Tri-State Seacoast Century, September 22-23, 2012
Year Without The Bridge"
Century participants and area residents know the Memorial Bridge connecting
Portsmouth NH and Kittery ME is being replaced and will not be in service
until July 2013. There is no viable alternative for large groups of bicyclists
to cross the river at that point so the GSW has devised a detour through
Dover NH by trimming a little shoreline cycling in all three states. The
resulting route offers a wide variety of scenic areas past the mighty
Piscataqua River, Great Bay, country roads, horse farms, golf courses,
and quaint New England towns while still retaining miles along the spectacular
route maps, cue sheet, and GPS files, click here.
now for the "wordy details"
Our headquarters is again the Hampton Beach State Park at Hampton Harbor,
just north of the Route 1-A bridge from Seabrook. The route starts with
an eight mile loop to Salisbury Beach MA for a "warm-up and shake-down
ride" which brings you back to headquarters. This first rest stop
allows clothing adjustments, bikes to be tweaked, stock up on more snacks,
and to meet friends before heading north to Maine. Some riders elect to
ride this eight-mile southern loop before signing-in thereby avoiding
the check-in lines at 7:00 am.
From headquarters the route proceeds north along the NH shoreline to Washington
Road past Rye Harbor where we head inland through Rye and Greenland to
the rest stop in Newington NH, 22 miles from the Hampton Beach State Park
(HBSP). This is also the Half-Century turnaround point. From there we
cross the historic General Sullivan Bridge which is restricted for bike-ped
use only. We stay on mostly low-traffic roads all the way into Dover NH
where the Metric Century riders turn around at Henry Law Park. City rest
rooms and many places to snack are in the area but this is not a GSW rest
Our Century route leaves Dover and crosses a bridge into South Berwick,
ME. Sections of the East Coast Greenway and Eastern Trail along the beautiful
Piscataqua River waterfront are used as we go through Eliot ME into Kittery
with the destination being the Fort McClary Picnic Area, the third rest
stop. From there we head back to Dover along a more direct route which
also minimizes left turns which can be problematic. Newington is the next
rest stop then the final leg of the Century route goes back to headquarters.
along our Century route:
the ride -- don't break the law!
Note: Most towns along our route have strict "single file
riding" laws which are enforced! All cyclists must ride in a courteous
manner and share the roads with motorists. This is a bike ride, not a
race, and the roads must not be blocked by cycling two or three abreast
when motor traffic approaches from the rear. Signs to that effect will
be posted and all participants agree to follow the rules of the road as
part of the registration procedure on Active.com. Key intersections will
have police details or flaggers present for your safety and convenience
when making turns or crossing traffic.
Maps, cue sheets, and GPS files are provided in three sections for ease
of tracking and quick reference on
the next page: the southern Salisbury Beach loop, the route from headquarters
to Fort McClary, and the return route from Fort McClary to headquarters.
Also, three versions of GPS files are provided to match various models
of GPS-enabled bike computers. The turn-by-turn cue sheets are being fine-tuned
to provide more information about the rest stops while the routes are
definite and approved by the concerned towns and police departments. Directional
arrows will be marked on the roads with red spray chalk with at least
two before and a confirming arrow after each intersection. General support
phone numbers will be on the printed cue sheets and maps distributed at
check-in time while 911 should be used for any actual emergencies.
This event runs from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, September
22-23, rain or shine, and no refunds due to weather, sickness, or "no-shows".
A National Century Ride is to be completed within ten consecutive hours
so no remote accommodations are required. All services including sag wagon
calls and snacks at headquarters terminate at 5:00 pm sharp. Cars may
not be left overnight inside Hampton Beach State Park and the gates are
closed by 6:00 pm. Please plan your cycling time and destinations to allow
your return to headquarters by 5:00 pm.
On the "technical side", three on-line services were used to
map our route and experienced cyclists scouted every foot of the route
several times so hopefully there will be no unwanted surprises. Google
Pedometer, Map My Ride, and Ride with GPS were used extensively and compared
with each other then the cue sheet from Ride with GPS was further edited.
If any errors are noted after reviewing the posted copy, please email
call 603.898.5479 before printed copies are made in late August.
We hope to
see you at our Seacoast Century Weekend!
GSW Seacoast Century Committee