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Maine Ride – Interest List

You’ll ride along the North Atlantic’s scenic coastline and quiet inland roads by day and spend evenings with an amazing community of people. Beginning in the waterside city of Portland, you’ll experience small harbor towns, lighthouses, mountain lakes, forests, and ocean vistas. We’ll spend three nights at an amazing summer camp on Lake Damariscotta, where you’ll have the option of two scenic loops with long and shorter options. On the final day, we’ll ride back to Portland and celebrate our triumphant return. There are various mileage options each day to suit all types of cyclists.

Accommodations
Choice of camping or shared indoor cabins
Total Mileage
273
Group Size
75
Range of Daily Mileage
65-72 miles (shorter options available with shuttle)
Fundraising Commitment
$2,800
Trip Length
4 Days

Are you ready to bicycle The Pine Tree State in 4 days? The first day, we’ll pedal north to reach our camp for the trip, where we’ll spend three nights. You’ll have the choice of camping or staying in shared cabins. From there, we’ll spend the next two days pedaling along Maine’s scenic Mid-Coast region on two terrific loops from camp out to the state’s rocky coast on quiet roads, dotted with quaint harbor towns, lighthouses, and wild blueberry patches. On the last day we pedal through classic Maine as we pass through the towns of Brunswick, Bath, Freeport, and Yarmouth, on our way back to Portland, the largest city in Maine, and a bustling port town. There, we’ll celebrate the end of the ride.

This is more than a bike trip – it’s an inspiring journey with like-minded people who are united by their passion for sustainability and adventure. You can choose from our full list of beneficiaries and proceeds will be distributed to the Climate Ride grants program based on your beneficiary selection. You will have access to our superb personal fundraising software and the full support of our team. Participants may select their beneficiaries from our list of more than 100 extraordinary non-profit organizations.

By joining us, you’ll experience epic cycling, amazing scenery, and dynamic speakers that all combine to make this charitable event exciting, informative, and fun. Each evening, our speaker series will provide information, opinion, and discussion on topics such as renewable energy, climate science, and bike advocacy.

Our professional Climate Ride staff takes care of all the details, so you can focus on riding your bike on carefully planned routes on scenic back roads. It’s challenging yet doable, and you have all day to make it to the next rest stop. On the road, the Climate Ride support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your ride worry-free and memorable.

We provide daily cycling mileages to suit all types of cyclists, including shorter options as needed. We welcome every level of athlete – what’s most important to us is to welcome you into the Climate Ride community and provide a cycling experience that will inspire you to bike for the rest of your life. This is a fully supported ride which means you can focus on the pedaling and making connections with your new friends while we take care of everything from overnight details, meals, snacks, luggage transport, and much more to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Learn more in the FAQ.

The Ride Start

The ride begins in Portland, Maine. Registration will open at 7 am. Give yourself time to get organized before a mandatory 8 am safety talk. The ride officially begins at 8:30 am. The exact location of the Ride Start will be included in your Ride Guide.

Transporting Your Bike or Bike Rental

More information on traveling with your bike or where to rent a bike for this charitable event will be made available once registered. Please email us if you have questions!

Accommodations & Meals

On this charitable biking trip, we’ll stay three nights at classic New England summer camp/retreat centers with camping, cabins, and bunkhouses.

Amenities in camp include hot showers, a first-aid station with 24/7 ice, charging station for your phones/cameras/etc, clean restrooms, massage, and great indoor accommodations or a place to set up your tent.

All dietary restrictions will be accommodated on this cycling trip by our staff and caterers. There will be a variety of hot breakfasts, packed lunches, hearty dinners, and plenty of snacks in between to fuel you for multiple days of riding.

On Climate Ride, camp becomes a traveling village and dynamic community. Each evening after dinner, we’ll gather for our Evening Program which features speakers, roundtable discussions, and other events. Cycling in New England doesn’t get better than on Climate Ride!

Fundraising Beneficiaries

Cyclists can choose from the more than 100 incredible beneficiary organizations in our network! One of the things that make Climate Ride such an effective charitable event is that you can select the organization(s) you wish to benefit through the Climate Ride grants program. Our beneficiaries were selected for their work on the environment, conservation, sustainability, climate education, and active transportation advocacy. At the end of the year, Climate Ride grants the proceeds from our events to these hard-working organizations.

Fundraising and Transfer Deadlines | Important Dates

Fundraising Deadlines:

$500 to be raised by:7/10/2023
$1,700 to be raised by:7/31/2023
$3,400 to be raised by:8/28/2023

Transfer Deadline:

TBD

More Questions?

Be sure to review our general FAQ and policies or contact us!

Chris McEntee, Northeast Ride
Climate Ride Northeast

If you’re considering doing a Climate Ride, or questioning whether you have the physical ability to do it—I’d say to you, “If I can do it, you can do it.” I’m not a competitive cyclist; I rode on a hybrid bike, not a fancy road bike. You’ll be welcomed, you’ll be encouraged, and you’ll enjoy it. Anyone who’s determined and in reasonable shape can finish this ride.

Anonymous

Best week of my year! Incredible to spend a week with over 100 people passionate about improving the world and their local communities, who also love biking! I made some great connections and am energized to keep going and reaching and working for change. And I will do this again for sure!