Monday, July 18, 2016

The 24th Annual Cohen Classic

Scenic ride along the New Hampshire Seacoast
Donna keeps up tradition next Saturday with the 24th Annual Cohen Classic on July 23rd! Take a break from the North Shore and join her on the scenic coastal route of New Hampshire and Maine. Choose between 38, 48, and 70 miles round trip, or park anywhere along the route or public beaches for your desired mileage. Mileage from a few of the beaches are listed below, along with an approximate start time, (based on estimated arrival time of riders starting in North Hampton). If you haven't ridden along the New Hampshire seacoast in a while, this is a great change of pace!

Breakfast is at Cafe Espresso in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (Estimated arrival time 9:00 a.m.). After breakfast, head back to New Hampshire for an out-and-back, or cross the bridge to Maine and continue for an additional 5 miles to Kittery Point/Frisbee's Market, (or if you're really ambitious, 16 miles to Nubble Light.)

It's a beautiful ride!

Cohen Classic Start location:
North Hampton Elementary School, 210 Atlantic Ave, North Hampton, New Hampshire, (avoiding the insanity of Hampton Beach)

Meet at 6:00 a.m. The ride will start before 6:30 a.m.

Approximate Mileage from North Hampton to:
(Decimals have been rounded up)
Portsmouth (Breakfast at Cafe Espresso) - 19 miles (38 miles RT)
Kittery Point/Frisbee's Market- 24 miles (48 miles RT)
Nubble Light, York ME - 35 miles (70 miles RT)

Mileage from the Beaches to Breakfast: (Alternate start locations)
Jenness Beach to Portsmouth, 14 miles (28 RT), approx start: 7:10 a.m.
Wallis Sands Beach to Portsmouth 10 miles (20 RT) approx start: 7:45 a.m.
Odiorne Point State Park 8.5 miles (17 RT) approx start: 8:00 a.m.
(Parking fees may be required at some beaches. Free on-street parking can often be found near Jenness Beach.)

Directions to North Hampton Start: (If you don't have a GPS)
Take Rt 95 North, (there may be a toll). Exit 1 toward Seabrook
Merge onto NH 107 South
Turn LEFT at Route 1A North/Lafayette Rd.
@ 6.5 miles, Turn RIGHT onto NH 111 East/Atlantic Ave.
The North Hampton Elementary School (brick building, blue sign) will be on your left. The road is marked SCHOOL. Park in back.

The long-range weather forecast predicts another sunny, hot weekend ahead -- Saturday will be a perfect day to pick up the cool breezes along the New Hampshire coast!

1 comment:

Tamarise Cronin said...

Parking at Wallis Sands Beach and Odiorne Point State Park doesn't open until 8 a.m. -- If anyone is planning to start from either, get in touch. We can adjust the time to await your arrival. Odiorne charges a $4/adult entrance fee, but would be a nice post-ride excursion after your return. It's gorgeous. Wallis Sands charges a parking fee... but of course you'd get a prime parking spot and have facilities and a beach to visit and cool off at after your ride. :)