A Beautiful Central Maine Bike Ride Route
One of the challenges of riding a bike in Maine is to find good routes to ride that other cyclists have previously enjoyed. There are endless great ride options available but it is difficult to sit down with a map and find a route that is “Cyclist Friendly”. You don’t know if the roadway is falling apart or if it is so narrow it isn’t safe or comfortable to ride. Unless you have a topographical map you have no idea what kind of terrain you will encounter. And no map can tell you what kind of traffic to expect on your ride.
We would like to compile a list of “user generated” ride resources for great bike rides in Central Maine so this is the beginning.
I recently “Stumbled Upon” such a resource, and I do mean “StumbleUpon” literally. Check out Stumbleupon.com some time. It’s a cool site where you can find categorized web content that millions of users have “voted on”. So for instance you can “stumble” cycling and be shown sites that cycling enthusiasts have voted for to say they are worthy of a visit.
So the first site discovered is the pedaling.com ride finder. You can drill down your search by country, state, and region to fine tune your results. If you use the “advanced search” options you can also select ride distance, hills, and traffic.
My search for “Central Maine” generated a list of 20+ rides.
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Huge thank you to the race organizers at the Rangeley Fat Bike Loppet. First place finish in the nordic long course–I felt better than I expected. I guess the Bkool and Zwift workouts really do help.
Mathieu’s Cycle has been great about support and advice for getting involved in winter fat biking. They also turned me on to Bkool and Zwift.
The course was fast fast fast. I did not have studded tires and they definitely would have helped in the cornering. The tubeless setup that Mathieu’s installed helped with saving weight, which was crucial in climbing some of the long hills. Great day, fun course.
Long delayed shout-out to Mathieu’s in Oakland for all the great race support during the cyclocross season. After doing a lot of slipping in the rain and mud at Minuteman CX in Lancaster, MA, the shop helped to convert my wheels to tubeless. What a difference! Quad CX in Maynard, MA. I entered the 40+ Cat 4/5 race in 33rd position, finished in 25th. The day was very hot with a dry course. Either file tread or medium tread was the choice for the day. All the off-camber spots had tricky turns, so mountain biking skills really paid off. The fast sections were mostly on gravel–always had to take care not to have the front wheel wash out in turns. Overall, great race, very fast course. Thanks for all the support in the Casco Bay CX in Portland as well.
My team mate and Jr Dirt Rider leader Jamie Dexter posted yesterday about his jr team…
“I am so proud of our CMCC Junior Dirt Riders. They all competed and some for the first time in a Mtn Bike Race Today. Just a couple of months ago when we started our weekly rides many of them would not have ridden 50 yards of today’s course. I’m happy and proud to say they all completed the 5.9 mile course which is just Awesome!!! And one of them placed 2nd in his class (Aiden) Thank You Dave Richard ( CMCC p/b Mathieu’s Cycle) for ALL OF YOUR HELP & SUPPORT. Plus a special THANK YOU to all the parents as well.” “My heart swells with PRIDE Today”
I can’t think of better words! Jaimie was racing so he asked if I would ride behind the Jr Dirt Riders. Some of the parents also rode with us and it was a great experience! I rode with Sam and his mom. We raced, we laughed, we made some obstacles and walked some too. At the end of the day, our group of six racers all completed the course. We were very proud of their efforts. Every Thursday this group has worked on their skills, they have built friendships, encouraged one another, and last Sunday each one of them accomplished an individual goal, collectively they finished something together as a team! I can’t wait to race with them again!
The Jr Dirt Riders meet every Thursday at Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville from 6pm to 7pm. It is free and all are welcome to join.