Seacoast Century, September 20-21, 2014
New England's Coast"
the dates for the 2014 Seacoast Century?
20-21, 2014. (The third weekend after Labor Day.)
the dates for the 2015 event?
third weekend after Labor Day which will be September 26-27 in 2015.
a limit on the number of riders?
riders for the weekend. All riders must register on-line with BikeReg.com
and will receive a T-shirt upon check-in.
this a two-day event? Most century rides are only one day!
Flexibility! While a National Century (100 miles) is to be completed in
ten consecutive hours, by offering rides of 25, 50, 63, and 100 miles
on both days riders can pick the day of their choice -- or ride on both
days with full services for less than two single-day registrations. Many
people come from out of state, and may do the full Century on Saturday,
take a shorter ride on Sunday, socialize from Friday evening through Sunday
afternoon, then head for home or visit other attractions in our Granite
State. More flexibility exists as we do not have a mass-start and riders
can pedal north or south first thus avoiding crowded roadways, not to
mention a lower risk of accidents.
rides start and end at our Hampton Beach State Park headquarters (southern
most point in the Park near the harbor)..
an optional dinner?
no planned dinners or social events. This keeps our Century costs low
and gives you more flexibility. You’ll plenty of opportunities
along the route to meet friends or other riders. Many gather early in
the morning at headquarters and the Maine rest stop. There is a excellent
variety of local restaurants where cyclists may gather to swap stories,
talk about the event, and dine.. For more information about restaurants
and accommodations, please visit www.hamptonbeach.com, call 1-866-230-9011,
or contact the Hampton Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-GET-A-TAN.
are paved and very suitable for riding a Century ride. The route is very
scenic but not fast as we use many side roads and travel through some
congested areas. But there are very few hills! (Yes, our Century is "flatter
than the flattest" -- sorry, NBW!) Total elevation climbed for the
entire 100 mile route is reportedly less than 1,500 vertical feet. However,
no guarantees on the wind or the weather! There are no road closures,
all roads are open to vehicle traffic.
departments along our route have been informed about our event and will
be enforcing the rules of the road. We will have police details stationed
at key intersections, patrolling the route, and at headquarters. They
will be assisted by some of our volunteers acting as route marshals who
will be wearing safety-green T-shirts. Our goal is to make our event as
safe and enjoyable as possible for all participants while still sharing
the roads with motorists.
in cruisers and unmarked cars will stop and ticket riders who blatantly
ignore the rules of the road. Cycling two or more abreast and impeding
the flow of normal traffic will not be tolerated. DO NOT BLOCK THE ROADS!
Be courteous and use common sense.
Do I have
to let you know the distance I will be riding?
No, you can
ride any distance you choose as long as you return by 5:00 PM. We ask
in the entry form what distance you plan to ride to give us a general
idea of how many riders plan to do each distance. No services including
food will be available after 5:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday. The remote
rest stops close at 4:00 PM.
buy a extra T-shirt the day of the ride?
Sunday afternoon. We purchase enough for all pre-registered riders, plus
a few extras. T-shirts will be distributed at the beginning of the ride.
Other GSW merchandise including special event jerseys will be available
exchange my T-shirt for a different size at the event?
Sunday afternoon, after all other riders receive theirs.
the weather like that time of year?
are generally in the 50's and 60's, although, it can be much cooler at
the start of the ride at 7:00 AM.
will be available at the rest stops?
In past years
we have had cookies, crackers, oranges, bananas, peanut butter sandwiches
made with "When Pigs Fly" gourmet bread, water, and Gatorade.
We will continue to offer these items plus some items suggested in recent
years including pretzels and bottled water.
register by mail?
No. All registrations
will be done on-line with BikeReg.com starting in March 2014. Mail-in
and walk-in registrations are not available.
get a cue sheet before the ride?
No. Due to
road and bridge construction, the cue sheets are not finalized until just
before the event. We will post anything available on this web site a few
weeks before the event.
get a map of the ride?
has a basic map posted for viewing.
do you recommend we stay in the area?
recommend any specific accommodations, but keep in mind that our headquarters
is located at Hampton Harbor, the southern-end of Hampton Beach. We suggest
you contact the Hampton Beach Chamber of Commerce at http://www.hamptonbeach.org,
call 1-800-GET-A-TAN, or visit the commercial web site http://www.hamptonbeach.com,
be any bike repairs available?
to have local bike shops assisting riders at the headquarters and at the
Maine rest stop at Fort McClary. Bike mechanics will not patrol the route
-- be prepared and reasonably self-sufficient!
receive information on next year's ride?
2013 participants will be sent an email announcing the registrations for
our 2014 event. All 2014 participants who register via BikeReg.com will
be notified of the 2015 Seacoast Century in early spring 2015.
the following email link to contact the GSW Century Committee if your
questions have not been answered above.