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It's Official – BikeMaine 2018 Is Coming to Presque Isle, Caribou, Madawaska, Fort Kent, and St. Agatha

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News, Events, Featured Posts

 
For months, people have been asking: where, exactly, is BikeMaine 2018 going this year?
Now, it can be told. BikeMaine 2018 is going to Aroostook County, with stops at Host Communities in Presque Isle, Caribou, Madawaska, Fort Kent, and St. Agatha.
“This year’s BikeMaine route will take riders through some of Maine’s most beautiful country,” Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director John Williams said. “It showcases the splendor and natural beauty of northern Maine. It’s going to be a very special ride.”
We revealed the specifics of the route on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Sargent Family Community Center in Presque Isle as part of our Kickoff 2018 party, and we livestreamed the announcement on our Facebook page.  We also presented our annual Bicycle Coalition of Maine awards, which go to the people and organizations who really distinguished themselves in pursuit of making Maine better for biking and walking.
The folks from the Maine Beer Company were on hand, pouring their awesome brews, and we also drew the winners of the 2018 Super Raffle, featuring a grand prize of a six-day cycling adventure in Sicily, courtesy of Ciclismo Classico. Other lucky winners walked – or rode, as the case may be – away with a free registration for BikeMaine 2018, a new Trek Domane AL 2 road bike from Cyclemania, a Trek Marlin 4 mountain bike from Rainbow Bicycle, and a Coalition swag bag, stuffed full of cool Coalition apparel and gear.
BikeMaine is a weeklong celebration of Maine’s people, places, food, and culture. The 2018 ride, dubbed, “Acadia in the St. John Valley – La Terre Entre Deux,” will be held from Sept. 8-15. Participation is limited to 450 riders, who will cover an average of 55 miles per day and a total of approximately 350 miles by the end of the week.
BikeMaine 2018 provides riders the opportunity for a two-nation vacation, as the route travels along the US-Canada border and riders spend two nights in both Madawaska and Fort Kent. As the heart of Acadian culture in Maine, the St. John Valley boasts sprawling farmland, breathtaking vistas, and an unforgettable culinary experience. Presque Isle will serve as the starting and ending point of the tour.
“We’re excited to be in Aroostook County, and we’re proud to showcase everything that makes northern Maine so special,” BikeMaine Ride Director MaryBeth Luce said.
Since its inception, BikeMaine has pumped nearly $2.3 million into Maine’s local economy. Last year’s ride alone accounted for $660,000 in direct economic impact, including $262,000 spent by the Coalition to produce the event and approximately $398,000 spent by riders beyond registration fees.
BikeMaine is proud to have the support of L.L. Bean, Maine Beer Company, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield in Maine, Cono Sur Vineyard and Winery, S. W. Collins, and Pineland Farms Natural Meats, as well as many other valued partners.
About BikeMaine
Founded in 2012, BikeMaine is a fully-supported, seven-day cycling tour organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The tour takes a different course every year. Routes traverse uncrowded back roads, looping through small towns and scenic areas along the coast and inland. The event was founded to promote the state as a bicycling destination and to use cycling as an economic development tool for local communities. Proceeds from the tour go to support bicycle advocacy in Maine. To learn more, visit ride.bikemaine.org.
 
About the Bicycle Coalition of Maine
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide voice of cyclists and pedestrians. Since 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has led the effort to make Maine better for bicycling and walking by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists and pedestrians through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement.  We support biking and walking for health, transportation, and recreation.  For more information: bikemaine.org.

BikeMaine 2017 is Sold Out!

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News, Featured Posts

The “Pathway to the Peaks” Tour Through Western and Central Maine, Limited to 400 Riders, Has Reached Capacity but Volunteers Are Still Welcome
March 21, 2017 – (PORTLAND, Maine) – The fifth annual BikeMaine ride has sold out and is no longer accepting registrations from prospective riders, although people interested in volunteering in some capacity are still welcome to sign on, the event’s organizers announced today.
“BikeMaine is an opportunity to showcase the splendor and natural beauty of this region of Maine, along with the people and culture, and it’s become one of the most popular rides in the state,” BikeMaine Event Director Zach Schmesser said. “It’s a very special ride, and we’re proud to work alongside the people who live and work in the BikeMaine communities and our sponsors to create one of the best biking experiences that can be had anywhere in the world.”
BikeMaine is a fully-supported, seven-day cycling tour organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield as the presenting sponsor.
“Clearly this is a very special ride, showcasing why we are so fortunate to work and live here in Maine. We’re proud to again be the presenting sponsor of this event, which is a great combination of our focus on fitness and commitment to the communities we serve,” said Dan Corcoran, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. “We wish all the riders the best and welcome all of those who will come from out of state to experience all the great things Maine’s communities and people have to offer.”
The Coalition is the statewide voice of cyclists and pedestrians. Formed in 1992, the Coalition continues to lead the effort to make Maine better for bicycling and walking by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists and pedestrians through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement.
This year’s ride, dubbed, “Pathway to the Peaks,” will be held from September 9-16 and make stops in Skowhegan, Pittsfield, Kingfield, Rangeley, Hartford and Farmington. Participation is limited to 400 riders. Approximately two-thirds of BikeMaine riders are from out of state, with 20 percent reporting they have never been to Maine.
Schmesser said that even though registration for BikeMaine riders is full, people can still participate as a volunteer.
“Volunteers are every bit as important to BikeMaine as the riders, and we know our volunteers have just as much fun as the participants riding the route each day. They help with all aspects of the ride,” Schmesser said. “If you missed out on registering as a rider, you can still enjoy all that BikeMaine has to offer by volunteering.”
Prospective volunteers can sign up online at the BikeMaine website: ride.bikemaine.org.
Since 2013, BikeMaine has pumped nearly $1.7 million into the local economies of the regions where past events were located. Last year’s sold-out ride in Downeast Maine contributed $626,000 in direct economic impact, including $400,000 spent by riders during the ride, and $226,000 spent by the Coalition to produce the event, which includes most meals for the participants. Whenever possible, food is purchased from Maine farms, fishermen and lobstermen, highlighting Maine products and local services, Schmesser said.
The BikeMaine daily schedule is developed to allow riders to enjoy a carefully curated ride each morning, while leaving time to explore the hospitable and welcoming host communities each afternoon. Many local businesses, lodging establishments, bars, restaurants and gift shops in the past have reported record sales around BikeMaine’s visit to their communities.
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About BikeMaine
Founded in 2012, BikeMaine is a fully-supported, seven-day cycling tour organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The tour takes a different course every year. Routes traverse uncrowded back roads, looping through small towns and scenic areas along the coast and inland. The event was founded to promote the state as a bicycling destination and to use cycling as an economic development tool for local communities. Proceeds from the tour go to support bicycle advocacy in Maine. To learn more, visit ride.bikemaine.org.
About the Bicycle Coalition of Maine
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide voice of cyclists and pedestrians. Since 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has led the effort to make Maine better for bicycling and walking by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists and pedestrians through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement. We support biking and walking for health, transportation, and recreation.  For more information: bikemaine.org.

The future is in good hands

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News

This article originally appeared in the Ellsworth American
Dear Editor:
People like to complain about young folks. But during and after BikeMaine’s visit to Lubec I received a lovely surprise. We had youngsters from the Lubec Consolidated School, the Campobello Island Consolidated School and the Cobscook Community High School Program helping throughout the BikeMaine Village — some with luggage and setting up and taking down tents, others with serving meals, and, of course, some as greeters and cheerleaders as the riders arrived.
Adults riding with BikeMaine as well as locals working with the students took the time to tell me how wonderful the youngsters were — polite, respectful and always helpful. Watching their joy while setting up or taking down the tents, carrying luggage, serving dinner and breakfast and interacting with the riders showed what an asset they are to our communities. I send all the students who helped us a heartfelt thumbs-up for their wonderful contribution to BikeMaine’s visit to Lubec!
Ruta Jordans
Lubec

City of Gardiner receives grant from Bicycle Coalition of Maine

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News

This article originally appeared on Bangordailynews.com
GARDINER, Maine — The city of Gardiner is proud to announce it will receive a $12,300 challenge grant from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to support the community’s ongoing bicycle and pedestrian projects, including the extension of the Cobbossee Trail.
This is the first of a series of annual grants, funded by proceeds from the Coalition’s weeklong BikeMaine bicycle tour, that will focus on promoting bicycle and pedestrian safety and infrastructure in past BikeMaine host communities.
After an in-depth review of previous BikeMaine communities, the Coalition decided to award this year’s grant to Gardiner to support the expansion of its Cobbossee Corridor. In 2014, Gardiner played host to more than 300 BikeMaine riders, staff and volunteers, closing Water Street for an intimate meal showcasing the culinary expertise of area restaurants, food from local farms, and providing camping in the scenic Waterfront Park.
During a City Council meeting on Aug. 24, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will formally award the grant to representatives from the city of Gardiner.
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BikeMaine grant one of several Gardiner officials are set to accept Wednesday

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News

This article originally appeared on CentralMaine.com
Two years ago, Gardiner hosted a dinner for BikeMaine, and now the nonprofit that held the event is repaying the hospitality.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has announced it’s making a $12,300 challenge grant to the city to support its bicycle and pedestrian projects, which includes extension of the Cobbossee Trail.

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SCENIC SPIN

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News

Originally posted on Downeast.com
We plucked a narrow-eyed racing cyclist out of retirement and dropped him into the “vacation on two wheels” that is BikeMaine. Can he learn to relax and enjoy the ride?
By Jim Butler
Photographed by Andrew Hetherington


DAY 1

Every epic bike ride really begins the night before, with one all-important preparation. No, not the carbo-loading pasta dinner (though that isn’t a bad idea). It begins with the shave.
Yessir, you’ve got to make those legs smooth for the long road ahead. When you’re a washed-up old racer like me, such habits die hard. So the evening before I take to the saddle for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s seven-day BikeMaine ride, I give myself the full razor treatment. Why? Well, if you crash, you lose less skin (and if you don’t crash once in a while, I’ve always said, you’re not riding hard enough). Plus, at least some studies indicate there’s an aerodynamic benefit. I guess it makes post-ride rubdowns easier too. Okay, I might be grasping at straws here — maybe it’s just an affectation, a sign of full-on competitive cycling geekdom. If so, I plead guilty as charged.
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BikeMaine and Bold Coast Coffee Launch Hot & Cold Partnership

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News
“Pedaling Coffee, Cycling, and Maine Economic Development”
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Bold Coast Coffee have teamed up for a unique initiative designed to promote BikeMaine 2016, support the non-profit’s mission, and to heighten awareness of Downeast Maine’s Bold Coast region.
The program kicks off with the launch of a signature coffee, roasted and blended especially for cyclists and other sport enthusiasts. Fifty cents from every bag sold will go directly to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and all of the Bold Coast Coffee varieties will have a “BikeMaine Official Coffee” sticker affixed to the package to call attention to the event, as well as the organization.
Additionally, the specially hand-crafted brew will be served exclusively to the 400 riders participating in the annual seven-day adventure as they make their way from Winter Harbor to Eastport and back again this September 10-17.

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“BikeMaine is more than a cycling tour, it’s an exploration of Maine’s people, places, culture and food,” said BikeMaine Event Director, Zach Schmesser. “Partnering with Bold Coast Coffee is a great example of what this event strives to do, highlighting and bringing attention to all the great things that are happening in the State of Maine.”
“We’re passionate about the Bold Coast, and we’re passionate about coffee,” said Troy Quimby, Bold Coast Coffee founder and CEO. “Bicycling is such a dynamic and personal way to truly experience the region. When the Coalition announced that this year’s ride would be ‘Discover The Bold Coast’, we just knew it was something we wanted to support.”
The blend, part of their “Single-Origin Americas Series”, is a combination of Costa Rican, Mexican and Guatemalan beans with a unique range of roast profiles. It is especially crafted for both hot and cold brew. “We had to balance the elevated caffeine of a medium roast with the weight of a darker roast,” explained roaster Taylor Ackley. “It had to start fast and clean in your mouth, and yet hang around for a while, like the house guest you really don’t want to leave. And cold coffee, whether traditionally hot brewed and iced, or cold brewed, is exploding,” he added. “This blend is ideally curated for both methods, which is something quite new for the industry”.
“If cyclists like one thing, it’s good coffee,” said Nancy Grant, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. “We are thrilled to partner with Bold Coast Coffee to share their special “Cyclists Blend” with our BikeMaine riders and are incredibly grateful that Bold Coast Coffee is donating a portion of the proceeds to support our mission to make Maine better for bicycling.”
“Cycling and coffee have long enjoyed a favored relationship,” BCC Director of Marketing, Bill Kitchen said. “This just made sense. We are able to share our coffee and our region, while promoting cycling and recreational tourism.”
The showcase blend begins to roll out this week and will be available at retail outlets, gift shops, bike shops, and markets throughout the state, as well as online at www.BoldCoastCoffee.com.
BikeMaine 2016 takes place September 10-17 along the Bold Coast Scenic Byway. Cyclists will travel an average of 55 miles per day for a total of 354 miles and almost 20,000 feet of elevation gain. Riders will overnight in six host communities including Winter Harbor, Millbridge, Jonesport, Machias, Lubec and Eastport.
BikeMaine is an event offered by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a nonprofit organization with more than 5,000 members working to make Maine better through biking and walking. Over the past three years, BikeMaine has brought in over $1m in revenue to the state.
Bold Coast Coffee is a small-batch specialty coffee roaster based in East Machias, Maine. Established in 2014, BCC crafts Maine Roasted™ single-origin coffees that are served and sold throughout New England and online.
For more information contact:
Bill Kitchen – info@BoldCoastCoffee.com and 774.364.2518
Zach Schmesser – zach@BikeMaine.org and 207.623.4511
www.BoldCoastCoffee.com

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Bold Coast sees chance to make region bicycle tourism destination

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News

This article originally appeared on BangorDailyNews.com

MACHIAS, Maine — Bicycling means business.
That was the theme of a meeting held June 15 to plan for the development, promotion and management of long-term bicycle tourism opportunities in the Bold Coast region.
Hosted by the Washington County Council of Governments, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and DownEast & Acadia Regional Tourism, the meeting included 17 participants representing Washington County communities and organizations. The group plans to build on the fact that BikeMaine 2016 will bring 400 riders and 75 support personnel to the Bold Coast Sept. 10-17. The event will allow businesses and community organizations in the area to identify ways to serve bicycle tourists in the future.
“We are being offered this opportunity that is unique,” said Crystal Hitchings, regional planner and grant administrator for the Washington County Council of Governments and DownEast & Acadia Regional Tourism. “If we are successful, it will be a model for the bicycle coalition to use throughout the state.”
BikeMaine was started in 2013 by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a nonprofit founded in 1992 to make Maine a better place for bicycling and walking. Each year, the event organizers choose a course somewhere in Maine for the one-week tour, traditionally starting the Saturday after Labor Day.
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Mainers Urged to Dust Off Their Bikes

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News

This article originally appeared on publicnewsservice.org

It’s National Bike Month, and Mainers have the chance to help their children learn the rules of the road and also dust off their own bikes. (Mike Clifford)

AUGUSTA, Maine – It’s National Bike Month, an opportunity for Mainers to support a fun and environmentally friendly way to get around.
Brian Allenby, communications director with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, says there are plenty of reasons for Mainers to dust off their bikes and get back on the road for this national evemt that promotes the health and environmental benefits of riding a bike.
“Especially in Maine, the weather is finally getting nice,” he states. “Great time to think about commuting, start thinking about how you are going to ride over the summer.”
One of the biggest Bike Month events in Maine happens on May 20. It’s called
Beers and Gears night at the Portland Museum of Art. It will take a detour from the usual and offer free valet parking for those arriving by bike.
There also will be a bike rodeo this weekend sponsored by the Bangor Police Department.
“So, they’ll actually set up a whole course in a parking lot,” Allenby points out. “They’ll line it as if it’s a set of streets with signage and everything, and the kids go through the course, learn about following the rules of the road, learn about following signage and learn about hand signals when they are turning – and also learn bike handling. ”
For those not rushing to cross the finish line, there also is a Slow Ride planned by Lunar Cycling Bangor on May 14.

BikeMaine announces 2016 route and host communities

By | BikeMaine, Coalition News, Featured Posts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Brian Allenby
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Communications Director
207.252-8688
brian@bikemaine.com 

BikeMaine announces 2016 route and host communities

Bicycle tour has brought over $1.0 million to Maine

Portland, ME, February 4, 2016 – On Thursday night, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine revealed the route and host communities of the fourth annual BikeMaine tour. The week-long ride will cover 350 miles along the “Bold Coast” of Maine, exploring Washington and Hancock Counties. The event will take place from September 10-17, 2016 and allows riders to explore the people, places, culture, and food of Maine. In the past three years, BikeMaine has delivered over $1 million in direct economic impact to different regions of the state through rider spending as well as the sourcing of local products and services for the ride.
Each year, BikeMaine chooses a different route and a new part of the state to explore. Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director Nancy Grant offered, “We are incredibly excited to explore yet another amazing region of our state on two wheels. Leveraging the power of bicycling to drive awareness and economic growth is a core part of the Coalition’s mission.”
BikeMaine 2016 will showcase communities along the Bold Coast Scenic Byway, which extends across Washington and Hancock Counties. BikeMaine perfectly aligns with a years-long regional effort to shine light on the unique and little-known natural and cultural assets that characterize this region. The Coalition is collaborating with Washington County Council of Governments and Bold Coast communities to turn BikeMaine 2016 into a sustainable, permanent bike route after the September 2016 event is over. Read More