Maneha's Treasure: Mayfair Farm

After a long day of digging deep and testing oneself in the saddle, riders turn the final corner and are met by a truly bucolic scene offering the warmth of a campfire, an overflowing food buffet set out under twinkling lights of the barn and the bleating of lambs as they welcome you to Mayfair Farm.  Each year, OBC partners with Mayfair Farm, in Harrisville, New Hampshire, to provide an authentic overnight farm experience for riders of the Maneha 250

Owners, Sarah and Craig, heeded the call of farming in 2011 when they moved their family to Harrisville to run a diversified family farm and kitchen.  Mayfair Farm sustainably and humanely raise both pigs and lambs, alongside two orchards of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, and pears.  Their farm store offers a wide selection of their own lamb, pork, sausage, in-season fresh fruit and maple syrup, along with homemade pastries and prepared foods like chicken pot pies and quiches.  They support other local farms by selling eggs, honey, chicken, beef, jams and soaps.  They sell online, too!  With their on-site commercial kitchen, Sarah and her team -- including her lovely mom -- offer true farm-to-table catering and events with an emphasis on seasonal, local menus.

Mayfair’s farming focus is on raising old style pig breeds and Dorset cross lambs in the woods and on pasture.  A mix of heritage and old style breeds, their pigs enjoy year-round access to the outdoors and spend the temperate seasons pastured in the New England woodlands. There, they forage and romp, eating nuts, roots and non-GMO grains raised and milled specially for them.  Mayfair Farm pigs live the good life!

After our Maneha riders have changed into warmer clothes to ward off the chilly late spring evening in the mountains, they choose just the right spots to set up their tents and then head back down to the barn for a homemade feast by Sarah and her team.  In between visits to the food buffet, riders enjoy mingling with the pigs, penned up in the barn.  When they do wake from their often noisy slumbers, you may just be met with one jumping up on the fence to give you a snout close-up and a cheery snort.  We’re hoping that Peanut Butter, a crowd favorite, will be there again this year to hang with us.  The evening continues with riders drinking beer around the campfire in the shadow of Mt. Monadnock while sharing tales of the day, marveling at the lambs and Mayfair’s friendly sheep dog, Thelma.  Riders slowly trickle up to their tents to rest their tired legs and lay their heads down for a good night’s rest under the stars in preparation for the return leg of Maneha the next morning. 

Before even the sun rises, our cow bell alarm rings.  Riders wake to another overflowing buffet, this one full of homemade granola, pancakes and freshly scrambled farm eggs.  Breakfast boasts views of Mt. Monadnock from the plateau on the top of the farm’s tallest hill.  The warmth of Sarah and Craig’s hosting is found in the details of hot coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, warm pastries, and friendly early morning smiles. 

For Maneha riders, the stay at Mayfair Farm is part of a remarkable riding experience with the farm offering a place of rejuvenation, a connection to animals, and the solace of nature.  We look forward to the challenging two days of riding, to the amazing meals we will share at Mayfair Farm and the connections we will forge.

Eagerly Awaited: The Maneha 250

The Maneha 250 seems to define Overland Base Camp in many ways.  The ride is really challenging, it includes camping, offers lots of great food, provides a route that you will never forget, and is just different from what people expect.

With that in mind, the 2016 Maneha 250 is scheduled, planned, and it's time to register!

Event Details here:  2016 Maneha 250

Register here:

The 2016 Maneha is bigger than ever.  We've made a lot of changes from last year.  We've got more options for riding than ever before; this year we're offering:

  • Solo Rider:  You're relying on yourself but you can certainly ride with others.  You have to have a SPOT tracker -- you can rent one from us or bring your own.
  • Team:  You can ride with teams of 3 to 6 riders.  The entry fee is a bit less and you can share SPOT trackers.
  • One-Way:  It's still early in the season so some people chose to make the ride up and get shuttled back home the next day.  This is a good option if this type of ride is new for you.  Do not take the one-way lightly.  Riding 125 miles of mixed-terrain in a single day is very, very challenging.
  • Bikepacking:  For those survivalists or riders testing equipment for Tour Divide or other big projects, the bikepacking category provide a good opportunity to fine-tune your equipment list and test your theories and assumptions about how best to be self-sufficient.  
  • Superflyweight:  This is the category for riders that want to fly on the trails.  125 miles is a very long day no matter how light you travel.  The Superflyweight is the most popular category.

We hope that you can find a category that suits you well.

We strongly recommend that you don't miss out on this ride.  If there is one mixed-terrain adventure to participate in for 2016, we think this is the one.

If you joined us last year for the Maneha 250, and you want to ride with us again, you'll receive a 20% discount on the entry fee.  Contact us for your discount code.  Don't worry, the route is different so it'll feel like an entirely new event.  And we have some changes planned for the overnight.

We hope to see you on the Maneha trails. 

Email us with any questions about the event.