Sunday August 28, 2016
450 cyclists set out on a farm-to-table bicycle ride through Cumberland and Androscoggin Counties last Sunday. Riders started from Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, and stopped at 6 local farms to refuel with chef-prepared food made with ingredients from the farms. The event, Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine, is a recreational ride that draws athletes of all abilities. A number of professional cyclists, including the Colavita-Bianchi Women’s Pro Cycling Team rode alongside a mix of casual and competitive cycling enthusiasts throughout the day.
“A major goal of the Farm to Fork Fondo series is to provide opportunities for the cycling community to support and become better acquainted with the agricultural community. These farms are more than just gorgeous scenery. Connected to every beautiful barn are families doing work that is vital to our way of life, and we urge our participants to support local farmers wherever it is they call home,” said event founder, Tyler Wren.
“We are tremendously grateful for the cooperation of all of the communities along our course, and generous support from Wolfe’s Neck Farm and the dozens of local volunteers who helped make this year’s event a great success.”
Farm to Fork Fondo donated over $7,000 to to local farms and non-profit organizations. Beneficiaries included Wolfe’s Neck Farm ($4,400), Skyline Farm of North Yarmouth ($1,000), Brunswick Topsham Land Trust ($700), Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester ($550), and Garbage to Garden ($400). Financial support for the contributions was provided by New Holland Agriculture, Wrenegade Sports, Maine Beer Company, and participant donations.
Additional local partners included L.L. Bean, The Greater Portland Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, The North Face Store in Freeport, Stonewall Kitchen, and The Maine Sports Commission.
Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine is the fourth and final event in the 2016 Farm to Fork Fondo series. Prior events in 2016 were held in New York’s Hudson Valley, Lancaster County Pennsylvania, and Central Vermont.
More information can be found at FarmForkFondo.com
Additional Inquiries: Michael Femia, Wrenegade Sports Marketing & Production Manager, Michael@WrenegadeSports.com, 315-794-4819