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From: "BCM" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2000 11:17 AM
Subject: Meet at the MOUNTAIN, Pedal to the Fair & More
Advocating bicycling safety, education, and access in Maine, the Bicycle
Coalition of Maine is working to make Maine accessible and safe for all
residents and visitors so they may comfortably and responsibly bicycle. The
BCM also promotes bicycling for transportation, health, recreation, and fun
to enhance our communities, environment, and economy.
Looking to get in at least one more great ride in while it still feels like
summer? Maybe you want to get in some serious miles before the Cadillac
Challenge next month (info below)? Or possibly you just want to have a good
ride with some folks and then feast afterwards at the huge selection of
homemade food brought by volunteers and groups of MaineShare! Then you
should surely join us this Saturday (September 16th) for MaineShare's MEET
AT THE MOUNTAIN (9th Annual Bike-a-thon) at Bradbury Mtn State Park right
next to Freeport. You can choose from 4 great rides ranging from an 8 mile
off-road Mtn Bike Ride in the State Park to 16, 35, & 64 mile road rides
that wind along country roads through the wood to the coast. If you haven't
already signed up, you can register on-site at Bradbury. Sign up as a
member of TEAM BCM and possibly win an extra prize. Team BCM has won the
team award a couple of times and we are counting on YOU to join us for a
spectacular ride this weekend. MaineShare is a collection of 30 Maine
non-profits including the Bicycle Coalition of Maine--the primary work is
raising funds through workplace giving programs. So come on out this
Saturday for an awesome ride!
We've mentioned this once before, but will mention it again as we may apply
for a Federal Highway Experiment. We need YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS of problem
bridges like the Waldo-Hancock (Bucksport) Bridge, or Deer Isle Bridge, or
other narrow, hard to see areas where a "Bicyclist Activated Warning Device"
could be installed. Essentially, the idea is having a button that cyclists
can push to turn on a sign that notifies motorists to be extra alert for a
bicyclist on the roadway ahead. Of course, bicyclists have the right to be
there anytime, but with this extra bit of help, it could ease a difficult
section of road. Please send your nominations to Jeff at [log in to unmask]
It's only 9 days away....the Fair that is...yes, THE Fair. MOFGA's Common
Ground Country Fair is just around the corner, September 22-24 and we are
expecting a record number of people (hopefully you too) to "Pedal to the
Fair." Last year we had over 40 volunteers and this year we will need at
least as many folks to help us run a smooth operation. In addition to folks
to help greet cyclists and park bikes, we need volunteers to staff 2 BCM
booths (one at our parking and this year we'll have a more "normal" booth in
one of the big tents too). Parkers are especially needed on Saturday and
Sunday between 9am to 6pm with 4 hour shifts Split shifts are available.
If you can help, PLEASE e-mail Jeff at [log in to unmask] as son as possible.
On the report side of things.... Maine had the largest delegation of any
state (certainly per capita) at last week's ProBike / ProWalk Conference in
Philadelphia. This was thanks to Bike and Ped Coordinator John Balicki and
the MDOT who gave scholarships to many of the citizens who attended North
America's biggest and best conference for promoting bicycling and walking,
working with government, and the latest research in infrastructure design.
Your tax dollars making a small investment that will reap huge rewards in
the long term with nearly two dozen well educated and networked bicyclists!
Back in Maine, however, the struggle for PAVED SHOULDERS drags on in Warren.
BCM Director and several member of the BCM were at the hearing in Warren
last month and made clear points as to why basic access for bicyclists on
Route 1 requires a 4 foot paved shoulder. If you are interested in weighing
in on this, PLEASE DO!
Nearby in THOMASTON the preliminary plan for improvements on Rt. 1 from
Thomaston to Rockland call for 8' shoulders. Given the resistance shown in
Warren, we need bicyclists at this hearing to advocate for the shoulders.
Details on the hearing next Wednesday night are below.
As always, e-mail with your questions, or thoughts!
Notice of Preliminary Public Meeting in THOMASTON
to seek input regarding proposed improvements to Route 1
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2000
7:00 p.m. AT THE TOWN OFFICE, WATT'S HALL
The Maine Department of Transportation is seeking public input prior to
beginning any of the engineering work necessary to develop preliminary plans
for the proposed future highway improvements to Route 1 beginning 0.18 miles
west of the Old County Road and extending easterly to the Rockland City
Representatives of the Maine Department of Transportation will be available
on Wednesday evening, September 20, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. to listen to concerns,
receive comments, and answer questions from anyone with an interest in the
project and make sure all transportation needs are being addressed. The
Department is particularly interested in learning local views relative to
project consistency with local comprehensive plans, discovering local
resources, and identifying local concerns and issues. Anyone with an
interest is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.
Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Auxiliary aids
will be provided upon advance request. Any inquiries regarding this project
may be directed to the attention
of Joel Kittredge, Project Manager, Maine Department of Transportation,
Urban and Arterial Highway Program, Child Street, 16 State House Station,
Augusta, Maine 04333-0016. Telephone (207) 287-3172.
The Maine Freewheelers Bicycle Club is proud to present the ninth annual
CADILLAC CHALLENGE CENTURY
"The way cycling should be!"
NO PLEDGES! NO FUNDRAISING! NO ENTRY FEES! NO BS!
JUST GOOD PEOPLE ENJOYING A GREAT RIDE!
A League of American Bicyclists/Bicycling Magazine
Century Challenge Award Winning Ride!
*** 1995 Honorable Mention Ride Award ***
*** 1997 Favorite Ride Motto Award ***
In the June, 1998 issue Bicycling Magazine chose one
great road ride from each of the fifty US states. The
*** CADILLAC CHALLENGE CENTURY ***
was Bicycling's pick as the greatest in the state of Maine!
The Cadillac Challenge Century
100, 62, and 25 mile rides
Sunday, October 1, 2000
Mt. Desert Island, Maine
The Cadillac Challenge is a fantastic day of cycling on beautiful Mt.
Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Riders will cycle through some
of the most spectacular fall foliage scenery that Maine has to offer
including mountains, the Atlantic Ocean, Somes Sound, lakes, forests,
wetlands, harbor towns, abundant wildlife, and much more. Three ride
options of 25, 62, and 100 miles are available to suit varying degrees of
fortitude and all include the spectacular roads and scenery of Acadia
Now in its ninth year, our featured ride, "The Cadillac Challenge
Century", features over 6,000' of total climbing and travels just about
every road on Mt. Desert Island. After a 85 mile warm-up, youıll begin
the final 3.5 mile, 1,000' climb up Cadillac Mountain. The summit, at
1,530ı the highest point on the eastern coast, offers an eagleıs eye view
of the Atlantic Ocean, Frenchmanıs Bay, Mount Desert Island, and the
mainland beyond. After all the dayıs efforts youıll enjoy the great
downhill run to the finish with only one short uphill in the last eight
Not up for Cadillac? Our shorter rides are less demanding but no less
beautiful or satisfying to cycle, and the climb up Cadillac is optional!
You also won't have to strong arm friends and coworkers for ride pledges
or pay an exorbitant entry fee just to go on a bike ride. The Cadillac
Challenge is free of charge to all who wish to ride! (However, only if
you wish, donations to help out with ride expenses will be cheerfully
accepted.) What a concept! Show up and enjoy a beautiful ride with a
bunch of great people! No muss, no fuss, let's ride!
So while you won't find pre-ride pasta feeds, registration bags of
goodies, brass bands announcing your arrival at the finish, and other
ride "extras", you will find all the ingredients necessary for a
enjoyable, challenging, and safe century ride. The Maine Freewheelers
Bicycle Club will be providing a carefully researched route, detailed
maps, cue sheets, course markings, corner workers, and sag wagons to
patrol the course.
New this year will be two planned food stops, in Northeast Harbor and the
Cadillac Mountain summit! The past two years we have used some funds
from the riders' donations at the start of the ride to purchase some
bagels, fruit, cookies, and the like - and this experiment has worked
well. Donations of homebaked goodies to distribute to hungry riders
would also be quite welcome! Fresh coffee and hot chocolate will be
served to those who make it to the top of Cadillac! Of course it is
always advisable for cyclists to be prepared with a few energy bars or
bananas of their own on a long ride. Riders can also fuel up at one of
the many stores or excellent restaurants along the way. Water intake
(drinking fountains) and outtake (toilets) are located at several spots
along each route.
All rides leave at 8AM from the Acadia National Park Visitor Center on
Mt. Desert Island, just off Route 3 near the town of Hullıs Cove. An
RSVP would most helpful in our planning for this event. Additional ride
volunteers are always welcome. Join in the fun. See you there!
Ride Info/RSVP: Tony or Anne Mourkas
171 Patterson Road
Hampden, ME 04444-2001
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Lodging: Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 158
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Camping: Blackwoods Campground (FCFS, no reservations)
National Park Service
Route 3 south of Bar Harbor (on century route)
Site of "Cadillac Challenge World Headquarters"
(AKA my family's campsite)
Come join us around the campfire Friday or Saturday night!
Private campgrounds also available, see C of C for list
Bike Rental: Bar Harbor Bike Shop Southwest Cycle
141 Cottage Street Main Street, PO Box 714
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
Park Info: Acadia National Park General Information
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MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES SATURDAY ON ACADIAıS CARRIAGE ROAD SYSTEM!
Make this a cycling weekend and experience the interior of Acadia
National Park on the 43 mile network of graded gravel carriage roads
available to cyclists but closed to motorized traffic! Bring your
mountain bike, hybrid, or road bike with *wide* tires, or rent a bike in
Bar Harbor, and cycle through the forests, across stunning stone arch
bridges, view waterfalls, streams, lakes, mountainsides, the ocean, maybe
even a fox, deer, or eagle! Ride options and lengths to suit all
abilities. I can not stress enough how beautiful this carriage road
system is, you have to cycle it yourself! Not a technical ride, but as
challenging as you want to make it. No gonzo riding please. Lunch and
water stop planned midway at Jordan Pond House. Bring picnic supplies
for the lawn, munchies available for purchase at Jordan Pond House. Ride
leaves the Acadia National Park Visitor Center at 11AM, Saturday,
September 30, 2000.
16 MaineShare Meet at the Mountain, 8am, Bradbury Mtn State Park, Pownal,
9-62mi Road & Mtn Tours (hiking options & picnic), www.maineshare.org,
Hildie Lipson, [log in to unmask], 622-0105
16 Cary Rehabilitation Mtn Bike Race, Caribou, Denise Condon, 498-1619
16 Portsmouth NH Criterium, 10am, Market Square, 22-31mi Pro Cat 1 & 2 Men &
Women USCF Races, www.seacoastcrit.org, Terrence Parker, [log in to unmask],
17 Grill Z Mtn Bike Race, 10am, Reid State Park, Georgetown, 5-20mi Mtn
Race, www.bikeman.com, Davis Carver, [log in to unmask], 442-7002
17 Fall Century to Winnipesaukee, 8am, Cape Able Bike Shop, Kennebunkport,
100mi Tour, Peter Sargent, 967-4382
20 BCM Volunteer Night - FREE PIZZA! 6pm, Pine Tree State Arboretum,
Augusta, Jeff Miller, [log in to unmask], 288-3028
21 Valet Bike Parking setup, 3pm, Common Ground Fairgrounds, Unity, Jeff
Miller, [log in to unmask], 288-3028. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.
21 Bicycle Coalition of Maine Meeting, 7pm, Common Ground Fairgrounds, Jeff
Miller, [log in to unmask], 288-3028
22-24 Common Ground Country Fair & Pedal to the Fair, Unity, 3-15mi Park and
Pedal options, Free Valet Bike Parking, www.BikeMaine.org, Jeff Miller,
[log in to unmask], 288-3028. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.
23-24 Tri-State Seacoast Century w/ Granite State Wheelmen, Hampton Beach,
NH, www.GeoCities.com/Colosseum/Loge/9605, Peter DeSantis,
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24 Damariscotta Fall Time Trial, 9am, Rte 1, 14mi Race, George Mitchell,
24 CeMMBA Mtn Bike Ride, www.CeMMBA.org, Glenn & Laurie Fenlason,
[log in to unmask], 877-9844
29-Oct 1 Acadia Weekend w/ Maine Freewheelers, Bar Harbor, 13-100mi Mtn &
Road Tours, Tony Mourkas, [log in to unmask], 862-5990
Please pass along BCM e-mail updates to help spread the word. Also
encourage other bicyclists you know to join the BCM if they haven't done so
already. If you have comments or submissions for the BCM e-mail updates or
wish to stop receiving them, please contact us at [log in to unmask]
Jeffrey Miller, Executive Director
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
P.O. Box 5275
Augusta, ME 04332
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