The Maine Woods Rambler

Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Maine Woods Rambler is a mountain bike ride sponsored by AMC and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Medawisla Lodge is hosting this family-friendly gravel grind with varying ride lengths and difficulty options.

Registration is full. All waitlisted entries will be informed if space becomes available.

Schedule

Saturday, October 19th

2 PM – 5 PM: Event pre-registration – Medawisla front lobby
6 PM: Dinner

Sunday, October 20th

6 AM – 7:30 AM: Event pre-registration – Medawisla front lobby
7 AM: Breakfast – Buffet Style/Grab and Go
8 AM – 100km Ride Start
9 AM – 50km Ride Start
10 AM – 30km Ride Start
11:30 AM – Kid’s Ride Start
2 PM – 4 PM: BBQ
Hot dogs, burgers, BBQ chicken, vegetarian options, dietary restriction options, side dishes, and dessert.
Lodge beer and wine for sale until 8 PM

Monday, October 21st

8 AM: Breakfast – Buffet Style/Grab and Go


Kid’s Route — 1.6 km

Smooth surface appropriate for all bicycle types (balance bikes included) and ages.

30km Route
Well maintained gravel roads will take you to views of clean lakes and local mountains, including Mt. Katahdin.
(Elevation gain — 1,500ft)

50km Route
This route circles around the beautiful Roach Ponds on well-maintained gravel roads plus small sections of more rugged terrain. Capture views of Mt. Katahdin and the surrounding western peaks.
(Elevation gain — 2,000ft)

100km Route
The queen route will have it all and offers riders the best of what Maine’s AMC lands offer. Primarily well-maintained gravel roads, but will also utilize more rugged sections that some riders may feel more comfortable hike-a-biking. Rugged sections are brief but necessary to accomplish the best adventure opportunity! Spectacular vistas of the mountains, lakes, bubbling brooks, and Mt. Katahdin.
(Elevation gain — 5,500ft)

Registration Options:
Registration fee – $45
Kids 12yr and under ride for free!

*Registration fee includes ride, Sunday BBQ from 2-4pm, and day use of canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards at Medawisla Lodge. Lodging packages include dinners, lodging, breakfasts and trail lunches. Camping package includes an area to camp, use of cooking pavilions, and bathroom/shower facilities.

Start times:

8 AM — 100km

9 AM — 50km

10 AM — 30km

11:30 AM — kid’s ride

Any course-specific questions can be directed to Erik at erik@bikemaine.org.

Is there parking onsite?
Yes.

Are there rest stops available along the routes?
Yes, the course includes several rest stops where water and food will be available.

What will the weather be like this time in October?
Weather in the North Maine Woods can be extremely variable no matter the time of year and can change quickly. By the third week of October, we will likely be at the tail end of fall. However, warmer weather is still possible. We recommend coming prepared for any weather conditions and checking the forecast a few days before check-in. For those lodging, weather updates will be provided in the morning.

Will beer and wine be available for purchase? Can I bring my own?
In the lodge, we sell a variety of Maine brewed beers, a hard cider, and wine by the glass or bottle. We ask that any alcohol purchased in the lodge stays inside the lodge. Prices range from $3.00 – $5.00 for beer, $5.00 for a glass of wine, and $12.00+ for bottles of wine. Guests are welcome to bring their own alcohol to their lodging but it is not permitted inside the main lodge.

Will I have WIFI or cell service at the lodge?
There is extremely limited cell reception at the lodge and in the surrounding areas. There is a cell booster located in the lodge that can provide Verizon or US Cellular customers minimal service. However, this system is dependent on a variety of factors hence it works with varying success and is not guaranteed. There is no WIFI available at the lodge. Guests are welcome to give out the lodge phone number in case of emergency. Alternatively, guests are welcome to use the phone here to make quick phone calls out. Again, our phone system is not always one hundred percent reliable. We recommend planning to truly disconnect and enjoy the North Maine Woods in all her glory!

Medawisla Lodge and Cabins phone: (207)-349-0437

Lodging

What are the Lodging Options? Do I need to bring linens?

We have two styles of cabins available. Our waterfront area cabins are outfitted with a small kitchenette. This includes a two-burner propane stove top, mini fridge, sink, and enough dishes and cookware to accommodate a family of five. These cabins use a shared bathhouse that has showers and flush toilets. Our Hilltop Cabins do not have a kitchenette or fridge but instead have a private bathroom with a shower and a flush toilet. Both style cabins have beds with full linens and towels provided.

Alternatively, we have two bunkhouses. Bunkhouses are split into four rooms with two bunk beds in each room. Each bunkhouse sleeps sixteen total. Bunkhouses are built with an open concept and there is very little separation between rooms. In the waterfront bunkhouse there is a kitchenette and the closest bathroom is the shared water front bathhouse. In the Hilltop Bunkhouse there is not a kitchenette and the closest bathroom is in the lodge. There are showers and composting toilets available. In both bunkhouses, one mattress, one wool blanket, and one pillow with a pillowcase are provided per bed. We recommend bringing a sleeping bag or twin sheets with a second blanket. Towels are not provided for those staying in either bunkhouse.

There will be two camping locations. The first spots are on our lawn in the waterfront area. These spots have quick access to the water front bathhouse. More camping space is available near our gardens. There is an outhouse a short walk from the lawn and showers are available in both the water front bathhouse and the lodge. For those camping, all gear and linens necessary are the responsibility of the participant.

What does the ride registration include?

The ride registration fee includes a Sunday BBQ dinner from 2pm-4pm, and day use of canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards at Medawisla Lodge.

What do the lodging and camping packages include?

Bunkhouse and cabin options include accommodations and dinner, breakfast, and a trail lunch.

Camping package includes use of camping area, roofed pavilion with propane grill, sink and running water, (located in bathhouse) and tables and chairs. All campers will be responsible for their own meals or may reserve and pay for meals at registration.

Meal Costs:

Adult
Breakfast: $10.00
Dinner: $20.00

Youth
Breakfast: $10.00
Dinner: $20.00

Kids under 12
Breakfast: $5.00
Dinner: $10.00

What time is check-in?
For those lodging with us, check-in begins at 2 pm and will happen in the main lodge. Check-ins for both the event and lodging will be in the same area. We ask that participants arrive before 5pm. If you plan to arrive after 6pm on Saturday or are running late, please notify the lodge at 207-349-0437.

How do meals work?
For those lodging with us, a buffet style dinner will be served at 6 pm on Saturday evening. Campers can purchase dinner Saturday evening and Monday breakfast during check-in with a staff member. We will have options for a variety of common dietary restrictions provided at all meals. If you’d like to talk specifically about any allergies you may have, feel free to reach out via email to cturcotte@outdoors.org. We will have coffee out by 6:30am Sunday morning and a spread of light breakfast fare will be available at 7am.

Is the water on property potable? Should I bring a water bottle?
Yes! All the water on property is potable. As a conservation organization we aim to produce as little waste as possible! With that in mind, we request that all event participants and lodging guests bring a reusable water bottle. This is helpful both around the lodge and during the event to try to limit the number of disposable cups we consume!

Do the cabins/bunkhouses have outlets?
Cabins and bunkhouses both have one outlet in each bedroom.

Safety & First Aid

Should I be aware of hunting season?
Yes, hunting season will be in full swing in the North Woods during this time of year. However, hunting is banned on Sundays – the day of the ride – but brightly colored clothing is always recommended.

What should I keep in mind when riding the courses?
The course includes some roads open to traffic. ALL riders MUST obey all rules of the road along the course. Ride on the right always and single file where traffic is present. Ride predictably. Though aid stations are present on the course, riders should carry with them what they need including flat tire repair kits, tools, parts, and nutrition.

Course and Bike Info

What type of bike and tires should I bring?
Gravel or fat bike or anything in between – cyclocross, gravel grind, mountain and fat bikes are suitable for the terrain. The most efficient choice would be a cyclocross or gravel grind bike. A minimum tire width of 37mm to 40mm is recommended. Err on the side of fatter tires if you are debating which of your bikes to bring. Pre-rides of the routes have been on bikes with tires ranging from 700x42mm to 26×3.8in

 
  • Gravel or fat bike (or anything in between) – cyclocross, gravel grind, mountain and fat bikes are suitable for the terrain. The most efficient choice would be a cyclocross or gravel grind bike.
  • A minimum tire width of 37mm to 40mm is recommended. Err on the side of fatter tires if you are debating which of your bikes to bring. Pre-rides of the routes have been on bikes with tires ranging from 700x42mm to 26×3.8in

  • The course includes some roads open to traffic. ALL riders MUST obey all rules of the road along the course. Ride on the right at all times and single file where traffic is present. Ride predictably.
  • Though aid stations are present on the course, riders should carry with them what they need including flat tire repair kits, tools, parts, and nutrition.