Weekend Events Highlights for 2017

February 3-5:  Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury VT

April 16-17:  Midnight Marathon Ride -- Who Wants to Go?

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

September 22-24:  Seacoast Century, Hampton Beach NH

Details follow:

24th Annual Craftsbury Weekend

Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Craftsbury , Vermont
February 3-5, 2017

In the heart of Vermont's unspoiled Northeast Kingdom, you'll find some of the finest cross-country skiing in New England. Located on a high rolling plateau, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center often gets more snow than other locations (plus they make snow!). Whether you’re an experienced cross-country skier, backcountry skier, snowshoer, or a novice in the world of snow sports, you’re sure to enjoy this popular family-friendly GSW weekend. With our 20% discount, you can’t beat our prices! This is Super Bowl weekend – those of us staying over on Sunday night can watch the game on the widescreen TV and enjoy an impromptu Super Bowl party!

Skiing and Snowshoeing

Craftsbury has some of the best skiing in the east! Over 100 km of trails wind through pristine Vermont scenery providing both classical and skate skiing for all ability levels. Don’t feel as though you’re really skiing unless you’re in the backcountry on untracked terrain? No worries! The Catamount Trail, a backcountry trail which spans the entire length of Vermont from Massachusetts to Canada, travels through the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. And don’t forget the 20 km of snowshoeing trails at the Center that let you explore winter at an unhurried pace. Lessons are available, as are ski and snowshoe rentals (at very reasonable rates!). Several downhill ski areas are within an hour’s drive.


The lodge is a former dorm – simple and comfortable. It has private (double) rooms and shared baths. Wholesome, healthy, hearty, all-you-can-eat meals (including vegetarian and gluten-free choices) are served in a cozy dining room. The weekend includes two nights lodging (Friday and Saturday), all meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch) and trail passes.

If you don’t have a roommate, we may be able to match you up with one or you will pay a little extra for single occupancy. All my current Sunday night rooms (to extend by one day to 2/6) are currently spoken for but do let us know if you want to stay the extra day and we’ll try to extend a two-night room.

Rates (20% off the standard rates)
The double occupancy rooms for two or three nights are the same price as last year but the single rates did go up quite a bit.

The rate per person for the weekend (double occupancy) is $192.50,
$385 per couple.
The rate per person for the weekend (single occupancy) is $250.

The rate per person for the three-day option (double occupancy) is $275,
$550 per couple.
The rate per person for the three-day option (single occupancy) is $340.

Please reserve early as our trip fills up quickly. Full payment is due by January 6, 2017. Cancelation prior to January 20, 2017 incurs a $20 charge, after that $100. Please also include your e-mail address and phone number. To hold your spot, send a $50 per person deposit payable to GSW (not to Paula!) to the address below.

Paula Fines, 11 Regis Road, Tewksbury, MA 01876

Trip Coordinators
Paula and Jim Fines
(978) 764-9868 before 10:00 PM

For more information on the Center, visit www.craftsbury.com


Midnight Marathon Ride -- Who Wants to Go?

Midnight Marathon Ride
Boston MA
April 16-17

Who Wants to Go? Here is a description of the ride. If enough people are interested, we could work on the transportation piece and go down as a club group. The Boston Marathon takes place on Monday, April 17 so we are riding the night of April 16.  

The ride start is the Southborough Station parking lot and follows the Boston Marathon route all the way back to town. 

Route A: At 30.6 miles, this is the traditional Midnight Marathon route- including a large, steep hill on Cedar St shortly after starting. This route brings you across the Boston Marathon Start Line in Hopkinton Route A Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7498424

Route B – This shorter route at 27.3 miles also benefits from avoiding the Cedar St hill. This is the route we did in 2014 – joining the main Boston Marathon route at the 4-mile mark. If you’re starting late, looking to get downtown early, or just want to avoid that awful hill, check out the  Route B Map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4458146)  

The ride is unsupported and show-and-go, meaning there is no official ride registration, ride leaders, road support, nor any official start or finish time, and most importantly, that you and your friends are responsible for your own safety. 

You can ride the route with friends any time the roads are open to vehicles and you follow the rules of the road. The main wave of riders arrives from Boston to Southborough Station just after midnight, but many people organize their own carpools and out-and-back rides before this. You can expect just as many people to be dropped off by carpool before midnight as arrive on the train after.  

If you are interested email Mark MacKenzie at gswcycleclub@gmail.com.

Note:  This is an open "Invitational Ride", not a true GSW event.  Mileage credit will be allowed but the GSW is not the event planner nor is club insurance provided.


  Great North Woods Weekend, Lancaster NH

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

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. www.lancastermotorinn.com 

Camping is available nearby at Roger’s Campground in Lancaster, (603) 788-4885.

Dave Topham & Judi Hull


44th Annual Seacoast Century Weekend

Seacoast Century Weekend
Hampton Beach NH
September 22-24, 2017

Details pending -- hold the dates!  On-line registration starts late February.

Donna Hepp
Mark MacKenzie


Weekend Events Coordinator