2019 Back Roads Century

Sunday, September 22, 2019


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. 

Register and/or Volunteer

Date - Rain or shine, Sunday, September 22, 2019.

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 Descriptions and Maps - See the six routes for riders of all abilities -  25, 29, 47, 52, 64, and 100 miles.

Rider’s Guide  Includes map of start/finish, cue sheets

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.


  • Free Saturday Group Rides, 9/21; 12-5 PM  - Make it a weekend! Two rides (13 and 36 miles) feature the local sites, including the Antietam National Battlefield and Nutter's Ice Cream. Want even more sugar? The rides end at Antietam Creek Vineyard for wine tasting and live bluegrass music. While free, please register for either distance as we are capped at 200 riders.
  • Saturday Night Buffet Dinner, 9/21; 5:30-7:30 PM - Capped at 120 guests; register early to secure your spot! Our friends at the Town Run Tap House and Community Pub will be our hosts. (View Menu)
  • Extra tickets to Sunday Post- Ride Meal, 9/2216, noon - 6 PM - Purchase a ticket for a non-riding friend for $15. Includes buffet and drinks.

Rider Numbers will be mailed out to all riders who registered before midnight on September 7. 

Jerseys purchased prior to July 25 can be picked up at the registration site on 9/22. Jerseys purchased after July 25 will be mailed out in November.

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 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 noon - 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 - See Registration Site. 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 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!

Where to Stay - View hotels with blocked rooms at a discount rate and other options.   




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