Archive 2008

2008 Events:

The North Conway Public Library’s annual Bike for Books fund raiser was held October 11th in North Conway. It was a beautiful day and the routes were well mapped. Some folks added on too many lengthy options and found both the feed station and end of ride meal closed down. Oops! The library can always use help  taking down directional signs, if you see any signs still in place in your travels please take them down.

Jen’s Friends Climb Against Cancer was held September 20 at Mount Cranmore. Despite excellent weather, cycling attendance was very light. Those who did not make it missed an outstanding day of riding on superb trails.

The Red Jersey Summer Race Series concluded with the time trial finale at Mountain Home Cabins (aka Bear Notch Ski Touring) on September 13th. Attendance for this race was a bit light, no doubt due to the early morning gray weather, but by race time it was a glorious day. Dave Murphy and Muriel Mitchell were deservedly crowned King and Queen of the mountains for their always positive attitude and spirit. Please let Carl & Sandra, Pat, and all the volunteers know that you appreciate their efforts.

We had a very good turnout for our 8th annual White Mountains trail building weekend on August 16 & 17th. Twenty-three people showed up and did some much needed work on the middle Nanamocomuck Trail and the Red Tail Trail. While the afternoon showers cancelled Saturday’s rides and forced the barbecue indoors, the timing was perfect for compacting the berms and drainage dips. Thank you to everybody who showed up and dug in.

The Maine Bike Rally in early July was a huge success.  The weather was perfect and rides went off without a hitch. I heard from a number of people that the mountain bike segment at this rally was better than any in years past. Peter Minnich, Jean Lee, John Barley, Dave Kinsman and a number of other people deserve a lot of credit for a great job preplanning the mountain bike aspect of this event. Thank you to all the volunteers and participants for doing a fantastic job representing the Saco River Valley.

The Valley Bike and Gear Swap at the Moat Mountain Smoke House on Saturday 6/14 turned out to be a great event. There was a nice variety of interesting merchandise to be found at very good prices. I know I scored some great deals and even managed to sell a few items. Cathy Steers, Andrea Masters and Glenn Ashworth deserve a lot of credit for the great response.

We put on a Klunkerz movie fund raiser (and Muzzy’s birthday party) at Matty B’s in mid-June, and it was also a rocking good time. Matty served up a delicious pizza buffet and fine libations were flowing (we should do this regularly!). The event raised close to $300 for our tool & material fund, and we put half of that income toward bridge materials for July’s trail work at Moose Brook State Park in Gorham. If you didn’t make it to the movie, please consider buying the DVD, it is destined to be a classic.

Thanks to everyone who put on and supported these events!


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