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2018 Back Roads Century
Sunday, September 16, 2018



Distances:  27, 47, 52, 64, and 101 miles

Who May Participate: The Back Roads Century is open to everyone.

Number of Riders: Registration is capped at 2,000 riders and we sell out every year.

What's Included: Gorgeous scenery and great riding, as well as route directions/cue sheets and GPX files, wide varieties of food and drink at rest stops, ride marshals, support vehicles patrolling all routes, post-ride party at Popodicon Mansion with catered food and live entertainment, rider numbers mailed to your home, free parking and post-ride showers, a full Saturday option of historical and fun rides and many area attractions

What's Optional:

  • Event jerseys - available in men's and women's short sleeve, race cut and club cut.
  • Saturday Night Buffet Dinner (9/15; 5:30-8:00) Buffet capped at 120 guests; register early to secure your spot! You can add on this event when you register for the Back Roads Century ride, or you can register separately for the Saturday Night Buffet Dinner only as well as purchase adult drink tickets.  Our friends at the Town Run Tap House and Community Pub will be our hosts. The Town Run also sports an arcade room with pinball machines and video games, as well as a full bar with local beers and ciders. 

About the Ride

The Back Roads Century is one of the premier cycling events in the mid-Atlantic region. Each fall, Potomac Pedalers invites cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities for a great weekend of riding and fun. The Back Roads Century features multiple distances, from 23 miles up to a full 100-mile ride.  Every distance is a fully-supported ride with route directions/cue sheets, route markings, rest stops every 20-25 miles with delicious food and drinks - including our famous tomato sandwiches - as well as mechanical and first aid support. This year's cue sheets will also note historical and habitat information at different points along the routes.

The Back Roads Century returns for its fourth year to beautiful Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a quaint yet vibrant town with an extremely warm and welcoming atmosphere.  Located just across the bridge from the Antietam Battlefield, history buffs and regular travelers alike will find Shepherdstown's historical allure a perfect complement to the charm and variety readily abundant at every turn in town.  The Back Roads Century begins at Shepherd University and many routes will follow parts of the Potomac River, with rolling hills taking you past apple orchards and lush farmlands.

After Sunday’s ride, join us for our "End of Ride Celebration" at Popodicon, the historic former residence of the Chancellor of Shepherd University.  The event will feature delicious food prepared locally, as well as live entertainment that will have you up on your feet even after riding for hours.  Walking or riding distance to parking and showers.

Make It a Weekend with Saturday Rides & Fun

Stay overnight and enjoy the great restaurants, great bars with live music, and unique shopping in Shepherdstown.

We will be offering two free rides on Saturday, September 15, that will include tours of local historic sites. One route will be around 15 miles on relatively flat roads. The second route will be around 35 miles and include some hillier roads. While both rides are free, we will have active bike marshals and other support in enjoying the breathtaking scenery and historic landscapes. These rides are open to all club members, whether you are participating in the BRC or not, and are part of the Club’s regular and ongoing ride schedule. 

If you’re looking for a challenging, rewarding and fun way to spend a beautiful fall day or two, be sure to participate in the 2018 Back Roads Century. We’d love to see you there!

Potomac Pedalers Members Receive a 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!


We need a many volunteers both before and during the event.  Come help organize supplies, load trucks, staff rest stops, man the registration desk or help at the post-ride celebration!  If you are interested in volunteering 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!


2017 was a Great Event!

THANKS to all the RIDERS, VOLUNTEERS, and our hosts, SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV and SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY for a fabulous weekend!

We especially want to thank the following organizations and people who supported The Back Roads Century:

Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Shepherd University
Antietam Creek Vineyards
John Shaw
Mechanical Support
Panhandle Pedalers Cycling Club
Mt. Airy Bicycles
Element Sports
Eastern Panhandle Bicycle Company
SAG, Traffic, and Emergency Support
Shepherdstown EMS
Jefferson County WV Sheriff and Deputy Reserves
Berkeley County WV Sheriff and Deputy Reserves
Antietam Radio Association
Eastern Panhandle Traffic Network
Opequon Radio Society
Rest Stops and Party Staffing
South Spirit Choir
Clarke/Frederick Dairy Club (4-H)
Boonsboro Future Farmers of America
Phi Kappa Tau, Shepherd University
Shepherd University Student Affairs
Black Box Arts Center
Potomac Valley Audubon Society

Potomac Pedalers would like to thank our Title Sponsor Shepherd University



Check out our 2018
Back Roads Jersey!  

Click here to order 

Or You Can Order Jerseys when you
Register for the Century