Midcoast Maine NEMBA Frost Heave Fondo


3/7/20 10:00am to 2:00pm

Spring in Maine often means snow-covered roads, frost heaves, mud, or some devilish combination of all three. Any given Sunday could well bring bluebird weather or a wicked nor'easter. What better way to launch the cycling season than to join 150 of your soon-to-be friends for a 31-mile riding adventure on quiet roads through beautiful countryside? The Midcoast Maine Chapter of The New England Mountain Bike Association is partnering with One Community Many Voices to host the second annual Frost Heave Fondo (big bicycle road ride) on Sunday, April 5th in Searsmont.

We have set up a challenging course where you can test your early-season fitness, or if your legs are feeling a bit sluggish from winter, you can shortcut the course or even turn around at any point. The adventure will happen whatever the weather, and we encourage everyone to dress as needed.

The Frost Heave Fondo course will take you over a variety of roads – smooth pavement, rough tarmac, rutted dirt with muddy and/or icy spots, etc.– so whatever bike you choose could be the wrong bike at certain times. Bring whatever bike you're comfortable on (we expect most folks to be riding knobby-tired gravel bikes or mountain bikes) and have a blast. Remember, this is not a race and the goal is to have fun and raise money for the local Non Profits, One Community Many Voices and the Mid Coast chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association. One Community Many Voices, focuses its efforts on providing gap funding to help overcome barriers related to youth aspirations, elderly independent living, well-being, and employment/skill development. In return, recipients paid it forward through volunteering in the community.

It is important to note that the Frost Heave Fondo is a self navigated ride. There will be a file sent out to the registered riders email address a few days prior to the event. You can add the course to your Gps, your phone, print it out etc....whatever works for you. You will want to bring your sense of adventure as we want to keep the course limited with signage.

What: 31-mile adventurous road ride (not a race), with rolling start, everyone leaves at the same time. Limited to 150 riders.
Where: Meeting at Threshers Brewing, 22 Main St., Searsmont, and heading out from Searsmont through Appleton, Union and returning to Threshers in Searsmont.
When: April 5th 10am, rain, snow, sleet, or shine. No refunds, bring your sense of adventure, and be prepared for frost heaves.
How Much: $25 for adults, under 18 FREE. (Must pre-register at Eventbrite)


Midcoast Maine

Event Leader

Scott Carlson