Registration is open for the 2022 Maine Woods Rambler, an off-road adventure scheduled for Sept. 24-25 in and around Millinocket, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine announced.
Co-hosted by Katahdin Area Trails, the Rambler will take place at the New England Outdoor Center and will feature two days of fun with two fully supported and marked routes open exclusively for this event on the shores of Lake Millinocket.
“We are thrilled to bring this ride back and are extremely grateful to have access to these lands,” said Bicycle Coalition of Maine event director Colleen Donohoe. “The 2022 ride will be the best Rambler yet, especially if the weather decides to cooperate this year!”
The main event is scheduled for Sunday, September 25, when runners can choose between two routes: a 50 kilometer challenge or a longer 100 kilometer course.
Sunday rides are recommended for seasoned cyclists, as both routes will punish participants with tough climbs and rapid descents, the BCM says, while rewarding them with scenic views of surrounding lakes, rivers and peaks.
Additional events are planned throughout the weekend for expert shredders, novice riders and families. On Saturday, September 24, participants can take part in an optional guided trails tour, highlighting the newly constructed mountain bike trails at Hammond Ridge.
A guided trail ride will also take place on Sunday for young people and families wanting to experience the trails – with bikes and instructions available courtesy of the Katahdin Gear Library – and participants are free to explore the area on their own by rafting, hiking, fishing and kayaking.
Registration is $125, regardless of route selected, and includes a post-ride meal and full route support with downloadable route files. Accommodation is not included, but camping at the NEOC and local accommodation are available.
The Coalition says the Rambler will be limited to 200 riders. Registration and additional information is available at bikemaine.org/the-maine-woods-rambler_22/.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the voice of cyclists and pedestrians statewide. Since 1992, the BCM has led efforts to improve Maine for bicycling and walking by protecting the rights and safety of cyclists and pedestrians through education, advocacy, legislation and encouragement. We support cycling and walking for health, transport and leisure. For more information, visit bikemaine.org.