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Dempsey Challenge Announces New Two-Day Ride For 2015

Scenic ride October 17-18 to raise funds for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing

LEWISTON, ME. – [04/29/15] The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing has announced a new addition to the 2015 Dempsey Challenge Weekend –  The Dempsey Challenge Two-Day Ride presented by Specialized. The ride will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18, beginning and ending at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston.

The Two-Day Ride will challenge participants in new ways, with back-to-back days of cycling new routes that include some great climbs through rolling hills and spectacular views of Maine’s legendary rugged coast. This exclusive, intimate ride is limited to 75 riders and geared toward the accomplished cyclist. The Ride will offer a taste of Maine hospitality and authenticity while raising funds for those impacted by cancer and participants will experience autumn in Maine, enjoy great food and drink, generate lasting memories, and be a part of the inspiring community that is the Dempsey Challenge.

On Day One of the ride, cyclists will explore the midcoast of Maine, covering 60+ miles and more than 3,000 vertical feet of challenging roads, ending with an exquisite Maine farm-to-table dinner. Day Two will cover nearly 70 miles and will include 3500+ feet of climbing, including views of Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester, before hooking up with the one-day Dempsey Challenge course to finish the last 30 miles together. At the finish line, cyclists will experience the cheering spectators, music, fun and traditional Maine Lobster Bake that the Dempsey Challenge has become known for.

“We decided to add the Two-Day Ride to the 2015 Dempsey Challenge because we wanted to offer a new way to engage cyclists and share the beauty of Maine with an even larger community,” said Aimee Arsenault, Manager of Development and Special Events for the Dempsey Center. She added, “Working with our longtime partner Specialized on this exciting event has been fantastic and we can’t wait to introduce 75 lucky riders to the wonders of Maine in the fall and the important work of the Dempsey Center that their efforts are helping to fund.”

The Two-Day ride has a $150 registration fee and a fundraising minimum of $1,000. Registration fees will help to cover costs including lunch and the farm-to-table dinner at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport on Saturday, breakfast and a traditional Maine lobster bake Sunday, as well as other event operational expenses. Overnight accommodations on Saturday (Day One) are included. Participants will receive an exclusive Two-Day Ride t-shirt and club-cut cycling jersey as well as the virtual goody bag, water bottle, reusable grocery bag, beer ticket and entry into the Lobster Trap on Sunday that all Dempsey Challenge participants receive.

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The Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen is a fundraising experience for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. Comprised of a Two-Day Ride, various other cycling distances (10, 25, 50, 70 and 100 miles), and a 5K (3.1 mile) and 10K (6.2 mile) run/walk, participants 18 and over are required to raise $150 for the run/walk and 1-day cycle and $1000 for the Two-Day Ride, as they prepare for The Dempsey Challenge. The 2015 Dempsey Challenge is Saturday, October 17 (5 and 10k run/walk) and Sunday October 18 (cycling), The Dempsey Challenge Two-Day Ride presented by Specialized begins Saturday October 17 in Lewiston, Maine. Sign up today at dempseychallenge.org

About Specialized: Specialized Bicycle Components was founded in 1974 by riders for riders. Based in Northern California, we focus on the rider's need for functional and technically advanced products that provide a performance benefit.

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