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!
CBBC Pastry Challenge VI
Saturday, September 2, 8:30 AM
41.7 miles – 5 stops for goodies – you will be there.
Once again, it’s time for the annual Pastry Challenge! The ride will depart from Shaw’s on ROUTE 1 in Falmouth (northwest corner of the lot). See site map here: https://goo.gl/VL8f75 .
It’s not a competition… but you know, it kind of is, right?
This ride will replace the normal Saturday ride. Note the location and time changes – we have more mileage and a larger number of stops than a usual CBBC ride; also, this year’s edition features a more complicated route than normal, so I expect more regroup stops. Please arrive early so you are ready to roll promptly at 8:30.
Weather forecast calls for showers and a chance of thunderstorms on Saturday. Sunday’s forecast is much nicer…mostly sunny, breezy and highs in the 70s.
Based on the forecast I’ve decided to cancel the ride on Saturday and have it on Sunday, August 6 instead. Not worth taking the chance on Saturday since it will be a long day and will only increase our chances of getting wet. Hope this hasn’t messed up too many people’s plans and that if you were planning on riding Saturday that you will be able to join us on Sunday. The itinerary is exactly the same for Sunday as it would have been for Saturday.
The Bailey Island Ride is less than a week away. This coming Saturday (August 5, 2017), weather permitting, we will ride up to Bailey Island for lunch at Cook’s Lobster House then a ferry ride back to Portland. This requires 2 or 3 segments to the ride based on where you start.
For those in the Portland area…meet at the Northgate Shopping Center by TD Bank with a departure time of 8 AM. Those in the Yarmouth area will meet at the Hannaford Shopping Center ready to leave at 9 AM. Those in Portland will ride about 12 miles to Yarmouth to meet up with the other group. We will then ride 30 miles to Bailey Island. After lunch we take the 2 PM ferry to Portland…arriving at 3:45 PM. From there we head back to Northgate (5 miles) or Yarmouth (13 miles) depending on where you started. The total ride is about 47 miles if you start in Portland and 43 miles if you start in Yarmouth. All the cue sheets are available on the CBBC RideWithGPS site.
The cost for the one way ferry is $24.50 (adult passenger plus bike). They told me last year they only accept cash for these one way tickets…I’ll have to verify this. Last year the ferry filled up on us and some rode our bikes back home. This year we will call while en route to Bailey Island (when we get to Maquoit Point) to see if there will be room for us (they won’t know until 10 AM when the ferry departs Portland). If it is full we can do an alternate route from Maquoit Point to the farmer’s market on Pleasant St in Brunswick then head back to Yarmouth (or Portland). This alternate ride is a 30 mile loop…not counting 12 miles each way for those who came from Portland. This alternate loop is also in RideWithGPS.
To make it easy to find these 5 rides in RideWithGPS they all have names beginning with “Bailey Island.”
I will once again be the ride organizer for the 9 AM Saturday morning rides out of West Falmouth (same location and time as last year). We start up the first Saturday in May. I’m also involved with training rides for the Trek Across Maine. I am able to combine a couple of these rides but need leaders for several rides in May and June. In particular ride leaders are needed for May 6, May 20, May 27, June 3 and June 17. There are various rides available on the CBBC website that can be used…or if you like you could make up your own ride. Typically rides are anywhere from 25 to 35 miles with a stop somewhere in between for a snack and/or drink.
At the 2016 holiday party, we asked you what your dream ride would be, and what you would be willing to do to see the ride get off the ground. At the 2017 potluck, we discussed some of the more popular ride ideas: Kripalu in western Mass, Prince Edward Island, and Tuscany. Patty has done some research and made the following information available to all of us:
We are excited to offer a RideWithGPS club as a benefit for current CBBC members. Design routes easily! Track rides with your bike computer or the RWGPS smartphone app! Access premium features for any route in the club library!
Here’s a great way to beat the winter doldrums: come to the CBBC annual winter banquet on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at the First Parish Congregational Church in Gorham. We’ll be following our usual potluck format with beverages provided by the club.
Gather at 5:00
Eat at 6:00
Program to follow dinner
I’ll also share here a summary of the “Dream Ride” cards that many of you filled out at our Holiday Party in December. Patty asked you to describe your “dream ride,” along with your ideas about how it should be organized, and how you might be willing to help. The responses were great – you collectively have a lot of great ideas!
Several themes emerged:
Europe theme, especially Tuscany and the Netherlands: 13
Downeast Maine / PEI / Nova Scotia: 9
Western Mass/Berkshires/Kripalu yoga: 2
Other: 8 (no two the same)
We thought it would be nice to build on these themes at the winter banquet. We’ll have some signs on the tables, and invite you to share dinner with others who share your interest. In other words, we’ll have a Europe/Tuscany/Netherlands table, a Downeast/PEI/Nova Scotia table, and probably an “other” table. Of course you can (and will) talk about whatever you want, but if you’re seated with like-minded cyclists, who knows what plans may emerge?
Following dinner, Andy has graciously offered to open our program with an overview of the RideWithGPS mapping software that many of us the club use to plan routes. Following Andy’s presentation, let’s just say we have some SURPRISES in store!