Tri-State Seacoast Century, September 22-23, 2012


Ride Description: The GSW Seacoast Century route has traditionally been along the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine coastlines. All full Century rides are to be completed in ten consecutive hours or less.  Also offered will be metric, half, and quarter centuries along sections of the same route.  All rides start and stop at Headquarters each day. The event will be held rain or shine — no rain date, no refunds!

Since a key bridge between Portsmouth NH and Kittery ME is out of service until replaced in July 2013, for this year alternate Seacoast Century routes are being planned. Please check the map page for details.

Headquarters:  Hampton Beach State Park, Route 1A, Hampton Beach, NH 03842 at Hampton Harbor.  From the south, take I-95 (MA) to Route 286 East (exit 60) to Route 1A (North).  The state park is just over the drawbridge on the right at the town line.  From the north, take I-95 (NH) to 101 East (exit 2) to 1A south.

Registration:  The cost per person for the two-day event is $35.00 plus a small service fee to until July 31, then $45.00 until August 31 or when the max headcount of 1,600 is reached.

These fees are non-refundable -- please check your schedule and religous holidays before registering!  Payment includes maps, cue sheets, T-shirt ($5.00 extra for XXL or XXXL), the Hampton Beach State Park fees, remote rest stops about every 25 miles, fruit, PBJ sandwiches on wheat bread, cookies, and sag wagon services.  A $1.00 donation to the League of American Bicyclists and a Special Event membership in the GSW are included. All registrations will be done on-line only.

Note: All participants will be issued large, coded rider numbers to be worn during the event. Our Century volunteers will monitor rider numbers to ensure services are provided only to registered riders.

Rider Safety: This is a fun ride, not a race! If you are looking to post a 'personal best time' or think you own the road, please do not attend this event! Riders must be responsible, courteous to others and follow all rules of the road. Narrow colonial New England roads, steel deck draw bridges, and weekend traffic require responsible riders to share the road. Any rider reported to the police or the GSW volunteers will be subject to a ticket or fine and will be banned from future GSW Seacoast Centuries.

Common-sense rules of the road will be strictly enforced by the GSW staff and local police departments. We are hiring additional police details to patrol the route in cruisers and unmarked cars. Cyclists riding two or more abreast and impeding the normal flow of motor traffic (or breaking other rules of the road) can expected to be stopped and ticketed by the police. A small percentage of riders in recent GSW Seacoast Centuries have caused
major problems which will not be tolerated. The entire event could be cancelled because of inconsiderate and illegal actions by some of our participants. Please don't let that happen. Cycle properly and enjoy the ride so we can offer the event again next year! Announce yourself when passing other cyclists and please do not wear headphones. Your safety and awareness of your surroundings can affect others, not just you.

Check in:  Check in begins at 7:00 AM and continues until 1:00 PM.  Registration packets, including maps, will be available at check-in.  None will be mailed prior to the event! All services terminate at 5:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday.

Food Plans: Fruit and snacks will be provided at Headquarters and at the Maine rest stop (about every 25 miles).  Cyclists are to provide their own meals.  Numerous restaurants and snack bars are located along the route.
Nutrition tips: Fueling for a Strong Century by by Hilary Warner, MPH RD LD

 Lodging:  Numerous motels and some campgrounds in the area will be glad to accommodate Century participants.  Please make your own arrangements for lodging or camping.  The GSW assumes no responsibility for lodging plans, agreements, or payments for cyclists attending this event. Call the Hampton Chamber of Commerce at, call 1-800-GET-A-TAN, or visit the commercial web site, call 1-866-230-9011.

T-shirts:  One Tri-State Seacoast Century T-shirt is included with your on-line registration and may be picked-up at 'check-in' time in the morning. S,M, L or XL sizes are included in the basic registration fee. XXL or XXXL sizes may be ordered for an additional $5.00 each.  T-shirts will not be mailed for “no shows”!

Check out: Remember to 'check out' at headquarters with your rider number to receive your 'special trinket'! All services will end promptly at 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

 For more information or questions, go to the FAQ page on this site before contacting the GSW. You may just find the info you want by reading our Frequently Asked Questions page without waiting for an emailed question to be answered

Thank you, and we hope you enjoy our 38th Annual Seacoast Century!


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