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Sell-Out Crowd for 10th Anniversary Maine Lighthouse Ride

[Note: This article appeared in the Late Fall 2013 Newsletter. The full newsletter can be viewed in this pdf document]

Century Riders Waiting at Start of MLRCentury Riders Waiting at Start of MLRAfter ten years, the word is out— the Maine Lighthouse Ride is one of the most popular bicycle rides in New England! Of course it’s hard to argue with miles of beautiful Maine coastline, great weather, and plenty of friendly volunteers. Having capped the ride at 1,000 riders due to concerns from our host communities, the Maine Lighthouse Ride was a complete sell-out three weeks before the ride. Yes, we must be doing something right!

Sunrise at Start of RideSunrise at Start of RideThis year, we were ready for the crowds with a tent at Southern Maine Community College to accommodate the overflow from the dining room, lots of additional police assistance in Portland Head LightPortland Head LightSouth Portland and Scarborough, and even more Porta-Potties and volunteers than last year. We are happy to report a very safe ride, with only a few minor scrapes and bruises, and lots of smiling faces.

Once again, the response from our end-of-the-ride survey was overwhelmingly positive, and once again, the riders all commented on the fantastic volunteer staff (we had over 90 this year). Yes, YOU make the difference!

Great Day to Enjoy the RideGreat Day to Enjoy the RidePlanning has already begun for Maine Lighthouse Ride 2014, and as of November 1, 70 people have already signed up. If you have never participated in the Maine Lighthouse Ride, you are in for a treat. Whether it’s the 25-mile jaunt, the 100-mile century, or something in-between, the scenery and camaraderie are sure to please. So join the ETA and register today to get the lowest possible rate for 2014.

Along the MLRAlong the MLRThe Maine Lighthouse Ride:

Great at any rate!

(Photos by Jim Bucar)

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