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***WEATHER NOTICE*****

 

Currently there is a chance of rain and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon. We suggest starting the ride early with plans to finish by 2 PM; the course opens at 7 AM. Please check the weather forecast and bring/wear appropriate clothing. Please see the below weather statement for complete information. This ride is a GO.

 

 

 

Weather Statement

 

This event is scheduled to take place rain or shine. In the event of a high impact weather event which would flood roads or force road closures we would cancel the event for the safety of our riders. Any announcement cancelling the event would be made by 4 AM Sunday via this page and our Facebook and Twitter accounts.​ (Otherwise, there will be no further weather announcements.)

 

Current predictions do not call for a high impact weather event but rather passing thunderstorms and afternoon rain. As you would for any ride, please be safe. Follow our rider guidelines. Our team of SAG drivers, Ride Marshals, and other safety volunteers will try to alert riders if conditions change, but as with any ride, pay attention to changing road conditions and the weather. If you hear thunder or see lightning, quickly find a safe place (building, house, shelter) off your bike and wait out the storm. We suggest starting the ride early with plans to finish by 2 PM to avoid the greatest chance of rain. This ride is a GO.

 

Participant Guidebook <<NEW!>>

 

New this year! Download the Participant Guidebook. Everything you want and need to know about the Back Roads Century in one handy place (how to get there, where to park, ride starts, cuesheets, rest stop information, Shepherdstown resources, and more!

 

Ride Date

 

The ride will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016.


Ride 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 


There are five courses for riders of all abilities - 27, 45, 51, 63, and 101

 

Everyone is Welcome to Ride 


This event is open to the public and all cycling enthusiasts are invited to attend.
 

 

Registration Fee Schedule 


Registration Fee Schedule

Amount Eligible Riders Beginning Ending

$70.00 General Public May 1 - May 31st
$45.00 Potomac Pedalers Members May 1 - May 31st

$75.00 General Public June 1 - July 31st
$50.00 Potomac Pedalers Members June 1 - July 31st

$80.00 General Public Aug. 1st - Aug. 31st
$55.00 Potomac Pedalers Members Aug. 1st - Aug. 31st

There will be no onsite registration!

Registration will close August 31st, or as soon as we reach capacity.

 

Registration Fee Includes

  • Cue Sheet showcasing historic regions
  • Mechanical Support along the routes
  • Rest Stop Food and Drinks
  • End of Ride Celebration at Bellevue Manor with catered meal and entertainment after your ride
  • Rider numbers mailed to your home
  • Saturday pre-rides, events, and entertainment

 After You Register Online


You will receive two e-mail confirmations - your order confirmation and your registration receipt.

 

Rider Number Mailed in September

 

We will mail you your rider number to your home in early September. 


Event Capacity


Registration will close when we reach 2000 riders. We sell out every year and we expect to sell out again in 2016.


Ride Starting Times


There is a rolling start (show and go) from 7:00am to 9:30am. Please adhere to the following recommended starting times so that riders of the same ability are grouped together. This will help to avoid congestion on the road and at rest stops.
 This may be subject to change depending on the number of rides we offer.


7:00 am - 7:30 am - 100 Mile English Century Riders
7:30 am - 8:00 am - 63 Mile Metric Century Riders
8:00 am - 8:30 am - 45 and 51 Mile (Half Century) Riders
8:30 am - 9:00 am - 27 Mile Riders
 

Route Riding Times


Routes are open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Be sure to return before 6:00 pm, when the route services will close; and start early if you plan on doing the 100 mile ride!


Rider Check-In

 

If you registered online by August 31st, you do not have to stop at the registration area before you ride. Simply apply your rider number to your bike, apply your wristband; then get rolling. We want you to enjoy your day without standing in line.

 

Rest Stops

 

All rides will have designated rest stops along each route. There will be water, sports drinks, fruit, snacks and other food. Rest stops are noted on your cue sheet and the distance between them differs, depending upon which course you choose - 27, 45, 51, 63, or 101 miles. Generally, they’re anywhere from 15 to 25 miles apart. You should review your cue sheet for the exact mileage.

 

End of Ride Celebration


After the ride join us for our “End of Ride Celebration”, featuring mouthwatering food prepared by local restaurants and entertainment that will have you up on your feet even after riding for hours. This year’s celebration will take place at Bellevue Manor, a historic venue with great views overlooking the Potomac – you won’t want to miss it. This is included in your registration fee.


Back Roads Century T-shirts

 

You can order your Back Roads Century t-shirt during registration or you can order online in our store T-Shirts have sold out in 2016!

 

Where do I get my t-shirt?

 

T-shirts can be picked up the day of the ride at our Information Desk.  We will not be mailing t-shirts that are not picked up at the ride.

 

Back Roads Century Jersey

 

We have a beautiful new design for the 2016 Back Roads Century jersey.  They're available in men's short sleeve and women's short sleeve (both 3/4 zipper), and in women's tank top for $65.00.  You can order your jersey during registration or purchase from our online store.

 

Jerseys are custom-made in advance of the ride.  If you place your order by July 22nd your jersey will be available for pickup at the Century.  We are not mailing jerseys in advance of the Century - pickup only.

 

If you place your order after July 22nd we'll mail the jersey to your home in November 2016 and will charge for postage costs.

 

Information Desk 


We'll have an information desk near the ride start by the registration table and it will be staffed from 7:00 am – 10:00 pm. After that the Information desk moves to Bellevue Manor, site of the after-party, and will be staffed 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM.

  

What You Need to Bring


You must pin your rider number and attach it to your bike for identification by our Support and Gear (SAG). You must wear your wristband for identification at our rest stops; and at the End of Ride Celebration. Helmets are required.

 

Travel and Lodging 


Shepherdstown, WV is approximately 60-90 minutes north west of Washington, DC. Many riders will stay overnight in the area, making a weekend of exploring the quaint town of Shepherdstown and the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the surrounding area. We have reserved hundreds of rooms at area hotels for those early-bird arrivals and will be offering free bike rides and a variety of entertainment options the day before the Back Roads Century Ride itself. Information is coming. (If not staying overnight, riders will simply get up a little early and drive to the ride start the morning of the Back Roads Century.)

 

Parking 


Parking is at Shepherd University, 301 N. King St., Shepherdstown, WV 25443. 


Bicycle Repair

 

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


Support and Gear (SAG)

 

We will have support vehicles traveling along all routes throughout the day. Their official name is “Support and Gear”, more commonly known as “SAG”. 

 

Safety Rules and Guidelines 


Helmets are required in order to participate in the Back Roads Century. You will be traveling on public roads in West Virginia, and you must obey all traffic laws pertaining to the state.


Rider Behavior Policy


You must agree to abide to our Rider Behavior Policy in order to participate in the Back Roads Century.

 

Refund Policy

 

No refunds will be issued; the event is rain or shine

 

 

 


Amount Eligible Riders Beginning Ending

$60.00 General Public June 1 - July 31st
$30.00 Potomac Pedalers Members June 1 - July 31st

$65.00 General Public Aug. 1st - Aug. 31st
$35.00 Potomac Pedalers Members Aug. 1st - Aug. 31st

There will be no onsite registration!

 


Amount Eligible Riders Beginning Ending

$60.00 General Public June 1 - July 31st
$30.00 Potomac Pedalers Members June 1 - July 31st

$65.00 General Public Aug. 1st - Aug. 31st
$35.00 Potomac Pedalers Members Aug. 1st - Aug. 31st

There will be no onsite registration!

 

 


Amount Eligible Riders Beginning Ending

$60.00 General Public June 1 - July 31st
$30.00 Potomac Pedalers Members June 1 - July 31st

$65.00 General Public Aug. 1st - Aug. 31st
$35.00 Potomac Pedalers Members Aug. 1st - Aug. 31st

There will be no onsite registration!

 

Registration Fee Includes

 


Amount Eligible Riders Beginning Ending

$60.00 General Public June 1 - July 31st
$30.00 Potomac Pedalers Members June 1 - July 31st

$65.00 General Public Aug. 1st - Aug. 31st
$35.00 Potomac Pedalers Members Aug. 1st - Aug. 31st

There will be no onsite registration!

 

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