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!
Here’s a great way to beat the winter doldrums: come to the CBBC annual winter banquet on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the First Parish Congregational Church in Gorham. We’ll be following our usual potluck format with beverages provided by the club.
We have the honor of having Greg Rowland from AlaskaBike come to our meeting on Monday, January 8, 2018 to give a slideshow presentation and talk about his company’s bicycle tours in Alaska. His talk will cover Alaskan history, cycling, their bicycle tours, and a few things that make them different from big corporate giants in the tourism industry.
Greg’s talk will start at 6 PM and last for about 45 minutes followed by a question and answer session. We will have
our club meeting afterwards. All are welcome to come to his presentation. You may stay for our meeting too if you like. The location is at the Yarmouth Community House, 179 East Main Street, Yarmouth (same location as our annual meeting). If you want to learn more about AlaskaBike check out their website at http://www.alaskabike.com.
I am leading a 20 mile ride in Scarborough tomorrow morning, Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 11:00am. Meet at the old Dunstan School Restaurant parking lot (Rt.1 and Payne Rd).
There are always options to add miles to this if you want but this is my basic Dunstan School ride.
This Saturday, September 16, 2017, we will have the “Hunter Challenge” ride instead of the usual Saturday ride. The starting location will be the same: the West Falmouth Hannaford shopping center…but it will start one hour earlier at 8 AM.
This challenge, created by Larry Hunter, covers 60 miles and 4000 feet of climb with a stop at the Pineland Center for refreshments and a chance to catch your breath. For those that want a less challenging ride, they can cut out nearly half the miles and hills by riding directly back to West Falmouth from the Pineland Center instead of finishing the “challenge” route.
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.”