45 th Anniversary Seacoast Century Weekend
September 21-23rd, 2018
We had another fine Century weekend with a bit of wind on Saturday and better conditions on Sunday. The riders came through with lots of positive comments. Over 400 were first-time participants in the Seacoast Century. Most riders came from New England, with the highest number from Massachusetts. There were also riders from the Midwest, West Coast, Texas, Florida, Quebec and two from England.
Registration numbers were very close to 2017. The Century loop through Eliot, Maine and inland loops continue to be a crowd pleaser. Rest stops in York and Eliot took additional support supplied by partnering with local church and school booster groups in Eliot. This makes the Seacoast Century a fund-raiser for local organizations as well as bicycling safety and education. It connects the Granite State Wheelmen with Seacoast communities at a deeper level and added some terrific new volunteers from youth groups. We hope to expand this further in 2019 in Kittery.
Our volunteers, and police details are appreciated by the riders. We could not host the Century without them. This year there were close to 90 volunteers including the Eliot groups to make this Century a success. Volunteers make it happen and we've built an event that riders return to year after year because of the scenery and great support. That said, we had about 10 fewer volunteers this year during the Century and were challenged at times to make everything work. Fortunately, our volunteers solved problems like lost rider numbers, missing peanut butter & bread, and stretched to help with rest stops, merchandise sales and the Hot Line.
Our riders ranged from 8 to 88 years old. Over 100 riders completed their first 100 mile ride with us this year. It was great to share in their triumph and celebrations. The special 1 st Century head bands and the 45 th anniversary cakes (the riders devoured 5 full sheet cakes at the finish of the ride) were a hit. Bob Tobey, a GSW member was back for his 44th Seacoast Century. He's done all but one of them over the years.
Next year is our 46 th Seacoast Century. The dates are September 20-22 nd. We will begin planning for next year this winter. If you are interested in learning more about our Seacoast Planning Team, we can always use new ideas and invite you to join us. We are looking for folks to step in and get involved, especially with assisting in key leadership roles like Assistant or Co- Coordinator, purchasing food and supplies, GSW merchandise sales, volunteer coordination which uses SignUp, a great online tool and other key roles.
If you are interested in getting involved with the 2019 Century Committee contact Mark Mac Kenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Donna Hepp at email@example.com.
We're proud of our GSW volunteers and this year's Century.
Donna Hepp and Dave Topham