More than 500 cyclists took to Maine’s local farms on August 27 as part of the critically acclaimed Farm to Fork Fondo series. The crowd, ranging from professional athletes to first-time riders, joined together to celebrate Maine’s abundance of farm fresh food and to enjoy Maine’s southern coast and sweeping views.
The Farm to Fork Fondo - Maine event, hosted at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, featured aid stations at six local farms placed along three routes ranging in distance from 13 - 92 miles. Participants enjoyed local goods such as carrot cake cookies, vegetable crudite, zucchini feta bruschetta at each aid station. “I think this might be the only bike ride where I’m gaining calories rather than losing them.” said one participant between bites at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, home to the only remaining Shaker community in the world. Like all Farm to Fork Fondo events, participants found a barbecue waiting for them at the finish line with food from all the partner farmers and live music from Half Moon Jug Band. Unlike other Farm to Fork Fondo events, the Maine event is the only ride that serves lobster and mussels, making it truly unique.
Farm to Fork Fondo - Maine was the fifth event of the series' busy summer season. Farm to Fork Fondo was founded by Tyler Wren in 2014 after a 13 year career as a professional cyclist. With his passion for fitness and healthy living, Wren has worked with sponsors and farmers alike to produce the events throughout the Northeast. The series aims to celebrate fitness and eating locally by combining food, fitness, and traveling into one unforgettable experience.
Since it’s start in 2014, Farm to Fork Fondo has received widespread attention for both its concept and its model execution. Hailed as a one of the best trips of 2017 by Outside Magazine and as a top destination by SELF Magazine, this has been the series’ busiest season yet with more than 2,800 riders . Two new locations, New York’s Finger Lakes and the Berkshires in Massachusetts, were added to the already brimming roster. “I was excited to add more locations,"said Farm to Fork Fondo founder and director, Tyler Wren, "but the Maine event has always been a highlight simply because it has so much to offer. It's the perfect place for an event like this."
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, Silca, Stans No Tubes, Bar Mitts, Tetra Bike, Drink Maple, Ride With GPS, Velofix, CyclOps, Pactimo, 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.
Founder & Principal, Wrenegade Sports