Weekend Events Highlights

2017 Weekend Calendar

Seacoast Century, Hampton Beach NH

September 22-24: Seacoast Century, Hampton Beach NH (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.

To register go to  www.bikereg.com/seacoast-century . As always, volunteers are key to our success, so volunteer and ride the Century for free!            

Volunteer Sign Up for the Seacoast Century 2017 Click this Link   

For more information contact Seacoast Century Coordinators: Donna Hepp  414-258-3287   dhepp3@gmail.com   or Mark MacKenzie  603-867-9755   msmackenzie@comcast.net  

October 15th: CiderFEST Ride, Pick apples, Cider making,  & 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. Please RSVP by October 10th

February 9-11, 2018, 25th 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, 2/12 – these do tend to fill up fast.  Mark your calendar and join us for a fun weekend!   Deposits are due in December.  Some of us will likely also stay one or two nights at the Highland Lodge before Craftsbury – a great opportunity to better explore the Highland Center trails.  Come help us celebrate our 25thyear. 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 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