Portland’s Back Bay Bicycle Celebrates 22 Years Supporting Trek Across Maine

Bike Shop Will be On-Site at Trek Across Maine this Father’s Day weekend

On Father’s Day weekend, the American Lung Association of the Northeast will celebrate the 29th annual Trek Across Maine, with more than 2,000 cyclists taking off from Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry and finishing up at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast. The event is the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit organization nationwide, raising $1.8 million in 2012, with a goal of $2 million for 2013.

 The Trek Across Maine wouldn’t be possible without the help of local bike shops like Back Bay Bicycle located on Forest Avenue in Portland.  As in years past, owner Cheryl Oliver will be sending along a few of her mechanics to help out at the event, making sure trekkers’ bikes are safe on the road. Oliver says her mechanics will be positioned at various rest stops along the 180-mile route throughout the course of the three- day- event.

 Oliver said the shop was first approached by the Lung Association 22 years ago to help out at the event.  She recalls that at the time the Trek was still building up its base of event participants. Today the Trek Across Maine is well known throughout the cycling community and has a very strong base of more than 2,000 cyclists. Oliver says it’s great to see how the event has evolved. She’s has always been happy to help support the event despite it being “crunch time” at the shop. 

“The Trek  Across Maine has such an upbeat, festival atmosphere that you just want to be there,” says Oliver.  “The event is extremely well organized and has a great network of volunteers.  We at Back Bay are in the business of cycling and thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to be out there meeting our customers and interacting with people who share our enthusiasm for cycling.  We also like supporting this event because it’s such a great cause.”

On Friday, June 14, more than 2,000 will leave from Sunday River Ski Resort and make the 180-mile Trek to Belfast. Cyclists come from all over the country to be a part of the weekend. All proceeds benefit the American Lung Association and help fund valuable research, education and advocacy.

 Those interested in registering for the 2013 Trek Across Maine should contact trekacrossmaine@lungne.org or call 207-624-0312 as online registration has closed. Registration for the Trek's 30th Anniversary ride is open online by visiting TrekMaine30.org and will also be available on-site at this year's Trek. To learn more about the Lung Association’s other bike treks or to make a donation that could help save lives visit Biketreknewengland.org.