Hosted by Katahdin Area Trails and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the Rambler will take place at the New England Outdoor Center and feature two days of fun with two fully supported and marked routes open exclusively for this event on the shores of Millinocket Lake.
The main event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25, when riders can choose between two routes: a 50-km challenge or a longer 100-km haul.
The Sunday rides are recommended for seasoned riders, as both routes will punish participants with challenging climbs and fast descents, while also rewarding them with sweeping vistas of the surrounding lakes, rivers, and peaks.
Additional events are planned all weekend long for expert grinders, novice riders, and families. On Saturday, Sept. 24, participants can take part in an optional guided trail tour, highlighting the newly built mountain bike trails at Hammond Ridge.
A guided trail ride will also take place on Sunday for youth and families who want to check out the trails—with bikes and instruction available courtesy of the Katahdin Gear Library—and attendees are free to explore the area on their own while rafting, hiking, fishing, and kayaking.
Registration is $125 regardless of which route is selected, and includes a post-ride meal and full route support with downloadable route files. Lodging is not included, but camping at NEOC and local accommodations are available.
The Rambler will be capped at 200 riders. Registration and additional information is available at bikemaine.org/the-maine-woods-rambler_22/.