Top 10 Things ... to do by bikeMay 18. 2018 1:52PM
Cyclists of all levels can enjoy a scenic, well-supported ride at the July 14 Prouty fundraising ride benefiting Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Hanover. This event started as a 100-mile bike ride to honor patient Audrey Prouty, who lost her nine-year battle with ovarian cancer in 1982. Now The Prouty is a two-day event offering six cycling distances, including a 64-mile Metric Century Gravel ride and a two-day 200-mile ride, as well as walking, rowing, and golf events.
GREAT GLEN TRAILS
The carriage roads at Great Glen Trails in Gorham are the perfect place to bring the entire family for a bike ride. The smooth and well-marked roads let riders pedal through beautiful meadows, past scenic rivers and stunning mountain vistas. Bring a lunch and spend the day. Rentals are available for adults and kids. Great Glen Trails also offers a Summer Mountain Bike Race Series for all ages and abilities Tuesday nights in July/ August. Learn more at GreatGlenTrails.com.
DERRY RAIL TRAIL
The Derry Rail Trail is part of the former Boston & Maine railroad. The Derry Depot, which bustled in the 1800s with people and goods traveling throughout New England, still stands on the trail. Currently, four miles of paved path run from Windham, through beautiful wetlands and woods, right into Derry’s town center. Learn more and find a trail map with parking options at www.DerryRailTrail.org.
Laconia Motorcycle Week will celebrate 95 years June 9 through 17. The week includes bike shows of all kinds, swap meets, poker runs, gypsy tours, contests, vendors, live music, and - of course - beautiful riding. There are also plenty of charity rides scheduled for the week, including the Peter Makris Memorial Ride and the Mae West Memorial Ride for Pets. Learn more at www.LaconiaMCWeek.com
RIDE TO THE SKY
During Laconia Motorcycle Week the Mount Washington Auto Road has a “Motorcycles Only” status on Monday through Thursday, June 11 through 14. Motorcycles can ride up to the highest peak in the northeast for this one-of-a-kind experience with panoramic views, ever-changing weather, and four climate zones. The cost is $17 for the motorcycle operator, $9 for adult passengers and $7 for youth passengers.
BIKE THE WHITES
This inn-to-inn bicycle tour combines the grandeur of the White Mountains with the pampered luxury and exquisite cuisine of three of New Hampshire’s finest Country Inns. Enjoy three days of cycling along scenic back roads, stopping for breaks by a covered bridge, scenic waterfall, or cool mountain lake. Accommodations are offered at The 1785 Inn in North Conway, The Darby Field Inn in Albany, and the Inn at Crystal Lake in Eaton. Each morning begins with a hearty breakfast, and dinner is included on two nights. Maps, luggage transfer, bike storage, and emergency roadside assistance are included. Learn more at www.BiketheWhites.com.
The state’s Basic RiderCourse® is designed for beginner riders with little or no motorcycle experience. Students learn about different types of motorcycles, their controls, and how they operate. They will also begin developing and practicing the mental and motor skills necessary for safe riding. Course graduates are exempt from the New Hampshire DMV’s written and skills test.
MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK
Highland, a Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, offers day passes, camps and lessons for both youth and adults. If you have never tried liftaccess mountain biking, try the “Find Your Ride” program specially designed to give first-time riders a fun, safe and successful experience. The package includes a full-day lift pass, one-hour class, full-day bike rental, helmet, and other safety equipment. Experienced adults can take their riding to the next level with a three-day camp taught by professional coaches who will cover advanced cornering techniques, jumps, and drops.
AMANOOSUC RAIL TRAIL
The Amanoosuc Rail Trail is a 19-mile long rail trail between Woodsville and Littleton, passing a magnificent 345-foot covered bridge in Bath and Lisbon Depot. Littleton Bike and Fitness, locating right on the Amanoosuc River, with access to the trail, welcomes bike riders to park in their lot before heading out. The shop features road, mountain and hybrid bikes for everyone, from toddlers to high-end cyclists, offering rentals and purchases.
NORTHERN RAIL TRAIL
Whether you are a bicycle enthusiast, a casual biker, a locavore, nature lover, or history buff, you will love the Northern Rail Trail’s inn-to-inn bike tours. Seven historic inns throughout the Lakes and Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee regions are connected by the Northern Rail Trail, where cyclists will encounter a landscape of historic covered bridges, sustainable farms, orchards, horse and alpaca farms, sparkling lakes, and streams. You can find more information at www. ridethenorthernrailtrail.com.