Lobster Ride FAQ

Q: 

I want to learn more about mountain biking at the Lobster Ride?

The mountain bike option is held on the extensive trail network at the Camden Snowbowl. There will be guided and self-guided route options, as well as free rental bikes from Sidecountry Sports. In addition, riders looking to improve their technique on the trail can participate in skills clinics. Cost is FREE with a suggested donation of $25 at the ride (cash or credit cards accepted) and advanced registration is strongly recommended.  All donation go towards the Bicycle Coalition of Maine's efforts to improve mountain biking around the state.  Note: Lobster Ride socks and lunch is not included for the mountain bike portion of the Lobster Ride and participants are encouraged to buy a lunch ticket and join the after party.
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Who puts on this event? What does the Bicycle Coalition of Maine do? Why should I become a member?

Since 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has been working to make Maine better for bicycling and walking. Members play a huge role in Coalition events and programs, legislative and community advocacy, and its statewide initiatives and campaigns. Visit bikemaine.org to learn more about our ever-growing number of programs and initiatives, including:
  • Maine Safe Routes to School program
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education program
  • Maine Walking School Bus program
  • Community Spokes program
  • Bikes for All Mainers program
  • An annual Bike Brightly campaign
  • The Great Maine Bike Swap on April 23, 2017 in Portland
  • The Maine Women’s Ride on June 4, 2017 in Freeport
  • The Maine Lobster Ride on July 23, 2017 in Camden
  • BikeMaine, our weeklong tour celebrating cycling in Maine, September 9-16, 2017
Join the Coalition today to lend your voice to making Maine better for biking and walking!
Q: 

Where do I sign in the day of the event?

Under the big tent in front of the Camden Snow Bowl parking lot. There will be signs and volunteers to direct you where to go. You’ll need to sign a paper waiver to pick up your registration packet, which includes your rider bib (must be worn during the ride as it has emergency contact info on it), safety pins, and any merchandise you purchased!
Q: 

Can I register the day of the event or the day before?

On-site registration will be available on Saturday, July 22nd, from 3:30-5:30 pm and on the day of the event, Sunday July 23rd, starting at 6:30 am at Camden Snow Bowl
Q: 

Can I change my mind on which distance I ride?

If you want to ride a different route from the one you signed up for, that’s no problem*! When you check in, just ask your registration volunteer for the map and cue sheet of the route you would like to do.

*We do hope that if you’ve signed up for the discounted 15-Mile Ramble that you’ll recognize that the Maine Lobster Ride & Roll is a fundraiser for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and pay the full registration fee for the additional support you will receive should you choose to ride a longer distance.
Q: 

What does my registration include?

Aside from breathtaking routes and a fun day of biking, your registration comes with ride support and amenities. The ride itself includes several rest stops stocked with food and water, as well as mechanical and safety support at rest stops and through SAG wagons. In addition, you will receive a pair of the famous Lobster Ride bike socks, and, of course, a lobster roll lunch (or the tuna/vegetarian option you requested during registration). Note: Mountain Bike registration is free with a suggested donation of $25 that will go toward supporting the Bicycle Coaliiton of Maine's efforts to develop mountain biking around the state.  Lunch tickets and Lobster Ride socks are not included in this donation and can be purchased in advance with limited availability on site.
Q: 

Are there shower facilities available for riders’ use?

Yes!  We will have shower facilities available from New England Mobile Showers.
Q: 

How can I volunteer?

Sign up to volunteer today by filling out our volunteer form! Volunteers are the backbone of the Lobster Ride, and we couldn’t hold the event without their generous help. Volunteers get a free volunteer t-shirt, a pair of Lobster Ride socks, lunch and snacks! Have family members who don’t want to ride, but would like to join in the fun? Have them sign up to volunteer today!

If the assigned volunteer shift does not conflict with rides times, volunteers can register to ride for free.
Q: 

Will the event be held if there is rain?

The ride will take place rain or shine.  Should the weather conditions be deemed unsafe for participants, or in the case of extreme unforeseen events, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine reserves the right to cancel or alter the event at any point before or during the event. Riders and volunteers will be notified by e-mail as soon as a decision is made. We will also post any cancellations on our website promptly. There will be NO REFUNDS in the case of changes or cancellations. Your registration fee will be graciously accepted as a donation to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. There are no “rain dates” for Coalition events.
Q: 

Where do I park?

We strongly encourage carpooling. There is parking at Camden Snow Bowl. Volunteers will direct you. If needed, volunteers will route you to additional satellite parking close by.
Q: 

What should I bring?

Helmets are required. Bring a water bottle with water and/or sports drink. You’ll be able to replenish at rest stops.  Dress for a range of weather conditions. The coast can be extra cool and New England is famous for its changing weather.  We recommend layers. Don’t forget sunscreen!
Q: 

When should I arrive?

We recommend that you arrive at least 45 minutes early for your departure time! On-site check in and registration will open at 6:30 am. We will stagger the departure times of each ride:
  • 100-Milers will gather at 7:20 for a 7:30 am departure
  • 62-Milers gather at 8:20 for an 8:30 am departure
  • 38-Milers gather at 8:50 am for a 9:00 am departure
  • 15-Milers at 9:20 am for a 9:30 am departure
Q: 

What safety precautions are being taken to protect riders?

Each route will have a support and gear (SAG) vehicle following the group should you need on-the-road mechanical help or a lift.  There will also be mechanical help at each rest stop and at Camden Snow Bowl.  Please follow the rules of the road and group ride guidelines, ride single file, and do not ride with audio devices.
Q: 

When and where will food be available?

Before the ride the West Bay Rotary Club will be cooking breakfast (for a small fee) in addition to light food provided with your registration. Food will be provided at rest stops intermittently for all routes, and of course, after the ride. When you register, you can choose between a lobster roll, tuna roll, or a vegetarian lunch option.
Q: 

What do I do upon ride return?

Check in with us when you arrive. We want to know that you returned safely.  We will also give you your lunch ticket when you check in.
Q: 

Is there a time limit for each distance?

The only cut off times are for the 100-Mile Riders. If you have not finished the first 38 miles by 11:30, we will encourage you to head back to the Snow Bowl, check-in and grab the 15 mile route map to ride. You may choose to continue riding the full 100-mile route, but if you continue on your own, rider services (rest stops, mechanical and SAG, flaggers) may not be available and you'll miss the post-ride fun. The kitchen will close at 4:00 pm.

Q: 

Where can I purchase Lobster Ride Jerseys and other merchandise?

You can purchase merchandise when you register from our online store, or revisit the store before July 14th to purchase an item. You will receive any pre-purchased merchandise in your registration packet when you pick it up at the ride. We will also bring items to sell at the event, but sizes may be limited—they go fast!
Q: 

How do I donate so this event can keep happening?

You can become a member and receive member discounts and other bonuses, or if you’re already a member, donate an additional amount to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine!
Q: 

I registered, but now I can't make it to the ride. Can I get a refund?

Riders can cancel at any time, but refunds will not be issued. If a rider must cancel their registration due to circumstances out of their control (injury, family emergency, etc.), their registration can be put towards the following year's ride registration. Riders must contact the Bicycle Coalition of Maine prior to July 23rd to cancel their registration. There will be NO REFUNDS in the case of no-shows. Your registration fee will be graciously accepted as a donation to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. There are no “rain dates” for Coalition events.
Q: 

I am riding with a group. Is there a group discount?

We love groups! If your group is 10 or more people, email rob@bikemaine.org for your discount code ($5 off per person).
Q: 

How do I get to the Lobster Ride?

The Lobster Ride starts and ends at the Camden Snow Bowl in Camden, Maine. Google Maps can provide directions from your location, and Camden Snow Bowl is easily visible from the main road that runs through Rockport and Camden (U.S. 1).

If you use a GPS, plug in this address: Camden Snow Bowl, 20 Barnestown Rd, Camden, ME 04843

FROM THE SOUTH (Boston, Portland, etc.):  Take I-95 N and I-295 N to U.S. 1 North in Brunswick, Maine. After about 55 miles on Route 1, turn left on Route 90 in Warren. After 8 miles, turn left onto Park St. Go .2 miles and turn left onto Main Street. Go 1.2 miles and turn left on Hosmer Pond Road. In 1 mile, the Snow Bowl will be on your left. You will see the Lobster Ride banner.

FROM THE NORTH (Bangor, Ellsworth, Belfast, etc.): From Bangor take U.S. Route 1A to Belfast. From Belfast take  U.S. Route 1 South through downtown Camden. About 1 mile south of the center of town, take a right on John Street just before Subway. Continue straight through 2 stop signs and bear left at fork to stay on Hosmer Pond Road. In about 2 miles the Snow Bowl will be on the left. You will see the Lobster Ride banner.

FROM THE WEST (Lewiston/Auburn, Augusta, etc.): Take Route 17 from Augusta for 46 miles to to Pushaw Road in Hope (it comes up quickly after cresting a hill). After .6 miles, turn right onto Hope Street and then an immediate left on Gillette Road. Go 1.6 mi and turn right onto Barnestown Road. After 1.4 miles, Camden Snow Bowl will be on the right. You will see the Lobster Ride banner.

Distances from major cities: 3 hours from Boston 1.5 hours from Portland 1 hour 15 minutes from Bangor, Ellsworth, or Lewiston-Auburn 45 minutes from Augusta 7 minutes from Camden Harbor

Q: 

You didn’t answer my question. Who can I contact?

Please call Rob Mueller, Event Manager, at (207) 699-4032 or email rob@bikemaine.org. We are happy to answer any questions about our ride or our organization.

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