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4 Days Mountain Biking Tour in Southwestern Maine, USA
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Back Country Excursions of Maine, 42 Woodward Road, Parsonsfield, Maine, USA

USA Mountain Biking Holiday

Adventure awaits for cyclists that would like to try out cross country mountain biking. Known for its world class instruction and trails, the riding in the forests and fields of the beautiful rolling hills of Western Maine is both exciting and relaxing. Back Country Excursions of Maine's guides offer only appropriate trails for your skill level of comfort or adrenaline. Their teaching staff will make sure that you are both comfortable with your bike and understand how to apply the skills they have shared with you in order for you to have fun and be safe. Work up a sweat and chill out in the wood-fired hot tub or hang out in the lodge lots of reading and games to share with like minded adventure seekers. Take a dip in a local crystal clear sand bottom warm water lake or grab a kayak, there’s never a dull moment. The area has even been frequented by local Moose.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Smooth trails for novices / technical (roots and rocks) for more experienced and a little bit of each for those in between novice and experienced. Back Country Excursions of Maine has terrain for all levels.
  • Starts in: Southwestern Maine
  • Ends in: Southwestern Maine
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day) to Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 13 - 32 Miles / 21 - 51 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike
  • 4 - 12 participants

Highlights

  • Enjoy personal attention in small groups
  • Take a ride on a terrain which is suitable for your level
  • Educational experience, fun trails that will bring smiles but will not beat you up
  • Cycling holiday in a very peaceful and quiet setting
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Savor excellent food

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Portland International Jetport (US$80 per person)
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Accommodation

At Back Country Excursions of Maine, there are lodge rooms for singles or doubles, yurt (group space) for two or more minimum, no more then 7-8 adults, and very quiet campgrounds.

Program

Arrive on Thursdays afternoon or into evening. Get set up with your accommodations, meet others, check out all facilities and amenities, then out to local restaurant or cook in and cleanup for dinner. If time permits, there will be bike and helmet fitting.

On Friday at 8 a.m., enjoy breakfast, clean up, get ready for riding and bike, helmet fitting, and instruction for any novices. Guided rides based upon skill level, but often the first trail or two you will all start out together to see where everyone's comfort level is at.

After riding 2.5 to 3 hours with some breaks, you will had back to lodge for lunch and rest. If some want to head back sooner this will also be possible. After lunch and rest, another guided ride or two will be offered or you have a choice to go for a swim, hike, kayak or canoe or soak in the hot tub, explore some of the local color / craft.

After the rides, hot tub will be available or if cooling off is a preference you can head to nearby lake for a swim. Dinner is again either out to local eateries which there are numerous or cooking in on the barbecue or in the standard kitchen. Sometimes on a Friday or Saturday evening, the venue will host a concert for a couple of hours in the yurt.

On Saturday you will mostly repeat Friday's activities serving guided rides for all level of rider with breakfast and lunch and dinner sometimes might be a potluck - group event or again you could head out and check out a new dinner spot. Games and hot tub will always be accessible back at the lodge and keep in mind most eateries are only 15-20 minutes away by car.

Sunday: Breakfast cleanup and guided rides till around noon. Afterwards, shower and get set to head out. Sometimes the venue will skip the main breakfast in exchange for offering guests a brunch just before leaving.

Skill level

Beginner:

  • can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate:

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can cycle for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of bicycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

This holiday takes place in Maine, USA.

Trails

All trails are on one large private preserve. Here, Back Country Excursions of Maine runs their business and share a recreational easement with the state of Maine and other local users. Through years of hard work they have maintained much of the trail system and serve as a loyal steward of the property. Utilizing strict sustainable practices, the trails represent an excellent model of sustainability.

This is suitable for riders who have a sincere interest in responsible trail use. Please send inquiry for trail updates, riding times, and reservations. They can guarantee virtually mud-free trails and lots of great, flowing singletrack.

Wild Wild Wild West (5 miles, intermediate / advanced riders)

This is an epic ride! Expect tight singletrack, lung burning ascents, and an elevation change of 800' which culminates in a long dramatic downhill of switchbacks rushing thru Pines on steep smooth flows of pure adrenaline.

Plantation Singletrack Loop Trail (6 miles, novice / intermediate riders)

This is one of the newest trails and an exceptionally beautiful loop. There's a nice variety of rolling terrain with easily negotiated singletrack and some doubletrack, with very few dramatic changes in elevation. The trail meanders through gorgeous plantation stands of Red and White Pines and tends to be smooth and dry with very little rocky areas.

Although rated for beginners, the terrain and design make this an exciting and picturesque loop for all. This also boasts a beautiful lightening fast Half Pipe which even beginners also enjoy.

Champion Pond and River Giver Trail (6+6 miles for a total of 12 miles and growing)

These two babies offer some of the more challenging terrain. More technical areas, but also steep flowing long downhills and of course there's those climbs too. Around the lake portion tends to be rockier with more roots then any of our other trails and a number of water crossings with interesting bridges. The River trail has a nice long half pipe as well.

Back Country Expressway Trail (3 miles, for advanced riders)

This is the first of several one-of-a-kind, specialty singletracks, loaded with a menagerie of awesome riding apparatus. The trail starts up a long technical doubletrack dubbed The Wake-Up-Call.

After getting just enough time to catch your breath while cruising a mellow section of pine-forested singletrack, get ready for the downhill time of your life! Welcome to a mountain bikers dream amusement park.

There's a roller coaster, seesaws, chutes and ladders, and plenty of narrow bridges. This trail is one steep, long, clenching pucker factor and happens to offer some of our most challenging terrain.

Rock-N-Log Palace / Technical Terrain Park

Just around back at the main lodge sits this 4000 sq. foot half pipe chock-full of ride-able goodies. Hang onto your spandex, because there's terraced drop-offs, log chutes, stairs, and tons of stone to shake, rattle, and roll you! In the center you'll find a boulder the size of a small house - actually they had one rider successfully jump off it, making a perfect landing. This also hosts a ride-able roller coaster too!

Distance

  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) - 2 hours
  • Manchester, New Hampshire- 2 hours

Food

Both vegetarian and meat options are offered, as well as excellent onsite deep well water. There will be two meals per day (breakfast and lunch). For dinners, you will either eat out to a number of local eateries or cook up on your own and or create something / potluck with the others present here. Full kitchen privilege - you just supply beer, wine and all food ingredients.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Additional activities are available. Nearby, you can enjoy excellent swimming and hiking and often but not always live music performers drop by for a set in the yurt concert series. Local artisan shops are also available.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodations
  • 5 meals (3 breakfasts and 2 lunches)
  • Mountain bikes and helmet
  • Instruction if desired and guide led rides
  • Use of kayaks or canoe
  • Wood-fired hot tub available on request
  • Full kitchen and barbecue privilege

What's not included

  • Shuttle services from Portland, Maine
  • Additional nights or days up to two days can be arranged at extra fee

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Portland International Jetport (PWM). Shuttle services to and from Portland, Maine is available at additional fee of 80 USD or 150 USD for two. Car rentals also available there.

Airport: Portland International Jetport Airport transfer available: Portland International Jetport (US$80 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 5 days before arrival.
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