All YMCA facilities will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.
The Penobscot Bay YMCA, the Camden Snow Bowl, and Sidecountry Sports have teamed up with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to continue the historic Maine Lobster Ride cycling event, scheduled for the weekend of July 20 and 21, 2019.
Registration is now live at www.mainelobsterride.com.
The ride itself is on Sunday, July 21, while a Family Fun Cycling Festival will be held all day Saturday, July 20, at the Snow Bowl. Net proceeds from the ride weekend will support area youth programming at the Y and the Snow Bowl, and youth cycling advocacy through the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.
This annual event offers cyclists a picturesque road ride through Midcoast Maine, with its quaint villages, coastal towns, scenic countrysides, and ocean vistas. The Snow Bowl’s triple chairlift will be operating Saturday for rides to the summit of Ragged Mountain, with views of the surrounding hills and mountains, and Penobscot Bay and the islands.
The Maine Lobster Ride offers four ride mile-length options — 15, 38, 62 and 100-mile “century” — and all rides begin and end at the Snow Bowl. Registration fee to ride is $70 per person. Rest stops and support-and-gear wagons are provided along the routes. Après-ride lunches at the end of the ride will be available for purchase from a variety of food trucks on the Snow Bowl fields.
Also on Saturday, thanks to the generous support of Sidecountry Sports, Specialized Bicycles, and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, kids can participate in a BCMbicycle safety rodeo. Attendees of all ages can enjoy guided and independent mountain bike trail rides, demos of road, mountain, and electric bikes. For an additional fee, an evening VIP ride with the Specialized Bicycle brand representatives is available for purchase when registering online.
The BCM is proud to return the ride to local direction after organizing the event for many years, says BCM Executive Director John Williams.
“The Coalition is excited to partner with local leadership in the Midcoast and continue this popular ride for years to come,” Williams adds. “We are confident the local leaders will make the Maine Lobster Ride even better than before.”
“Sidecountry is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of this event for local riders and guests from away,” said Sidecountry Sports co-owner Andrew Dailey. “We look forward to a terrific July weekend.”
Recognized locally for creative youth programming and year-round outdoor activity, spokepersons from the YMCA and the Snow Bowl leaderships say they also excited to lead the way for the 2019 event, and well into the future.
For more information about the 2019 Maine Lobster Festival, and to register for one of the four rides, visit mainelobsterride.com. Event schedules, as well as route maps and other details, will be updated and posted on the website, via Facebook (@MaineLobsterRide), and on Instagram (#mainelobsterride).
Founded in 1913, the Penobscot Bay YMCA serves more than 6,600 members in the Midcoast. Located in Rockport, Rockland, Camden, and North Haven, the Yoperates the largest summer camp program in Knox County, serving more than 1,400 individual children in one or more weeks of day camps.
The Snow Bowl, operated by the Town of Camden Parks and Recreation, hosts many four-season youth programs and activities, as well as no-cost, donor-funded learn-to-ski programming for area fourth-graders. The management of both operations organizes the long-standing Camden Windjammer Festival and U.S. National Toboggan Championships, both free events for the public - while also overseeing maintenance of the town’s public parks, walkways, hiking trails, beaches, and facilities.
Established in 1992, The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s mission is to make Maine safer for cycling. The BCM works to improve cycling and walking conditions throughout Maine, and provides statewide opportunities to teach bicycle and pedestrian safety to all ages. The BCM has been recognized as the country’s top statebicycle advocacy organization and has worked to establish and strengthen Maine’s bicycling laws.
Sidecountry Sports has operated a local bike shop in Rockland since 2012. Strongly invested in community, Sidecountry Sports believes in local event sponsorship and getting local kids riding bikes safely, creating lifelong fun, good health, and self-esteem.