Welcome 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!
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!
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 email@example.com if you can lead any of these rides. Thanks for your help.
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!
The Fryeburg Frolic Century attempts to be a kinder, gentler century even though it passes through the hills of western Maine, up to the edge of the White Mountains. It starts at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus, off Rt. 114. The route to Fryeburg winds through pine woods and small villages; past lakes and around the Burnt Meadow Mountains. With an Indian Summer day, the Fryeburg food stop, near a beach on a quiet bend of the Saco River, may include some swimming. The return ride follows the Saco River, even though you only get to glimpse it now and then. It includes the back road from Hiram to Cornish – a classic stretch of understated Maine beauty.
There are four food stops on the ride, and a ride end meal buffet. Rain or shine ride. FMI, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration 6:30 AM. The Frolic departs the USM Field House in Gorham at 7:00 AM (note the location of the start/end point on the map below or see Sunday Gorham ride).
This Saturday’s (July 18th, 2015) Club ride out of West Falmouth will be going to the Yarmouth Clam Festival. We will leave at the usual time, 9 AM. About an hour to get there, spend no more than an hour there then a little more than an hour to get back. The 25 mile ride should end back in West Falmouth around noon.