Bike for Books -- Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 Like us: "Bike4BooksNH"

Mountain Bike Adventure Rides in North Conway

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to Benefit the Library's Children's Room

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presented by Merrill Lynch/Andy Orsini  

Join us for a day of mountain biking fun in the White Mountains at the “Bike for Books Mountain Bike Adventure Rides!” - a fundraiser for the Library in its 14th year.

The Bike for Books MTB Adventure Rides offer biking enthusiasts of all levels and abilities a great opportunity to explore the varied trails and terrain along well-marked routes in North Conway & the White Mountain National Forest.

North Conway serves up some of the best riding in New Hampshire. For over a decade, NEMBA has been working to create a wonderful assortment of trails for beginners and experts alike.  So whether it's cruising along gently wooded fire roads, biking on single tracks through magnificent forests, along rivers, around picturesque ponds, or negotiating the technical rocky descents on the edge of the White Mountains, there is something for everyone.

Several route options will be marked for all levels of riders, from novice to expert and some kid-friendly family loops, too. You can ride for an hour or do the epic ride with all the technically challenging hero options which takes about 4 to 6 hours for even the strongest riders.

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

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

Bike for Books is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library and fundraising by participants is encouraged with prizes for top fundraisers. Fundraisers will also receive raffle tickets to win a brand new Specialized mountain bike, donated by Stan & Dan Sports. The more pledges raised, the greater the chances to win!

Highlights of the event:

Registration: 8-11 a.m.; Registration Form; Register online; Pledge Form

Costs: Adults $25, couples $45, families $55 (max. of 4), kids 16 +under $15. Or raise pledges instead!


What is it??

The Bike for Books Mountain Bike Adventure Rides is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library.

Different route options for all ages & abilities offer biking enthusiasts of all levels a great opportunity to explore the varied trails and terrain along well-marked routes in & around North Conway.

The Trails

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 adventure rides will all start and end at the Whitaker Woods Rec Building in North Conway. You can chose from 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. The trails will be well marked and participants receive a map so that nobody should get lost even if in the area for the very first time.

The routes will be marked by Eastside Bike Guides, one of the top mountain bike guides and coaches in New England.

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 on the Conway Rec Trail. At the Swift River Covered Bridge in Conway, the half-way point, refreshments will be served (bagels, peanut butter, bananas, energy drinks, water) before the ride 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 technically challenging loops will be added to the 20-mile base loop so that this becomes an almost 30-mile ride overall. Examples are Sticks & Stones, Pond to Pillar, Mineral Site, Electric Loop, etc.

Free Lunch!

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 home-made dessert, and freshly brewed free-trade coffee provided by Frontside Grind.


Every rider will receive a BPA-free bike bottle.

Registration Fee

A benefit for the Library’s children’s room, the registration fee is $25 for individuals, $45 for couples, $55 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

Raise Pledges

Instead of paying the registration fee, you can also raise money for the North Conway Library. Of course, the money raised should be at least as much as the applicable entry fee. Top fundraisers will get prizes! Fundraisers will also receive raffle tickets to win a brand new Specialized mountain bike. The more pledges raised, the greater the chances to win! 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 to 11 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 and 11 a.m. (your choice!) and the event will conclude by mid-afternoon (between 2:30 and 3 pm).

Shorter routes are also available and can be done in an hour or two.

Pre-registration Party

We will have a pre-registration party on the night before the event at Stan & Dan Sports. If you like to register ahead of time and pick up your map & swag, join us for drinks and pizza from 6-8 pm.

What You Need

Helmets are required. Participants should be on mountain bikes with knobby 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

Check out last year's event photos on our Facebook page:

Many THANKS to our Presenting Sponsor 2014:







2014 Platinum Sponsors:










2014 Gold Sponsors:













2014 Silver Sponsors:








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