2018 Back Roads Century Cancelled
Sunday, September 16, 2018


Posted 9/11/18

Hello fellow cyclists, 

If you have been following the weather, or in most cases have looked outside this week, you will know that there has been an inordinate amount of rain in our region, as well as a category 4 hurricane that will threaten the Mid-Atlantic this weekend. We have been closely following several meteorologic trajectories of Hurricane Florence, as well as consulted local authorities and emergency service personnel for the Back Roads Century region. In this research, we have learned that many local roads along the BRC routes are already at or above flood stage, with no signs of abatement over the weekend, even without the predicted rainfall. The governor of West Virginia has also issued a State of Preparedness, which requires all local emergency and enforcement agencies to prepare to respond to imminent emergencies caused by the hurricane, and for local residents to prepare for an impending disaster. 

It is with this information, and in our agreement that the safety of our riders, volunteers, and local authorities takes priority over a weekend riding experience, that we have made the decision to cancel the 2018 Back Roads Century. 

This decision has not come lightly, nor without frustration, as we are sure you understand. Thousands of hours of planning over the past eight months to ensure a fantastic experience for our riders has abruptly come to an end without anything tangible in return. We are also making this decision ahead of a typical 48-hour forecast to ensure that you all have an opportunity to amend your plans and, for many in our region, plan for an impending natural disaster. 

You may have already reviewed the BRC web page and have re-read the registration acknowledgement that the event would go on rain or shine, and no refunds would be given. However, due to the unprecedented nature of this weather, we are offering an unprecedented opportunity for our displaced cyclists. We would like to offer all of our registered riders a $30 credit towards next year's century. We hope that you will consider riding with us next year, under fairer skies and better circumstances. 
Thank you once again for your interest and support in the Back Roads Century. 


Sallie Williams
2018 Back Roads Century Chair


About the Ride - The Back Roads Century returns for its fourth year to beautiful Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Located just across the bridge from the Antietam Battlefield, cyclists will enjoy historic sites and scenic routes. 

Date - Rain or shine, Sunday, September 16, 2018.

Show and Go Start - The ride starts at Shepherd University, 540 West Campus Drive, Shepherdstown, WV 25443; about 60-90 minutes north-west of Washington, DC.

Ride Distances - Six routes for riders of all abilities -  25, 29, 47, 52, 64, and 100 miles

Fee Includes - Cue Sheets, On-Road Route Directions, Mechanical Support along the routes, Rest Stop Food and Drinks, End of Ride Celebration at Popodicon Mansion with catered meal and entertainment after your ride, Free Showers at Shepherd University Wellness Center, Free Parking at Shepherd University


Rider Numbers have been mailed out to all riders who registered before midnight on September 6.  Riders who register on September 7 or later will need to pick up their ride numbers and wristbands at the registration desk on the day of the event.

Jerseys purchased prior to August 12 have already been mailed out. Jerseys purchased after August 12 will be mailed out in September or November (depending on purchase date).

Event Capacity - 2000 riders

Ride Start/End Times - Rolling start (show and go) from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. No need to check in. Pin on your number, put on your wrist band, and head out. Return before 5:00 pm, when the route services close. Start early if you plan on doing the 101 mile ride!

  • 7:00 am - 7:30 am - 100 Mile English Century Riders
  • 7:30 am - 8:00 am - 64 Mile Metric Century Riders
  • 8:00 am - 8:30 am - 47 and 52 Mile (Half Century) Riders
  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am - 25 and 29 Mile Riders

Rest Stops - ​All rides will have rest stops every 20-25 miles with water, sports drinks, fruit,  and snacks.

End of Ride Celebration - After the ride join us for a catered meal and live entertainment. Located at Popodicon Mansion on Shepherd University Campus. Walking or riding distance to parking and showers.

Showers - Showers and towels will be available at the Shepherd University Wellness Center. 

Information and Registration Desk - Registration desk staffed from 7:00 am – 10:00 am. From 10:30 - 6:00 PM moves to Popidicon Mansion on Shepherd University, site of the after-party.

What You Need to Bring - Pin rider number to jersey for ID by SAG. You must wear your wristband for identification at our rest stops and at the End of Ride Celebration. Helmets are required.

Bicycle Repair/SAG- Mechanics/SAG will be on hand to perform repairs and adjustments at the ride start, and at rest stops along the routes. 

Potomac Pedalers Member Discount - Membership in Potomac Pedalers costs only $35.00 per year for individuals, and $47.00 for families, so consider joining Potomac Pedalers before you register for the Century! You'll receive many benefits including bike shop discounts, access to our library of cue sheets, discounts on special events and more!

Volunteers - We need a many volunteers both before and during the event.  Please fill out a volunteer form  and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you. Volunteers who provide a minimum of 4 hours of support will receive a $25 rebate after the event.  We can't put on the Back Roads Century without volunteers!  Thank you!

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Where to Stay and Other Travel Information

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