Across State Bicycle Tours: Maine – Maryland – Massachusetts

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2014

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 13-15, 2014.

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 15-21, 2014.

BikeMaine follows the coast of Maine in 2014. The loop bike route covers 348 miles, with options to stretch it to 408 miles. The ride begins in Westbrook, with overnights in Norway, Winthrop Center, Gardiner, Boothbay Harbor, and Bath. It’s presented by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Fully supported with camping at host communities. Limited to 350 riders. Dates: Sept. 6-13, 2014.

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Maryland

C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage – Rails to Trails Conservancy offers 3-day and 6-day bicycle tours on the C&O and GAP between Pittsburgh and Washington DC through Wilderness Voyageurs. Dates in June, July, August, September and October, 2014.

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 12-15, 2014.

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. 27 – Oct. 4, 2014..

Other Maryland bike rides

Tour Du Port — A day of bicycling in and around Baltimore. Date: Sept. 30, 2012..

Massachusetts

Cape Cod Pilgrimage – Van — A loop bicycle tour of Cape Cod, starting in Plymouth. 280 miles. Gear is carried by van, but camping and campground duties are the same as self-contained. Dates: June 14-21, 2014.

Cape Cod Pilgrimage – A self-contained loop tour of the Cape Cod, starting in Plymouth. 280 miles. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 6-13, 2014.

The 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 2-3 2014. (Registration open in January.)

Mass BikePike Tour 2013 — This loop bike tour starts and ends in Ayer, in north-central Massachusetts, with visits to Whitinsville, Barre and Winchendon. Limited to 150 cyclists; registration starts Dec. 15. Dates: Aug. 7-10, 2014.

 

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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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