GSW Seacoast Century, September 21-22, 2013
Memorial Bridge will be back!"
40th Annual Seacoast Century -- In Review
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
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.
set-up by friends at headquarters, September 21, 2013
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:
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.
GSW Seacoast Century Coordinators
Dave Topham & Bob Koehler
event info as posted in April follows:
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
Want to register
without reading any more details? Then just click this button:
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.
and more details:
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.
photos of our 2006, 2007,
and 2012 Seacoast Century Weekends
are available for viewing.
for your interest in our most popular event of the year!
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,
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 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
and we hope to see you in September!
Seacoast Century Committee:
-- Bob Koehler, Headquarters and Merchandise Coordinator
Lonnie Little, Route Marking Coordinator
-- Dave Topham, General Event Coordinator
-- and about 80 weekend volunteers!