Taste the bounty of both the land and the sea as you ride through Maine – where forest meets shore in rocky coastlines that echo the rugged determination of its farming community
Yes, the 2017 Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine was awesome! Guess what?? We have even more updates and amenities for 2018, including:
Exciting new start/finish venue at beautiful Pineland Farms
New Friday/Saturday format to make your post-ride drive home easier
Updated routes with new featured farms and an enhanced Stages Segment Challenge with on-site upload station
New pre-ride Forto coffee station with free cold-brew coffee shots
Another brand spankin’ new Bianchi bike to give away
New merchandise items including the official 2018 Farm to Fork Fondo kit by Pactimo and new artist’s collection
More money for local farms and community groups through the Volunteer Competition
Streamlined check-in process at Packet Pickup
The Maine Lighthouse Ride benefits the Eastern Trail Alliance, an organization dedicated to building a 60-mile greenway from Kittery to South Portland, Maine.
All rides begin and end at the beautiful oceanfront campus of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) in South Portland. Rides are self-guided, with maps and cue sheets provided.
Become an Eastern Trail Alliance member now and reduce your registrations costs.
For our 15th Anniversary, each rider will receive a free pair of lighthouse socks.
Online registration will close at 1200 registered riders – in past years we have reached that limit several weeks before the ride. Pre-registration is required – there will be no on-site registration. Please plan to arrive for sign-in an hour before your selected ride departs.
Join fellow riders and guests at scenic Southern Maine Community College for a traditional Maine lobster bake! Due to the limited number of tickets available, tickets are limited to Maine Lighthouse Ride participants and one guest. Get your tickets before they are gone and join us for one of Maine’s most popular dining experiences! More information here.
Registration fees cannot be refunded or transferred to a future ride.
Event details and schedule
The 25-mile Ride (8:30 AM) begins by following the 6-mile paved, off-road South Portland Greenbelt to Wainwright Farms Recreational Fields, The riders then head to the ocean, traveling along Maine’s beautiful shoreline through Cape Elizabeth and South Portland, back to SMCC. (Seven lighthouses are visible on this trip; one rest stop.)
The 40-mile 8 Lighthouse Ride (8:00 AM) includes the South Portland Greenbelt as well as a spur to the 3-mile section of the Eastern Trail across the beautiful Scarborough Marsh, the largest salt marsh in Maine. For those of you who haven’t seen the trail yet, it is not to be missed! From there, the ride continues along the spectacular coastline of Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, and South Portland, passing by three state parks, five gorgeous beaches, and two museums. Eight historic lighthouses are visible from the route. The 40-mile ride usually takes take 3 to 5 hours, with two rest stops provided. There is so much to see on this ride, you may want to take all day to finish it!
The 62-mile Metric Century 8-Lighthouse ride (7:30 AM) follows the route of the 40-mile ride, but continues down the coast through the summer resort of Old Orchard Beach to picturesque Camp Ellis. This ride usually takes 6 to 7 hours, and includes three rest stops. Flat to rolling terrain. This ride also includes a 3-mile crossing of the beautiful Scarborough Marsh on the Eastern Trail (crossed both going out and return trip). The trail has a fine, packed gravel surface which is suitable for road bikes traveling at 10 mph. The remainder of the ride is on paved public roads.
The 100-mile 9 Lighthouse Century ride (7:00 AM) includes all of the beautiful scenery of the other rides, as well as a jaunt through Old Orchard Beach and Saco to the quaint village of Kennebunkport, the summer home of George H.W. Bush. This is truly a spectacular century characterized by flat to rolling terrain, beautiful ocean views, and four rest stops staffed with friendly Eastern Trail volunteers.