2019 Weekend Calendar
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
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Coordinators: Dave Topham and Judi Hull
GSW-Office@comcast.net , (603) 898-5479
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
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. We will be riding La Route Verte biking paths to Lennoxville or Sherbrook. I will be staying at: Á la Cornemuse B&B,1044 rue Massawippi, North Hatley, QC Make reservations on you own in the area. Meet at 9:00 Saturday, August 10, at the Municipal Parking area North Hatley, Qc. Reminder: passport or passport card is needed to enter Canada. Contact me at email@example.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 https://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
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. They are also available for viewing and downloading via the GSW “Ride with GPS” club page – use your free account to access them. 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, enjoy some of the many rides on Saturday, and then relax with snacks at the 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
In Review: GSW Notch Weekend, May 10-12, 2019
Something NEW this year!
This year we added a new “weekend escape” to our in-season monthly schedule with The Notch Hostel https://notchhostel.com in North Woodstock being our headquarters. Various road rides were known and mapped using the GSW Ride with GPS account but little was known about the hostel other than viewing the nice web site and talking with the owner, Serena Walsh. Accommodations starting at $33.00 per night and the convenient location on Route 112 looked great during the planning stages.
Bottom line, the hostel far exceeded our expectations! A warm welcome with signs greeting the Granite State Wheelers, spacious and exceptionally clean well-furnished rooms, a common area with overhead projector options, library, laundry facilities, free coffee, kitchen and dining areas, multiple bunk and private rooms, paved parking lot, and incredibly fast WiFi made this a “must return” venue. Unfortunately, the cold rain through most of the prior week including Friday resulted in four people canceling their plans to attend but seven of us ventured out on Saturday covering three routes. Cool temps in the low 60’s and wind greeted us – plus snow and ice on the Franconia Notch recreation trail. Even so, everyone had a good time with opportunities to chat and check-out some very scenic areas of NH.
Plans are underway to return in 2020 but one week later to avoid Mother’s Day – and maybe have better weather! Note that this hostel works with two others in the White Mountains area to offer hostel-to-hostel bike tours with gear transported via van. The routes are relatively challenging so not carrying your overnight gear is a good thing! The whole tour covers three days and 130 miles but shorter options are available – see https://whitemountainscircuit.com for details. Our 2020 GSW Notch Weekend on May 15-17 could dove-tail into this tour, longer but similar to what we offer at the Lancaster weekend in July.
Please keep May 15-17, 2020 in mind for the next GSW Notch Weekend. With such a great venue as headquarters and very economical accommodations, we should see a lot more cyclists join us in North Woodstock next year!
Coordinator: Dave Topham, 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