The Maine Woods Rambler

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We invite you to the second annual Maine Woods Rambler at the New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket. We’ve once again teamed up with Katahdin Area Trails to create the most excellent adventure bicycle wilderness experience. The weekend kicks off on Saturday with a guided trail tour, showing off the newly built mountain bike trails at Hammond Ridge! Bring your mountain bike and join the ride, or rent a kayak and hang out on Millinocket Lake.

The main event is on Sunday, when two routes will be offered with mass-starts: a 50-km epic ride and a 100-km even-more-epic-er ride. A guided trail ride will also take place on Sunday for families that want to check out the trails, with bikes and instruction available courtesy of the Katahdin Gear Library.

The Sunday ride is most appropriate for seasoned riders, as 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 if you’re lucky! Route surfaces are a mixture of smooth gravel, rough gravel, and harsh 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 100-km route also features a water crossing where riders will be ferried across Pemadumcook Lake, and a cruise through downtown Millinocket to explore local businesses. 

NOTE: Riding on this route is NOT PERMITTED outside of this event. This event is being held with special permissions provided by The Nature Conservancy and Katahdin Forestry Management and trespassing outside of the Rambler will compromise our ability to hold the event in the future. These routes go through private land and are open to the public during the event only!

Multiple support stations with snacks and water will be available along the course to make sure you have a great ride experience, as well as a post-ride meal—featuring wood-fired pizza and Maine Beer Company pours—which will be waiting at the finish to ensure a sublime après-bike at NEOC’s brand new activity center.

COVID-19 Policy: Please click here to read our updated COVID-19 statement. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required for all participants. Masks may be required indoors and in all public gathering places outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained, regardless of vaccination status.

Event Schedule:

Saturday, September 24:

2 – 7 p.m. – The Katahdin Gear Library bike service station opens. 

Note: Bikes should be in good working condition upon arrival; mechanics are available only for incidental repairs (donations accepted). KGL will also have small items—tubes, lube, bars, etc.—for sale.

3 p.m. – Guided trail ride by Katahdin Area Trails @ Hammond Ridge. This ride is approximately one hour long—both beginner and intermediate-level rides will be available.

5 p.m. – Guided trail ride by Katahdin Area Trails @ Hammond Ridge.

4 – 7 p.m. – Rambler check-in opens. Maine Beer Company draft pours available.

7 p.m. – Maine Outdoor Film Festival (MOFF) screening, with a presentation from KAT & KGL. Sponsored by KAT, KGL, and the Boreal Theater. Donations welcome.

Sunday, September 25:

6:30 – 7:15 a.m. – Check-in opens (if you did not do so on Saturday).

7:30 a.m.  Welcome announcements & 100-km mass start.

9:00 a.m.  Welcome announcements & 50-km mass start.

11:00 a.m.  Guided family trail ride with bikes and instruction available courtesy of the KGL.

2 – 5 p.m. – Pizza dinner and Maine Beer Company pours @ the new NEOC Activity Center and Knife Edge Restaurant.

*Parking is available on site.

Cancellation Policy: Riders who cancel their registration before July 31, 2022 will be refunded in full, minus a 7% processing fee. Starting August 1, 2022, no refunds will be given to riders who cancel for any reason. If the ride is canceled by the event organizers because of extreme weather, state or local declared emergencies, or any other safety-related reasons on or before July 31, 2022, riders will be refunded in full, minus the processing fee. If the ride is canceled after August 1, 2022, no refunds will be given. Registrations are non-transferable. If you have questions about your registration or need to cancel, contact ride@bikemaine.org.

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