Category Archives: Cycling in Mount Washington Valley NH

Gibson Center Seniors Learn About and Experience A Recreation Path

On  Friday, October 27 the  MWV Trails Association Rec Path Committee and Community Outreach Committee hosted the Gibson Center for Senior Services on a tour of the Mountain Division Trail in Fryeburg.

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Sally McMurdo, Marianne Borowski, Doug and Candy Armstrong, Tim Scott, and Jill Reynolds, program director for the Gibson Center
discussed what rec paths are, who uses them, and why, with a special presentation and discussion of the current North Conway Rec path project and capital campaign progress.

Along the way on North South Road, Rec Path Committee members pointed out where the North Conway Path will go. At the Visitor’s Center in Fryeburg, 4 seniors and volunteers walked the trail for about 40 minutes, talking about the benefits of such a rec path and the challenges of building one.

For more information visit MWV Trails Association.

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North Conway Library’s Annual Bike For Books- MTB Adventure Rides Fundraiser Sept. 30:  Registration is now OPEN!

Join the North Conway Public Library on Sept. 30 for a day of mountain biking fun at “Bike for Books: Mountain Bike Adventure Rides!” 

Bike for Books offers mountain bikers of all levels a great opportunity to explore the trails in North Conway, NH.  It is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library- the Valley’s free community library, free for all MWV residents.

All routes are self-guided rides on trails clearly marked by Eastside Bike Guides especially for the event, with almost no pavement riding. Signed loops showcase some of the best mountain biking trails in Northern New England for riders of all ages and abilities: two easy loops in Whitaker Woods for kids, families, and novice riders, one long intermediate loop, and several expert loops on technically challenging trails.

Have fun learning new trails at your own pace- on your own or with a group of your friends.  You can bike for an hour or all day; easy or technically difficult routes – it’s your choice!

Riders should be on mountain bikes with knobby tires and children should have some off-road cycling experience.  During the ride we have a snack stop with food & drink mid-course, and a mechanical support tent. After the ride, join other riders for the included pizza lunch, hot soup, fresh coffee, and delicious desserts.

For the second time in its 15-year history, Bike for Books will focus on North Conway’s Eastside for the intermediate and expert rides, while children and beginner riders will enjoy the easy forest trails in Whitaker Woods. The intermediate loop will follow Sticks & Stones, Beaver Fever, the Knot, Swamp, Muffler, Pillar to Pond, and more.  The expert loops include Red Tail Trail, Rattlesnake, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone among others. Almost all riding is off-road, only a short connector is on pavement (approx. ½ mi). North Conway’s Eastside was written up in NEMBA’s “SingleTracks” magazine as one of the great places in New England to mountain bike!

Day-of registration will be held from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Whitaker Woods Homesite in North Conway. Free event water bottles for first 120 riders!  If you want to raise extra money for the North Conway Library’s children’s room, this is an appreciated option and top fundraisers will get prizes.

Registration forms and pledge forms may be downloaded on the library’s website. Online registration is available at BikeReg.com.  FMI go to NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB or contact the library at (603) 356-2961.

Bike for Books fundraiser for North Conway Library October 1

Join the North Conway Public Library on Oct. 1 for a day of mountain biking fun in the White Mountains at “Bike for Books MTB Adventure Rides.

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The event offers biking enthusiasts of all levels and abilities a great opportunity to explore the varied trails and
terrain along well-marked routes in and around North Conway by showcasing some of the best mountain biking in the area, spanning all difficulty levels from beginner to expert.

Eastside Bike Guides will mark the trails and promises a great variety of trails to explore: from easy, short rides in Whitaker Woods for novice riders and children to very challenging, technical rides for expert mountain bikers. Chris Krug, owner of Eastside Bike Guides, promises there is something for everyone  and quite a few new trails to explore this year! Gentle fire roads and flowy singletrack through magnificent forests and along rivers- whatever your heart desires.

Have fun learning new trails at your own pace- on your own or with a group of friends.

After the ride, join other riders for the included pizza lunch, fresh coffee, and delicious homemade desserts.

Bike for Books is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library and fundraising by participants is encouraged with prizes for top fundraisers.

For more information or to download your registration or pledge form, check www.NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB . Or register online at http://www.BikeReg.com  or from 8 – 11 a.m. at Whitaker Woods Homesite

Highlights of the event:

  • Self-guided rides on marked trails
  • Different route options for all ages & abilities:
    • 2 easy loops in Whitaker Woods (for kids & families & novice riders)
    • Intermediate loop on North Conway’s Eastside
    • Expert loop on technically challenging trails
  • Signed trails showcase the best North Conway’s Eastside has to offer
  • Snack stop with food & drink
  • After ride pizza lunch with hot soup, delicious desserts, and fresh coffee
  • Mechanical support tent by local bike shop
  • Optional fundraising with prizes for top fundraisers instead of registration fee

Registration on Day of Event: 8 – 11 a.m. at the Whitaker Woods Homesite on Rt. 16

Costs: Adults $25, couples $45, families $55, kids 16 +under $15. Or raise pledges instead! (see event website)

Along with the great riding, the Mount Washington Valley offers many other activities for the whole family: great hiking in the White Mountains, canoeing and kayaking in the Saco River, shopping in the tax-free outlet stores, and much more. The blue ribbon fair in Fryeburg, Maine (10 miles away) will start the next day.

Riders register and start anytime between 8 and 11 a.m. with the event concluding by early afternoon.

Emergency support is provided – bring your mobile phone.

***Participants should be on a mountain bike and children should have some off-road cycling experience.***

This mountain bike tour raises important funds for the North Conway Library’s children’s room. 

FMI check out www.NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB or contact the library at (603) 356-2961.

Cooper Cargill Chant Attorney Chris Meier Accepts Special Recognition for the MWV Trails Association From Governor and Executive Council

Volunteerism and public service is part of the culture at Cooper Cargill Chant, northern New Hampshire’s largest law firm. This fact was exemplified on September 7, 2016, when Attorney and Partner Chris Meier received special recognition on behalf of the non-profit Mount Washington Valley Trails Association, on whose board Meier serves as President. Meier and the MWVTA received a special proclamation from Governor Maggie Hassan and Executive Council members at their North Country meeting last week at the North Conway Community Center in North Conway, NH.

Photo Caption: Chris Meier (third from right) Accepts Special Recognition for the MWV Trails Association From Governor Maggie Hassan (center) and Executive Council
Photo Caption: Chris Meier (third from right) Accepts Special Recognition for the MWV Trails Association From Governor Maggie Hassan (center) and Executive Council

The MWV Trails Association and its Rec Path Committee are working to build and maintain multi-use recreation paths within the Mount Washington Valley area that provide residents and visitors alternative community access and opportunities for safe and family-oriented recreation and transportation. It is their mission to build pathways in the community for families, elders and kids to walk, run, bike, rollerblade, and ski in a safe and pleasant environment.

The MWVTA is just one of the non-profit organizations supported by Meier and by Cooper Cargill Chant. Chris also serves on the board of the MWV Chamber of Commerce and a past board member of many other organizations including the New Hampshire Bar Association, the White Mountain Community Health Center and the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust.   Collectively, Cooper Cargill Chant attorneys give their time to dozens of local organizations, including the MWV Children’s Museum, Rotary, Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation, MWV Economic Council and more.

Meier shared, “It was a great honor to accept the proclamation from Governor Hassan on behalf of the Trails Association and Rec Path Committee. It recognizes the hard work of the entire board, and the support of townspeople who recently voted in favor of the effort. It’s great to be part of a law firm that encourages and expects its attorneys to be community-minded.”

Meier joined Cooper Cargill Chant in 2007, and became a director in 2010. Before coming to New Hampshire, Chris practiced in Massachusetts and clerked for the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.  He concentrates his practice on the litigation of business, commercial, land use, probate, and consumer disputes.  Chris also counsels businesses in the areas of regulatory and corporate compliance, land use and municipal permitting and litigation avoidance. Chris regularly represents clients before both State and Federal courts throughout New England, administrative tribunals, municipal boards and private arbitrators and mediators.

Cooper Cargill Chant is the largest law firm north of the lakes region in New Hampshire. With its main office in North Conway, New Hampshire, Cooper Cargill Chant lawyers have over 150 years of experience. Cooper Cargill Chant attorneys are recognized leaders of the New Hampshire Bar Association, have chaired the Boards of the New Hampshire Bar Association, the New Hampshire Association for Justice, and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. Lawyers have won numerous awards for their representation of clients throughout New Hampshire, including awards for legal service to the poor, for work in domestic violence cases, in helping form and develop businesses, and in personal injury work.

For more information, call 603-356-5439 or visit them online at coopercargillchant.com.

Great Glen Trails Weekly Mountain Bike Series Set to Begin July 5th

The M&M Assurance Mountain Bike Series, an 8-week mountain bike race series for all abilities and ages, will begin Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Great Glen Trails. The weekly series will take place from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday through August 23, 2016.

Riders compete against the clock in a fun, “easy-going” series with long, short or even “mini” courses available. The courses are mainly on well-maintained carriage roads along with some single track at Great Glen Trails, located at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

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Racers are timed each week and results are posted within 24 hours online at greatglentrails.com. Riders who complete 5 out of 8 weeks will be eligible for a prize lottery at the wrap up pot luck dinner/barbecue and awards party.

Costs for adults for the series is $60; kids (ages 17 and under) are $30; and single races are just $12 for adults and $7 for kids. On race days, the trails at Great Glen will close at 3:30 while bike rentals will be available until 2:00 pm. Registration can be done in person or online at greatglentrails.com.

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire,is found at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities for people at all skill levels, the Center has programs and resources for adventure in every season in the White Mountains. For more information, visit GreatGlenTrails.com.

 

Bike for Books — Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Join us for a day of mountain biking fun in and around North Conway, NH.

Mountain bikers of all levels and abilities—from beginner to expert– will explore the varied trails and terrain along well-marked routes, showcasing some of the best mountain biking trail in North Conway and the White Mountain National Forest.

Eastside Bike Guides will mark the trails and promises a great variety of trails from easy, short rides in Whitaker Woods for novice riders and children, to challenging, technical rides for expert mountain bikers. The Valley loop for everybody in-between will travel mostly on gently wooded fire roads and flowy single track through forests and along rivers.

There is something for everyone. Participants will have fun learning new trails at your own pace, on your own or with friends.

After the ride, join other riders for a pizza lunch, hot soup, fresh coffee, and delicious homemade desserts.

Bike for Books is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library and fundraising by participants is encouraged with prizes for top fundraisers.

For more information or to download a registration or pledge form, visitwww.NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB or register online at BikeReg.com .

Day-of registration will be held on Oct. 3 from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Whitaker Woods Homesite in North Conway.

“Bike for Books” highlights:
• Self-guided rides on marked trails
• Different route options for all ages & abilities:
o 2 & 4-mile easy loops in Whitaker Woods for kids & novice riders
o 18-mile Valley Loop for intermediate riders
o 27-mile Valley Loop with several technically challenging add-on loops
• Signed trails showcase the best MTB riding North Conway has to offer
• Covered Bridge snack stop with food & drink at halfway point
• Skills course
• After ride goodies include: pizza lunch, soup, delicious desserts, fresh coffee
• Mechanical support tent
• Optional fundraising with prizes for top fundraisers instead of registration fee

Have Your Family Join Bike for Books Next Year!

More than 110 mountain bikers participated in the North Conway Public Library’s Bike for NCPL FallBooks last Saturday and raised over $5,000 for the library’s children’s room! Top fundraisers were Phoebe Grant from Cambridge, MA and Lizzy Duffy from Jackson, NH.

Library Director Andrea Masters said, “Overall we are thrilled with the outcome, both for the library and for the promotion of mountain biking, with 39 first-time participants and almost half the riders coming from outside the Valley.”

bike for books “The Valley has such great mountain biking trails that we are hoping to make it a mountain biking destination eventually,” says Library Director Andrea Masters. “Bike for Books is the perfect way for newcomers and locals to experience this great mountain bike experience in the Valley since it showcases the best trails here for all abilities- and does it with support, great signage and a map for the day,” she adds.

This year, with the help of Eastside Bike Guides, the Library had two great courses mapped out in Whitaker Woods for children and novice bikers. Chris Krug and Molly Savard also built a skills course at the Whitaker Homesite which was a huge hit- with both kids & adults.

“The loop through the Valley for intermediate riders was similar to last year’s and everybody I spoke with was very happy and enjoyed it tremendously,” Masters said. After the ride, participants enjoyed a huge feast with fresh pizza from Elvio’s, hot soup, and lots of desserts from various local businesses and volunteer bakers.

The library is already planning next year’s event. They plan to have Eastside Bike Guides map out and sign the whole course for Bike for Books: the 2- and 5-mile loops in Whitaker Woods, the Valley loop for intermediate riders and they will also add more challenging trails for advanced riders.

For more information about Bike for Books and the North Conway Library, check NorthConwayLibrary.com

 

Vesta Velo and AMC Weekend Rides!!

 

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Everything about riding a bicycle compels you toward beauty. 

-Eben Weiss

89Vesta Velo and the

 Appalachian Mountain Club invite you to enjoy a weekend of stunning beauty. 

Come ride with us as we pedal around the

 White Mountains of New Hampshire amid

93Mother Nature’s glorious color show.

 

Enjoy great riding, hearty meals and

slumber party ambiance at

AMC’s Highland Center Wilderness Lodge

 

A weekend adventure, for just $345, all inclusive.

Friday, Sept. 27 –  Sunday, Sept. 29

Friday, Oct. 4  – Sunday, Oct. 6 

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Red Parka Pub Tricycle Race

NOrth Conway NH red parka pubAttitash/Bear Peak will be the host on Sunday, September 22nd for the MWV World Championship High Performance Tricycle Grand Prix Race. Co-sponsored by The Red Parka Pub, The Valley Originals and Blue Moon Belgian White Ale, this event promises to be another one of those fun Valley events that spectators will enjoy as much as participants. Racers will pedal down a course on steel tricycles similar to the “Big Wheels” of years gone by. This will be a “Grand Prix” format with 4 trikes on course at a time. The Red Jersey Cyclery will be providing on site tech support as the Official High Performance Tricycle Mechanics. Teams are encouraged as are costumes. Bikes will be provided and helmets are required.

Registration opens at 12:00. Race time is 1pm with awards ceremony following.
The entry fee is $15 per racer or $50 for a team of 4.
Space is limited to 64 racers.

Applications can be downloaded from http://www.redparkapub.com where you can also see videos from past races.

Proceeds for the event will benefit the Dewey Mark/Red Parka Scholarship Fund. Contact George O’Brien at 603-986-5706 or Terry O’Brien at 383-4344

345 Riders Log 16,000+ Miles (on 9 Miles Course) in One Day During 18th Annual 24 Hours of Great Glen Bike Race and Family Festival-With Plenty of Sun for Beach Party Themed Event!

???????????????????????????????Picture perfect conditions this weekend drew 127 teams to the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center for the 18th annual 24 Hours of Great Glen bike race. The 345 racers who participated pedaled a total of 16,000+ miles on the 9.1 mile course, which included a new 120 foot floating pontoon bridge. The festivities also included a 12 hour version of the race and a “24 Minutes of Great Glen”, which is a perennial favorite for the many kids and families in attendance.

For this one weekend each year the base area of the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails are transformed into a combination of a major bicycling event course on one side and a family campground all decorated in this year’s beach party theme on the other–complete with the Fwhatza Marimba Band in the festival tent on Saturday night.

While the beach party theme, music and food all weekend long created a festive atmosphere, at the heart of this event is an endurance race that draws a diverse cross-section of athletes and teams. Some are here just to finish, but many are serious competitors here to win their division. It takes real commitment and fortitude to keep going throughout the day and night, always keeping a rider on course despite fatigue or equipment issues. The resolute expressions and tired smiles say it all as rider after rider come in out of the darkness, swipe their timing card and head back out for another lap. Just fielding a team and finishing the 24 hour race is a genuine accomplishment. Placing at or near the top means you are a serious athlete who has earned his or her medal.

The overall team winners for this year were the Cape Cod Mountain Bike Racing Team from Brewster, Massachusetts, which included Lucas Provost, Seamus Woods, James Gloo and Jack Perry. Best solo Female was Danielle White from Providence, Rhode Island and the top Solo Male was Jay Dietershagen from Ithica, NY.

“After last year’s washout conditions, we felt we had unfinished business at this event,” explained David Bettridge, 47, of Providence, Rhode Island. “This year’s new course and features, especially the floating bridge, were really great! The bridge was just tippy enough to make it fun, but not break your pedaling rhythm,” he said.

Even while these athletes are pushing themselves to win their class, set a personal best or just finish one more lap it’s clear they are all having fun-as evidenced by some of the team names, like: “Campaholics With a Biking Problem” or “Shift Happens” and “Single Track Minds”. One member of the “Duckin’ The Diapers” Team who was returning after competing (while pregnant) last year, didn’t duck them for long, as she returned with her new baby to ride this year.

“This is my fifth year participating in this race and considering I carried my son Lincoln inside me last year that has to make him the youngest racer to complete the course,” said a laughing Kristina Fjeld Sparks of Lyme, NH.

The defending overall champions (all North Country residents) from last year “One Speed Wonders” returned this year and finished second overall. Last year’s rain and washout conditions may have favored the team, which tackled the course on one speed bikes. “We absolutely love this event!” exclaimed Ben Mirkin, 36, of Bethlehem, NH, captain of the One Speed Wonders. “We’ve been doing this for seven years and last season not only won the overall race but the costume competition, too! I think last year’s weather was so bad that a lot of people struggled…but we’re just four guys from northern New Hampshire so were used to lots of mud and cold, wet conditions! In fact, how about a pirate or Viking theme for next year?” Mirkin enthusiastically said.

Depending on the individual team and racer’s level of competitive spirit and strategy, the course can be taken at a slow, measured pace or as an all out sprint. Considering that it’s a 24 hour race, it is surprising to see how many of the competitors seem to maintain a blistering pace throughout. Kyle Clark, of the “Clark Brothers” racing team had just returned from a lap, covered with mud and happily recounting his first fall to his teammates. “What a great course-if you want it, it can be really fast and I love the new features…and even when I went down it was easy!” he said with a chuckle.

While there were no serious injuries during the event, there are always a few scraped knees, which are proudly worn as a “red badge of courage”. Professional mountain bike racer Andrew Slowey, 25, of Martinsville, NJ, noted that it’s all part of competition. “I’m used to an all out 3 minute downhill sprint and there are some pretty spectacular wipeouts involved…this is nothing” he said, indicating his scraped knee. “I was going into a switchback turn around the 5 mile point, maybe a bit fast, hit some loose rocks and washed the front tire out. This is my first endurance race-I’m just used to going all out,” he said.

Amongst the activities in and around the expo tent were several equipment suppliers to the 24 hour endurance bike racing world. One of them was Tommy Bryant of Nite Rider (a bike lighting system manufacturer based in San Diego, CA) who was at the 24 Hours of Great Glen for the 6th time. “There are about sixty of these 24 hour races each year throughout the Unites States and I attend 42 of them. I definitely rate this event in the top 5. Nobody else does for families what is done here and with all the amenities and activities it really is more of a festival than just a bike race,” Bryant noted.

This was, of course, always the direction event organizers have been going over the years, as more and more families enjoy outdoor activities together. Besides the popular “24 Minutes of Great Glen” kid’s course, there were games and activities throughout the weekend, including free kayaking and stand up paddling on the Great Glen Pond and a movie night on Saturday.

“The 24 Hours of Great Glen has evolved over the years into a great family event and it’s really something to see some of the racers who were here 18 years ago still on the course with their own kids! Of course, some of them have dropped down into the 12 hour race,” said a smiling Howie Wemyss, GM of the Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. “Still, a lot of ground is covered here in a very short time…Given that 16,000+ miles were pedaled during the 24 hour event, that would equal 1,992 trips up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, or nearly 2/3 of the way around the globe!”

More than $7,000 in cash and prizes were awarded in a variety of categories, including: Performance awards, Camp Site Award, Team Costume Award, Fastest Lap Awards and more. A bike raffle and Cruiser Class raffle was also held.

The 24 Hours of Great Glen was presented by Eastern Mountain Sports. Other sponsors include Dasani, Nite Rider Lighting, Coca-Cola, The Bike Shop, Hammer Nutrition, Powerade, VDO, SRAM, Felt, Red Jersey Cyclery, Light and Motion and Exposure Lights.

For more complete results, photos or other information about the event call 603-466-2333

Cycling Tours for Women with Vesta Velo!

 


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 Ladies….you must come ride your 

bike with us! 

 

It’s time to go on an adventure.  


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In the morning….must have java

 

During the day….share the road with us

 

In the evening….well, girls just wanna have fun!

 

Seriously, every single time we take an all-womens’ trip we have sooooo much fun and can’t believe we don’t do this more often, like every weekend. 

So here’s your chance for an adventure you’ll never forget.  Come ride with us this fall as we pedal around the White Mountains amid Mother Nature’s glorious color show.  Enjoy great riding, hearty meals and slumber party ambiance at the AMC’s Highland Center Wilderness Lodge. A fantastic women’s weekend, for just $345, all inclusive! 

 

 

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New Pontoon Bridge and Course Elements Revealed for Beach Party Themed 24/12 Hours of Great Glen Bike Race

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 Course preparation has been ongoing for 2 months and will result in a more rain proof track along with major changes in the 9 mile circuit.  Only 2 sections from the old course will remain with the rest laid out using new trail pieces along with directional changes.  One of the changes will result in the use of an Over-Under Bridge that will add an interesting element sure to be enjoyed by spectators as well as racers.  Additionally an optional floating pontoon bridge is being constructed that will enable those taking advantage of it to “short-cut” the normal course by several hundred yards and is guaranteed to be a new photo opportunity as well as a challenging new addition to the already entertaining layout.

Registration will remain open through August 7th.  An event t-shirt will be given to the first 450 participants. Campsites and BBQ tickets for participating teams are free and are included with your entry.

For more information or to register for the 24 hours of Great Glen, please call (603) 466-2333 or find us online at http://www.24hoursofgreatglen.com