Sunday, August 27, 2017

Barreling Through Oakland

We had a splendid ride from Belgrade Lakes last Saturday. We had 15 people turn out to ride over a route we did for our first organized club ride 15 years ago. Only this time we had bright sunshine and clear skies! Hopefully next Sunday we will have more of the same for a new ride starting in Oakland at the Tree Spirits winery on Rt. 23 (Fairfield Street). Hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 3 - OAKLAND
"Barreling through Oakland" - a tour around Oakland, Norridgewock, New Sharon, and Smithfield.
START: 9:00 am at Tree Spirits, 152 Fairfield Street (Rt. 23) in Oakland. Use both sides of the driveway for parking. Additional parking may be found at the Oakland Post Office nearby on Water Street.
DISTANCE: about 40 miles.
TERRAIN: moderate with some hills.
HIGHLIGHTS: fine back roads with lakeside views - a visit at the Tree Spirits winery at ride's end.
LEADER: Tammy Jones,

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Great Ride, Great Pond

We certainly lucked out on the weather for the KVBC ride last Saturday in Whitefield - the rains dried up, and we had a great ride through "Amish Country" and a great post-ride stop at the Griffins.  Many thanks to Bryan and Holly!  This Saturday we will meet in Belgrade lakes for a tour of the lakes region, and the newly repaved Watson Pond Road.  Last ride in August - the Fall is coming up fast!  Hope you can get out and join us!

August 26th, Saturday:  BELGRADE LAKES
"Great Pond Go Round" - a tour around Great Pond through Belgrade, Rome, and Smithfield.
START:  9:00 A.M., at the Belgrade Community Center on Rt. 27, a half mile south of the Village of Belgrade Lakes, on the right (northbound) just past the Great Pond Marina.  Park in the community center parking lot nearest the street (just as you turn in).
DISTANCE:  23 or 30 miles, with a short option of 15 miles.
TERRAIN:  rolling to "moderately" hilly (translation: there are hills on this ride).
HIGHLIGHTS: views of the Belgrade Lakes, some roller coaster hills, Castle Island, and Blueberry Hill - possible post-ride stop on Belgrade Lakes Village.
LEADER:  Jim Merrick,, 293-3784.
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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):

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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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