Periodically over Northeast Passage’s 25-plus year history, the staff have organized group cycling rides in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In 1999, the Northeast Passage staff and a small group of handcyclists tackled the 100-mile loop, spread over three days, for the first time.
As interest in the sport of cycling/handcycling grew and Northeast Passage was looking to revamp its funding streams, they revisited the idea of a three day, 100-mile overnight trip in 2004. Originally called the 2 Notch and a Pass Cycling Adventure, eleven participants (who were required to raise $1,000 each) and the Northeast Passage staff (four at the time), rode the route through Franconia Notch, Crawford Notch and the Kancamagus Highway and stayed at the AMC Highland Center and North Conway Grand Hotel.
In 2005, it became the Three Notch Century and held annually on the weekend after Labor Day. From there, the idea for developing a large-scale awareness building and fundraising event was born.
In 2007, in an effort to grow the event even more, Northeast Passage added the one-day Century option, starting from Lincoln, NH on Sunday. That first year, 20 hardcore cyclists headed out in the freezing cold and driving rain. In 2009, the Century was moved to Saturday and a North Conway start – ensuring that all riders meet for dinner and socializing at the end of the day on Saturday.
In 2008, the two day option was added, allowing cyclists to complete the ride (and the same route) in one, two or three days. After Hurricane Irene destroyed 90 miles of the route in 2011, we discovered the delightful Bear Notch loop and added the 40 mile option in 2012.
Over the years, Northeast Passage has perfected the event structure, support and logistics to create one of New England’s premier destination rides. We’ve had riders come from as far away as Tennessee, New York and New Jersey to ride with us.
This ride was designed to be the ultimate all inclusive experience – not only are your lodging, meals and equipment taken care of, but it provides the opportunity for cyclists of all ability levels, including riders with disabilities, to experience the challenge of conquering 100 miles. By the end of the ride, our participants are part of a larger team and perceptions of ability have been changed. Regardless of which option you choose, all riders have gone 100 miles by the end of the day on Sunday.
First and foremost: Customer service and your experience is our priority, we take your safety and comfort very seriously, logistics and support are integral to our event and our goal is to have a seamless, enjoyable riding experience for all participants.
We hope you’ll ride with us in September!