August 20, 2018
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New Allspeed Trail Center to open in Sugarloaf/Carrabassett Valley Area

Community Author: Philbrook Co.
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PORTLAND — Allspeed Cyclery and Snow, a mountain biking and ski shop in Portland, is spearheading a new mountain biking concept in the Sugarloaf/Carrabassett Valley area. The new Allspeed Trail Center, opening in May at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, will feature high-end mountain bike rentals, bike service, and retail sales of bike parts, clothing, and accessories.

Riders of all abilities will be able to rent from a top-notch fleet of 40 Santa Cruz bikes to explore Sugarloaf’s nationally-recognized mountain biking trail network. Kids’ bikes will also be available for rent. In addition to rentals, the Allspeed Trail Center will offer guided rides for individuals or groups seeking a guided experience on the best trails to suit their ability level.  

Allspeed Trail Center opens at a time when the mountain biking industry is seeing an increased demand among riders for new destinations. According to Singletracks.com, 62 percent of mountain bikers travel to ride because they want to ride new trails. The small town of East Burke, Vermont has experienced this with approximately 100,000 riders from around the world visiting Kingdom Trails each year.  

Chris Carleton, owner and president of Allspeed, looks forward to enabling more riders to access the incredible Sugarloaf area trails, which offer riders something similar to the East Burke experience. Like Kingdom Trails, the trail network at Sugarloaf was built to attract riders of all abilities. Trails like Big Moose Loop are good for beginners, while advance riders will seek the rewarding climb to Crommetts Overlook or the adrenaline rush of riding down Oak Knoll.

“I believe in this trail network, and the momentum the local mountain bike club and the Town have generated. I believe Allspeed can contribute to the success of Carrabassett Valley Trails,” said Carleton. “And if you’re an experienced rider, but your partner isn’t, try Newton’s Revenge. Trust us, you’ll have fun.”

“Allspeed has been a solid Santa Cruz dealer for over 10 years, and we’re excited for their next move. We’re a long ways from Maine, so we’re happy to have trustworthy partners giving riders the Santa Cruz experience in the northeast– and we’re fired up to come ride!” said Joe Graney, CEO of Santa Cruz.

New visitors to Carrabassett Valley will mean new economic opportunities for the local economy – more people eating at local restaurants, visiting businesses, and booking rooms year-round. All of that amounts to a much-needed boost to the local economy during the skiing offseason.   

“We’re pleased with the mountain biking development in the community,” said Dave Cota, Town Manager, Carrabassett Valley. “It’s been a home run for our many seasonal homeowners and people visiting the area during the offseason is great for our local economy.”

The Trail Center will employ 3-4 full-time employees, and 4-5 part-time workers as trail guides. The Trail Center opens for retail sales and service on May 26, but some trails may not be open.

Allspeed Trail Center will be open

June 1 – September 4

Wednesday – Sunday

9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.

September 5 – October 31

Wednesday – Sunday

9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Parking and trail access will be available at the Allspeed Trail Center, located at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, 5092 Access Road, Carrabassett Valley, ME.

People interested in working at the Trail Center can visit Allspeed to fill out an application.