Want a challenging climb up steep, mountain roads? Maine’s got that. Is a picturesque pedal across country hills more your speed? Maine’s got that, too. How about a nice, flat, breezy tour along a stretch of quiet coast? We’re there for you.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine provides a terrific list of resources for road cyclists looking for spots to ride. The Coalition also posts information about its own rides and races as well. The state is also part of the long-distance, interstate trail project known as the East Coast Greenway that, when completed, will connect northernmost Maine to Florida.
If you want to enjoy riding with a little luxury, Maine-based companies such as Summer Feet Cycling offer guided tours that mix road biking with hiking, visiting lighthouses and even enjoying lobster rolls.
Some popular road cycling routes in Maine include:
Portland to Cousin’s Island: This 30-mile loop goes along the Falmouth Foreside, with plenty of places to stop and grab a bite to eat or enjoy the view.
Capital Area: Enjoy rolling hills, farms and forests on this 42-mile loop from Augusta, the state capital, along the Kennebec River Trails, past Lake Cobbossee and through towns like Monmouth where you can admire Cumston Hall and grab a drink at Grateful Grain Brewery or at Winthrop’s Absolem Cider.
From Bethel through The Whites and Evan’s Notch: This challenging ride is great during spring, summer, or fall when the leaves turn color. This ride heads south through the foothills of the White Mountains. Along the way, you will enjoy views of three mountain ranges and scenic Evans Notch, part of the White Mountain National Forest.