 BikeMaine route revealed (WCSH6)

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News, Featured Posts

This article originally appeared on WCSH6.com

2014 BikeMaine route revealed (WCSH6)

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. Read More

BikeMaine sets 350-mile cycling course for second-annual event (PPH)

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News

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 dfleming@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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.

There are more than a dozen towns along the 350-mile route, but the event – launched by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine last year – is not yet well known in these areas.

Read More

BikeMaine 2014 Route Announcement

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News, Featured Posts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Brian Allenby
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Communications Director
207.252-8688 (cell)
brian@bikemaine.com

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. Read More