Seacoast Century In Review

The 2016 Seacoast Century Weekend, Sept. 24 - 25
Great Weather, Great Scenery & Great Volunteers!

Note:  Our 2017 Seacoast Century Weekend will be September 22-24 with early check-in available on Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at our Hampton Beach State Park headquarters.  No planned rides on Friday but you might elect to check out some of the maps and routes on your own.  Saturday and Sunday check-in starts at 7:00 a.m. with all services ending 5:00 p.m. both days.  On-line registration starts mid-February so visit this web site again soon!

Regarding our 2016 event, is really gratifying to talk with Seacoast Century riders and hear how much they love our Century. We were blessed with sunshine, more than a gentle breeze at times and the riders had a great time. “What a beautiful ride!", "This is my favorite ride.” “The marking was much better this year” “This was my first Century”. “Your volunteers at Fort Mc Clary were great help after I fell, I'll try again next year for back to back Centuries”. The volunteers, and police details got high marks from the riders. We could not host the Century without the dedication, patience and great attitude of 85+ intrepid GSW volunteers who designed the route, marked it, prepared the Cue Sheets and GPS files, got the permits, shopped, drove the trucks, made the sandwiches, SAGed, ran the Hotline and sold jerseys, and more. One great example is Dave Holmander who drove from far northern NH to provide early morning support as a rest stop mechanic both Saturday and Sunday! Whatever it took to make it happen, our volunteers stepped up and got it done!

Special thanks to our 2016 Seacoast Century Committee: Mark Mac Kenzie –
Co-Coordinator, Volunteers,Mechanics, SAGs and Sound, Donna Hepp-
Co-Coordinator, Permits, BikeReg, Media, Records, Theresa and Garry Gerossie – Food & Supplies, Al Jones – Storage, Gordon Rhodes – Routes, Maps & Cue Sheets, Bill Kennedy – Marking Lead, Bob Koehler – Merchandise, Tee Shirts &Hotline, Dave Topham- Century Materials, ,Web Wizard, Accounts, Rest Stop Lead, Jeff Mc Killip – Data & Spreadsheets, Bill Fisk- Rental Truck Driver, Marking, Linda Gould – Rest Stop Lead, Paula and Jim Fines- Registration Leads.

Our 43rd annual Seacoast Century Weekend drew 1130 registrations including 69 late reg or day of riders. Almost 1000 planned on the full century. SCC riders ranged in age from 7 to 83. Bob Tobey, sets the record by completing all but 1 of the 43 Seacoast Centuries, and completing a full century at age 83. Clearly, he's a role model for us all! Katherine Blagden, 7 rode to Fort Mc Clary and then back to Portsmouth.

Riders appreciated receiving maps and cue sheets online early (40%+ downloaded the information to devices and skipped the paper copies). This year registration included a bowl of soup and roll catered by Old Salt Restaurant. We continued the popular Friday evening check-in, Bike EXPO on Saturday and shared information remembering Elise Bouchard and Pam Wells, two cyclists killed in the tragic 2013 crash and an education fund for Pam's children.

Our 44th Seacoast Century is scheduled for September 23-24, 2017. Based on feedback from Rider Surveys, we are planning to substitute a loop in Eliot, Maine for the Massachusetts Loop next year. In our survey, almost 70% indicated they'd like an alternate to the Massachusetts Loop due to concerns about traffic, pavement and less scenic appeal. We have already mapped out a potential route, but couldn't move forward until 2017 due to a conflict with another event.

If you are interested in getting involved with the 2017 Century Committee contact Donna Hepp dhepp3@gmail.com or Mark Mac Kenzie gswcentury@gmail.com

We're proud of our GSW volunteers and this year's Century.

Donna Hepp and Mark Mac Kenzie



Katherine Blagden and Kristen Riley

We made it from Hampton beach to Fort McClary in Kittery and back to Prescott park in Portsmouth. Katherine and I are checking out the fairy festival here while the boys go back for the car. Gorgeous day for a ride. :-)

 

 

 

 

 

Here's a photo of long-time GSW member Bob Tobey, 83 who completed the full Century this year. This makes 42 Seacoast Century rides, (he missed one year due to an accident), for this intrepid cyclist who rides 40-50 miles almost every day.


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