Friday, April 18, 2014
The Saturday, Sept. 8 Maine Lighthouse Ride, sponsored by the Eastern Trail Alliance, offers the chance to see nine Maine lighthouses on a century route, eight on 62- or 40-mile rides and seven on a 25-mile shortie.
According to some of the comments Carole Brush, executive director of the ETA, has received, riders sign up for the ride for the great scenery, the views of the water, the route variety and the chili. "There's hot food at the end," Brush said.
It's happened. We've reached the middle of August. Already.
For many that means the riding season is starting to wind down. And although you may be planning to pedal past the time when the leaves have all fallen, your options for benefit, organized rides are waning.
One big one still left on the schedule is the Aug. 25 Ride for Hospice in Brunswick. Choose a 25-, 50- or 100-mile ride, and if there are walkers in the family they can also join in.
Portland is for city livin'. Can't be any good mountain bike trails in the midst of all the great restaurants, office buildings and tourist attractions. Right?
If that's what you think, these guys with a GoPro video camera will change your mind. Check out the video they made along about 14 miles of offerings from Portland Trails.
If you're looking for similar places to ride in and around the city, just check out the Portland Trails website. Go to the Explore Our Trails page and you can narrow your search to just trails that allow for mountain biking. Then get out there and ride.
Last winter, a co-worker happened upon a website about rail biking. And though there was snow on the ground - not much of it, but some - we vowed that rail bikes were something we'd try when summer hit.
The rail bike tour is courtesy of the Brooks Preservation Society in Thorndike, which offers three-hour excursions on four-wheeled cycles that carry two passengers each on tracks that are no longer in operation. Call 568-3523 to schedule a ride (with a volunteer tour guide).
The volunteers will tell you to wear sturdy footwear and to bring water. They'll tell you that you'll get a workout. You should believe them.
Beauty abounds in too many Maine towns to count during the summer months. But what will make Rockland particularly gorgeous on Saturday will be the hundreds of colorful cycling jerseys rolling along country roads, past lighthouses and along the spectacular coast.
The 11th version of the Maine Lobster Ride & Roll takes place in the coastal town July 21, thanks to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. And if you do only one ride this summer, this one should be it.
With distances of 16, 30, 50 and 100 miles, there's a ride for anyone who pedals. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. and all routes are fully supported by volunteers. Lobster rolls await all riders at the finish line (with alternatives for those who don't think lobster is the best food in the world).