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.

  1. About
  2. Registration
  3. Preparing for the Ride
  4. During the Ride

About

How many cyclists will be on the BikeMaine Weekend ride?

This year’s ride is capped at 250 people.

What are the dates? How do I register?

The BikeMaine Weekend will be held September 11 – 12, 2021 in Machias. The BikeMaine Weekend Village will be outside at the Lee-Pellon Center in the heart of downtown. If you are travelling from away, and plan to ride on Saturday, we recommend arriving on Friday, as Machias is Downeast (that is, up north—3 1/2 hours north of Portland). Registration is full and there are no day of sign-ups allowed.

Are e-bikes allowed?

Yes! We are excited to be able to allow e-bikes (class 1 and class 3 only) on the BikeMaine Weekend. But, keep in mind that you are responsible for charging your e-bike, 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

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Registration

What is included in the registration?

  • One, or two days of spectacular cycling along Maine’s Bold Coast on fun, challenging, and thoroughly handcrafted routes, with unique stops and attractions along the way each day. 
  • Well-stocked rest stops for recharging and refueling.
  • Friendly course support that includes maps, signed routes, support vehicles, and mechanical and medical assistance, if needed.
  • Access to the BikeMaine Weekend Village in the heart of Machias at the Lee-Pellon Center.
  • Mechanical support for your bike on Sunday.
  • BCM programming, including educational activities for kids and adults.
  • Unlike a full week BikeMaine, lodging and meals are NOT included. See below for a map of local lodging options.

What are the route options?

Whether you are joining us for a single day, or Saturday and Sunday, there are several route options to choose from! If you are staying for the weekend, you can choose a longer route on Saturday, and a shorter one on Sunday, or vice versa, or explore both long options. All routes will have rest stops and route support, so you can choose the length that best suits you. Maine’s terrain is moderately challenging, with rolling hills and few flat stretches, but with those hills come beautiful coastal and forested views, and past BikeMaine participants have ranged in age from 10 years old to 81 years young!

  • 65 to 75 mile route (that will change from Saturday to Sunday) 
  • 30 mile route (that will be the same both days)
  • 10 mile route (that will be the same both days)

What are the sleeping accommodations?

Camping will not be offered during the Weekend.

Riders will need to make their own arrangements to stay in nearby hotels, bed & breakfasts, campgrounds, and rv parks. Local options are plentiful! Click here to see a map of options. Additionally, there are a number of airbnbs, b&bs, and family-owned vacation rentals, and others in the area to check out. Transportation between the BikeMaine Weekend Village and your accommodation is the responsibility of the participant.

Please note that while BikeMaine is willing to make riders aware of lodging options, BikeMaine makes no representation about the quality of the properties or service provided.

I just registered and am so excited! Now what?

Thanks for registering to ride with us! Check your email for a receipt of your registration.

Next steps?

  • Read through all of the FAQs. If you still have questions, get in touch!
  • Read emails from us! You should be receiving monthly emails with important news and information that you should read in its entirety, including ever changing CDC guidelines. Note: if you unsubscribed from BCM or BikeMaine emails at any time in the past, please contact us to resubscribe you or you will miss important information.
  • Start following us on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Bring your bike to your local mechanic for a tune-up and spend time getting used to any new gear well before to ensure your max comfort!
  • Tell a friend!

I can no longer ride. Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

No. Registration is not transferable, and you will be asked to show a photo ID when you check in. If you have questions about your registration or need to cancel, contact ride@bikemaine.org, or call (207) 623-4511. 

What is the cancellation policy?

Riders who cancel their registration before July 15, 2021 will be refunded all but $25 of their fee. Starting July 16, 2021, no refunds will be given to riders who cancel for any reason. If the ride is cancelled by the event organizers because of extreme weather, state or local declared emergencies, or other reasons the organizers deem makes the event unsafe, registered riders will receive a full refund, minus the 2.5% processing fee charged to us by our credit card company. 

To protect yourself from unexpected disruptions in your BikeMaine Weekend plans, we suggest that you consider travel insurance. Here is an example of a travel policy that is available.

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Can a non-rider come with me?

Sure. Since riders are responsible for their own lodging, and food options will be pay-for-what-you-want in and around the Village, riders can bring friends or family to spend the weekend with in Machias. There is plenty to explore, and even non-bikey folks may be interested in riding the 10 mile route, which is pay-what-you-can.

I am on the waitlist. What now?

Hold tight. If there are cancellations, the next person on the waitlist will be notified by phone or email as soon as possible.

We are not able to predict when or if this will happen.

Preparing for the Ride

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 please 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 will be available. Stay tuned for more details and instructions as we get closer to the ride.

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

BikeMaine offers a Rider Discussion Forum, where riders looking to share a ride can connect.

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During the Ride

What precautions are you taking due to COVID-19?

As of September 2, 2021-

With COVID-19 case numbers on the rise across the country and state, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine is putting the health and safety of everyone involved with our events at the forefront of every decision we make in the lead-up to our two rides in September. With that in mind, please note the following:  

  • The BCM strongly encourages all riders and volunteers participating in the BikeMaine Weekend and the Maine Woods Rambler to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine is effective, and it’s the best way to ensure our rides will remain safe for all.    
  • Masks will be required for all riders and volunteers—regardless of vaccination status—in the public gathering areas, including check-in locations, rest stops, SAG vehicles, restrooms, and portable toilets, as well as post-ride meals, except when eating or drinking. This applies to both indoor and outdoor areas.
  • Masks will be available on site at all events free of charge for all event participants, staff, and volunteers who need them. Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations will be available on site at all events. Rest stops will use individually packaged foods as much as possible. Check-in and food lines will be streamlined as much as possible to avoid large groups gathering. 

We are closely monitoring state and national CDC guidelines, and will be updating our Health and Safety page in accordance with those guidelines. Please check back frequently, and read our newsletters for any changes to our policies. All participants, volunteers, staff, and non-riders must adhere to these guidelines during the entire BikeMaine Weekend, and we reserve the right to refuse participation to anyone that is not adhering to these guidelines.

Will you transport my medical device?

No. Since there is no camping at the BikeMaine Weekend Village, and participants will have their cars with them, they are responsible for their personal belongings, including medical devices.

Do I need to finish riding each day by a specific time?

Route support services are available only during course hours, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. BikeMaine can only provide route support to participants who are riding on the established route during the time the route is open.

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