The ninth annual Maine Lobster Ride & Roll will take place Saturday, July 24 in Rockland. Sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the ride winds along country roads past swimming ponds and lighthouses, offering stunning views of the Maine coast.

Cyclists can choose from four distance options — 16, 30, 50 or 100 miles — with staggered start times beginning at 8 a.m. All routes begin and end at Rockland District High School. A new video on the coalition’s website (BikeMaine.org) shows scenes from the ride and interviews with participants.

The ride is fully supported, with maps, rest stops and support vehicles. A freshly made lobster roll lunch will be served at the end. Tuna and veggie options are available.

The Maine Lobster Ride & Roll is the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s largest fundraising event. Proceeds support the coalition’s work to improve bicycling in Maine. Nearly 700 bicyclists participated in 2009.

Preregistration rates 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 registration forms and more information, visit BikeMaine.org or call 623-4511.

Major sponsors of the ninth annual Maine Lobster Ride & Roll are VBT Bicycling Vacations, Go Maine, L.L. Bean and the Maine Lobster Festival.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has been working 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.

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