The Women’s Ride FAQs

  1. How much does the ride cost?
    • This ride is being supported entirely by donations from riders. We are suggesting a $35 donation, but you can pay as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. The registration form includes an option to pay the suggested donation, or you can enter any amount (including $0) in the “additional donation” line.
  2. What does the ride include?
    • A fun, safe ride lead by experienced female cyclists.
    • A way to connect with fellow female riders in a celebration of cycling in the great outdoors
    • A “virtual swag bag” featuring coupons and discounts to women-owned businesses around the state
  3. How do I know what level of ride is right for me?
    • Detailed ride descriptions are available in the map view of the registration page. Please read carefully and try to gauge your own level of experience and comfort. These rides are designed to be as accessible as possible to new and developing riders, but certain rides may not be a good fit based on their milage or speed.
    • Unsure about what ride is right for you? Feel free to contact us any time at ride@bikemaine.org and we will be happy to talk you through the decision!
  4. What kind of bike should I bring?
    • Depends on the ride! For road rides, most any bike will work, but a bike with narrower (23mm-35mm), slick tires and a rigid frame will usually be more efficient and comfortable. For gravel rides, any bike with wider (32mm+), knobbier tires should suffice, including mountain bikes. For mountain bike rides, well, a mountain bike with either front or dual suspension is the best bet.
    • Still have questions? Drop us a line at ride@bikemaine.org and we can help!
  5. Are e-bikes allowed?
    • Yes! But if you are doing a mountain bike or gravel ride, please check that the class e-bike you own is allowed in that area and on that trail, as laws and policies may differ by county and city, and may change at any time.
  6. What time is check-in? 
    • Check the ride details for the ride you are interested in signing up. We will be sending updates to riders in each individual ride with reminders on meeting times and locations within a week of the ride.
  7. Are rest stops or other support resources available along the routes?
    • Many rides may choose to stop at various times throughout the ride for breaks, but there will be no supported rest or lunch stops. Plan to bring all the food and water you need with you on the bike. All rides will have designated lead and sweep riders to make sure the group stays on-route, but there will be no SAG vehicles, flaggers, or other route support.
  8. What precautions are you taking to prevent COVID-19?
    • We are taking the pandemic very seriously, and are putting measures in place to make sure each and every ride is as safe as possible. Head over to our COVID-19 Health and Safety page for more information.
  9. What is the cancellation policy if the event is cancelled?
    • As this event is a pay-what-you-can, donation based ride, our cancellation policy is as follows: This donation is tax deductible and does not constitute an event registration. No refunds will be given in the event of either rider or organizer cancellation. Thank you for understanding as we work to make this a sustainable event model.