PORTLAND, Maine –Â Cyclists from across the United States will be drawn to the southern coast of Maine this September for what is surely one of the most breathtakingly scenic rides available anywhere in the world. The Eastern Trail Alliance is hosting the Maine Lighthouse Ride 2011 on September 10 at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. Ride options include a 25-mile ride, a 40-mile loop, a 62-mile metric century, and a 100-mile century for the hardcore set. Along the way, riders will see as many as nine historic lighthouses, the rocky coast for which Maine is so famous, and majestic white sand beaches. Maps, cue sheets, multiple rest stops, food, refreshments and hot showers are provided by ride organizers.
â€śRiding in southern Maine is just spectacular, especially at that time of year,â€ť said Bob Bowker, spokesperson for the ride. â€śThe terrain is mostly flat and easy to ride, but the scenery can be stunning. In mid-September especially, the weather is fabulous. As a bonus, itâ€™s the beginning of New Englandâ€™s foliage season. For a cyclist who has always wanted to visit Maine, this trip is a home run.â€ť No wonder this event has drawn more riders every year â€” over 420 in 2010, ages 11 to over 70.
For more information, call 284-9260. Registration is $50 before Aug. 28, and $60 after the 28 ($10 less for members). Riders who register by Aug. 28 will receive a free Maine Lighthouse Ride tee shirt. Participants are encouraged to sign up early, as registration is limited to the first 1,000 riders.
All proceeds from Maine Lighthouse Ride 2011 will benefit the Eastern Trail Alliance, an organization dedicated to building a 60-mile greenway from Kittery to South Portland, Maine.
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