Monday, August 7, 2017

Cellar Doors in Youngtown

Come join us this Sunday for a special Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club ride in Camden and Lincolnville. This is one of several superb rides scoped out and led by KVBC member Ray Giglio, and it is part of our tribute to Ray that we continue to celebrate his many contributions to the club. Described as a little bit of French wine country in mid-coast Maine, the ride will feature a stop at the Cellardoor Winery, and some back roads in a area that we don't get a chance to ride in (as a group) that often. Part of the route will trace part of the East Coast Greenway, and the ride will have other treats in store. Hope to see you on Sunday!

August 13th, Sunday: Lincolnville  
“Out Through the Cellar Door” – a circuit of Megunticook Lake, including Camden and the Cellardoor Winery and vineyard in Youngtown (Lincolnville).  
START: 10:00 A.M., at the Cellardoor Winery, 367 Youngtown Rd, one mile east of Route 52. Please park along the winery driveway leading up the hill across from the store, and not in the customer parking lot behind the winery store.The folks at the winery have graciously allowed us access to restrooms and water before the ride, but please no cleats in the building. Thank you.
DIRECTIONS: From Camden, take Rt. 52 north for 5 miles and turn right onto the Youngtown Rd for one mile. See the Cellardoor Winery website for map and detailed directions:
DISTANCE: 25-30 miles, depending if a loop from Camden to Rockport is taken and if we return to the winery via Rt. 52 or via Rts. 1 and 173. The route is moderately hilly, and some of the road surfaces are showing wear although many have been resurfaced recently.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit the winery store and take a walk through the vineyards. Numerous lake views during the ride. Camden (& Rockport). Part of the route is the official East Coast Greenway interim on-road coastal route.
LUNCH: The picnic tables outside the winery store are available for us to use after our ride. We can bring a bag lunch, or they sell beverages, local cheeses, breads, and other goodies. And of course, they sell wine and have wine tasting. LEADER: Tammy Jones,   
LINK to RIDE MAP (2015):

For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or, and check out the KVBC blog, Posted Roads, at, or follow our Facebook page.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Odyssey to Cobbossee

We had spectacular weather for the ride from Gardiner to Bowdoinham last Sunday. Bright blue skies, nice roads - some with new pavement, and marked with nifty "KV" arrows - even a nice tailwind. Many thanks to Joe for leading (and arrowing!). Hey, we're in August already! Time for a ride around Cobbossee Lake. We'll meet on Sunday next to Fielders' Choice Ice Cream in Manchester. Hope to see you then!

Sunday, August 6th - MANCHESTER
"A Cobbossee Odyssey": a tour around Cobbosseecontee Lake.
START: 9:00 A.M., at the parking lot on McArdle Street, just off Rt. 202W past the junction of Rt. 202 & Rt.17, between the Manchester Grange Hall and Fielders' Choice Ice Cream Stand. The parking lot is the first right after you turn on McArdle Street.
DISTANCE: 27.5 miles.
TERRAIN: rolling with some challenging hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: views of Cobbossee Lake, back roads of Winthrop, Manchester, West Gardiner, Litchfield, and Monmouth, and an ice cream stop conveniently at the end!
LEADER: John Lanoue,
Link to Ride Map (2015):

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A GUSTAtorial Adventure

We had a terrific ride from Norridgewock on Sunday, exploring some roads that many of us had not ridden before. In keeping with tradition, we also had a fine hot dog roast after the ride - many thanks to Denise and Brian for hosting, and for the various culinary contributions by other riders. It was all greatly appreciated! This Saturday we will do breakfast, meeting in Augusta at the Hussey Elementary School at 8:30 am for a 27-mile ride through the rural side of Augusta and Chelsea, stopping at Rebecca's on Rt. 17. Should be a nice tune-up for those doing the BCM Lobster Ride on Sunday. Hope you can join us!

Saturday, July 22nd - AUGUSTA
"Capital Breakfast Ride" - a tour through the stately residential areas and outlying farms of our capital city.
START: 8:30 AM at the parking lot of the Hussey Elementary School on Quimby Street in Augusta. Quimby is right off Rt. 100 at the traffic light across from Auclair's Cycle heading north. The school is up the hill about a quarter mile on the left. 
DISTANCE: 27 miles. 
TERRAIN: moderate with a few hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: An optional breakfast stop at Rebecca's on Rt.17, some really fine touring roads east of the capital, new and intriguing routes - and did we mention breakfast?
LEADER: Jim Merrick,, 293-3784.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Hot Dogs Return

This Sunday's ride will be the ninth annual Ken's Hot Dog Ride, starting from an all new location. A bit of ride history:
2008 - Ken Louis suggests a ride from his house in Wings Mills with a post-ride hot dog roast, inspired (he says) by a running feature on the Weather Channel. The 1st year's turn-out is modest but appreciative.
2009 - The Weather Channel reacts with disdain to Ken's intrusion on their turf; the weather is cold and threatening, only two people show up, and neither are sure why they did.
2010-2012 - Ken does "something" and conditions and turn-outs improve. He eventually prints up a 5th anniversary t-shirt (some say it makes a great painting shirt - we'll have a hot dog for you, Roger).
2015 - Another setback, as the ride is officially condemned by the World Health Organization. Notwithstanding, the ride turnout increases.
2016 - Ken's ride hits a record number of riders, and runs out of hot dogs. Perhaps as a result, the Louis's sell their house and move to an undisclosed location in Portland. Does this spell the end of Ken's Hot Dog Ride? Not a chance!
2017 - we will hold the 9th annual Ken's Hot Dog Ride in Norridgewock.

Sunday, July 16th - NORRIDGEWOCK
"Hot Dog! - The Hot Dog Ride" (not because we'll ride like one but because we will want one) - a tour through New Sharon, Starks, Anson, Madison and Norridgewock.
START: 9:00 AM at 434 Frederick Corner Road in Norridgewock,
about two miles from the junction of Rt.2 in Norridgewock. Park along the sides of the driveway wherever you can.
DISTANCE: 43 miles
TERRAIN: Moderately hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: Little traveled back roads along the Sandy River, and a post-ride hot dog BBQ!
LEADERS: Brian Bowker, 485-6793,; and Denise Crowell, 213-8336,
For more information about the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or, follow us on Facebook, or check out the KVBC blog, Posted Roads, at

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Back to Boothbay

The Boothbay ride on Sunday is back on again!  We will once again have a double-header along the coast this weekend, meeting in Damariscotta on Saturday at 10 am at Hannaford's Plaza, and again on Sunday in Boothbay at the Knickerbocker Boat Landing at 9 am.  The weather for the weekend is looking very nice, so hope to see a good number of you on one or both of the rides.  Once again, have a Happy Fourth!

Sunday, July 9th: BOOTHBAY
"Bicycling Through Boothbay" - a seaside tour around Boothbay, Barter, Sawyer, and Southport.
START: 9:00 AM at the Knickerbocker Boat Landing, off of Knickerbocker Road just north of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
DISTANCE: 20+ miles.
TERRAIN: easy to moderate.
HIGHLIGHTS: more ocean views and seaside villas, plus a possible stop for lobster rolls at the Trevett General Store.
LEADER:  Cynthia Snow,

For more information, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or or check out the KVBC Facebook page.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Only Damariscotta

We kicked off July with the 14th annual "Independence Day" ride in Sidney on Saturday. The weather was a bit sticky, but we had a great turn-out of 25 riders who set a brisk pace to avoid the forecast afternoon rains. Many thanks to Jim Putnam and company for a great ride! This Saturday we will revisit one of our popular rides on the coast, cycling from Damariscotta to Pemaquid Point. Please note the 10:00 am start. Also, please be advised that we will be riding from Damariscotta on Saturday and from Boothbay on Sunday this weekend. Hope you can join us, and have a Happy Fourth!

Saturday, July 8th; DAMARISCOTTA
"Drafting Through Damariscotta" - a tour through Bristol, Bremen, Pemaquid and Damariscotta.
START:  10:00 AM at Hannaford's supermarket, 469 Main Street (Business Rt. 1) in Damariscotta.
DISTANCE:  approx. 40 miles.
TERRAIN:  Moderate to rolling with no major hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic roads within the Pemaquid Peninsula, fresh and salt water views abound.
LEADER:  David Lipman,

For more information, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or or check out the KVBC Facebook page.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Independence Ride

We will start off July with our popular "Fourth of July Ride" starting from the Bean School on Middle Road in Sidney on this Saturday, July 1. Celebrate your Independence! And join us if you can!

Saturday, July 1st, SIDNEY
"Independence along Middle Road" - a mainstream  tour through the middle of Sidney & the middle of a prime farming district & the middle of Fourth of July preparations.
START:  9:00 AM at the James H. Bean Elementary School on Middle Road in Sidney.
Directions to the Bean School:
From south: I-95 North exit #120. Turn right at end of exit ramp onto Lyons Rd. Follow Lyons Rd. to stop sign. Turn left onto Middle Rd. Bean School is approximately one mile on the right.
From the north: I-95 South exit #120. Turn left at end of exit ramp onto Lyons Rd. Follow Lyons Rd. to stop sign. Turn left onto Middle Rd. Bean
School is approximately one mile on the right.
DISTANCE:  16 or 30 Miles.
TERRAIN:  moderate with a few hills.
HIGHLIGHTS:  some fine back roads and Kennebec River views, and some Fourth of July paraphernalia, most likely.
LEADER:  Jim Putnam,

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