Wednesday September 18, 2013 | 03:19 PM

Recreation options weren't always this great for people with adaptive needs. Thanks to the work of several great Maine organizations, those with physical disabilities and visual impairments can now participate in many of the same sports and activities - cycling, skiing, golf and more - that the able-bodied do.

On Saturday, local cyclists can get into the act to help make the options even more abundant by participating in the NEVI Fest/Pine Tree Camp First Annual Bike Ride starting at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.

The ride benefits Pine Tree Camp and the New England Blind/Visually Impaired Ski Festival. Registration fee is just $45 (which includes lunch and a T-shirt) and starts at 7:30 p.m. You can also register online at

It should be a great day for a ride Saturday and cyclists can choose from three distances: a metric century (62 miles), 25 miles and 10 miles. The rides begin at 7:45 a.m., 8 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. All distances are fully supported with rest stops and SAG vehicles.

Adaptive rides and demos will be available during the event.

Both organizations offer a variety of adaptive programs for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities. (For more information visit Maine Adaptive.)


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