Cycling in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH!

Are you a road bike enthusiast? Maybe you’re someone who wants to be a road bike enthusiast? Or you’d love to try mountain biking, but only have a bike suited for pavement and aren’t quite ready to purchase a new bike? Whatever your reason for loving the open ride on your bike, we have you covered with some great cycling routes in the Mt. Washington Valley!

First be sure to have the appropriate gear. Whether you are looking to rent a bike or try out a high-end demo, the valley has an array of rental businesses with cycling enthusiasts working there. They’ll outfit you with the right equipment and make suggestions on protective clothing and gently remind you to wear sunscreen! Also, be sure to grab a coffee and a proper breakfast before heading out and make sure you know where your lunch is coming from.

Mapping out a route in a new town and vacation spot isn’t always the most intuitive thing to plan. The best routes – meaning a wide enough shoulder to provide a safe distance from you and cars and a route that’s not already saturated with cyclists in the know – are always the hardest to find.

We’ll give you a few hints on some of the best routes in the valley to hop onto and from there you can discover backroads to personalize your own cycling experience through the valley!

Fryeburg, Maine: Park at the visitor center, located on your left just as you pass over the state line from New Hampshire into Maine. The visitor center parking lot gives you access to eight miles of paved riding on the Mountain Division Trail. With undulating hills, this is a great option for beginner and intermediate riders as well as small children. It also acts as a gateway to riding into Fryeburg Village as there are multiple stop and exit points on the trail. Plan an evening ride and sync your ride up with a stop at the Oxford House Inn for an apres-ride drink or casual fine dining experience!

The Visitor Center in Fryeburg also gives you access to Haley Town Road. A six mile paved town road that brings you into Brownfield. From here you options are endless. Haley Town is a great option because it’s not as busy as main roads, making it much safer to ride on.

Once you reach the end of Haley Town Road, you can take a right and travel for eight miles into Snowville, NH and stop at Snowvillage Inn for an early evening bevvy. Haley Town has rolling hills and the route from Brownfield into Snowville provides the opportunity for some pretty rugged uphills to really put you to work – especially the last hill leading up to Snowvillage Inn! While any experience level could take Haley Town Rd., adding on the miles to Snowvillage Inn is definitely for a more conditioned rider.

If you wanted to add even more miles to your Fryeburg based ride, continue on from Snowville, into Eaton Center. Take a right onto route 153, as you pass the picturesque Crystal Lake and head into Conway Village. You can either have someone pick you up in Conway, or you can circle back from Conway to Fryeburg via route 16. That would be a monster of a ride, totaling close to thirty miles. Being properly hydrated and fueled is a must for this ride.

North Conway: If you’re looking for a quick “in-and-out” bike ride to get your day started, consider West Side Road to River Road! Start from North Conway Village (maybe even ride out from your hotel!) and connect to West Side Road. In a mile and a half, you’ll come to River Road, with strawberry fields on your left and a picturesque farm stand selling fresh jam and freshly picked strawberries.

River Road will take you into Conway, where you can do a quick turn-around and head back to North Conway, via River Road again, or can keep going straight at the light at the light where River Road and Washington Street meet and connect onto 153. This will take you into Eaton and depending on how you plan your route into Brownfield – as mentioned above – or into Freedom.

Cycling West Side Road to Conway and back is suitable for any competent rider. Round trip it equals just over 10 miles. If you begin to add miles on by going down route 153, you begin to tack on miles and hills. Be sure to take honest stock of where you are at in your endurance, hydration and nutrition for these longer rides.

Headed North: If your vacation plants you on the Northern side of the valley, there is plenty of miles to ride! A particular favorite would be the Bear Notch Loop in Bartlett! Start out in Bartlett, headed north, and just after the Josiah Bartlett Elementary School, you’ll see a left-hand turn taking you to Bear Notch Road. This particular road will connect you to the Kancamagus Highway in three miles.

A left hand turn will take you into Conway in about twelve-ish miles. From there your options are endless. You could connect back onto West Side Road in four miles and head back into North Conway and ride all the way back to Bartlett. That would be equal out to be a 40+ mile ride, so be sure you’re ready to take on a long ride such as that one. This particular ride also features narrow shoulders in some part to biker safety is key here. Be extra alert on this ride!

Time spent in Bartlett on a bike can also take you into Crawford Notch, where you can take a leisurely ride and make stops at Arethusa Falls and Sawyer River. If a challenge is what you seek, keep putting the miles in and make your way to Crawford Notch. Either plan to have someone pick you up as you make your way to the AMC Highland Center.

Or go for gold and do the entire Crawford Notch to Pinkham Notch loop, via route 2 through Randolph. This ride is over 40 miles on rugged terrain. It requires mental and physical stamina and plenty of time to complete. While it’s not recommended for a leisurely rider, it can be a great option for those looking to for an extreme competition.

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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.

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.
Bike For Books North Conway Library
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 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 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