Thanks to everyone for a fantastic PtP 2014!
2014 Ride story from Chris Dalton:
I've volunteered to help with the Pedal the Penobscot road ride for several years, and this year I thought I'd get my bike out of the shed and ride the relaxed 28 mile loop myself. I'd done that ride once before and found it just my size.
On the morning of the ride, I attached some pretend foliage to my bike helmet and rode the mile or so from my house to the waterfront, where things were already underway as the 100, 76 and 50 mile rides start earlier.
My ride got off to a great start. The weather was perfect, mostly sunny and not too warm (and for the record, I registered before a weather forecast became available). I ended up riding with a team from William Cohen School, the middle school my daughter attends. They were a good speed, enthusiastic mountain bikers come to the road but no peloton, and we had plenty to talk about because of the school.
As we approached downtown Old Town, I was talking to Gary Gonyar, the principal, when I noticed my rear tire was providing more bounce than usual. Soon the flat was undeniable, and I wished the group safe travels as I pulled off to call for help. After all, this was a supported ride, right?
First I called Lucy Quimby, the president of the land trust, since she was in my phonebook. She said something along the lines of "You idiot, call the number on your vest!" Vest? Oh, it was on my back, but it did indeed have a number, which I called. Soon I was talking to the road ride volunteer dispatcher person, who knew where all the sag wagons were because of the ham radio folks. In no time I was in a truck, talking to some other sageurs and the ham-licensed driver, and on my way to the Bradley rest stop.
Once in Bradley it was easy to borrow a wrench and get my tube patched (Note to self: need to carry a 15mm wrench for the back wheel that's not quick release). The rest stop felt like home because I'd volunteered there last year, and the same people and canines were present. After a banana and a few of those miniature candy bars (for the stress of the flat, of course), I was on two wheels and on my way.
Although I'd trimmed about 3 miles off my ride getting a lift from the sag wagon, I still felt appropriately tired climbing those seemingly trivial hills in Brewer, and was reminded that 28 miles is far enough for us occasional cyclists. Soon I was crossing the river back to Bangor and enjoying the barbecue courtesy of the Sea Dog. Despite the flat, I was well fed, rested, and only slightly late for my second shift volunteer assignment, greeting 76 and 100 milers as they came off the bridge ramp.
All told, a good day on the bike.
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Why We Ride
Bangor Land Trust needs your support to secure public access to local lands, conserve wildlife habitat and maintain trails. Your participation shows our community that biking is fun and important. This awareness will support Bangor Trails and help make Bangor more bicycle-friendly.
You can do it!
Pedal the Penobscot is a RIDE, not a race! Riders of all ages and abilities are encouraged and welcome. Riders under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Choose from our 14, 28, 50, 76 and 100 mile routes. All routes travel along the beautiful Penobscot River beginning at the Bangor waterfront. (14 milers will check in at the waterfront with all other riders but will begin their ride up in Bradley, to finish at the Sea Dog Brewing Co. in Bangor with everyone else for a barbecue (served from 12 noon to 2:30 pm). Please let someone know at the time of registration if you will need transportation from the waterfront to Bradley.)
Click your selection:
14 mile route (Bradley to Bangor direction only of 28 mile route below)
28 mile route
50 mile route
76 mile route
100 mile route
Rest/water stops, sweeps and breakdown vans will be available throughout the ride. Riders must wear helmets and obey all traffic laws.
6:30am - Registration opens for 76 and 100 mile riders.
7:00am - Official start for 100 mile riders.
8:00am - Official start for 76 mile riders.
8:15am - Registration opens for 14, 28 and 50 mile riders.
9:00am - Official start for 50 mile riders.
9:30am - Official start for 14 and 28 mile riders.
The 28, 50, 76, and 100 mile rides begin at the Bangor Waterfront where Front Street and Railroad Street meet. The 14 mile ride begins in Bradley. Registration for the 14 mile ride is at the Bangor Waterfront. Please notify us at the time of registration if you and your bike will need transportation to Bradley. A welcome address and safety briefing will precede each ride.
All riders will be entered to win great prizes, receive an annual membership to Bangor Land Trust, and are treated to a post-ride celebration st Sea Dog Brewing Co. (Lunch served 12 noon to 230 pm). The first 150 riders to register will receive a commemorative t-shirt.
Do you know others who like to ride? A team is a great way to involve family, friends and co-workers and have a fun time while supporting Bangor Land Trust! All it takes is five people. Team members receive a discount when preregistering. Gather a group of friends, promote your company, or make it a family reunion and distinguish yourselves to win a prize.
Join the "Guardian Club" to Get the Jersey!
Riders who raise or contribute $500 will receive the yellow “Guardian” jersey.
The Following Businesses Donated Prizes for the Raffle Drawing at the Finish Celebration!
Thank you so much!
Bangor Daily News
Bangor Federal Credit Union
Bangor Letter Shop
Casco Bay Energy Co.
Cohen Middle School
Gross, Minsky & Mogul
RBC Wealth Management
St. Joseph Healthcare
Ski Rack Sports
WBRC Architects - Engineers
W.S. Emerson Co.
Woodard & Curran