May and June , 2015

Welcome to the GSW Web Site -

National Bike to Work Week is May 11 - 15
National Bike to Work Day is May 15

Click the link below
for our May/June Rides Calendar Summary

Rides Calendar - Summary for May and June
Ride details are sent to all members and guests upon request.

Please email the GSW Office for a listing so you
can try our rides, then join the club!

Rides Calendar - Summary for July and August

2015 GSW Social Information & Schedule

Meetings are normally planned for the second Monday of the month, March through October, from 7-9 p.m. There is no meeting scheduled for December only. Beginning in 2015 there are meetings scheduled in January and February. The agenda is flexible but usually follows some basic guidelines:

Introduction of all attendees
Brief review of recent and upcoming GSW events
Update on BWA-NH bicycling advocacy and education efforts
Short program on bike maintenance, products, nutrition, cycling tips,etc.
Question and answer period
Social time to “mix and mingle”

Free snack items including pizza are provided by the GSW. Mark your calendars and join us for a full season of interesting meetings in different places. Please see our listing of GSW Sponsors for exact locations and phone numbers.

- May 11 National Safety Council of Northern NE
Concord Crossing 2 Whitney Rd., Concord, NH
See Directions below

 - June 9 Papa Wheelies
653 Islington St.
Portsmouth, NH

As for all GSW general meetings, members and guests are welcome to socialize, meet Board members and ride leaders, learn more about the club, and enjoy some free snacks.

For more information about a meeting or the club in general, contact the Granite State Wheelmen at:,
or call 603-898-5479.

We hope to see you soon!
GSW Board of Directors

Seacoast Century 2015 Registration is Open!
Come join us for the 42nd Annual Seacoast Century Ride! 
Saturday, September 26 - Sunday, September 27, 2015

Our Seacoast Century route follows the New Hampshire and Maine coastline with some short scenic inland loops.  This fall, cycle New England's coast with us and enjoy level to rolling terrain passing scenic small towns and beachfront communities, great ocean views with sandy beaches, headlands, rivers, wetlands, and forest. 

Our route includes historic Portsmouth, State Parks, the Nubble Lighthouse, harbor views and a chance to take a dip in the ocean after the ride or stop and take in a local event like the Portsmouth Maritime Festival.

Be a Seacoast Century volunteer and ride for free! There are many ways to help make this event a success. Check Volunteer Ops

Details at the link below.
Register now to get the discounted fee: $40 now, $50 after July 31
Registrations must be made on-line by September 6th.

You can also connect with other cyclists riding in this event at our
Strava & Facebook event sites:

New this year:
- Early check-in on Friday evening 4-6 PM
(in addition to Sat & Sun from 7AM on)

- After-Ride Activities are set for Saturday including a Bike EXPO (Bikes, gear, clothing, tours, trails, Clubs, training, health info and more) and an Optional Meal (you can select this option for you and friends and family who may be joining you at the end of the ride.)

Volunteer & Ride the 2015 Seacoast Century

How about volunteering for the 2015 Seacoast Century on September 26-27 th ? Our GSW Seacoast Century volunteers are a big reason why riders come back year after year. If you've helped out in the past or are considering signing on for the first time, we can use your help. All together we need about 80 volunteers to make our 42 nd annual Century a success. The good news is that if you volunteer, you can ride the Century for free, get a volunteer tee shirt and a bowl or soup or chilli on Saturday afternoon. Many folks volunteer one day and ride the Century the other day or help out in the morning and ride in the afternoon. To volunteer, please contact Donna Hepp at or Mark Mac Kenzie at

How Can You Help?

Volunteers play a great many roles.

Prior to Century Weekend: If you want to help before the Century Weekend, we need volunteers to help mark the routes, shop for Century food and supplies, publicity, checking over supplies, and work with sponsors and the Century Bike EXPO. We are also looking at a few folks to take the lead on key roles: Food and Supplies, Volunteer Coordination, Century EXPO Coordination, Rest Stop Coordinators, and Communications/Media. New this year, we will be hosting a Bike EXPO on Saturday afternoon after the ride at the Hampton Beach Pavilion with vendors from bicycle shops, clubs, tour companies, bike gear manufacturers, etc. as well as an optional catered meal of soup or chowder.

Century Weekend: On Friday, September 25 th, volunteers assist by loading and unloading the rental truck, setting up Headquarters at Hampton Beach, separating the Century food and gear for the three rest stops (new one added in Eliot, Maine) and then holding early check-in for riders on Friday evening. On Saturday and Sunday, we'll need volunteers to check-in riders, staff the three rest stops, suppport vehicle drivers, assistance with the Rider Hot Line (dispatch support vehicles) and help selling merchandise and checking in riders at the end of the day. On Saturday, we'll also need some folks in the afternoon to assist with serving food and provide information during the Bike EXPO. On Sunday afternoon, we'll need a crew to help with breaking down Headquarters, packing up the rental truck, and delivering the gear back to our storage unit. If you are interested in getting involved with the 2015 Century contact us! Donna Hepp or Mark Mac Kenzie

Donna Hepp and Mark Mac Kenzie Century Co-Coordinators

Get Connected

Here's how YOU can join the conversation:

With many thanks to our new GSW Publicity Chair, Mark Eldridge, our Facebook page and other social media are up and running with many interesting postings already. Your involvement on our various social media platforms helps GSW make a difference. Please like, share, tag and submit pictures from your rides, etc.
Read more about Meetup HERE
Read more about Strava HERE

Of course, new social media folks should always join the parent GSW CLUB to receive the GSW newsletter (Pedal Talk), for insurance purposes, for discounts, and other advantages. See Membership Info

Join the GSW E-Group
Simply send a message to:
You will then have Club notices
sent directly to your e-mail account.

New GSW Membership Option

How do you like to receive our bi-monthly GSW Pedal Talk newsletter?

Via email for $15.00 per year? Via USPS “snail mail” for $25.00 per year?

How about both ways for the “paper price” of $25.00 per year?

Some people don’t want anything on paper but rather like the speed of email delivery, lower cost, and wish to be as “green” as possible. About 70% of the GSW has now “gone electronic.”

Other people “hate” email, don’t use a computer, want nothing to do with the Internet, and/or like the convenience of taking the paper version of Pedal Talk with them wherever they go.

Some members have expressed an interest in receiving both versions of Pedal Talk delivered for on-line reference and having the paper newsletter on the coffee table, in their car, or wherever. Starting in August 2014, this new “dual delivery” option is available at no extra cost above the normal $25.00 “paper rate.” If you are interested in this option and are currently receiving the paper Pedal Talk via mail, just let me know and I will code your membership record accordingly. Anyone joining the GSW or renewing their membership at the $25.00 “paper rate” should request the “dual delivery” option if interested.

We aim to please our members, so “have it your way!”

Dave Topham,
GSW Memberships,


2015 Annual GSW Lobster F&S

The 53rd Annual Granite State Wheelmen F&S lobster clambake and bicycle rides are set for Saturday, August 8!

Come to Adolphe and Marguerite’s home at 24 Dunklee Street, Concord, New Hampster, for the tasty crustaceans.

To reserve your lobster, steamers and corn, send $20 (SUCH a DEAL!) to Fred and Paula McLaughlin, 20 Thorndike Street, Concord, N.H. 03301-3631, (603) 229-0323 by July 25.

If you don't want lobster, bring something to put on the grill. We will have cold drinks.

Rides of 20 to 50 miles of varied pace begin at 10:30 a.m. Cue sheets have been provided by the Pedaling for Payson charity ride.

For those interested in coming to the party only, the clambake begins at 1:30 p.m. Please bring lawn chairs.

Directions: From I-93, Exit 12N to South Main Street for about a half-mile; left onto McKinley Street (opposite Garry’s Service Center); first right onto Dunklee Street for less than a half-mile to No. 24 on left.

Board Positions still Open

Please think about these Board positions that are open and may be right for YOU. They are Social Secretary and Recording Secretary.
For more information contact

Training Article - Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail
Periodization and Planning

by Thom Cormier NSCA-CPT
USACycling Level 1 Coach

With the holidays behind us it’s a good time to look back at your season to see what went right and what didn’t. Did you reach your goals? If so what where some of the things that helped you, if not what were the things that held you back. Read more HERE

Health Benefits of Gaining and Maintaining Cycling Fitness
submitted by Lily Hall

It is widely acknowledged that cycling is one of the best ways for people to achieve good health and fitness. According to numerous scientific studies and research papers (notably a New England Journal of Medicine paper by Paffenbarger, Hyde, Wing and Hsieh, 1986) people who cycle regularly live longer and healthier lives than people who don't. Of course, it needs to be considered that people who cycle are generally likely to be more active and health conscious in other ares of their lives, but the health benefits of cycling are rarely in doubt. Read more HERE


Rail Trail Etiquette

With more and more people using the rail trails in New Hampshire thanks to on-going development and a lot of hard work by volunteers, we hear of incidents which make biking or walking on the trails less than the best experience. Sometimes guidelines are posted at trailheads, parking lots, etc. but they are commonly not seen or ignored if they are seen and read – unfortunately. The following list has been compiled from various on-line sources and might provide some guidance for the next time you are using a rail trail – or at least you could tell someone else about established guidelines. Just like on-road cycling, a little common sense and courtesy goes a long way! See Tidbits page

Link to Notices of Interest to Concord Cyclists


GSW Ride Leader
Credit Guidelines Updated

Effective March 1, 2011, the GSW Ride and Mileage Credit Guidelines enacted on April 12, 2004 are hereby amended. Section I, item 9 has been modified as follows and item 10 is deleted.

9. In the event of a scheduled ride having no one attend except the ride leader, that ride will not be allowed mileage or ride leader credits. A minimum of two people (the ride leader plus one other rider) are required to allow credits. One erson riding alone is not considered a club ride but rather is a fun or personal ride. Options include rescheduling the ride to a time and place for better attendance or else eliminating the ride from the schedule due to a lack of interest by the club membership or guest riders.
The above clarification was reviewed and approved by the GSW Board of Directors on February 19, 2011. If there are any questions, please ontact the GSW President.

Please see the updated guidelines
R & M Guidelines

>>>>> GSW Mileage >>>>>

IS YOUR MILEAGE CORRECT? It is your responsibility to make sure your mileage is correct. To insure that your mileage is correct in Pedal Talk you must record your mileage after each ride on the ride sheets provided by the ride leader. If the sign-up sheet is not around, call your ride leader immediately to record your mileage on the sheet. If unable to reach the ride leader, then call Hetty Andrews at 603-889-3222 or email: to get credit.
It is also your responsibility to print your name legibly on the ride sheet. If I cannot read the name, you will not get credit.

Rides must be listed in Pedal Talk for the mileage to count with GSW. If you have a question about your mileage, feel free to call me. If you send a printout of the dates, locations and mileage, I will be glad to compare it to the computer records. Sometimes sign-up sheets have not been received. If you have a single GSW membership and a spouse/significant other, son or daughter goes on a ride with you, please indicate that relationship on the sign up sheet, so he or she will get mileage credit.
RIDE LEADERS: It is very important that you do not hold ride sheets and send them all in at once for the month. Please submit sheets on a weekly basis. Also, all sheets must be in to me before the deadline of Pedal Talk to be accounted for in the mileage totals. Also note: Mileage pedaled on exploratory rides earns mileage credit.


GSW mileage tracking year ended September 30, 2014
October 1 starts the 2015 mileage tracking season.

What is Commuter Mileage?

Commuter mileage includes using your bicycle, rather than a motor vehicle, for transportation on any errand or to reach any destination such as work, school, shopping, to pay a bill, or to reach a GSW ride site, etc. The GSW encourages commuting and recognizes high mileage commuters at the Annual Fall Banquet. Commuter mileage is tracked from October 1st through September 30th of the following year.

Note: Mileage may be submitted by mail or email and must be received by the first of every even-numbered month to appear in the next issue of Pedal Talk.
Road and Tandem Mileage are recorded separately. If a “T” is added along with your signature and printed name, you will get Tandem Mileage. If you would rather have Road Mileage, just leave off the “T”. Send commuter mileage to:

Hetty Andrews
44 Deerhaven Dr.
Nashua , NH 03064

Are you Curious about Yoga?

Our Pedal Talk Editor, Laurie Daley is also a certified Yoga Instructor! Click HERE for more information

Click on the rides links above or select the category of your choice in the left-hand column then join the fun! Are you wondering how to get started with the GSW? Check out the "Where Do I Start?" page for some suggestions. Please view our Meetings page. Once you see everything offered by the GSW you may just wish to join the club for only $15.00 a year. Click over to the Memberships page to read more about the club. Check out our many rides and events including some local bicycling news and non-bicycling activities listed on our Special Events, Weekend Events, and "Tid-Bits" pages.

You may be interested in some of the many rewarding opportunities to volunteer in club activities. Check Volunteer Ops.

Comments welcome!

Don't see a ride to your liking? Then volunteer to lead your favorite rides, sharing it with new friends. GSW is always looking for energetic, creative volunteers.

Check out our site, and let us know what you think. Please e-mail your comments or ideas to the Web Publisher

Updated 05/01/2015

Granite State Wheelmen


Membership Info

President's Message

Ride Ratings

Ride Schedule Summary

GSW Meetup

Cue Sheet Archive


2015 Seacoast Century

2014 Seacoast Century Review

Info for Concord Members


Charity Rides
Invitational Rides


Club Info

Bike-Walk Alliance of NH





"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race."

H. G. Wells