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Ride director turns BikeMaine into economic tour de force (PPH)

By July 3, 2014BikeMaine, Coalition News

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Kim True says last year’s weeklong tour left $235,000 in the communities it passed through.

Kim True took a sharp career turn about three years ago, trading in a lawyer’s briefcase for the saddle of a bicycle. After practicing law in Portland for more than 25 years, True became the ride director for BikeMaine, which offers a 350-mile-plus bicycle tour of Maine. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine sponsors many one-day rides, but formed BikeMaine to develop a longer tour. The second BikeMaine will be held in September and offers an eight-day tour of a stretch of Maine, including the Sebago Lake region, Androscoggin and Kennebec counties down to Boothbay Harbor and along the coast back to Westbrook. The ride costs $875, including meals; options like tent setup or a lodging options are available for additional fees. True said the ride has the potential to bring economic growth to small towns not normally on the path of tourists.
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