GSW Seacoast Century, September 22-23, 2012

Our 39th Annual Seacoast Century

On-line registrations for this event closed on August 31, and we are ready for nearly 1,600 riders to have fun! Ride Saturday, Sunday, or both days for the one registration fee. No need to ride in the rain if the other day is nice. Ride the whole Century on Saturday then take a shorter ride on Sunday before heading home – or spend the whole weekend any way you wish. You asked for it, so we are doing it again – one fee covers everything! This is a ride (not a race) hosted by bicyclists for bicyclists, not a charity ride requiring thousands of dollars to be raised. Any profits go to maintain the club, support bicycling advocacy and education via the Bike-Walk Alliance of NH, plus a donation to the League of American Bicyclist’s national bike-ed program.

Event Full -- All Slots Taken -- No Walk-Ins

Our 39th annual Seacoast Century is Sept. 22-23 with headquarters again to be at Hampton Beach State Park (HBSP). Format will be much like our 2011 event 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, check-in log, and an event T-shirt. Rides start at 7:00 a.m. (or later if desired – this is not a mass-start ride) with all services terminating at 5:00 p.m.
Please view the route via Maps and Details There are three types of Garmin GPS files for downloading. The route will be marked with red spray chalk arrows on the road. Optional XXL and XXXL event T-shirts were available for an extra $5.00 each if ordered on-line during the registration process. For more information or specific questions, please visit our web site, email, or call 603.898.5479.

Our Century route has been revised this year since the Memorial Bridge connecting Portsmouth NH and Kittery ME is being replaced with the new bridge not expected to be functional until July 2013. We will detour via Dover NH to still reach some of the highlights along the Tri-State Seacoast Century route and have the Fort McClary Picnic Area as our northerly destination and one of the rest stops. Note: Some towns have local ordinances requiring single-file riding at all times – and the laws are enforced! Use common sense and courtesy when cycling. Do not needlessly impede travel on our shared roadways.

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 800.GET-A-TAN, or visit the commercial web site, call 866.230.9011.

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

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

2011 Seacoast Century photos

Photos of prior Seacoast Centuries:

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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, call 1-800-GET-A-TAN, or visit the commercial web site, call 1-866-230-9011.

Volunteers Needed

About 90 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 22, or Sunday, September 23, please contact our Century Volunteer Coordinator Jean Manning at 603-434-4011, email 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, long sleeved "volunteer" shirt. Please contact Jean 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 2012 Seacoast Century Committee:
-- Bob Koehler, Headquarters and Merchandise Coordinator
-- Jean Manning, Volunteer Coordinator
-- Dave Topham, General Event Coordinator
-- and about 90 weekend volunteers!


Seacoast Century Contact