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Message from the GSW President

The GSW moves into 2020 with a great year behind us!

As your club wraps-up 2019, you can think of many fun rides and events we conducted and with luck you experienced some of them for yourself. Local rides listed in Pedal Talk and ad-hoc rides on our MeetUp calendar provided many options to ride with others and explore new areas. We also had one weekend “get-away event” per month from May through September thereby providing different scenery and meeting cyclists from far and wide. Of course, our 46th annual Seacoast Century Weekend was our largest event of the year on September 20-22 with about 1,200 riders. (See details Seacoast Century 2019 Review

Not seen by everyone as yet is our new trade name of the Granite State Wheelers and new merchandise sporting the name, updated designs, and wide range of products. Corresponding changes to the By-Laws, State of NH records, and the bank account are not viewed by many people but still required a lot of time to implement.

In looking ahead to our 49th year in 2020, we foresee more ride offerings in more places, monthly social meetings in different and more casual venues, and incorporating more modern technology for office functions and the web site. We are also planning to offer a series of grants to NH-based bicycling-related organizations to help make our state better for all cyclists. Stay tuned for the grant guidelines and application that will be available early next year.

I wish to close our 2019 year by thanking the many ride leaders and Board members who devoted “non-saddle time” to help make good things happen all year – if not for decades. Special thanks go to Barbara Amos, our Web Publisher now stepping down after not missing a bi-monthly update cycle in over 15 years. Christina Brown, our Sag Wagon driver at the Jefferson/Lancaster weekend in July is still helping having started over 30 years ago. Hetty Andrews is still tracking GSW member mileage totals that she started in the 1980s using 3x5 index cards. And let’s not forget Donna Hepp, our prime Seacoast Century Weekend volunteer for over five years. Dedicated volunteers are what keeps the GSW running and for which we should all be thankful.

If you have any questions about the GSW or suggestions, please give me a shout! This is your club and there is always room for improvement. All it takes are good ideas, willing volunteers and time to keep the wheels rolling and paperwork flowing. Enjoy your cycling and stay safe!

Dave Topham
GSW President
Co-Founder, 1971

Granite State Wheelmen