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Tri-State Seacoast Century, September 20-21, 2014

"Cycle New England's Coast"

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates for the 2014 Seacoast Century?

September 20-21, 2014. (The third weekend after Labor Day.)

What are the dates for the 2015 event?

Always the third weekend after Labor Day which will be September 26-27 in 2015.

Is there a limit on the number of riders?

Yes, 1,600 riders for the weekend. All riders must register on-line with BikeReg.com and will receive a T-shirt upon check-in.

Why is this a two-day event? Most century rides are only one day!

Simple answer: 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.

Note: All rides start and end at our Hampton Beach State Park headquarters (southern most point in the Park near the harbor)..

Is there an optional dinner?

There are 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.

How are the roads?

All roads 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.

What about the police?

All police 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.

Police details 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.

Can I buy a extra T-shirt the day of the ride?

Only late 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 for purchase.

Can I exchange my T-shirt for a different size at the event?

Only late Sunday afternoon, after all other riders receive theirs.

What is the weather like that time of year?

Daytime temperatures 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.

What food 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.

Can I 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.

Can I 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.

Can I get a map of the ride?

This website has a basic map posted for viewing.

Where do you recommend we stay in the area?

We cannot 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, call 1-866-230-9011.

Will there be any bike repairs available?

We expect 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!

Will I receive information on next year's ride?

All registered 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.

More questions?

Please use the following email link to contact the GSW Century Committee if your questions have not been answered above.

 

Seacoast Century Contact