Weekend Events Highlights

2017 Weekend Calendar

 Great North Woods Weekend, Lancaster, NH

July 21-23
Spend a weekend cycling in two states… or two countries! Join new and old friends for the 37th annual Great North Woods (formerly the International Century) Weekend. Headquartered in the Lancaster Motor Inn, which boasts newly-upgraded facilities, this weekend offers short, medium, and long rides in NH and VT. There is even a century route to Canada! (Bring your passport if crossing the border.) Maps and cue sheets will be available in the LMI lobby starting late Friday afternoon. Plan to join your fellow cyclists for a social Saturday afternoon! No registration fee, just your personal expenses for room and meals. A block of ten rooms will be held until July 1 at the highly-discounted rate of $74.99 per night d/o, $69.99 per night s/o, plus tax. Mention the GSW when calling to make your reservation to obtain the discount. Lancaster Motor Inn, 112 Main Street, Lancaster NH 03584 (603) 788-4921. http://www.lancastermotorinn.com Coordinators: Dave Topham and Judi Hull GSW-Office@comcast.net, (603) 898-5479
Camping is available nearby at Roger’s Campground in Lancaster, (603) 788-4885. See long description below.

Lancaster to Franconia, NH and Back

July 23-24 9:00 a.m.
(40 miles Sunday, 35 Monday) Overnight self-contained tour, from Lancaster to Franconia on Sunday and back on Monday. Stay at the Gale River Motel in Franconia   http://galerivermotel.com/ This may be combined with the Great North Woods Weekend (GNWW), arrive on Friday or Saturday if you want to start the weekend off with one of the GNWW . Meet at Lancaster Motor Inn.
Ride Leader: Mag Blacker 603-225-7439 (leave message) magnmike@comcast.net

Seacoast Century, Hampton Beach NH

September 22-24:
(25, 50, 65 and 100 mile routes Sat/Sun) Join us for the 44th Annual Seacoast Century Weekend with two days of great ride choices along the scenic New England coast. Our signature event for Granite State Wheelmen is a great tradition, that keeps getting better. Ride Headquarters is Hampton Beach State Park's South Pavilion where you can check in early on Friday from 4-6pm or Saturday and Sunday morning starting at 7am. New this year, the 100 mile route will include a loop through Eliot, Maine which features views along the Piscataqua River. Also, to encourage more families, we're offering a special 15 and under registration rate and first-time Century Riders will receive recognition and awards. Register at www.bikereg.com/seacoast-century. Discounted Fee Deadline: Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 12:01 AM. As always, volunteers are key to our success, so contact us to volunteer and ride the Century for free!

Seacoast Century Coordinators:
Donna Hepp at dhepp3@gmail.com or
Mark MacKenzie at msmackenzie@comcast.net.


June 3-4, 2017

OK, you missed it. Well, Dave T, Linda G, Will and Helen H, Beth and Bob W (new members) and I showed up for the 9:30 start from the Silver Maple Lodge after a six-year hiatus. Innkeeper Scott Wright was glad to have the GSW return and was very accommodating for our stay and extra requests. The Saturday weather was overcast with cold humidity. Jackets and leggings were preferred. From Fairlee we headed north to the Fairlee-Orford bridge into NH then south on the beautiful River Road following the Connecticut River 18 miles to Hanover. At the Dartmouth boathouse, we stopped to attend an open house sponsored by the Upper Valley Rowing Foundation. They were offering rowing instruction (the “crash course”) and the opportunity to go out on the river with instructors. Beth and I went in an 8 person + coxswain boat with 4 instructors and 4 novices. Outstanding experience, and all for free! After lunch we turned back on to Route 5 north 18+ miles to our start headquarters. We took a short ride around Lake Morey on Sunday after a BIG breakfast.

Suggested routes as submitted by Will Hively were posted on the new GSW Club Ride with GPS account with printed copies of the routes and cue sheets available for review. Riders logged totals of 38-58 miles for this relaxing event with a few hills along the way. A fabulous weekend!

Join me anytime for our Sunday or Wednesday rides in the Upper Valley -- we offer a unique experience. Joanna Bligh, Event Coordinator, email JoannaBligh1230@gmail.com

 

 Great North Woods Weekend
Lancaster , NH
July 21-23, 2017

(formerly the International Century Weekend)

Come and enjoy the less traveled roads of the Great North Woods, our 37 th year of cycling just north of the White Mountains. We have easy rides along the Connecticut River valley, harder rides including Dixville Notch, and a fantastic century ride into Canada - something to tempt everyone.

No registration fee, just cover your personal expenses for room and meals. Maps and cue sheets will be available starting Friday evening in the lobby; a Saturday afternoon social will be provided. Our headquarters will remain at the Lancaster Motor Inn, 112 Main Street, Lancaster NH 03584 which boasts updated facilities. www.lancastermotorinn.com (603) 788-4921.

A block of ten rooms will be held until July 1 at the highly-discounted rate of $74.99 per night d/o, $69.99 per night s/o, plus tax. Mention the GSW when calling to make your reservation to obtain the discount. Camping is available nearby at Roger’s Campground in Lancaster, (603) 788-4885.

Many amenities to enjoy with your family and/or friends:

Excellent hiking, e.g. Cabot, Waumbek, Cherry Mountain, Mt. Jefferson and Madison in the Presidentials.

A State Park is close by for swimming
Weeks State Park for history

Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge area

Santa's Village

Movie theater in town

Excellent ice cream stand

Farmer's Market on Saturday

Coordinators:
Dave Topham & Judi Hull,
GSW-Office@comcast.net
603-898-5479

Weekend Events Coordinator