Cycling for a Cause: the 2014 Trek Across Maine

Cycling for a Cause: the 2014 Trek Across Maine

One of the benefits of living in Maine between 2012 and 2013 was the opportunity to work with Karsten Moran and the American Lung Association to photograph the Trek Across Maine. The three-day, 180-mile ride from the mountains of Bethel to the coast at Belfast raises money for the Lung Association's goal of improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The 30th annual Trek this June raised about $2 million, and I was pleased to photograph it once again.

  

Though rain clouds hovered for much of the weekend, the more than 2,000 riders relished the opportunity to explore the Maine countryside for a great cause. I'm constantly impressed by how positive everyone (cyclists, volunteers, and strangers cheering on the side of the road) always are during this event. It's something I'm honored to be part of.

 

There are many challenges apparent to photographing 2,000 cyclists on roads that are still open to traffic. Karsten drove, and we'd stop every few miles when there was particularly interesting scenery to photograph cyclists against (anywhere without power lines was a strong candidate for such a stop).

We stayed at college dorms along the route (University of Maine at Farmington one night, Colby College the next) and made pictures of most aspects of the event including meals and evening entertainment. Once again the Trek provided an opportunity to photograph something uniquely positive.