The Maine Winter Sports Center will host its first Harvest Classic bike race and tour in Caribou on Sunday.

Two events are planned: A 40-mile race and a 20-mile tour. Cyclists of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to participate.

The 40-mile race will be a two-lap event that starts in the Caribou High School parking lot and loops through Carson, Perham and Woodland. The 20-mile tour is a one-lap event on the same course.

The 40-miler begins at 9 a.m., while the 20-miler starts at 9:05. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. at Caribou High School. No preregistration will be necessary.

Entry fee is $12, or $10 with the donation of a used pair of running shoes to the MWSC shoe recycling program. Shoes will be collected on the morning of the event.

All proceeds from the races will be given to the Northern Skiers junior athlete fund.

For more information, call David Chamberlain at 540-3866.

Fat Tire Festival on tap

Mountain bike enthusiasts will flock to Presque Isle on Sept. 27-28 to take part in the third annual TAMC/NHSC Fat Tire Festival.

The events will take place on the trails of the Nordic Heritage Center.

On Sept. 27, the Mountain Bike Fun Day will feature tours of the Nordic Heritage Center trails and a bike rodeo, both at no cost to participants. A Spare Tire Fun Adventure Relay and a downhill race are planned, with nominal entry fees.

On Sept. 28, the finale of the Maine Mountain Bike Association’s point series races will be held. Point champions in novice, sport and expert categories will be determined.

For more information, go to or contact Chad McPherson at or Mark Shea at or 227-7465.

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John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. He spent 28 years working for the BDN, including 19 years as the paper's outdoors columnist or outdoors editor. While...