Weekend Events

2019 Weekend Calendar

May 10-12, GSW Notch Weekend, North Woodstock, NH

Something NEW this year! How about cycling in the scenic North Woodstock / Lincoln area with very economical accommodations at The Notch Hostel ? Located on Route 112 in North Woodstock, NH, rates start at $33.00 per night (plus tax) in one of four shared bunk rooms or a private room from $80.00. The GSW “headquarters room” will have a late check-out of 2:00 PM on Sunday so you can freshen-up after morning activities before heading home. You can also drive up for a day, participate in the rides and the Saturday afternoon social, and not stay at the hostel. Eight bunks are reserved until March 31 so call early to save your slot! Contact hostel owner Serena Walsh at (603) 348-1483, email serena@notchhostel.com and mention the GSW. No event registration fee or services. See complete details in this newsletter.
Coordinator: Dave Topham, GSW-Office@comcast.net , (603) 898-5479
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June 1 and 2, 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 iver. 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 will be 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 phone service), or  joannabligh1230@gmail.com  

July 19-21, Great North Woods Weekend, Lancaster, NH
Join new and old friends for the 39 th annual Great North Woods (formerly called he International Century) Weekend. Many mapped rides including a century route to Canada! (Bring your passport if crossing the border.) Plan to join your fellow cyclists starting late Friday afternoon, many rides on Saturday, and then an afternoon social at headquarters. 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 $79.00 per night d/o, plus tax. Mention the GSW when calling to obtain the discount. Lancaster Motor Inn, 112 Main Street, Lancaster NH 03584 (603) 788-4921. www.lancastermotorinn.com See complete details in this newsletter.
Coordinators: Dave Topham and Judi Hull
GSW-Office@comcast.net
, (603) 898-5479
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July 21-22, 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) magnmike@comcast.net

August 10-11; Eastern Townships, Quebec, International Weekend Ride SAVE the DATE North Hatley, Quebec. Headquarters for this weekend ride is at River Park, North Hatley, with municipal parking, Information Building, and access to La Route Verte, 20 miles of biking paths to Sherbrook, QC. I will be staying at: Á la Cornemuse B&B,1044 rue Massawippi, North Hatley, QC Reminder: passport or passport card is needed to enter Canada. More details to come. Contact me at joannabligh1230@gmail.com

September 20-22: Seacoast Century, Hampton Beach NH . Join us for the 46th annual Seacoast Century Weekend with two days of great ride choices along the scenic New England coast. Our signature event for Granite State Wheelers is a great tradition and the favorite ride of the season for many. 25, 50, 65 and 100 mile routes both Saturday and Sunday - join for one or both days! This year's 100 mile route includes a loop through Eliot, Maine with views of the Piscataqua River and the coastline of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. First-time Century riders receive recognition and awards. More information at SCC HomePage

Early registration: $55 adult, $25 children (15 and under) before 7/31. $65 adult, $30 children after 7/31. Register at www.bikereg.com/seacoast-century

We need Volunteers! Ride for free by joining the team. All ages welcome. Go to http://signup.com/go/YytFCfm to volunteer for this year's Century.

Ride Headquarters: South Pavilion, Hampton Beach State Park. Check in on Friday 4-6pm or Saturday/Sunday after 7am.Questions? Email Molly and the leadership team at SeacoastCentury@GSWheelers.org . See you in September! Seacoast Century Weekend Molly Lunn Owen, Director

GSW Notch Weekend
May 10-12, 2019

Something NEW this year!

How about cycling in the scenic North Woodstock / Lincoln area with very economical accommodations at The Notch Hostel ? This GSW sponsor of two years has invited the GSW to host rides, hikes, and fun times at the hostel located on Route 112 in North Woodstock, NH. Rates start at $33.00 per night (plus tax) in one of four shared bunk rooms or a private room for $80.00. Amenities include sheets, blankets, pillow and towel, showers complete with shampoo & conditioner, certified organic, non-toxic castile Vermont Soap , WiFi, coffee and tea, use of fully-equipped kitchens, fridges, food storage cupboards, use of cozy living room with stove, library, guest computer, use of beautiful yard, decks, fire pit and gardens. Lockers and locks provided for people staying in shared rooms.

The basic weekend format will be much like the Fairlee, VT, and Lancaster, NH, weekends in June and July, except with hostel accommodations versus a lodge or motel. The Crawford Room will be used as the GSW “headquarters room” and will have a late check-out of 2:00 PM on Sunday so you can freshen up after morning activities before heading home. You can also drive up for a day, participate in the rides and the Saturday afternoon social, and not stay at the hostel. Owner Serena Walsh is holding eight bunks until March 31 so call early to reserve your slot!

The routes suggested for this weekend include whatever you wish from biking around the level downtown areas with great eateries and shops, riding or walking the off-road Franconia Notch Recreational Trail, following the river to Campton, or going over the Kancamagus Pass to North Conway, Glenn, Bartlett, and returning via Bear Notch Road. Maps and cue sheets created using the GSW “Ride with GPS” account will be available, but do what you wish!

There is no charge for attending this low-key relaxed weekend other than your own accommodations and meals, likewise no sag services, on-site bike mechanics, etc. Just be prepared for a fun “escape” over Mothers’ Day weekend and enjoy the area before the summer crowds arrive.

Please make your reservation at the Notch Hostel by March 31 by calling (603) 348-1483. When you call, ask to add your name and payment information to Dave Topham’s GSW reservation for May 10-12. You can also email serena@notchhostel.com with questions. Check out their nice web site https://notchhostel.com or stop by The Notch Hostel , 324 Lost River Road, Route 112, North Woodstock, NH 03262.

Coordinator : Dave Topham, GSW-Office@comcast.net (603) 898-5479


Great North Woods Weekend, Lancaster, NH
July 19-21, 2019

Spend a weekend cycling in two states… or two countries! Join new and old friends for the 39 th annual Great North Woods (formerly called 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. We expect a volunteer sag wagon driver to patrol the primary route to Canada along Route 102 in Vermont so snacks and water will be available at key points. Plan to join your fellow cyclists starting late Friday afternoon, many rides on Saturday, and then an afternoon social at headquarters! On Sunday we typically do some shorter rides then head home in the early afternoon. Our headquarters room will be available until 2:00 PM on Sunday so you can freshen-up before leaving Lancaster. 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 $79.00 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.com

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

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