BikeMaine Weekend FAQ

Below we’ve addressed some questions you may have. It’s also possible you have questions we haven’t addressed, and if so, please contact us and we’ll do our best to get you the information you need.

Where is the ride? What are the dates? How do I register?

The 2022 BikeMaine Weekend will be held August 26-28 in Lincoln. The BikeMaine Village will utilize Cobb Field at Mattanawcook Junior High School for camping and Prince Thomas Park for food. You can register by clicking here

Camping and early check-in will be available on the evening of August 25. If you arrive on the 25th you will be on your own for a meal. RVs and campers are NOT allowed in the BikeMaine Village.

What precautions are you taking due to COVID-19?

All riders, guests, volunteers, and staff at the BikeMaine Weekend must show proof of full vaccination at the event, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a provider (at-home tests are not accepted), with a matching photo ID. 

A COVID-19 Waiver certifying the above is included during the registration process. Additionally, all participants and volunteers are required to wear a mask indoors or when in close proximity to others, such as during check-in or in food service lines. We will continually monitor COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and make adjustments to our protocols as necessary.

Click here to see BCM’s complete COVID-19 Health and Safety Statement.

What is included in the registration?

Registration is $350 per rider, and includes:

  • Three days of spectacular bike riding in Maine’s Katahdin (“Greatest Mountain” in the Penobscot language) Region on fun, challenging, and thoroughly handcrafted routes, with unique stops and attractions along the way each day. Choose from short (30-35 miles) or long (50-55 miles) routes depending on how you feel!
  • Four catered meals (Friday and Saturday dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfast).
  • Well-stocked rest stops for refueling en route.
  • Friendly course support that includes maps, signed routes, support vehicles, and mechanical and medical assistance, if needed.
  • Camping in the BikeMaine Weekend Village from Thursday to Sunday in Lincoln, with showers. RVing is not allowed.
  • Nearby vehicle parking.
  • Access to evening entertainment, Maine Beer Company beer garden, and camaraderie with fellow riders and community members.
  • A curated list of post-ride daily local activities featuring the culture, community, history, and diversity of the region.
  • BCM programming, including educational activities for kids and adults.
  • Optional add-ons like tent and porter, and towel rentals.

Can I ride for just one day? 

Single-day registrations may be offered at a later date, based upon availability.

Can I volunteer?

Yes! It’s also a great way to share the experience with a non-riding friend or family member. It takes a village to make the BikeMaine Weekend Village operate, so the more the merrier! Click here to see options and to fill out a volunteering form, and we will be in touch.

How many cyclists will be on the BikeMaine Weekend ride?

This year’s ride is capped at 450 people.

What are the routes?

The routes will be announced later this summer, but you can expect a shorter (30-35 miles) and a longer (50-55 miles) route each day. Routes are on-road, and we do our best to stick to pavement, but a short distance of unpaved hard-packed gravel may exist on any of the routes.

I’m registered! Now what? 

Please check your email for registration confirmation. You will also be receiving a BikeMaine Weekend newsletter in your inbox monthly, which will give you important updates and information as we get closer to the event. If you previously unsubscribed from the BCM’s emails, you may not receive this important information. Please re- subscribe on the bottom of bikemaine.org, where it says “Get email updates.” 

Can I make changes to my registration?

Yes! You may add items to your registration (such as tent and porter or towels) by going back to the registration form and purchasing them separately. If you need to cancel or remove something from your registration, please contact ride@bikemaine.org.

What is the cancellation policy? 

Riders who cancel their registration before or on June 30, 2022 will be refunded in full, minus the 7% processing fee charged to us by our registration company. Starting July 1, 2022, no refunds will be given to riders who cancel for any reason. 

If the ride is canceled by the BCM because of extreme weather, state or local declared emergencies, or any other safety-related reasons on or before June 30, 2022, riders will be refunded in full, minus the processing fee. If the ride is canceled after July 1, 2022, no refunds will be given.  

Registrations are non-transferable.

I need to cancel, what do I do?

Contact ride@bikemaine.org and we can remove you.

Registration is full, is there a waitlist?

Yes! Participants can register for the waitlist on the same registration form once the event is full. You will not immediately be charged, but you will enter payment information and agree to be charged the full entry fee if a spot opens up. If someone cancels and you are next in line on the waitlist, you will automatically be moved into the event, you will be charged, and an email confirmation will be sent to you. 

Registrations are non-transferable.

Are e-bikes allowed?

Yes! We are excited to be able to allow Class 1 and Class 3 e-bikes (pedal assisted e-bikes) on the BikeMaine Weekend. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for the equipment needed to charge your e-bike (we will have a power supply for you), and we cannot guarantee our mechanics will be able to assist with repairs. Additionally, due to the weight, we cannot guarantee that our SAG vehicles will be able to transport disabled e-bikes.

What are the sleeping accommodations?

On-site camping in the BikeMaine Village is included with registration. You will need to bring your own camping gear. “Tent & Porter” service is available at an additional cost ($125) for those who want to skip tent setup and get right to the riding. If you choose this option, a tent is provided and set-up for you, but you will still need to bring your own sleeping equipment. Camping and early check-in will be available on the evening of August 25. If you arrive on the 25th you will be on your own for a meal. Rving and pop-up campers are not allowed in the Village.

If you choose not to camp, you are welcome to find a lodging option that best suits you. Click here for a list of nearby options. 

Can a non-rider come with me?

Yes! Riders are welcome to bring family and friends. A limited number of guest registrations are available as an option on the registration form for $115 per person. The guests have access to the full BikeMaine Village, including camping, meals, activities, showers, and evening entertainment.

What kind of bicycle do I need?

One in good working condition! Most riders will ride road bikes with drop-style curved handlebars, but touring or hybrid bikes with straight bars are just fine, too, as are recumbents, tandems, and e-bikes. What’s most important is that you’re comfortable.

PREPARE YOUR BIKE: Please have it inspected at your local bike shop. This will reduce the chances of having mechanical problems along the route. A tune-up is a must whether you do it yourself or have a mechanic do it for you. We (and the past BikeMaine bike mechanics) strongly encourage you to schedule a professional bike tune-up and have your mechanic inspect the bike thoroughly; clean and re-grease all cable pinch bolts, saddle rail clamp and bolts, and the seat-post collar bolts; and replace worn-out parts, if necessary. We want you and your bike to ride the whole route!

What do I do with my car?

Parking will be available near the BikeMaine Weekend Village. Stay tuned for more details and instructions as we get closer to the ride.

What meals are included?

The big BikeMaine community meal is back! Dinner will be served buffet-style on Friday and Saturday evenings. Breakfast will be served on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Please indicate dietary preferences and restrictions on the registration form. Rest stops will be fully stocked along the route to provide sustenance while you ride!

How can I find out about interest in sharing a ride to Lincoln?

We offer a Rider Discussion Forum where riders looking to share a ride (or information) can connect. Click here to join.