This is a team training ride, open to all and group riding skills are important. The ride is about 30 miles long, departing Cyclemania and goes throughout South Portland and Cape Elizabeth to Prouts Neck and back along the shore. It’s mostly rolling to flat terrain. There are 4 major sprints on the men’s ride: “Prouts Neck”, “Fire Hydrant Hill”, “Inn By the Sea”, and of course the “Cookie Jar”. This is the largest competitive ride in the state and attracts all major Maine teams, with riders from Bethel, Augusta and York and Cumberland counties. The men’s ride is an intensity pace* (>23MPH average) and has as many as 75 riders in the summer.
There is also a Saturday women’s only ride that leaves right after the men’s group and follows the same route at intensity pace*. Average speed on the women’s ride varies from 19 – 22 mph, and group riding skills are important. For questions about the women’s ride, e-mail Linda Braley.
Starts the first Saturday in March (if roads are clear of snow) through the last Saturday before Thanksgiving; every week leaving promptly at 7:30am. Expect a 1.5 hour ride and join us post-ride at PVC sponsor Coffee by Design on India Street.
Click HERE for the route map.
Note: These are road rides so a road bike is required. Tri-bikes are not allowed for safety reasons.