September and October, 2017

Welcome to the GSW Web Site

Register NOW for our
2017 Seacoast Century Weekend

September 22-24

Cycling along the New Hampshire seacoast Route 1A

Click here to register!

Our 44 th Annual Seacoast Century Weekend is September 22-24, 2017.
Here's the link to register:
One registration fee covers two days of riding.

Two days of riding with scenic 25,50, 63 and 100 mile routes using the Hampton Beach State Park South Pavilion as our start and finish. You can check in on Friday evening from 4-6pm or on the first day you ride starting at 7am.

New this year, we're offering a loop through Eliot, Maine along the Piscataqua River on the 100 mile route and half price registration for riders 15 and under. We will also be recognizing first time Century riders with a special award.

Riders will receive a Century tee shirt, soup and a roll at the ride's end, support from our well-stocked rest stops, ride mechanics, and support vehicles and Hotline as well as a Bike EXPO on Saturday.

See Ride details at the
2017 Century Homepage

Calling all Volunteers!

Welcome to the GSW Seacoast Century Team!  Volunteers make this Century work.  And more than that - with your help, we'll help create great memories, support the Club and promote safe cycling in New Hampshire.  The Seacoast Century is a 44-year tradition that just keeps getting better.  This year our event is September 23 and 24.

Volunteers get to ride for free, sport a great volunteer T-shirt, and eat as many peanut butter sandwiches and bananas as you would like.

To save endless emails and calls, please follow the steps below to volunteer on-line using the "" service.  Take a minute and look through the various duties then SIGN UP for one or more slots. Shifts are generally 3-4 hours.

We're using (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1 ) Click this link to see our SignUps on

Volunteer Sign Up for the Seacoast Century 2017 Click this Link

2) Review the SignUps listed and choose the one(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me at and I can sign you up manually.  (Don't contact the GSW Office to volunteer -- I am handling the Signups, not Dave.)

Thank you and I hope to see you at the Seacoast Century Weekend!

Mark MacKenzie, GSW President
Seacoast Century Volunteer Coordinator

If you plan to Volunteer, don't register on BikeReg, just click the SignUp link above.

Click the link below
for our September/October Rides Calendar Summary

Rides Calendar Summary for September and October
Ride details are sent to all members and guests upon request.

Please email the GSW Office for a listing so you
can try our rides then join the club!

2017 GSW Social Information & Schedule

Meetings are normally planned for once a month from 7-9 p.m. The agenda is flexible but usually follows some basic guidelines:

Introduction of all attendees
Brief review of recent and upcoming GSW events
Update on BWA-NH bicycling advocacy and education efforts
Short program on bike maintenance, products, nutrition, cycling tips,etc.
Question and answer period
Social time to “mix and mingle”

Free snack items including pizza are provided by the GSW.

Mark your calendars and join us for a full season of interesting meetings in different places. Please see our listing of GSW Sponsors for exact locations and phone numbers.

- September 11, 2017, 7:15 PM ; Ride and Social Meeting; Concord Crossing Social Meeting with an orientation ride, and one for more experienced people who want to ride a longer distance.

The first group at 5:30 and will cover approximately 15-18 miles riding at a 14-16 mph pace.

The orientation ride will start at 5:45 p.m. after a quick safety check. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your bike and a helmet for this low-key ride. It will be slow-paced and safe with experienced riders helping you along. We will all stay together. Great place to ride with a group and help you build confidence.

We can all get back together at 7:15 for some food and social time. Start time for the meeting might vary a bit depending on the pace of the riders.  The start and finish location is Concord Crossing.

- October 15, 2017 , A fun end of the season meeting /event at Donna Hepp and Jeff McKillip’s home located at 181 Leavitt Rd., Belmont, NH an annual tradition for them. Come for a scenic bike ride starting at 10:00 a.m. Cue sheets will be available for rides of varying distances. 

After the ride, share in the apple harvest from their small orchard, help hand press apple cider and take part in a BBQ and bluegrass music.  You can pick apples from 10-2 pm. The barbeque and music will be from 1-3 p.m.

Come rain or shine (the cider-making, music, and BBQ came indoors last year). The Club will be providing food but feel free to bring along a dish if you like.

Contact Donna at, if you plan to attend or would like more information. See driving directions at Special Events
Please RSVP by October 10th.

See directions to Concord Crossing on Meetings Page

Ideas for agenda items / speakers for the Social Information Meetings are always welcome.

As for all GSW general meetings, members and guests are welcome to socialize, meet Board members and ride leaders, learn more about the club, and enjoy some free snacks.

For more information about a meeting or the club in general, contact the Granite State Wheelmen at:,
or call 603-898-5479.

We hope to see you soon!
GSW Board of Directors

Gravel bikes and rail trails are “In” – so where do you go?

The State of NH has an ever-expanding network of rail trails, some paved, most hard-packed gravel thanks to thousands of volunteer hours and private funds combined with some Federal and State grants. The most ambitious and longest project is the Granite State Rail Trail from Salem to Lebanon, some 115 miles which is about 60% completed now but the sections are not all connected. To view the details of surface, parking, trailheads, etc., visit the Facebook page at:

If you wish to explore unpaved, gravel roads in scattered locations around the state to stay away from most distracted drivers without “being confined” to a rail trail, check out the new unpaved road layer on the NHDOT on-line Interactive Bicycle Route Map and instructions at:

To learn more about specific NH roads including who owns and maintains them, average daily traffic counts, and more, visit:

Information available via the above resources can make your cycling.

GSW Year End Get Together
Mileage certificates

If you are interested in attending, send me your email contact information
I am in the planning process.
Phil Rose
GSW Banquet & Awards coordinator


Want to learn to ride safely, confidently and legally in traffic?

Sign up for the “Traffic Skills 101” class tailored specifically for cyclists of all levels. Get more out of the time you spend on your bike, reduce your risk of negative interactions with cars and other road users. Learn how and why it is safer to “drive your bike like a car” in many situations, how to navigate safely through intersections, roundabouts, and much more.

Even experienced cyclists will be amazed at what there is still to learn about safe cycling. Read More in Special Events

New - Ride with GPS Club Account

A new benefit for GSW members is now included in your membership.

For over four decades, the GSW has used paper maps and cue sheets for some of our rides but with no consistency, retention, or sharing between club members. Most weekly rides are currently “Show and Go” with no documents or files to reference on the ride or later. Members who might wish to ride a given route on their own or be a GSW Ride Leader knowing where to lead a group definitely need to know ride details and be able to access the route information easily.

To address this need, the GSW has purchased a Ride with GPS Club Account so members can share their favorite routes and access posted routes anytime via computer, tablet, or smartphone. Many features are offered, all at no cost to GSW members. Read More HERE

Board Members Needed

Are you interested in cycling? Would you like to help bring more awareness to the public about cycling and bicycling safety?

We are currently seeking more interested candidates to join our board and the open positions we have are below. Let us know if you are interested in volunteering.

OFFICERS: Social Secretary

STANDING COMMITTEES: Publicity, Merchandise Chairperson

For more information email the GSW office at:

Get Connected

Here's how YOU can join the conversation:

Our Facebook page and other social media are up and running with many interesting postings already. Your involvement on our various social media platforms helps GSW make a difference. Please like, share, tag and submit pictures from your rides, etc.
Read more about Meetup HERE
Read more about Strava HERE

Join the GSW E-Group
Simply send a message to:
You will then have Club notices
sent directly to your e-mail account.

PedalTalk Delivery Options

How do you like to receive our bi-monthly GSW Pedal Talk newsletter?

Options are available for 1 and 3 year memberships.

1 year memberships
$15.00 Electronic Pedal Talk newsletter via email
$25.00 Printed Pedal Talk newsletter via USPS “snail mail”
$25.00 Dual Delivery option

3 year memberships
$40.00 Electronic Pedal Talk newsletter via email
$70.00 Printed Pedal Talk newsletter via USPS “snail mail”
$70.00 Dual Delivery option

Some people don’t want anything on paper but rather like the speed of email delivery, lower cost, and wish to be as “green” as possible. About 70% of the GSW has now “gone electronic.”

Other people “hate” email, don’t use a computer, want nothing to do with the Internet, and/or like the convenience of taking the paper version of Pedal Talk with them wherever they go.

Some members have expressed an interest in receiving both versions of Pedal Talk delivered for on-line reference and having the paper newsletter on the coffee table, in their car, or wherever. This “dual delivery” option is available at no extra cost above the normal “paper rate.” If you are interested in this option and are currently receiving the paper Pedal Talk via mail, just let me know and I will code your membership record accordingly. Anyone joining the GSW or renewing their membership at the $25.00 / $70.00 “paper rate” should request the “dual delivery” option if interested.

We aim to please our members, so “have it your way!”

Dave Topham,
GSW Memberships, 603.898.5479,

Rider Mileage Information HERE

Rail Trail Etiquette

With more and more people using the rail trails in New Hampshire thanks to on-going development and a lot of hard work by volunteers, we hear of incidents which make biking or walking on the trails less than the best experience. Sometimes guidelines are posted at trailheads, parking lots, etc. but they are commonly not seen or ignored if they are seen and read – unfortunately. The following list has been compiled from various on-line sources and might provide some guidance for the next time you are using a rail trail – or at least you could tell someone else about established guidelines. Just like on-road cycling, a little common sense and courtesy goes a long way! See Tidbits page

Link to Notices of Interest to Concord Cyclists


Are you Curious about Yoga?

Our Pedal Talk Editor, Laurie Daley is also a certified Yoga Instructor! Click HERE for more information

Click on the rides links above or select the category of your choice in the left-hand column then join the fun! Are you wondering how to get started with the GSW? Check out the "Where Do I Start?" page for some suggestions. Please view our Meetings page. Once you see everything offered by the GSW you may just wish to join the club for only $15.00 a ear. Click over to the Memberships page to read more about the club. Check out our many rides and events including some local bicycling news and non-bicycling activities listed on our Special Events, Weekend Events, and "Tid-Bits" pages.

You may be interested in some of the many rewarding opportunities to volunteer in club activities. Check Volunteer Ops.

Comments welcome!

Don't see a ride to your liking? Then volunteer to lead your favorite rides,sharing it with new friends. GSW is always looking for energetic, creative volunteers.

Check out our site, and let us know what you think. Please e-mail your comments or ideas to the Web Publisher

Updated 08/31/2017

Granite State Wheelmen


Membership Info

President's Message

Ride Ratings

Ride Schedule Summary

GSW Meetup

Club Ride with GPS
Routes Library


2017 Seacoast Century

Info for Concord Members

Rider Mileage


Charity Rides
Invitational Rides


Club Info

Bike-Walk Alliance of NH





In 2010 Linda Gould, a long time member of the GSW, rode the Great Lakes/Northern Tier Route from Buffalo, NY/Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Read More HERE

"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race."

H. G. Wells