Welcome to CBBC!

cbbc-logoWelcome to Casco Bay Bicycle Club. We host road rides in and around Portland, Maine, and in the White Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire. We are a social club, and not a bunch of hammerheads*. So if you like to socialize, eat, and ride at a conversational pace (give or take), we might be a good fit for you!

To find out more about our rides, check out our rides page. We also host a fully supported ride and century, the beautiful Fryeburg Frolic. Non-members are welcome to ride with us, and of course, we’d also be happy to have you as a club member.

*Though you might find a few folks here who are willing to hammer with you for short stretches. But really, we tend to hammer donuts more than we hammer the pedals.

The Bailey Island Ride Is Back – August 20, 2016

That’s right…we’re bringing back the Bailey Island Ride. We have done this in the past…but it has been a few years.

This is an all day event. We meet at Casco Bay Lines for the 10 AM ferry ride to Bailey Island. This means leaving Yarmouth around 8 am or West Falmouth/Portland around 8:30 am. The ferry is a two hour ride and costs $24.50 one way per person & bike. From Bailey Island we ride back to Yarmouth then West Falmouth/Portland. The ride is about 45 to 50 miles with a stop for something to eat along the way. At this time I’m looking at Saturday, August 20th which I hope doesn’t interfere with any other rides. This ride will replace the normal 9 AM Saturday ride out of West Falmouth. More details will follow.

Let me know if you think you might be interested. There is a group discount for the ferry ride.

Steve Capriola sjcapri@maine.rr.com

No West Falmouth Ride This Saturday, 7/23/16

…REMINDER…

There will not be a ride out of West Falmouth on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016. In place of this ride is the York Beaches ride…see the club website, newsletter and e-mails from Ron for more information. Consider joining the club for this ride…it is a very nice ride to Portsmouth. I’ve done it a few times and have always enjoyed it very much!

The West Falmouth ride will resume Saturday, July 30th, 2016.

4th of July Bayley’s Ice Cream Ride

Steve will host a ride out of West Falmouth on the 4th of July 2016. Starting at 9 AM at the Hannaford parking lot across from exit 53 of the ME turnpike. Plan on around 40 miles with a stop at Bayley’s Ice Cream on Pine Pt Road (they open at 11 AM so we will take our time going out there).

New Beginner Ride

We’re trying something new on Wednesday evenings. Once a month, starting Wednesday, June 1, 2016, we’ll be offering a beginner ride alongside our regular Wednesday group ride (the one that leaves from the Yarmouth Hannaford parking lot).

What is a beginner ride? Let’s say you love riding your bike, and you’d like to meet other people to share this passion with. On the other hand, you’re not sure you want to put on lycra shorts, jam your feet into locking pedals, and ride in the type of cycling peloton that gives drivers fits. In keeping with our mission, Casco Bay Bicycle Club would like to introduce you to group cycling of another sort. You don’t have to be a speed demon, you don’t need a bicycle with drop handlebars, you don’t even need lycra shorts (although we do recommend them).

Steve Buxton will be leading the beginner ride on the first Wednesday of each month, starting June 1st. Steve estimates that distances with be in the 8 to 10 mile range, but could be higher or lower, depending on the composition of the group.   Steve will cover topics like safety,  signals, road etiquette and more. He may even show you his “cat ears” helmet attachments!

This ride does not replace our regular Wednesday ride, it merely provides another option on nights when it is held. Participants are encouraged to join the rest of gang post-ride for stories, food and beverage at Romeo’s!

We hope to see you there, and bring a friend!

Saturday Ride Leaders Needed

The club is looking for ride leaders for our Saturday rides out of West Falmouth. The rides start at 9 AM and are usually 25 to 35 miles long. Ride cue sheets are available on the web site. At this time we need leaders for all Saturdays in May (except the 14th) and the first three Saturdays in June. Please contact Steve Capriola at sjcapri@maine.rr.com if you can lead any of these rides. Thanks for your help.

Post-Annual Meeting Update

The club elections and annual meeting have been held, and we have a new board for the 2015-2016 term! We thank Marlin Conrad, who is leaving the board, and welcome new board member Andrea Mullen. The other board members are all returning for another term to continue their good work on behalf of your club – be sure to thank them.

Keep your eyes peeled for a postcard announcing our annual holiday party, which is to be held on Wednesday, December 16!

West Falmouth Time Change

From Steve:

The Saturday rides out of West Falmouth will start at 10 AM in October. This will allow it to warm up a little before we start. Rides will be a little shorter so we get back at a reasonable time.

I need someone to lead the ride on October 10th (Columbus Day weekend).