Not everyone wants to take a map and go out into the woods by themselves. Here are some resources for biking with others in the greater-Portland/southern-Maine region.

So you can ride a bike, but are new to mountain biking?

If you’re interested in riding with others, but aren’t yet ready to join a “regular ride” the Bike Coalition of Maine has skills clinics for “beginner-to-intermediate” that are led by super-nice, top-notch instructors. See Foundations of Mountain Biking on Facebook.

Ready to ride with a group?

The New England Mountain Bike Association website is a good way to keep an eye on what’s happening regionally. They have two chapters where many greater-Portland riders keep in touch on Facebook:
Greater Portland (GPNEMBA) on Facebook
Central Maine (CeMeNEMBA) on Facebook

Shop rides

Local bike shops Allspeed Cyclery & Snow, Cyclemania, Ernie’s Cycle Shop and Gorham Bike and Ski all have weekly “shop rides” that are open to the public.

Informal Groups

Rage on Portland is a local group that usually gathers for Tuesday night rides in the Portland area as well as other occasional rides. Sign up for the email list here. (Don’t worry, they’re not angry.)

Single Track Sisters is a women-only group that meets Wednesday nights in the Portland area, and often leads an all-levels ride on Monday nights during the summer.

Dirt Divas is a women’s group that rides Monday nights in the Central Maine area, and other rides ad hoc.

MOAC-MTB is a small spinoff from the Maine Outdoor Adventure Club that rides on Tuesday nights in locations ranging from Kennebunkport to Poland.

Looking to get your hands dirty?

A great way to ease into a group is to volunteer for trail work. You’ll be building or maintaining trails alongside like-minded people who can give suggestions or might invite you to join them on a ride. Maybe you’ll come back the next day and ride the trails you’ve just improved.

GPNEMBA and CeMeNEMBA frequently post trail work days.

Volunteers are always welcomed by the stewards of the land we’re riding, such as: