Thursday September 06, 2012 | 11:45 AM

In a little more than a month, cyclists will be poised at the start line for another Dempsey Challenge. The event began as a rousing success in 2009 and has continued to bring out huge numbers of riders and raise huge amounts of money every year since.

This year should be no different when the event takes place on Sunday, Oct. 14 in Lewiston/Auburn.

Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. and cyclists will be released in waves beginning with the 100-milers. They'll be followed by the 70-mile riders, then 50-milers, 25-milers and 10-milers. The Festival in the Park, which is free and open to the public, runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closing ceremonies, led by Patrick Dempsey, happen at 3:30 p.m.

If you haven't already signed up for the event you can register here. Registration fee for bikers is $75 per person with a minimum of $150 in fundraising donations. (There is also an event for walkers/runners.)

Those who have signed up can also participate in the Basic Bike Repair Clinic & Free Bike Inspection at Rainbow Bicycle (945 Center St., Auburn). It happens Sept. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and covers these topics: How to change a flat; minor shifting and braking adjustments; basic chain and gear maintenance; simple fixes that anybody can do; basic things you should have on your bike for emergencies.

If you're interested, call Rainbow Bicycle at 784-7576 or send an email to


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