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GSW Seacoast Century, September 21-22, 2013

"The Memorial Bridge will be back!"

Our 40th Annual Seacoast Century -- In Review

Posted September 25, 2013


The 40th annual GSW Seacoast Century started on a beautiful fall Saturday morning at 7:00 am with bicyclists from many surrounding states anxious to enjoy the spectacular views along the coastal roads of MA, NH, and ME. Our ride, not a race, was planned for many months and everything seemed to be in good order for the weekend with the only question being the forecast for rain on Sunday morning. However, barely 90 minutes later, tragedy struck when a motorist plowed into four bicyclists riding single-file in the opposite direction. The crash scene, just over the bridge leading into Seabrook NH, was in view of headquarters. The result was two fatalities plus two cyclists seriously injured. Needless to say, the entire bicycling community is shocked by such a horrific and needless crash caused by a motorist who should never have been driving. The crash, not an accident, is still making headline news as the driver has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide and two counts second degree assault, all felonies under NH law. Police say excessive speed and inattention while driving contributed to the accident, causing the driver to cross the double yellow line and hit the bicyclists. Additional charges are expected to be filed.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, families, and friends of all concerned. Killed were Ms. Elise Bouchard, 52, of Danvers, Mass. and Ms. Pamela Wells, 60, of South Hamilton, Mass. Severely injured were Mr. Uwe Uhmeyer of Essex, MA and Ms. Margo Heigh of Danvers, MA. The 19-year-old driver, Ms. Darriean Hess of Seabrook, NH, suffered very minor injuries and is currently in jail having been arrested on September 24.

Vigil set-up by friends at headquarters, September 21, 2013

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Pam Wells

 

Elise Bouchard

 

While most of our 1,181 Seacoast Century riders still enjoyed the event on Saturday, some have been critical of this message and condolences for not being posted sooner. Please bear in mind that we have been working behind the scenes non-stop with the police, witnesses, our insurance company, and lawyers to answer questions so that justice will prevail. If we had a staff just waiting to deal with the media and update the web site and email list serves that would be another matter. Only two volunteers coordinated the entire event and we have been doing the best we can under very difficult circumstances. Never in the 42-year history of the GSW have we had such a devastating experience. We are trying to cope the best we can as plans for recognition of the victims and families take shape.

On the bright side, professional photographer Ed Clausen, working under the name of "See Me Biking," has uploaded thousands of action photos of our riders cycling along the Route 1A coastline in Rye, NH. To view and optionally purchase / download photos, please visit:

http://seemebiking.com/Seacoast1_2013.htm

Further updates concerning the crash and future of the GSW Seacoast Century will be posted as we move ahead. Meanwhile, our primary concern is toward the victims and their families -- and to make sure the full extent of the law will be applied to the responsible parties.

Sincerely,
GSW Seacoast Century Coordinators
Dave Topham & Bob Koehler
GSW-Office@comcast.net

 

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Original event info as posted in April follows:

Flat-rate registration:

One registration fee for the whole weekend! Ride Saturday, Sunday, or both days for one price. No need to ride in the rain if the other day is nice. Maybe do the whole Century on Saturday then take a shorter ride on Sunday before heading home. You asked for it, so we are doing it again - one fee covers everything! For more information please check the Details, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and Map pages.

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Registration:

$35.00 (until July 31 then $45.00) will include both days and will be processed on-line by Active.com. A small fee will be added for their services. Plans are well underway for our 40th annual Tri-State Seacoast Century on Sept. 21-22 with headquarters again to be at Hampton Beach State Park. The event format will be much like prior years with rides of 25, 50, 63, and 100 miles being offered on both Saturday and Sunday. Support services will include snack items, rest stops available about every 25 miles, sag wagon, and an event T-shirt. (XXL and XXXL sizes available for an extra $5.00.) Rides start at 7:00 a.m. (or later if desired) with all services terminating at 5:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.


Registration closes on August 31. All registrations will be accepted on-line only - no mail-ins or walk-ins. There is a limit of 1600 riders for the weekend.

Details and more details:

Please read all details and FAQs on this web site about our GSW Seacoast Century Weekend before requesting assistance. If you don't find an answer to your question, then send an email to our Seacoast Century contact person.

Reviews and photos of our 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Seacoast Century Weekends are available for viewing.

Thank you for your interest in our most popular event of the year!


Note:

There are no planned group dinners or social functions other than mingling with a lot of other cyclists at headquarters and the rest stops. There are many local and excellent restaurants where cyclists may gather to swap stories, talk about the event, and dine when and where desired. For more information about restaurants and accommodations, please contact 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, call 1-866-230-9011.


Volunteers Needed


About 80 people will be needed to work five-hour shifts in support of this annual and very popular event. If you can help from 7 AM to noon or noon to 5 PM either Saturday, September 21, or Sunday, September 22, please contact Dave Topham at the GSW Office, 603-898-5479 or email GSW-Office@comcast.net. All volunteers will receive a free event registration for themselves (or another lucky person) plus TWO T-shirts -- the standard "participant" shirt and a special "volunteer" shirt. Please contact Dave for more information.


Have more questions about our Seacoast Century?

If you have questions not answered on this web site, then please send us an email by clicking on the link below. We will try to answer all questions within 48 hours.

Thank you, and we hope to see you in September!

The 2013 Seacoast Century Committee:
-- Bob Koehler, Headquarters and Merchandise Coordinator
-- Lonnie Little, Route Marking Coordinator
-- Dave Topham, General Event Coordinator
-- and about 80 weekend volunteers!

 

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