Biking Guide

The Tri for a Cure Bike Course
(View Tri for a Cure Race Course in a larger map)
(You can download a printable version of the map here. PDF)

The 15-mile bike is a lollipop-shaped course on flat and rolling urban roads. The course will be well marked with signs and monitored closely by numerous volunteers wearing orange flags and vests. Please use caution and keep your speed under control, especially when approaching an intersection or turn.

Course Rules:

  • Helmets MUST be fastened before getting on your bike! Mounting a bike without helmet fastened may result in disqualification. 
  • Helmets may not be unfastened until after passing the dismount line.
  • Bike numbers MUST be displayed on your bike and helmet using the numbers provided in the race packet.  This can be done prior to race day.
  • Passing is only allowed on the left.
  • Single file riding only.
  • Roads are open to automotive traffic and all normal traffic rules are enforced, includig stopping traffic lights & stop signs. Be aware!
  • Obey all the rules of the road.  
  • Police may stop cyclists along the course to moderate traffic. The most likely stopping point on course is the Entrance to Portland Headlight.  
  • Ipods are not allowed. Disqualification will result.

Course Notes:

  • We recommend racking your bike in the lowest (easiest) gear. Fort Road goes uphill immediately after leaving the transition area. 
  • Use EXTREME caution in two areas:
    • Turning LEFT onto Rt. 77 from Sawyer Rd. in Scarborough. A police officer will be stationed at the intersection to help with traffic.
    • Turning RIGHT back into the transition area on your return rid. This is a very sharp curve!
  • Cyclemania will have an official mechanic support station in the transition area and a support vehicle riding along the bike course. Athletes experiencing mechanical difficulties may notify the nearest volunteer so that the mechanic can be alerted. There is no guarantee that the mechanic will be able to fix your bike on the course.
  • Three motorcycles will be on the bike course. Riders will be wearing Volunteer t-shirts. They will be looking for distressed cyclists and will come to cyclists’ aid if need be.
     
  • There are no water stations on the bike course. Plan ahead and bring a water bottle!
     
  • Bikes must be re-racked in their original spot before an athlete can proceed to the run!
  • Athletes will NOT be allowed back into Transition until the last person has transitioned to the RUN. No exceptions will be made!  Keep in mind the waiting time that may result after returning from the run. We suggest keeping a set of clean dry clothes in your car, or with a spectator.

 

Course Route

DISTANCE
Turn – By – Turn Bike Course Directions
0.0 mi.
START in transition area on SMCC campus
 
LEFT on Fort Rd.
  Follow straight though stop signs at Campus Center Drive
 
At stop sign LEFT on Preble St.
 
****CAUTION – ENTERING WILLARD SQUARE****
 
RIGHT on Pillsbury St. (Willard Square w/Scratch Bakery) 
 
RIGHT on Chase St.  Chase Street.  Chase Street curves to the left before reaching Sawyer.        
 
At Stop sign LEFT on Sawyer St.
 
At traffic light CROSS Cottage Rd. to go STRAIGHT on Sawyer St. 
 
****THIS IS A MAJOR INTERSECTION.  BIKES MAY BE STOPPED HERE DUE TO HEAVY TRAFFIC PATTERNS****
2.09 mi.
RIGHT to stay on Sawyer St. prior to meeting Ocean Ave.
 
CROSS Ocean Ave. to continue STRAIGHT on Sawyer Rd. (traffic light)
 
****THIS IS A MAJOR INTERSECTION.  BIKES MAY BE STOPPED HERE DUE TO HEAVY TRAFFIC PATTERNS****
4.0 mi.
At stop sign LEFT to continue on Sawyer Rd. (intersection of Sawyer/Fickett)
 
****THIS IS A MAJOR INTERSECTION.  BIKES MAY BE STOPPED HERE DUE TO HEAVY TRAFFIC PATTERNS****
5.8 mi.
At stop sign LEFT on Route 77 North 
 
**** CAUTION – SHARP LEFT TURN ON A BLIND CORNER. THIS IS A MAJOR INTERSECTION.  BIKES MAY BE STOPPED HERE DUE TO HEAVY TRAFFIC PATTERNS****
10.26 mi. 
After passing Cape Elizabeth High School RIGHT on Shore Rd. (4-way intersection in Cape E. ctr.)
 
*****THIS IS A VERY NARROW ROAD WITH NO BIKE LANES.  USE CAUTION!  BIKES MAY BE STOPPED AT ENTRANCE TO FORT WILLIAM’S PARK DUE TO HEAVY TRAFFIC PATTERNS.****
13.45 mi.
RIGHT on Preble St. (car service center at turn)
 
****CAUTION – ENTERING WILLARD SQUARE****
 
RIGHT to continue on Preble St. (Willard Square w/Scratch Bakery)
14.3 mi.
RIGHT on Fort Rd.
  RIGHT into LOT B (Transition Area)
Total Distance:  14.70 miles  

Hints & Tips:

  • Size Adjustments:  Make sure your bike is adjusted to fit your height. Nearly all bikes have adjustable seats and handlebars. 
  • Shorts:  Consider wearing bike shorts or triathlon shorts. They have built-in padding for comfort. Tri shorts typically contain less padding, but they do not absorb water, so you may prefer them if you are doing all 3 legs of the Tri for a Cure.
  • Shoes:  Bike shoes are recommended. They have stiff soles which give support heel to toe and also can adapt to clipless pedals.
  • Helmet:  Be sure your helmet fits and is within 5 years old. Polystyrene helmets can “dry up” and become brittle with age.
  • Hydration:  Equip your bike with a water bottle rack. It is recommended to drink 1 bottle per hour.
  • Emergency Flat Kit:  Compact bike repair kits can be found at most bike shops and fit easily under the seat.
  • Traffic:  Practice defensive biking! Always assume oncoming traffic hasn't or can't see you. 

 

Bike Maintenance:

Make sure your Bike is safe! Don’t just drag it out of the shed the day before and expect it to work. Local area bike shops can provide bike tune-ups.

There are 3 things you should do on a weekly basis to maintain your bike:

  1. Check the air in the tires.
    The proper pressure rating can be found on the side of tire.
     
  2. Clean your bike after use.
    Sand and grit from the road will accelerate corrosion and wear. 
     
  3. Keep the chain lubed up.
    Your bike will pedal faster with less effort!


Bike Rentals:

Cyclemania, located on the corner of India and Federal streets in Portland, Maine, rents bikes on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Cancer Survivors can rent a bike for FREE!

All other bike rentals are $35 for the event weekend.
Hybrids and Road Bikes available.