Monday, July 16, 2018

Augusta, Scrambled, Poached, or Fried

We had a really nice ride on the Tour de Whitefield on Sunday. It was cloudy but cool, the rains held off, and we had some great food at the ride leaders' afterwards. Many thanks to the Griffins for another fine ride! This Saturday we will meet early for a mostly scenic 27-mile ride before enjoying a Capital Breakfast in Augusta. And don't forget: this Sunday is the BCM Lobster Ride at the Camden Snow Bowl - the last year that BCM will be organizing the ride. They are also looking for volunteers, if you would like to help out and take part in the food and festivities. Either way, hope to see you this Weekend!

Saturday, July 21st - 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, some interesting and unexpected farm scenery - and did we mention breakfast?
LEADER: Jim Merrick,, 293-3784.
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Tour de Whitefield

We had some great riding weather over the weekend, and David Lipman and company did not let it pass by without taking full advantage of the opportunity, and we had a great ride from Damariscotta to Pemaquid on Saturday. Many thanks to David! The Tour de France is in full swing, and this Sunday we will counter with the Tour de Whitefield! If you haven't picked up your yellow jersey yet (the pre-ordered KVBC version), see Jim before or after the ride.  See you Sunday!

Sunday, July 15 - WHITEFIELD
"Tour de Whitefield" - a rural tour through the rolling hills and farms of Whitefield, Pittston, Jefferson and Windsor.
START: 9:00 am, at 184 Hunts Meadow Road in Whitefield, about 2 miles south of the junction of Rt. 17 and North Hunts Meadow Road. Park near the garage or on the grass along the driveway.
DISTANCE: about 32 miles.
TERRAIN: rolling hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: lots of scenic rural roads around the Sheepscot River Valley, and a post-ride gathering at the ride leaders'; if you plan to stay for a while after the ride, please RSVP to the ride leader below - thanks!
LEADER: Bryan Griffin,, 207-332-1775 (cell).

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, July 3, 2018

Coastal Cool

We've had some hot weather lately, but it was no deterrent to a wonderful ride last Sunday from Sidney.  We had some great roads with new pavement and a fine group out - many thanks to Jim Putman for leading this ride for 16 straight years! This Saturday we will try to beat the heat with a cool ride along the coast from Damariscotta to Pemaquid Point.  The scheduled follow-up ride on Sunday from Boothbay will be a leaderless show-and-go ride for anyone staying over in the area who is looking for a ride to do on Sunday.  See you Saturday, and have a Happy Fourth!

Saturday, July 7th; DAMARISCOTTA
"Drafting Through Damariscotta" - a tour through Bristol, Bremen, Pemaquid and Damariscotta.
START10:00 AM at Hannaford's supermarket, 469 Main Street (Business Rt. 1) in Damariscotta.
DISTANCE:  approx. 38 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,

Sunday, July 8th: BOOTHBAY
"Bicycling Through Boothbay" - a seaside tour around Boothbay, Barter, Sawyer, and Southport.
START: 9:00 AM or at your convenience at the Knickerbocker Boat Landing, off of Knickerbocker Road just north of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
DISTANCE: 22 miles.
TERRAIN: easy to moderate.
HIGHLIGHTS: more ocean views and seaside villas, plus a potential stop for lobster rolls at the Trevitt General Store.
LEADER:  No leader - this will be a show and go, leaderless YOYO ride (You're On Your Own)
Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club rides are open to members and to the cycling public.  Helmets are required of all riders at KVBC events.  It is also recommended that you bring with you on KVBC rides:  a map of the area in case you stray off route; tools for simple roadside repairs, especially a tire pump, spare tube and/or patch kit; water bottles or hydration systems; personal ID and a small first aid kit; and money for purchasing snacks & drinks en-route.  In case of severe weather, scheduled rides may be postponed or designated as "show & go" rides at the discretion of the ride leader.
We welcome suggestions for improving our rides and encourage active participation of all members.  For more information, contact Jim Merrick at 293-3784 or or check out the KVBC Facebook page, or visit the KVBC blog at

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Fourth is First

We had a great ride last Sunday from Brunswick to Harpswell. The weather cooperated, the scenery was first-rate, we had a fine turnout, and there were two bakery stops! Our thanks to Ken for leading the ride and to everyone who took part.

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

Sunday, 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,


For more information on the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club, contact Jim Merrick at, check out our blog, Posted Roads at, or follow us on Facebook.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

KVBC Rides in July

Here is the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club revised ride schedule for July! If you experience any dizziness reading it, you need to go ride your bike. And you're in luck because we have SIX scheduled rides for July, with a space left open for the BCM Lobster Ride on the 22nd! Please note that the ride on the 15th will be the "Tour de Whitefield" originally scheduled for August, and that "Ken's Hot Dog Ride" in Mount Vernon will move to later in August (we just can't squander all the fun in July).
Don't forget tomorrow's rides on Sunday in Brunswick and Greenfield. See you on the road!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Harpswell and Greenville on Sunday

We had beautiful weather for the tour of the Kennebec Land Trust conservation lands on Saturday, with some 24 riders from both KLT and KVBC joining in for two great loops. Many thanks to Jean-Luc and Jim for leading us! This Sunday we will meet either in Brunswick for a coastal ride around Harpswell Sound (Ken promises that no one will get lost in labyrinths of unmarked dirt roads) or in Greenville for a tour on and about Moosehead Lake (Jeanine says no one will get rained on).  Whether you venture north or south, hope you can join us!

Sunday, June 24 - BRUNSWICK
"All's Well that Harpswell" - a tour of the coastlands around Harpswell Sound.
START: 9:30 am at the Merrymeeting Plaza near Cooks Corner, 147 Bath Road in Brunswick. Park at the far end adjacent to the entrance of Shaw's.
DISTANCE: 37 miles with a 29-mile option.
TERRAIN: rolling with a few decent hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic water views, salt air, the Androscoggin River Trail, possible lunch stop at Wild Oats.
LEADER: Ken Louis,

Also, in GREENVILLE on Sunday, June 25 - the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital fundraiser, the Greenville Bike and Boat: Contact Jeanine Libby for registration info to sign up for the AMC/KVBC Team:

Monday, June 11, 2018

Property Pedal with the Kennebec Land Trust

We have been experiencing great cycling weather of late. Last Saturday we had a picture perfect day for the ride from Jefferson around Damariscotta Lake. Our thanks to the Griffins for leading us on such a great route. This Saturday we hope for more fine weather as we explore some of the conservation lands of the Kennebec Land Trust. We had a great ride last year on the first "Property Pedal" and this year's revised route looks even better with the chance to scope out more of the KLT properties. There is no fee for the ride (although the KLT welcomes new members!). Hope you can join us!

Saturday, June 16 - WAYNE
"Kennebec Land Trust Property Pedal" - a tour of some of the most scenic conservation properties of the Kennebec Land Trust.
START: 9 am at the Wayne Elementary School on Pond Road.
DISTANCES: 16 or 37 miles.
TERRAIN: moderately hilly to hilly.
HIGHLIGHTS: scenic back roads of Wayne, Fayette, Monmouth, and Readfield, passing by many conservation properties of the Kennebec Land Trust.

The 16 Mile loop will feature approximately four properties with a scenic view of Mt. Washington and 857 feet of climbing/descent:

The 37 Mile will feature approximately seven properties and 1870 feet of climbing/descent:

LEADERS: Jim Floyd,, and Jean-Luc Theriault,