Let’s Ride Aroostook! The Premier Cycling event in the Crown of Maine, Aroostook County! This two-day cycling tour to benefit Camp Adventure for children with diabetes showcases the understated beauty of Aroostook County and the excellent hospitality for which the “County” is famous, as well as great views and little traffic.
Based at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, two nights camping/dorm accommodations and all meals are provided for riders from Friday evening’s Wine & Cheese Reception through the All-American BBQ Sunday midday. That’s 2 nights and 5 delicious all-you-can-eat buffet meals with live music Friday evening!!
Designed like a four-leaf clover, each day’s ride is split into two loops (about 25-35 miles apiece) with full SAG support, rest areas, first aid, and mechanical services. New this year is a shorter Family Friendly Option for those with children who would like to ride but who might not be ready for a full 30 miles or so. Whether it is North, South, East, or West- one loop or all four, this is one adventure you’ll want to experience! Also new this year, Saturday’s ride will offer an optional additional loop to turn that day into a “full century” ride for anyone interested….bike through the towns of New Sweden and Stockholm, settled by early Swedish immigrants, with all of their history and wonderful vistas.
Ride Aroostook is not only a fundraiser for Camp Adventure, but also a grassroots community volunteer effort to encourage healthy lifestyles and promote Aroostook County as a recreation/tourist destination while increasing current and future economic development in the area. While many have been attracted to our local, world class skiing venues, this event is an opportunity to invite sports and health enthusiasts to an event showcasing the beauty of northern Maine in the summer. On account of the great success of our first two annual events, which attracted 75 up to 90 riders, we expect to at least double our participation in 2014. With the majority of event expenses covered by sponsors, it is expected that the minimum fundraising pledges/donations ($200 Per Person) will be dedicated to the cause while an additional $50 donation for registration will help offset event costs. And new for 2014 will be reduced fundraising possibilities (couple’s discount $400, family “3 or more” $600, local registrants who do not need lodging or meals $150.) Local volunteers are being recruited, and a Facebook group page has attracted over 200 members. Cary Medical Center, a department of the City of Caribou, Maine is the lead sponsor of this event. Click here for event registration or call 207-498-1112. Pre-registration is highly encouraged so you don’t miss out on this exciting event.
While you are in The County, check out the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest! http://www.crownofmaineballoonfest.org/