Bicycle Coalition of Maine event

Maine Lobster Ride & Roll returns to Midcoast July 23

Tenth annual ride takes off from Oceanside High School
By Staff | Jun 22, 2011

Rockland — The 10th annual Maine Lobster Ride & Roll, cited as one of the most beautiful rides in the country, will return to Rockland on Saturday, July 23. Sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the ride will begin and end at Oceanside High School (formerly Rockland District High School), with staggered start times beginning at 8 a.m.

The ride draws more than 700 cyclists from all over the United States, several Canadian provinces and as far away as New Zealand. They come for the scenery, camaraderie and fresh lobster rolls, said Shoshana Hoose, of the coalition. "The ride even has its own queen, longtime volunteer Maggie Warren," Hoose said. "Dressed in her royal red lobster claw headband and sparkly tiara, she greets returning cyclists by cheering, banging a meditation bowl and ringing a cowbell."

Participants may choose from four distance options — 16, 30, 50 and 100 miles. Outdoor Magazine has listed the Maine Lobster Ride as one of the top centuries in the country because of the beautiful course along country roads, past lakes, harbors and lighthouses. All routes have rest stops and support vehicles. Cyclists gather at the high school for a lobster roll lunch (hotdogs, tuna and veggie options also are available) and a live broadcast of the Tour de France.

Preregistration rates for the Maine Lobster Ride & Roll are $85, with a $20 discount for coalition members. Children ages 12 to 17 pay $25, and those under age 12 ride free. Participants will receive Maine Lobster Ride socks.

For online registration, a video about the ride and more information, visit online at BikeMaine.org, or call 623-4511.

The Maine Lobster Ride & Roll raises money for the bicycle coalition, a statewide organization that teaches bicycle safety and works to improve bicycling conditions. The bicycle coalition has helped Maine become the second most bicycle-friendly state in the country, according to the League of American Bicyclists. Maine also has won national recognition for its Safe Routes to School program, run by the Bicycle Coalition and MaineDOT.

Major sponsors of the 10th Maine Lobster Ride are L.L. Bean, Hannaford and the Maine Lobster Festival. Other sponsors include ReVision Energy, K.J. Edward Knight, Auclair Cycle & Ski, DeLorme, Bikesenjava and Maine Sport Outfitters.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has worked since 1992 to make Maine a better place to bicycle. The coalition advocates for Maine cyclists at the Legislature and in Washington, D.C., teaches bicycle safety to thousands of Maine schoolchildren each year, partners with state agencies on a Share the Road media campaign and serves as a resource on local bicycling issues.

VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@villagesoup.com.

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