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Women's Ride FAQ

Q: 

How do I get to the Maine Women’s Ride?

The Women’s Ride begins and ends at the L.L.Bean Discovery Park, Morse Street, Freeport. (The park in front of the Flagship Store.) You can search for directions from your location through Google Maps here.
Q: 

Where do I sign in the day of the event?

Check-in the day of the event will be outside, weather permitting, in L.L.Bean's Discovery Park, in the heart of their retail campus in Freeport.  In the event of rain, registration and check-in will be located indoors. 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, any merchandise you purchased, and your door prize ticket!
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Can I register the day of the event or the day before?

On-site registration will be available on Saturday, June 3rd, from 4:00-6:00 pm at the L.L. Bean Bike, Boat, and Ski Store, and on the day of the event, Sunday June 4th, starting at 7:00 am at the Discovery Park in the center of the L.L. Bean retail campus in Freeport.
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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 10-Mile Ramble that you’ll recognize that the Maine Women’s Ride 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.

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What does my registration include?

The Maine Women’s Ride has a reputation for being the friendliest, most supportive ride around! Aside from gorgeous routes and a fun day of biking with women from all over Maine and the U.S., 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 support and gear (SAG) vehicles. Enjoy the festivities after you ride: your registration fee also includes a door prize ticket, pre-ride yoga sessions, admission to a super-fun after party with massage and how-to workshops, and a healthy, light lunch.
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How can I volunteer?

Sign up to volunteer today by filling out our volunteer form! Volunteers are the backbone of the Women’s Ride, and we couldn’t hold the event without their generous help. Volunteers get a free volunteer t-shirt, lunch, and snacks! If the assigned volunteer shift does not conflict with ride times, women volunteers can register to ride for free! Have family members who don’t want to/cannot ride, but would like to join in the fun? Have them sign up to volunteer today! We love to have husbands, sons, and other male friends or significant others join us as volunteers and support all the lady bicyclists!
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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. If the ride is cancelled, 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.
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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!
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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 7:00 am on June 4th. There will be 15-minute pre-ride yoga sessions before each ride takes off. We stagger the departure times of each ride:
  • Metric Century (62-Mile) riders will gather at 7:20 for a 7:30 am departure
  • 50-Mile riders gather at 7:50 for an 8:00 am departure
  • 25-Mile riders gather at 8:50 am for a 9 am departure
  • 10-Mile riders gather 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.  Please follow the rules of the road and group ride guidelines, ride single file, and do not ride with audio devices.

In addition, each route has a volunteer Lead Rider and a Sweep Rider and the 10-mile and 25-mile routes have Ride Ambassadors lending a hand along the way.
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 the day of the ride 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, email Rob Mueller, Event Manager at rob@bikemaine.org for your discount code ($5 off per person).
Q: 

When and where will food be available?

Food is provided before the ride at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store's Discovery Park, at rest stops intermittently for all routes, and after the ride at the Discovery Park. A light lunch will be served from 11:00 am-2:00 pm.
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What do I do upon ride return?

Check in with us when you arrive back at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store's Discovery Park. We want to know that you returned safely. We will also give you your lunch ticket when you check in.
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Is there a time limit for each distance?

We hope that all riders will conclude their ride by 2:00 pm. Lunch will be served from 11:00-2:00, so please plan accordingly!
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Where can I purchase a Women’s Ride jersey and other merchandise?

You can purchase merchandise when you register from our online store, or revisit the store before May 26th 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!
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What else can I do while I’m in the area?

Freeport has a wealth of fun activities, beautiful parks, and shopping for visitors from near and far! There are classes available through the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Center, and don't miss tasting a delicious beer at Maine Beer Company!
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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. 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 in Portland
  • The Maine Women’s Ride in Freeport
  • The Maine Lobster Ride & Roll on July 24, 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: 

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: 

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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