Friday August 23, 2013 | 11:36 AM

For many Mainers, the arrival of Labor Day brings with it some disappointment. The early September holiday often signals the looming end of summer-like weather and the trek into the fall.

But for hundreds of cyclists this year it also brings with it the final countdown for the inaugural BikeMaine ride. The event put on by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will see 260 riders and staff travel a route through Maine from Sept. 7-14. The riders expect to pedal 60 to 75 miles each day.

If you aren't one of the lucky ones packing your gear and heading out for a week in the saddle, you can still follow along to see how the first-year event goes. (It just might make you want to sign up for the 2014 event, which takes place Sept. 6-13.)

The BCM has set up the BikeMaine Blog so anyone not riding can follow along.

Blog followers can expect updates from the road - the route begins and ends in Orono and visits Dover-Foxcroft, Belfast, Castine, Bar Harbor and Ellsworth - along with photos, videos, rider stories and daily contests. 

For more about the ride, check out this story from Press Herald outdoor writer Deirdre Fleming.

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