Friday, December 6, 2013
Karen Beaudoin lives in Portland and is the web editor for PressHerald.com.
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Most of the group fundraising rides in Maine went by earlier in the season, but there's still a great ride coming up Saturday. Unfortunately, it's sold out.
Having ridden in the 2012 Maine Lighthouse Ride hosted by the Eastern Trail Alliance I 'm not surprised that the event hit its limit of 1,000 participants.
The 40-mile ride starts at Southern Maine Community College at 8 a.m. and includes eight lighthouses. That's the route I'd suggest but you can also choose a century ride (7 a.m.; 9 lighthouses), 62-mile ride (7:30 a.m.; 8 lighthouses) or a 25-mile ride (8:30 a.m.; 7 lighthouses).
Jared Choate has done this already.
He's gotten himself from the East Coast to the West Coast without use of auto, train or plane. On that trip he used his feet, running across the country from Sept. 1, 2010 to Feb. 13, 2011 (with several breaks worked in).
That experience resulted in an e-book, "The Now Testament," that he describes as a "love letter to America."
So when he decided to promote the book, he figured what better way than to do the 4,000-mile trip again - this time by bike. The Bike I mean Book Tour will take the Davis, Calif. resident from Portland, Maine, to San Francisco beginning Sept. 1. Of the latest adventure he says, "I hope it'll make people say, 'Maybe I oughta give this book a looksee.'"
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.)
For 25 years friends, relatives and supporters of Dan Michaud came out every August to participate in the memorial ride named for him. Plenty of people who never met him also pedaled along the routes in and around Brunswick.
Michaud's ride is back for another go-around on Saturday but under a different name.
Now known as the Ride for Hospice, and sponsored by the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care, the event begins at 7 a.m. on "The Green" in Brunswick with three routes to choose from - 25 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles.
Thegoal is to raise $10,000 for those who require hospice care through registration fees and donations. Registraion is just $25 with pledges of $125 or more. Register here.
If you're like me, you're probably constantly admiring the rides of others.
It may not exactly be coveting, because your bike is surely one you'd hate to part with, but someone else may have a super cool seat pack or a bike that's a color you just can't miss (mine happens to be bright orange and royal blue, which is a color combo I think can't be beat).
If you're looking to own a bike that's truly unique, head online to RepublicBike.com where you can design your own. From wheels to chain to seat to colors for all of the above, you can create a bike that you can rest assured you'll never see traveling down the roadway being pedaled by someone else.
But first, a little history about Republic Bike ...