Seacoast Century, September 22-23, 2012
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,
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
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.
The cost per person for the two-day event is
$35.00 plus a small service fee to Active.com until July 31, then $45.00
until August 31 or when the max headcount of 1,600 is reached.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 http://www.hamptonbeach.org,
call 1-800-GET-A-TAN, or visit
the commercial web site http://www.hamptonbeach.com,
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”!
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
you, and we hope you enjoy our 38th Annual Seacoast Century!