This story originally appeared on WCSH6.com
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The six communities hosting riders in the 2nd annual BikeMaine Ride were announced earlier this year. Now a team of volunteers and staff with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine are hitting the road to finalize the route connecting all the stops during the week-long journey.
“The greatest fun in all of this is going to these different communities and discovering parts of Maine that I have never been to, and I have lived in this state more than 50 years,” exclaimed Kim True, BikeMaine‘s ride director.
“We want to make sure every mile, every inch of the route is ridden,” she explained.
They are making sure each turn is mapped in advance, and that any hazards that could impact the safety of cyclists are noted so their instructions and warnings for riders are ready in advance of the 350-mile ride.
“There are a lot of beautiful places in Maine, and our challenge is to find those quiet roads that are less busy, good pavement, and great scenery,” stated Mark Ishkanian, a volunteer member of the Coalition’s board who had the difficult duty of riding part of the route on the Boothbay Harbor peninsula.
Boothbay Harbor town manager Tom Woodin says his community is excited to host the 350 riders and showcase what the region has to offer.
“I’m always looking for ways to bring business to town and highlight the town and sponsor the town, and what better way than having 300 bikers come into town and entertain them for a day and a half,” he said.
BikeMaine will kick off in Westbrook on September 6th and snake its way along several waterways in southern, central and coastal Maine for a week.