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Thu, 06/21 C * 25 * MD * 10:00am * GLEN ECHO LOOPS * Glen Echo Park (GLE)
Thu, 06/21 BB/B * 15/25 * MD * 12:30pm * Thursday Lunch Ride * - Other Start Location MD
Thu, 06/21 CC/C/D * 8/18/22 * VA * 5:00pm * Beginners, Emeritus, and Re-Starters Rides * Wakefield Park (WKP)
Thu, 06/21 AA/A/BB/B * 29/25/23/17 * MD * 6:10pm * The Thursday Night Trainer * Layton Village Shopping Center (LAV)
Thu, 06/21 A/BB/B * 22 * VA * 6:30pm * Belle Haven Blast * Belle Haven Picnic Area (BEL)
Thu, 06/21 CC/C * 10/20 * DC * 6:30pm * DC Tenley-Thursday Evening Ride * - Other Start Location DC
Fri, 06/22 C * 30 * MD * 9:00am * Leave from VMP & join Friday Lunch Ride * Veirs Mill Park Recreation Center (VMP)
Fri, 06/22 B/CC * 35 * MD * 10:00am * Bud Bike Friday * Buddy Attick Park (BUD)
Fri, 06/22 C * 30 * MD * 10:00am * C * 30 * MD * 10:00 am * Friday Lunch Ride * Lake Needwood (NEE)
Fri, 06/22 AA/A/BB/B * 26 * MD * 6:00pm * AA/A/BB/B (MH) * 26 * MD * Scenic Social * South Germantown Rec. Park - Adventure Playground (SGRAP)
Sat, 06/23 A/BB/B/CC * 40/60 * MD * 8:00am * Thomas S Wootton HS Parking (TWHS) * 50 degrees/60%
 * Thomas S. Wootton High School (TWHS)
Sat, 06/23 CC/C * 11/17/35 * VA * 9:30am * Three Rides At Once * - Other Start Location VA
Sun, 06/24 CC/C * 40 * MD * 8:30am * Tour De Purcellville * Poolesville High School (POO)
Sun, 06/24 BB/B * 104 * VA * 8:30am * Triple Bypass Training Ride 1 of 3 (Skyline Big Meadows) * Eastham Park (EAS)
Sun, 06/24 AA/A/BB/B * 42 * VA * 8:30am * Wegmans - RIDE & SUDS * Wegman's: Alexandria, VA (WGV)

BRC - Route Descriptions

Back Roads Century Route Descriptions

 

2018 ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS

We offer five routes of varying mileage and challenge so cyclists of all levels can enjoy the beauty of riding through the Northern Shenandoah Valley.   

Please note that the maps and cue sheets are the 2017 routes. Although we do not expect any significant changes this year, we will not finalize the 2018 routes until early August in case we need to make small changes to address road and safety issues. Please check back in August for the final routes.

The Century, Metric Century, and Half Century remain largely the same as last year, although we expect a small change at the very end to provide a more direct route to the Finish/End of Ride Party at Popodicon Mansion on the Shepherd University campus. All three of these routes are moderately challenging rides designed for fit cyclists looking for a physical challenge. These routes all include a few short but steep climbs that require strength, stamina, and proper gearing. Please see the detailed route descriptions, maps, and elevation profiles below to make sure these are the routes for you.

We are again offering three shorter routes, the Short Meander (27 and 23 mile versions) and the Long Meander, for riders looking for shorter rides with less climbing. These routes are suitable for casual riders, families with children, or anyone looking for a mellow bike ride. These routes all feature a fully-stocked rest stop at the Yankauer Nature Preserve where you can enjoy a short hike on the Preserve’s trails or just relax for a bit before heading back to Shepherdstown and the post-ride party.

All routes end at the historic Popodicon Mansion for a scenic backdrop for your well-deserved meal and entertainment. After you have recovered from the ride with the fantastic party at the Mansion, we hope you will wander into Shepherdstown before heading home.

 

Route Descriptions & Cue Sheets:

 

2017 BRC Century – 101.2 Miles, +4305 feet 

The Century route (red markings) showcases the very best of the northern Shenandoah Valley. Offering views of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, the Blue Ridge and North Mountain, apple orchards, and rolling farm land, the Century is a mini-tour of the Valley. There are no long or sustained climbs on the route, but there are plenty of rollers and several short, steep pitches over 10% (and one or two over 15%) to make you earn the views and descents. Last year’s riders described this as a hilly route, so train accordingly so you can enjoy the ride! We will have rest stops every 20 miles or so to keep you fueled and fresh.

Back Roads Century Map

 


 

2017 BRC Metric Century – 63.8 miles, +2825 feet

If you want a bit more of a challenge try the Metric Century (green markings) route instead of the Half Century. The route adds about 12 miles of beautiful farmland and just a few more small hills, but lets you say you rode 100 Km in a day! This route also features several short, steep pitches over 10% (and one or two over 15%) to keep you honest. Three rest stops will fuel your body and the views will keep you inspired.

Back Roads Metric Map


 

2017 BRC Half Century – 52.1 miles, +2400 feet

Half the miles but most of the views, the Half Century (blue markings) allows riders to enjoy most of the views and beautiful countryside as the Century route without so many miles. This is also a hilly route so be prepared to work for those miles. There are no long, sustained climbs, but there are several short, steep pitches over 10% (and one or two over 15%) to make you earn the sweeping views and fun downhill sections. Take your time, enjoy the scenery, refuel at the three rest stops, and you will have a great day.

Back Roads Half Century Map

 

 

2017 BRC Long Meander – 47.4 miles, +1553 feet

For riders looking for a slightly longer route without all of the hills on the Half Century route, we have a Long Meander (yellow markings) that gets you out into the rolling farmland south and west of Shepherdstown with views of the mountains at a comfortable distance. We will have two rest stops to keep you fueled and fresh before you head back to Shepherdstown and the post-ride party. 

Back Roads Long Meander Map


 

2017 BRC Short Meanders  – 27.3 miles (+1043 feet) or 23.2 miles  (+927 feet)

The Short Meanders (orange markings) route loop northwest of Shepherdstown through gently rolling farmland to Yankauer Nature Preserve where you can refresh your body at our stocked rest stop at around 15 miles and refresh your spirit with a short hike or stroll through the Nature Preserve. The route wanders back to Shepherdstown for more sightseeing, shopping, and the post-ride party at Popodicon Mansion.  The 23.2 mile route takes a shortcut on the outward bound leg if you feel like a shorter route.

Back Roads Short Meander Map

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Ride Schedule

Thu, 06/21 C * 25 * MD * 10:00am * GLEN ECHO LOOPS * Glen Echo Park (GLE)
Thu, 06/21 BB/B * 15/25 * MD * 12:30pm * Thursday Lunch Ride * - Other Start Location MD
Thu, 06/21 CC/C/D * 8/18/22 * VA * 5:00pm * Beginners, Emeritus, and Re-Starters Rides * Wakefield Park (WKP)
Thu, 06/21 AA/A/BB/B * 29/25/23/17 * MD * 6:10pm * The Thursday Night Trainer * Layton Village Shopping Center (LAV)
Thu, 06/21 A/BB/B * 22 * VA * 6:30pm * Belle Haven Blast * Belle Haven Picnic Area (BEL)
Thu, 06/21 CC/C * 10/20 * DC * 6:30pm * DC Tenley-Thursday Evening Ride * - Other Start Location DC
Fri, 06/22 C * 30 * MD * 9:00am * Leave from VMP & join Friday Lunch Ride * Veirs Mill Park Recreation Center (VMP)
Fri, 06/22 B/CC * 35 * MD * 10:00am * Bud Bike Friday * Buddy Attick Park (BUD)
Fri, 06/22 C * 30 * MD * 10:00am * C * 30 * MD * 10:00 am * Friday Lunch Ride * Lake Needwood (NEE)
Fri, 06/22 AA/A/BB/B * 26 * MD * 6:00pm * AA/A/BB/B (MH) * 26 * MD * Scenic Social * South Germantown Rec. Park - Adventure Playground (SGRAP)
Sat, 06/23 A/BB/B/CC * 40/60 * MD * 8:00am * Thomas S Wootton HS Parking (TWHS) * 50 degrees/60%
 * Thomas S. Wootton High School (TWHS)
Sat, 06/23 CC/C * 11/17/35 * VA * 9:30am * Three Rides At Once * - Other Start Location VA
Sun, 06/24 CC/C * 40 * MD * 8:30am * Tour De Purcellville * Poolesville High School (POO)
Sun, 06/24 BB/B * 104 * VA * 8:30am * Triple Bypass Training Ride 1 of 3 (Skyline Big Meadows) * Eastham Park (EAS)
Sun, 06/24 AA/A/BB/B * 42 * VA * 8:30am * Wegmans - RIDE & SUDS * Wegman's: Alexandria, VA (WGV)