Bike for Books -- Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
A Fall Foliage Bike Tour of the Mount Washington Valley
to Benefit the Library's Children's Room
The North Conway Public Library will hold its 12th annual Bike for Books fundraiser on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
What is it??
Bike for Books is a scenic mountain bike tour of the Mount Washington Valley during fall foliage season – it is a TOUR, not a race. This bike-a-thon takes place every year on the Saturday of Columbus Day Weekend.
Bike for Books showcases some of the best mountain biking trails in the Mount Washington Valley during foliage season. Most is off-road with trail choices including open forest service roads and single-track.
Differerent Route Options
The mountain bike-a-thon will start and end at the Whitaker Woods Rec Building in North Conway and offers different route options for all ages & abilities: from novice to expert mountain biker and for children.
Every participant can choose their own route and own pace- since this is a TOUR and not a race. The trails will be well marked and participants receive a map so that nobody can get lost even if in the area for the very first time.
Two Short Loops
We offer 2 shorter loops in Whitaker Woods, perfectly suited for beginner and children: a very flat, easy 2-mile loop and a slightly more difficult 5-mile loop with some hills.
Standard Valley Loop
The standard 20-mile base loop is for intermediate riders. This scenic route will pass through Whitaker Woods, Pudding Pond area, historic Redstone, and along the Saco River (Conway Rec Trail). At the Swift River Covered Bridge in Conway, the half-way point, refreshments will be served (bagels, peanut butter, water, bananas) before the tour continues through the White Mountain National Forest and Echo Lake State Park back to North Conway Village and finally the starting point.
Challenging Add-on Loops
For experienced mountain bikers, several more challenging loops (Sticks & Stones, Pond to Pillar, Mineral Site, Electric Loop, etc.) will be added to the 20-mile base loop so that this becomes an almost 30-mile tour overall.
Yes, there is such a thing: All participants and volunteers are invited to a free lunch with pizza from Elvio’s Pizzeria, hot soup and dessert, and freshly brewed free-trade coffee provided by Frontside Grind.
Every rider will receive a BPA-free bike bottle and a book. After all, it's a fundraiser for the library! You get a free book and we will raise money for more books :-)
Many local businesses and restaurants have donated numerous free giveaways and gift certificates to be given away on a random draw basis.
A benefit for the Library’s children’s room, the registration fee is $25 for individuals, $40 for couples, $50 for families (max. 4), and $15 for students 16 and under. Registration forms may be picked up at the North Conway Public Library or downloaded here. Online registration is available at BikeReg.com
New this year: Instead of paying a registration fee, you can also raise money for the North Conway Library. Top fundraisers will get prizes! Download your pledge form here. Collect cash, checks (made out to "NCPL") or let friends donate online here.
Day of the Event: where-when-what
Registration on the day of the event and check-in will be held at the Whitaker Woods Homesite from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The WW Homesite is located less than 1 minute north of North Conway Village; on the right off Route 16, across from White Mountain Oil.
Start time is anytime between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. (your choice !) and the event will conclude by mid afternoon.
Shorter routes are also available and can be done in an hour or two.
What You Need
Helmets are required. Participants should be on mountain bikes with knobby, fat tires, and children should have some off-road cycling experience.
For more information
Please contact the Library at 603-356-2961 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many THANKS to our presenting sponsors 2013:
Gold sponsors 2013:
Silver sponsors 2013: