Weekend Events

2019 Weekend Calendar

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. We offer 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. Registration is $65 adult, $30 children (15 and under)

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 4-6 p.m. or Saturday / Sunday after 7 a.m.

Email Molly and the leadership team at Seacoastcentury@gswheelers.org See you in September!

Cider FEST Sunday, October 13th

Join us for a fall ride or just pick apples and help make fresh apple cider and enjoy a BBQ on Sunday, October 13th. Come rain or shine.

BIKE - Bike rides start from Jeff & Donna's place, 181 Leavitt Road in Belmont, NH at 10am. We'll have Cue sheets for several routes. Plan to stay after the ride for a BBQ & press cider and pick apples to take home. Families are welcome (they can pick while you ride!).

PICK&PRESS& BBQ – If you just want to pick apples and make cider, come between 10am and 2pm. We'll take turns operating the hand crank cider press. We'll start up the grill and the music around 1PM. Bring an instrument or plan to sing along to blue grass music led by our wonderful neighbors. Bring plastic sacks for apples and a clean milk jug & cap for cider. If you're staying for the BBQ, bring a salad, dessert or a side dish and something to grill. Our apple varieties are Northern Spy, Delicious, Cortland & Macintosh . We don't spray, so don't expect “perfect” apples.

Directions to 181 Leavitt Rd. in Belmont, NH: From the south, take Highway 106 north toward Laconia and turn right (east) on Leavitt Road. Follow Leavitt Road about a mile and watch for the mail box marked 181 on the left. Turn north into the driveway across from the Smith Orchard. It is about 850 feet back to the red house. From the north, take 106 or 107 to Leavitt Road in Belmont. We are right across the road from the Smith U-Pick Orchard.

RSVP: Email dhepp3@gmail.com or call 414-258-3287.

February 7-9, 2020, 27th 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, 2/10 – these do tend to fill up fast.  Mark your calendar and join us for a fun weekend!   This year we expect a very full house so deposits ($50/person) are due one week after receipt of email request to attend.  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.

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

In Review: GSW 39 th Annual Lancaster Weekend
July 19-21, 2019

Whether called the International Century Weekend, Jefferson Weekend, Great North Woods Weekend, or the Lancaster Weekend, the basic routes are still the same with now 39 years of history behind this GSW event!

The weather was “HHH” on this July weekend and that kept at least four people from attending. Seven people attended the event; four pedaled 47 miles while three of us handed them cold water and chilled fruit drinks. We had sag services along the route thanks to Christina Brown who volunteered her time, snacks, and encouragement. She provided sag services maybe 20 years ago for many more riders and she was glad to again see friends of yesteryear. The 2020 weekend is already on her calendar!

The group enjoyed local dinners Friday and Saturday plus the Saturday afternoon GSW social as 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 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!

GSW Ride Leader Mag Blacker continued the fun with her annual overnight tour from Lancaster to Franconia on Sunday then back to Lancaster on Monday. Our four Saturday riders joined eight more for that adventure under cooler temps and a little rain.

Arrangements are being made for the 2020 weekend with the Lancaster Motor Inn. We will try to hold the discounted $79.00 rate per night but new ownership might dictate a change. Most area accommodations are in the $95 to $125 range. GSW member Chip Young has some ideas that may increase attendance.

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 2020 and find out for yourself!


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

Weekend Events Coordinator