Lewiston’s Rainbow Bicycle Celebrates 15 Years Supporting Trek Across Maine

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

(June 4, 2013)

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 Rainbow Bicycle located on Lisbon Street in Lewiston.  Owner John Grenier will be sending along two to three mechanics to help the event ensure that any trekkers needing assistance while on the road get the help and support they need. Grenier says his mechanics will be assigned a spot at the finish line on day one and will move along from there following the cyclists on Trek weekend.

Grenier said he first became involved in the Trek Across Maine in 1999 when he purchased Rainbow Bicycle.  The shop had participated in the event in 1998 for the first time and John’s customers began asking him. “Will we still see you at the Trek Across Maine this year? Will you still be there?”  With the event so popular among his customers, John says his answer had to be ‘yes’. 

This year the shop celebrates its 15th year supporting the Trek Across Maine. Not only is the shop on-site during Trek weekend, Rainbow Bicycle hosts a bike clinic for trekkers during the winter and co-hosts an information night with the Lung Association for those interested in participating in the Trek. The event is held in the café conveniently located right within the bike shop; Lung Association staff are able to answer questions about the event while John fields the questions specific to cycling.

“What I really like about supporting the Trek Across Maine is that this event makes cycling accessible to everyone and encourages those who might not otherwise participate in a rigorous bike ride to get out there and experience the joys of cycling,”  says John.  “The Trek is not a race and everyone at the event encourages one another and supports one another as they strive to reach the finish line.”

With the Trek taking place during what John describes as Rainbow Bicycle’s "prime, prime, busy season,” it’s a sacrifice for him to be down a few key staff members for the three days.  Nevertheless, John says he remains committed to being part of the Trek.  “Not only is this a great cause, I support anything that encourages more people to cycle and the Trek Across Maine is an event that has no doubt encouraged more people to get on their bikes and ride.”

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.