THE 27th ANNUAL CADILLAC CHALLENGE CENTURY RIDE WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 7, RAIN OR SHINE
Good (sunny and warm) afternoon!
The Cadillac Challenge Century Bicycle Ride had 108 registered riders for our 26th annual event on October 1, 2017. There are always riders that don't sign in or who come after the start, but that's OK. After all, it's a "Show up and ride" event. All I know is that they ate a lot of food. Fortunately, we had enough so for everyone.
Rider were generous with donations. We had enough money to pay all our expenses and make donations to organizations that loaned us equipment or allowed us to use their space; Tremont Community Center, MDI High School (fund for students that can't afford school supplies etc), MDI YWCA and Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary. Thanks also to Hannaford who donated some of the food and supplies. We had money left at the end and made a donation to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to further their mission to make Maine a better place to bicycle and walk. We don't keep any money for ourselves other than for direct expenses. I have a separate checking account for "Events", and keep whatever is left in that account to kick start the next year's event. (and if the weather is too bad, may not have enough in donations to cover expenses).
The weather was perfect for an early fall day - a little cool at the start, but the temps warmed up into the 50s and low 60 when the sun came up. Everyone seemed to enjoy the ride and we received many good compliments. We had one accident with a car, but even that gentleman was in good spirits and is looking forward to next year.
There were a couple of people taking pictures, and we will post them when available. If you have any photos of the event, please send them to me or post them on our Facebook site:
The 2018 Cadillac Challenge Century Bicycle Ride will be held on October 7, 2018, always the first Sunday in October. The route will be basically the same, not withstanding any construction that we may have to work around. I hope to add a rest stop at the Fabbri picnic area on the Park Loop Road. Fabbri is ˜24 miles from the Northeast Harbor rest stop, and ˜13 miles before the Cadillac Summit. Thirteen (13) miles between rest stops doesn't sound like much, but there is a lot of climbing. Adding that rest stop is a matter of getting a few more volunteers, and I have some ideas on how to do that. If you know anyone who would like to volunteer for a few hours, please let me know!
We have a great group of loyal volunteers. They appreciate your Thank Yous, and I want to give them recognition by name. Monique Dionne and Les Swartz are at Tremont. They bring everything except water and won't take any reimbursement. Mary Senore and Leslie Douglass do a great job at Northeast Harbor. Making all those chicken salad wraps and keeping them cold is a very important task. Pat Buccello staffs Cadillac alone and brings her stove so riders can have hot drinks in addition to plenty of food. Poncho Cole helps out everywhere, including sweep and tending to riders that need help or transportation, and he also hosts and edits the website, and runs the Facebook page. My wife, Penny, helps organize the event, buy the groceries, transport them to various rest stops, and supports me. The Cadillac Challenge would not happen without all of them! We do all this for you, the cyclists! Thanks to all of you who come out and ride, often in less than ideal conditions.
Please visit our Facebook page and save the date of October 7, 2018 of the 26th Annual Cadillac Challenge
If you have any questions or comments, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean S. Read