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Wednesday September 25, 2013 | 09:18 AM

Ask 10 people, and chances are good nine of them will say they love animals.

But loving your own animals - sharing your home with them, making sure they have the best food and cuddling up with them at night - is a bit different than biking 3,000 miles for cats and dogs you never have (and probably never will) meet.

That's what Armen Abalian, a native Californian currently living in Europe, plans to do beginning Oct. 1. He'll be visiting 48 states and bike for 60 miles through each to raise awareness about the numbers of euthanized pets in this country. He'll also be attempting to raise money for many local no-kill shelters in the states he visits. Find out more in the video below and at bikingforanimals.org.

Friday September 20, 2013 | 09:09 AM

Employees and volunteers for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine were out and about in front of the 34 Preble St. Portland location bright and early this morning to get ready for PARK(ing) Day. What they accomplished by 8 a.m. was to make the two vehicle parking spots in front of their office worth a visit today for anyone who has an interest in bikes - or milkshakes.

In case you're not familiar, PARK(ing) Day is an international event when businesses, artists and regular citizens turn metered parking spaces into temporary public parks for a day. About 20 such "parks" are expected to be set up in Portland today. (To see Shannon Bryan's slideshow on MaineToday.com click here.)

Wednesday August 07, 2013 | 11:10 AM

Twenty years is a long time to run an event, but the fact that Cliff Krolick at Back Country Excursions has already hosted his annual Mountain Bike Microbrew Festival sure proved that bikes and beers go together.

The 2013 version of the festival begins Friday at noon with plnety of guided rides on Back Country's single-track trails. The evening features a potluck "extravaganza" (bring your favorite dish to share) and entertainment from Jeffrey Cusack around the campfire.

Since Gritty McDuff's is the craft brew sponsor, there will be plenty of Gritty's beet on tap all weekend.

Friday July 05, 2013 | 08:15 AM

It's the rare cycling event in Maine that can attract a big-name riding celebrity but the Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge has proven over and again that it isn't just any old race.

The third annual event will be held at the Sugarloaf Outdoors Center July 12-14 with mountain biking legend Tinker Juarez competing in the 100K race. For those who aren't familiar, he's a two-time Olympian (1996 and 2000) who has won National, World and Pan Am championships. He's even tackled mountain, finishing second in the Mt. Washington race in 2011.

Tinker's event goes off at 7 a.m. July 13, followed by the 50K race start at 9 a.m. He's also making himself available for autographs the evening before the race during a 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. meet-n-greet, and he'll hang with the young crowd during the kids' race on July 14.

Enough about the visiting celeb and more about the race ... To get a taste of what it's all about, check out this video from last year's event:

Monday May 06, 2013 | 08:59 AM

May is National Bike Month and, as usual, the folks at Gorham Bike and Ski are getting geared up for the season. Once again the Congress Street shop will be hosting the annual Girls and Gears event Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Admission is just $12 and when you sign up online 100 percent of that money will go to the Maine Cancer Foundation.

The evening will be hosted by Q97.9 morning show personality Lori Voornas and includes a cycling-wear fashion show, massages, food, drinks and plenty of info on bikes and biking. Also expect giveaways, a raffle (must be present to win) and special deals on women's items.

The first 100 ladies to sign up online will receive a free T-shirt. But you don't have to sign up in advance. If you decide to drop in at the last minute you can do so by paying $15 at the door.