Route

Beginning and ending the two routes each day in the Star City at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI), riders experience the sights and sounds Aroostook County offers.  Designed like a four leaf clover, each day is split into two rides with full SAG support, rest areas, first aid, and mechanical services.  To ensure best support and services, all riders must start each day’s route by 7:30am. Riders may begin the Part 2 ride of each day as soon after they complete Part 1 as they would like.  All riders must start Part 2 of each day by 11:30am at the latest. However, if any rider would rather not do Part 2 on either or both days for any reason, that is fine and since Part 1 always ends up at UMPI, they would be right back at “home” should they decide not to do Part 2. At any time during the ride, support vehicles will be available for service, water, pick-up, etc.

Whether it is North, South, East, or West- this is one adventure you’ll want to experience!

Saturday Part 1 – Easton Loop (1)
30.03 miles
1528 feet elevation gain
Rest Stop “The Amish Store”
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The Family Friendly Option: Easton Loop
19.97 Miles
891 feet elevation gain
Rest Stop “The Amish Store”
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A ride through Maine’s Amish country waits, beckoning riders to enjoy a change of pace.  Just miles from the US/Canadian border, the town of Fort Fairfield welcomes riders as they pass through.  Towards the end of this first loop, the Maine Winter Sports Center’s Nordic Heritage Center is passed, where Olympic athletes train in the sports of cross country skiing and biathlon.  The second rest stop of the day will be “back home” at UMPI.

Saturday Part 2 – Caribou Loop (2)
36.83 miles
1533 feet elevation gain
Rest Stop “Cary Medical Center”
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Enjoy rolling roads alongside the majestic Aroostook River and potato fields while heading north to Caribou.  The third rest stop of the day will be at sponsor Cary Medical Center.*  Returning to Presque Isle showcases Aroostook County’s farmers, with fields planted in potatoes and broccoli.   The last rest stop of the day will again be “back home” at UMPI and will feature the Potato Bar.

*For those interested in a full century ride on Saturday, an additional loop has been developed from the Cary Medical Center rest stop taking riders north into the historic towns of New Sweden and Stockholm with their fantastic vistas.  Century riders must leave the Cary rest stop by 11:00am.  This optional century loop ties back into the Cary Medical Center rest stop again where cyclists return back to Presque Isle on the second half of the “normal” Part 2 route.

Century Option (3):   Please “Sign In” by 11am at the Cary Medical rest stop if taking this Option!
40.30 Miles
2328 feet elevation gain
Rest Stop “Eureka Tavern in the village of Stockholm”
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Sunday Part 1 – Westfield Loop (4)
32.44 miles
1469 feet elevation gain
Rest Stop “Westfield Community Park”
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The Family Friendly Option: Westfield Loop
13.1 Miles
559 feet elevation gain
No rest stop.
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This ride of the tour is a local favorite. Don’t let the climb out of Presque Isle scare you- it will all be worth it!  All roads lead towards Easton, home of McCain Foods, and then travel south to Westfield where you can’t miss the wind turbines atop Mars Hill Mountain.  Familiar roads like Route 1 North lead homeward, with a deviation towards Aroostook State Park and with its pristine Quoggy Jo Mountain.  This loop ends right where it began, beneath the wind turbine at UMPI, and offers the second rest stop of the day.

Sunday Part 2 – Mapleton Loop (5)
30.83 miles
1065 feet elevation gain
Rest Stop “Mapleton Town Office”

Rolling hills, continuation of farming fields, and quiet back country roads offer quite an experience.  The third rest stop of the day will be in the town of Mapleton.  Much like the first day, a ride along the scenic Aroostook River brings riders full circle back into Presque Isle to wrap up the weekend of great riding with the All-American B-B-Q at UMPI.
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Century Options:

Saturday Metric Century Ride Combine 1 & 2
Saturday Century Ride Combine 1, 2 & 3
Sunday Metric Century Ride Combine 4 & 5