2018 Weekend Calendar
June 2-3, Upper Valley Weekend Ride
Come ride the winding roads of the Upper Valley of NH and VT for 2 days of pleasant touring along the Connecticut River. Cue sheets available for 20-, 40-, and 60-mile rides. No sag support services provided by GSW. The Silver Maple Lodge and Cottages (SMLC, 802-333-4326) in Fairlee VT is our headquarters and ride-start location. Preride meeting: Saturday at 9:00 AM at SMLC. And, join us for the Saturday afternoon social on the front porch of the lodge from 4 PM to 6 PM. Scott at SMLC is reserving 6 to 8 rooms for cyclists until mid May. This is road biking the old-fashioned way—lots of road and few cars. For rail-trail enthusiasts, the Northern Rail Trail that comes out in Boscawen begins here. Even hybrid-bike enthusiasts can ride the miles and miles of dirt roads along the Connecticut River Valley. You will not be disappointed. .
Call or go online for details on area lodging:
Silver Maple Lodge and Cottages, Fairlee VT (+/- $98 per night) 802-333-4326; Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee VT (+/- $159 per night) 802-333-4311;
Pastures Campground, Orford NH ($25/night) 603-353-4579; or
Breakfast on the Connecticut, Lyme NH (+/- $135 per night) 603-353-4444.
Ride Coordinator: Joanna Bligh, 1102 Ryder Rd, Corinth VT,
802-685-3805 (home), 857-919-7939 (limited cell service), or email@example.com
July 20-22, Great North Woods Weekend, Lancaster, NH
Spend a weekend cycling in two states… or two countries! Join new and old friends for the 38 th annual Great North Woods (formerly the International Century) Weekend. Headquartered in the Lancaster Motor Inn, 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 Saturday afternoon social! No registration fee, just your personal expenses for room and meals.
A block of six rooms will be held until July 1 at the highly-discounted rate of $69.00 per night d/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. www.lancastermotorinn.comCoordinators: Dave Topham and Judi Hull GSW-Office@comcast.net , (603) 898-5479
July 22-23, 9:00 a.m.; Lancaster to Franconia, NH and back
(40 miles Sunday, 35 Monday)
Overnight self-contained tour, from Lancaster to Franconia on Sunday and back on Monday. Stay at the Hillwinds Lodge in Franconia. http://www.hillwindslodge.com/.
This may be combined with the Granite State Wheelmen’s (GSW) Great North Woods Weekend (GNWW), arrive on Friday or Saturday if you want to start the weekend off with the GSW. Meet at Lancaster Motor Inn Sunday morning.
Ride Leader: Mag Blacker 603-225-7439 (leave message) firstname.lastname@example.org
September 21-23: Seacoast Century, Hampton Beach NH
Join us for the Sapphire (45th) Anniversary of the 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 gets better each year.
We offer 25,50, 65 and 100 mile routes both Saturday and Sunday.
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. This year's 100 mile route includes a loop through Eliot, Maine which features views along the Piscataqua River as well as the coastline of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.
Early registration is open. Cost is $50 for adults and then goes up to $60 on 7/31. Attention families: Half price registration for riders 15 and under
First-time Century Riders will receive recognition and awards.
To register or volunteer go to SCC HomePage
We need Volunteers! Help out and ride for free and get other bonus items as well.For more information or to volunteer, contact Seacoast Century Coordinator: Donna Hepp 414-258-3287 email@example.com or
Volunteer Coordinator Dave Topham 603-898-9926 firstname.lastname@example.org
GSW Great North Woods Weekend in Review
Lancaster NH , July 21-23, 2017
The 37 th annual GSW weekend in the Great North Woods region of NH included some of the best cycling weather we have ever enjoyed. Temperatures in the mid-70s and low humidity both Saturday and Sunday made for great cycling on many good roads with low traffic, especially on the Vermont side of the Connecticut River. Twelve people pedaled and enjoyed local dinners Friday and Saturday plus the Saturday afternoon GSW social held at our headquarters, the Lancaster Motor Inn.
Ten suggested routes ranging from 12 to 102 miles were documented with printed maps and cue sheets plus they were available on the new GSW Club Ride with GPS page for on-line reference and route navigation via Garmin bike computers and smartphones. Most of the routes followed the Connecticut River so maps were hardly necessary – and the terrain is flat to rolling all the way to Canada. Of course, for those wanting some serious climbing, the Dixville Notch 102-mile Century route is always an option!
Mag Blacker continued the fun with her annual overnight tour from Lancaster to Franconia on Sunday then back to Lancaster (in the rain) on Monday. One new GSW member, Beth Williams, pedaled 35 miles from her home to Lancaster both days then went on rides with the group for another 66 on Saturday and 50 on Sunday with Mag before cycling home on Sunday evening. Her husband, Bob Parker, rode with her on their tandem for the 66-miles on Saturday. And BTW, both are retired and pushing their 70s. Good for them, and everyone else who cycled with us that weekend.
Arrangements have been made for the 2018 weekend on July 20-22 with the Lancaster Motor Inn agreeing to hold our discounted 2017 room rates until July 1. Mark your calendars now for your next fun adventure in the Great North Woods. This low-key, no-registration weekend event is a “great escape” from hectic summer activities. The scenic views, covered bridges, great roads, and low traffic make this a perfect mid-summer break, year after year. Join us in 2018 and find out for yourself!
Dave Topham, Event Coordinator, GSW-Office@comcast.net
Weekend Events Coordinator