Weekend Events

2018 Weekend Calendar

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.

Attention families: Half price registration for riders 15 and under

First-time Century Riders will receive recognition and awards.

To register go to SCC HomePage
We need Volunteers! Help out and ride for free and get other bonus items as well.
Go to this signUP Link to volunteer for this year's century http://signup.com/go/fOqyGGp

September 22 & 23;Two Days; Concord, NH to Pawtuckaway State Park and back (30-35 miles each day).

Overnight, self-contained camping tour from Concord NH to Pawtuckaway State Park on Saturday and back on Sunday. Hilly ride, quiet roads. Tent sites only (primitive). Reservations will be made by leader. Call for start time/location.

Ride Leader : Mag Blacker 603-724-5368  magnmike@comcast.net

October 7th: CiderFEST Ride, Apples, Cider, & BBQ - 181 Leavitt Rd., Belmont, NH 10am Cider Ride, Apple picking 10-2pm, BBQ & Music 1-3pm

An annual tradition hosted by Donna Hepp and Jeff Mc Killip.  Come for a scenic bike ride or the day. Cue sheets available for rides of varying distances.  After the ride,  share in the apple harvest from their small orchard, help hand press apple cider and stay for a Potluck/BBQ and bluegrass music.  Come rain or shine (the cider-making, music and BBQ came indoors last year).

Contact Donna at dhepp3@gmail.com, if you plan to attend or would like more information. More information also at Invitational Rides
Please RSVP by October 4th

February 8-10, 2019, 26th Annual Craftsbury Outdoor Center Weekend at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury Common, VT.

This family-friendly trip offers cross-country skiing for all abilities, plus all kinds of winter fun!  Lodging, x-c ski passes, and all meals included.  Rooms are also available to stay an extra night and depart on Monday, 2/11 – these do tend to fill up fast.  Mark your calendar and join us for a fun weekend!   Deposits are due in December.  Add on a one or two night stay at the lovely Highland Lodge before Craftsbury – a great opportunity to better explore the Highland Center trails. Look for the full write-up in the next Pedal Talk.

Contact Jim and Paula Fines at (978) 764-9868 or pfines@comcast.net for more information or to hold a room.

GSW Great North Woods Weekend in Review
Lancaster NH , July 20-22, 2018

The 38th annual GSW weekend in the Great North Woods region of NH included some great cycling weather on Friday and Saturday while Sunday was pretty wet. We had unexpected sag services along the main Route 102 corridor in Vermont thanks to Christina Brown who volunteered her time, cold water, Gatorade, fruit, and snacks. She provided sag services maybe 20 years ago and was glad to return and see friends of yesteryear. The 2019 weekend is already on her calendar!

A total of 14 people pedaled and enjoyed local dinners Friday and Saturday plus the Saturday afternoon GSW social held at our headquarters, the Lancaster Motor Inn. Many good roads with low traffic made for great cycling on the recently rebuilt Lost Nation route and the Vermont side of the Connecticut River.

Ten suggested routes ranging from 12 to 102 miles were documented with printed maps and cue sheets plus they were available on the 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 on Monday, a lot of cycling in the showers. Six riders signed up for that adventure.

Arrangements are being made for the 2019 weekend with the Lancaster Motor Inn but higher room rates are expected. The $69.00 rate this year was a “special deal” whereas local accommodations are currently $95 to $125 per night. 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 2019 and find out for yourself!

Dave Topham & Judi Hull
2018 Event Coordinators, GSW-Office@comcast.net

Weekend Events Coordinator