Event Details

Back Roads Century Event Details

Rest Stops and Entertainment

What to Bring

Directions and Parking

Route Descriptions

Where to Stay and Other Travel Information

Restaurants, Shopping, Music


Support and Gear

Rider Comments

WV Cycling Laws

Contact Us

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Weather Statement
This event is scheduled to take place rain or shine. In the event of a weather emergency, we will 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.

Rider Guidebook
The new Rider Guidebook for 2018 will be available for download in September. 

Ride Date
The ride will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

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 routes for riders of all abilities -
 100, 64, 52, 47, 29, or 25 miles

Registration 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 mailed to your home
  • Saturday pre-rides, events, and entertainment

After You Register Online
You will receive an e-mail confirmation including your order confirmation and your registration receipt.

Rider Number (and Jerseys, if purchased before July 1) will be mailed in September

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

Transfer Policy
Transfers are permitted.  Give your Rider Number and wristband to the transferee.
Transferee riders will need to check in at the Registration Tent to sign the waiver and the Rider Behavior Policy and provide emergency contact information.

Event Capacity
Registration will close when we reach 2000 riders.

Ride Starting Times
There is a rolling start (show and go) from 7:00am to 9:30am. There is no need to check in. Just pin on your number, put on your wrist band, and head out. 

  • 7:00 am - 7:30 am - 101 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 - 23 and 27 Mile Riders

Route Riding Times
Routes are open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Be sure to return before 5:00 pm, when the route services will close; and start early if you plan on doing the 101 mile ride!

Rider Check-In
There is no need to check in.  The ride is a "Show and Go" format.  Don't forget your wrist band since you must wear it to access rest stops and the After-ride party.

Rest Stops
All rides will have designated rest stops every 20-25 miles along each route. There will be water, sports drinks, fruit, snacks and other food.

End of Ride Celebration
After the ride join us for our “End of Ride Celebration”, featuring a catered meal and live entertainment at Popodicon Mansion, a historic venue on Shepherd University.  Although riders, families, and guests are welcome to join us for music and celebration, ONLY RIDERS WITH WRIST BANDS WILL BE ABLE TO GET FOOD AT THE CELEBRATION.  PLEASE KEEP YOUR WRIST BAND ON FOR THE PARTY.


Showers and towels will be available at the Shepherd University Wellness Center.  PLEASE DO NOT WEAR BIKE SHOES/CLEATS INTO THE WELLNESS CENTER!  STREET SHOES ONLY.  Also, please consider leaving a tip for the Wellness Center staff for providing this awesome service.

Information and Registration Desk 

We'll have an information and registration desk near the ride start, and it will be staffed from 7:00 am – 10:00 am. After that the Information desk moves to Popidicon Mansion on Shepherd University, 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 to your jersey 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 northwest 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. (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.)

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.