FREEPORT, ME - Unique farm-to-table cycling event, Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine, will return to Wolfe's Neck Farm August 26-27, 2017.
Farm to Fork Fondo - Maine is non-competitive, and features aid stations on farms throughout Southern Maine that serve chef-prepared food made from each farm’s ingredients. In 2016, the inaugural edition of Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine sold out, drawing nearly 500 cyclists to the region, and highlighting 8 local farm businesses. This summer's event generated an estimated $506,000 in local economic impact, and made over $7,000 in charitable contributions to local organizations. Next year's event will expand, with an anticipated attendance of 600 riders.
"One of our core goals is to encourage a richer mutual understanding between farmers and consumers. We want participants to appreciate Maine's rural beauty, but also see firsthand where their food comes from, and give farmers a chance to feel better understood by the general public," says Tyler Wren, Farm to Fork Fondo Event Director, and founder of organizer Wrenegade Sports. "Many of our participants live in urban areas, and this may be one of the only opportunities they have to meet the families who invest a lifetime in feeding the rest of us."
"The Maine Sports Commission is excited for the return of the Farm to Fork Fondo next summer, says Sheila Brennan Nee, Strategic Director of the Maine Sports Commission. "This first-time event resulted in an impressive economic impact while making a positive imprint on the Southern Maine community. The beginning of a rich relationship is forming between Maine and organizer Wrenegade Sports as this unique activity becomes an annual, signature event!"
Additional local partners include L.L. Bean, 111 Catering, Maine Beer Company, Maine Shore Lobster Bakes, Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau, Freeport USA, Maine Sports Commission, and Martha Bars.
Online registration will open on Sunday January 15, 2017.
Visit FarmForkFondo.com for more information.
ABOUT FARM TO FORK FONDO
Farm to Fork Fondo is a series of non-competitive cycling events in iconic farmland regions throughout the Northeastern United States. The mission of the Farm to Fork Fondo series is to highlight and support the symbiotic relationship between cyclists, farmers and beautiful landscapes. Ride options range from 10 to 100 miles, and include several on-farm aid stations where participants sample chef-prepared treats made from each farm’s ingredients. For more information, visit FarmForkFondo.com.
Farm to Fork Fondo partners include Colavita, Bianchi, Elite Performance Team, Maple Hill Creamery, GU Energy Labs, Vittoria, Stages, Stans No Tubes, Bar Mitts, Tetra Bike, Drink Maple, Cycliq, Ride With GPS, Velofix, CyclOps, Jakroo Custom Design, and Rudy Project.
June 11: Farm to Fork Fondo – Hudson Valley
June 25: Farm to Fork Fondo – Finger Lakes
July 16: Farm to Fork Fondo – Vermont
July 29: Farm to Fork Fondo – Pennsylvania Dutch
August 27: Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine
September 24: Farm to Fork Fondo – Berkshires
ABOUT WRENEGADE SPORTS
Wrenegade Sports produces the Farm to Fork Fondo event series. Wrenegade Sports was founded by former professional cyclist Tyler Wren with a mission to whip up perfect combinations of health, social good, community and fun into unique and awesome events. Wrenegade Sports' guiding principles are: to promote physical activity in a fun and supportive environment; to create achievable challenges for people of all ages and physical abilities; to leave our event host communities better than we found them and to use our events to do social good.
For more information, visit WrenegadeSports.com.
Wrenegade Sports Marketing & Production Manager