The Maine Woods Rambler FAQs

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.

What does the ride registration include?

  • Registration ($90) includes access to your choice of two fully supported routes—a 50 km-ish (36 miles) or 100 km-ish (63 miles)
  • Friendly course support that includes maps, signed routes, support vehicles, and mechanical and medical assistance, if needed.
  • Well-stocked rest stops for recharging and refueling
  • A post-ride bbq at The Penobscot Outdoor Center (135 Basecamp Rd, Millinocket, ME 04462)
  • Optional mountain biking, and a variety of outdoor recreation options at NEOC, such as hiking and kayaking
  • Lodging is NOT included. Check out camping options at NEOC here and lodging around Millinocket here.

What will the route be like?

  • This ride requires riders to be comfortable riding rough, mixed terrain over long distances in a remote, wilderness setting. Both routes will punish you with challenging climbs, test your brakes on fast descents, and reward you with sweeping vistas of the surrounding lakes, rivers, and peaks. You might spot a moose too if you’re lucky! Route surfaces are a mixture of smooth gravel, rough gravel, and harsh, overgrown, barely-ridden gravel that may require you to hike-a-bike through a section or two. You’ll also ride some of the finest paved roads in the region (about 20% of the total length on both routes) and enjoy short stints on some of the best flow trail singletrack this side of the Mississippi. The 100km route also features a water crossing where riders will be ferried across Pemadumcook Lake (or swim if they prefer!), and a cruise through downtown Millinocket to explore the stores, restaurants and other amenities the town has to offer. Multiple support stations will be available along the course to make sure you have a great ride experience, and a post-ride BBQ will be waiting at the finish to ensure a sublime après-bike. 

How many people will be attending?

The Rambler is capped at 150 riders, so get your spot early!

What type of bike and tires should I bring?

  • This is a tougher than usual gravel grind and we recommend you prep your equipment accordingly. Tires should be at least 42mm wide (1.65”); you’ll get through on narrower rubber but not without suffering more on the loose or rocky terrain and running a higher risk of flatting. Carry flat-tire repair items and know how to use them. 

Will this route be accessible after the event?

  • No, this route goes through privately owned lands, and will only be accessible during this event!

Is there parking on site?

  • Yes, parking will be available on site at the Penobscot Outdoor Center (135 Basecamp Rd, Millinocket, ME 04462) and at NEOC (30 Twin Pines Rd, Millinocket, ME 04462) Note that the ride starts at NEOC, which is about 8 miles down the road from the Penobscot Outdoor Center. If the parking lots are full, parking along the side of the road will be permitted.

What time is check-in?

Check-in will be open on Saturday, September 25, from 5:00-7:00 pm under the pavilion at the Penobscot Outdoor Center (135 Basecamp Rd, Millinocket, ME 04462). AND Sunday September 26, 6:30-8:30 am near the ride start at the New England Outdoor Center (30 Twin Pines Rd, Millinocket, ME 04462).

What time does the ride start?

100km ride start at NEOC- 7:30 am

50km ride start at NEOC- 9:00 am

Both ride starts will be a “grand depart.” Please be on time to the start, we want everyone to have as much time as they need to complete to route.
We recommend checking in Saturday evening if you are able to. Please note the locations; POC is about 8 miles up the road from NEOC.

Please note: No paper maps will be available at the ride. We recommend downloading the routes to your smartphone or navigation device to keep you on track.

Are meals included? What is the cost?  

  • A post-ride bbq dinner is included with the registration fee. Food will begin being served at 2pm at NEOC (under the big tent). There will be vegetarian and vegan options. Rest stops will have a variety of snacks to keep you fueled along the route. Maine Beer Company will also be on hand serving adult beverages during this time.

What is the cancellation policy?

Riders who cancel their registration before July 31, 2021 will be refunded all but $25 of their fee. Starting August 1, 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 any other reason 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. Ride registrations are non-transferable. If you have questions about your registration or need to cancel, contact ride@bikemaine.org, or call (207) 623-4511. 

I need to cancel, 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. 

Is water on the property potable? Should I bring a water bottle?

  • Potable water will be available on site, and yes of course a water bottle (or two!) is a necessity. We recommend at least 1 liter to carry on your bike and refill at aid stations.

What is the weather typically like in September?

  • Maine can be unpredictable in the fall. Bring layers so you can be prepared for all weather conditions. Millinocket is inland and far north, so it can be colder in the fall than southern Maine, but temperatures of 65 are also typical in September.

Will I have WIFI or cell service?

  • Wifi and cell reception at NEOC has recently been upgraded, and should be available at NEOC. AT&T will have the best service as there is a tower nearby. Much of the course is a remote, wilderness setting, and cell reception will be intermittent at best. We recommend downloading the route file (which you can find on the “routes” page” to a smart phone or navigation device to ensure coverage throughout the ride.

What are the lodging options?