Across State Bicycle Tours: Maine – Maryland – Massachusetts

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2015

Maine


Trek Across Maine is a three-day fund-raiser for the Maine Lung Association that routes bicyclists 180 miles across the state. The 2014 bike tour rolls from Sunday River to Belfast with overnight lodging at University of Maine in Farmington and Colby College in Waterville. Dates: June 19-21, 2015.

Bar Harbor Maine, Inn-to-Inn features a “figure 8″ bike route along Maine’s coastal areas and wooded inland valleys. The ride is self-contained (no sag) but nights are spent at motels to keep luggage at minimum. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: June 13-20, 2015 and June 20 – 27, 2015.

BikeMaine is an annual tour that covers 50 to 60 miles per day. It’s presented by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Fully supported with camping at host communities. Limited to 350 riders. In 2015, the ride starts in Kittery and travels to Old Orchard Beach, Bridgton, Bethel, Sweden and Kennebunk. Locally sourced seasonal foods served, including a lobster dinner. Dates: Sept. 12-19, 2015.

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Maryland

Greenway Sojourn 2015 – The annual Rails to Trails Conservancybike tour starts in West Virginia on the Panhandle Trail, crossing into Pennsylvania onto the Montour Trail and finished on the Great Allegheny Passage trail to Cumberland, Maryland. Limited to 300 riders. Dates: June 21-26, 2015. 

Greatest Bicycle Tour of the Historic Canal – A family friendly bicycle tour of the C&O Canal Towpath. Transportation to the start in Cumberland; ends in Georgetown. Dates: July 11-14, 2015.

C&O Canal/GAP – This is a fully supported bike ride along the canal to Cumberland and then along the GAP rail-to-trail bike path to Pittsburgh. Camping and indoor accommodations. Offered by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 19- 26, 2015.

Massachusetts

Cape Cod Pilgrimage – A self-contained loop tour of the Cape Cod, starting in Plymouth. 280 miles. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: June 13-20, 2015 and Sept. 12 – 19, 2015.

Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) — is a collection of one- and two-day charity bicycle tours across Massachusetts to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The longest cycling tour takes riders from Sturbridge in the west to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod. Raised $37 million in 2012. Dates: August 1-2, 2015 (Registration open in January.)

 Cycle Massachusetts (formerly Mass BikePike Tour) – Cyclists can choose the full week of touring (Saturday through Friday) or shorter options of 5 days (Monday through Friday), 4 days (Saturday through Tuesday), or 2 days (Saturday and Sunday). Full week features rides based in Northampton, Hardwick and Greenfield. Two ride selections daily of 30 to 45 miles and 55 to 70 miles. Dates: Aug. 1-7, 2015.

 Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour – The four-day, 240-mile bike tour crosses the state from the New York border to Boston. The tour begins in the Berkshire hills, meanders through the Connecticut River Valley, rolls over the state’s central plateau and spins through Lexington and other historic communities before arriving in Boston. It arrives in Boston in time for the local bicycling festival — Hub on Wheels. Dates: Sept. 16-20, 2015.

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5 comments

  1. Reginald Beard Jr

    I like week long bike tours especially state run tours. I have done Md, Va, Co, Fl, Wi, Ga, and now looking for other state rides. I camp and if far away (I live in Md) I don’t mind renting bicycle. Please give me any suggestions you have on another state that will help me explore new areas, thanks, Reggie.

      1. Jon Geers

        my html tags did not make it through the previous comment correctly – I was trying to direct you to http://www.mostateparks.com/park/katy-trail-state-park for the Katy Trail Ride here, and the ride in Maryland I like is http://www.sanmar-tgbt.org/

    1. Kim True

      Another great week long ride to consider is BikeMaine, sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Now in its second year, BikeMaine 2014: Peddling the Waterways, will take up to 350 riders along back roads showcasing some of the most spectacular rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastline Maine has to offer. The all inclusive fee will have you camping in the heart of 6 different communities (3 of the camping villages are on the water), and eating locally produced, in-season food, including a straight from the sea lobster bake. Come find out why riders last year said BikeMaine had the best food ever on a ride of this type. Daily rides average 58 miles, with additional miles offered on 4 of the days. The event begins on September 6th in Westbrook, located adjacent to Maine’s largest city, Portland. Registration is open. Check us out at http://ride.bikemaine.org.

      There’s good reason Maine is called Vacationland!

  2. Gary Briere

    Reggie,
    You should come up to Massachusetts for the autumn Berkshires to Boston Tour. Its a cross state tour that captures the best of New England cycling from the beginning of fall colors in the berkshires to the energy of riding through the closed streets of Boston in the annual Hub on Wheels. We had several Maryland riders come up for last year’s tour and expect more this year. Registration opens on March 1, 2014 and you should register early because the 225 slots are expected to fill up quickly.

    Learn more at http://www.berkshirestoboston.com

    Gary Briere
    Berkshires to Boston Tour

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