The Bangor Land Trust is gearing up for its fourth annual bicycle ride along the Penobscot River.
Set this year for Sept. 12, the ride through several communities that flank the Penobscot River is the land trust’s annual signature event to raise money for the stewardship of the more than 300 acres it manages and to increase the community’s awareness of the trust and its holdings.
This year organizers have renamed the event — formerly called the Frogs, Logs and Bogs Road Ride — the Penobscot Pedal, land trust president Lucy Quimby said in a recent interview.
“That’s because we wanted to really celebrate the Penobscot River,” one of the region’s most important natural resources, Quimby said.
To that end, riders will leave the Bangor Waterfront and bike along the river, choosing whether to cross at Milford or Howland, then return through Eddington, Bradley and Brewer and across the Penobscot again to finish at the Sea Dog restaurant.
Quimby said the finish line would be the Sea Dog’s lower deck, where riders can arrive to the cheers of friends, family and other supporters from the brewpub’s upper deck.
“It was a way to include nonriders in the event,” she said.
Also significant is that the Penobscot Pedal route runs through eight of the 12 Penobscot Valley Community Greenprint communities — Bangor, Brewer, Bradley, Veazie, Orono, Old Town, Milford and Eddington, she said. The Greenprint program, which also involves Hampden, Hermon, Holden and Orrington, is a regional land use planning project.
The 2010 Pedal the Penobscot Road Ride consists of a 28-mile loop and a 76-mile loop, each traveling along both sides of the Penobscot and each of which will have a celebrity rider.
Radio talk show host Ric Tyler is the celebrity who will lead the 76-mile ride, while Bangor High School girls
basketball coach Katie Clark Herbine, a world-class competitive bicyclist, will lead the 28-mile run.
There’s also a 14-mile ride, which consists of the return half of the 28-mile loop. Quimby said that ride is available only through preregistration because arrangements will need to be made for transporting riders and bicycles to the starting point in Bradley, she said.
During this year’s ride, the Bangor Land Trust will unveil a specially designed biking jersey, which will be given to each rider who raises $500 or more.
In a related fundraiser, a Bangor Land Trust biking jersey and an Old Town canoe will be raffled off. Tickets are $25 each, and the drawing is set for noon on race day at the Sea Dog, Quimby said.
The ride will be fully supported with rest stops and sag wagons, Quimby said. Major sponsors are Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., Merrill Bank, Maine Distributors and Husson University.
For more information about registration, the ride or the routes, call the Bangor Land Trust at 942-1010 or visit www.bangorlandtrust.org.