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Ride Day Info

Let's get you ready for the ride of your life! Here is the information you'll need to have an amazing Bike MS experience. We've provided information on packet pick up, what to wear and important phone numbers and information for you.

Packet Pick Up Information

Mark your calendars for a Packet Pick Up!

Your Bike MS packet contains many important items including your bib number, event details and sponsor giveaways. You must have your minimum fundraising commitment of $250 turned in and a completed waiver on file in order to pick up your packet.

What to wear

We are delighted to welcome Primal Wear as the official apparel of Bike MS and invite you to check out Sponsors & Offers to see their specials for Bike MS participants.

So what should you wear for Bike MS?

  • Helmet - of course! You should wear one every time you ride, and you must when you ride in Bike MS. Modern helmets are lightweight, airy, and stylish as well.
  • Jersey - a cycling jersey with rear pockets is handy for carrying snacks, your wallet and other items. Summer jerseys are usually made from a material that wicks moisture way from the skin, keeping you drier and more comfortable. Plenty of casual riders simply pull on a T-shirt, but realize that sweat (or a rain shower) makes cotton heavy and clammy.
  • Shorts - cycling shorts are no joke. They are key to minimizing chafing and other discomforts when sitting on a saddle for any length of time. Good shorts have a large, smooth, lightly padded liner ("chamois”). If you don't care for the skintight look of Lycra, opt for the "baggie” mountain bike style that look like casual shorts but still has a liner. Being a loose fit, though, means they could bunch uncomfortably during long rides.
  • Gloves - short-finger cycling gloves absorb perspiration for a safer grip, protect against raw spots and blisters, and pad your palms to reduce road shock. Most have a terry back that gives you a way to wipe sweat from your eyes or energy drink from your chin.
  • Shoes and socks - dedicated cycling shoes, either for road riding or mountain biking, are the best choice. The reason? Very firm soles that let you press as hard as you want without feeling uncomfortable pedal pressure. You can use mountain bike style shoes with or without toe clips and straps, or with clipless pedal systems. Plenty of casual riders simply wear running shoes, but their softness makes them less suitable for longer distances. Socks are important for comfort and sweat absorption. Choose the low-cut style if you're worried about a funny tan line.
  • Sunglasses - it's best to use a sports model with unbreakable lenses that have 100% UV protection. The wraparound style will reduce bothersome wind, important if you wear contacts.

If you need some help training for Bike MS, make sure to read about Training Resources and remember to also read about Rider Safety.

Start: Saturday, August 12th at University of New England

Timeline

  • 5:30 a.m. Registration opens, Breakfast in dining commons for Friday night guests
  • 6:00 a.m. Team photos start
  • 7:00 a.m. Line-up in corrals
  • 7:15 a.m. Kick-off begins
  • 7:30 a.m. Great Maine Getaway starts!

Parking

Parking is free and there is space for everyone. You may leave your car at the University of New England for the duration of the ride, just look for signs directing you to parking locations.

Day of Ride Registration

If you did not attend an early packet pickup, begin at the Big Tent. Drop off fundraising and pick up your Rider Packet. Included are your event credentials and other information. You will get your prize sheets at this time, which you take to the prize tables to collect your fundraising prizes.

Using your event credentials

Wristbands: A Bike MS wristband will be provided to you in your registration packet. This wristband allows you access to rest stops and food areas. Printed on the wristband is the Bike MS emergency contact telephone number (Net Control). Bib Numbers: Having your number clearly visible on the back of your jersey allows us to identify you during the Bike MS ride.

Finish

Timeline

  • 11:00 a.m. Massage opens
  • 11:00 a.m. Picnic begins
  • 4:00 p.m. Route closes & massage ends
  • 5:00 p.m. Beer tent opens
  • 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins-Superhero theme!
  • 6:15 p.m. Slide show from the days’ ride
  • 7:00 p.m. Awards & Celebration program begins

Rider check-back

When you cross the finish line, all riders check in and pick up check-in packets and t-shirts. This lets us know that you have safely finished the ride. This packet includes your housing assignment, lobster bake or barbecue ticket, 2 complimentary drink tickets to Saturday night’s event and your 21+ wristband for alcohol service.  

Food/Beverage

When you arrive at the finish there is an ongoing picnic of hamburgers, hot dogs, and more. Help yourself to some great food and cheer on returning cyclists! The beer and wine tent will open at 5:00 p.m. featuring cold Maine craft beer from Dirigo Brewing, Funky Bow Brewing Company, Gritty’s, Run of the Mill Brewing, Shipyard Brewing Co., and Tributary Brewing.  Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. for everyone under the main tent.  This year’s theme is Superheroes!  Your wristband is your meal ticket.

Start:  Sunday, August 13th at University of New England

Timeline

  • 5:30 a.m. Breakfast opens
  • 7:00 a.m. Line-up at Start
  • 7:20 a.m. Kick-off begins
  • 7:30 a.m. Ride begins

Finish

Timeline

  • Noon Lobster Bake/BBQ begins
  • 3:00 p.m. Route closes
  • 5:00 p.m. Lobster Bake/BBQ ends

Weather

We ride rain or shine and there is no rain date. In the event of severe weather, the Ride Director may suspend or cancel the ride. Should the weather take a turn for the worse during the ride, SAG vehicles will transport you to designated shelter areas along the route. If the weather looks questionable, check the Great Maine Getaway Facebook page for an update on the event status.

Housing

If you are staying at the University of New England, pick up your room assignment either Friday night at Early Packet Pick-up or when you check-back in after your ride on Saturday.  All rooms have a key and key card. You must return the key between noon - 4 p.m. on Sunday. There is a $50 fee for not returning a key and $25 fee for not returning a key card. If you are locked out you will need to call 468-4075 for someone to unlock your room. There are staff and UNE Ambassador’s present to answer any housing questions.

Thank you to our premier national sponsors

Thank you to our local sponsors

Great Maine Getaway Supporting Sponsors

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