This year the tour centered on Maine’s mid-coast region, with a loop encompassing the valley where the state’s organic farming tradition took root, and plenty of picturesque coastal villages. As Debra put it, “We had a great trip, but who knew the mid-coast could have soooo many hills…The countryside and seaside were beautiful as we expected!”
Lisa W., our customer service lead, also has fond memories of cycling in Maine: “In 2011 I had the pleasure of riding the Maine Women’s Ride out of the LL Bean parking lot, and out into the beautiful Maine countryside. It was early spring (for the Northeast) and the trees and flowers were bright spring green with splashes of vibrant purples and yellows. But more colorful and wonderful were the women I met along the route. Great tales of cycling, family life, LL Bean connections and of course The Way Life Should Be!”The event had a little bit of something for everyone: coastal tent villages, live bands, lobster feasts, farm stands, beer gardens, gorgeous scenery, gift shops, chocolate tastings, frame photos, Terry jerseys, tandem, recumbent, road and gravel bikes, colorful sunsets, exciting bridge crossings.
450 cyclists plus staff participated in BikeMaine this year, so the tour is quite an undertaking. The organizers provide tents and logistics, and there are options for guests to camp with riders but make their own way around the route, so non-cycling friends and family can share the fun. The focus is on providing great cycling routes with an authentic experience in each host community, plus an emphasis on good food and drink.
It’s always a popular tour, so if you’re interested, book early!
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is one of the most effective bicycle advocacy groups in the country. Since its founding in 1992, the Bicycle Coalition has helped improve bike safety education, advocate for better bike laws, increase funding for bike trails and other biking infrastructure, and open up more areas for cycling. The Coalition also has launched several successful events such as the Great Maine Bike Swap, and BikeMaine.