2018 Shenandoah Valley Century!

The 36th Annual Shenandoah Valley Century will be on Sunday, September 9, 2018

Bicycle rides of 25, 50, and 100 miles through the scenic and historic Shenandoah Valley sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition.

We invite you to help us celebrate the SHENANDOAH VALLEY CENTURY for some of the finest cycling to be found. The ride starts in Harrisonburg, the bike capital of Virginia, and includes scenic vistas, small towns, beautiful farms, quiet roads, and more. All routes are paved and have low traffic volume. Participants ride at their own pace; the event is not a race. Maps are provided and the route will be patrolled by automobile SAG to provide assistance as needed. A food and drink stop is provided every 25 miles and at the midpoint of the 25-mile ride.


General Information

What is a century ride?

A “Century” refers to a bicycle ride of 100 miles (a century of miles). Century rides originated in the late 1800’s when cyclists would attempt to ride the 100 miles in under ten hours. Now, rides of various lengths are offered to suit all abilities, with no time limits set.

What do I get?

Registration includes route map, marked route, route patrol, mechanical help, food and water stops during the ride, and after ride treats. Massages will be available after the ride for a nominal fee.

Check out photos from previous years here, here and here. Feel free to contribute your own photos to the SVBCoaltion Group Pool after the ride.

For more information, send email to: [email protected]

Registration Information

Online registration: Click here to register online. (NOTE: If you choose a family registration, be sure to enter each family member as a guest!)

Mail-in registration: Prefer to register by mail? Click here to download a registration form.
All riders will be required to sign an informed consent form when they check in the morning of the ride!


  • Preregistration (through Sept. 2, 2018)
    • Individual: $15 for SVBC members, $20 for non-members
    • Family: $30 for SVBC members, $40 for non-members
  • Late registration (Sept. 3-9, 2018)
    • Individual: $20 for SVBC members, $25 for non-members
    • Family: $40 for SVBC members, $50 for non-members

(“Family” means 3 or more members of one family living at the same address.)

Resources and Details

  • 7:00am – Registration open for all rides
  • 8:00am – Start for 100 mile ride
  • 9:00am – Start for 50 & 25 mile rides
(If riding the 25- or 50-mile route, we suggest you register after 8:00am to
avoid lines.)
Hillandale Park Shelter 11
Harrisonburg, VA
Maps, cues and GPS data
  • Check out the 100-mile, 50-mile and 25-mile courses on ridewithgps.com.
  • You can download printable maps and cues for all rides: click here for Loops 1 and 4 of the Century (which together make up the 50-mile ride), here for Loops 2 and 3, and here for the 25-mile ride.
  • We also have GPX files for the 100 mile, the 50 mile,  and 25-mile rides.

Rest Stops and SAG Support

Rest Stops
All rides are supported with rest stops every 20-25 miles and a midpoint rest stop for the 25 mile ride. The rest stops are well stocked with a variety of food and beverages, free with registration.
NOTE: the rest stop in Bridgewater will close at 4:00 pm and the one in Hillandale will close at 6:00 pm.
SAG Support
Auto SAG support will be available on each route to provide help for those who need assistance. Please be prepared to fix minor repairs, for example, bring a flat tire repair kit, to avoid unnecessary delays.
NOTE: SAG support will end at 6:00 PM.


There will be plenty of paninis and other great food to enjoy after the ride – stay and celebrate!


Take Interstate 81 to Exit 245. Go west on Port Republic Road. Cross Rt 11 (S Main St), and continue straight for 0.5 mile. Turn left onto route 42 (S High St). After another 0.8 mile, turn right on Hillandale Ave. Go straight at the next stop sign to enter Hillandale Park. Shelter #11 is on the main thoroughfare near the end of the park.

Click here for a Google map of the directions from I-81 to Hillandale Park.

NOTE: parking in Hillandale may be limited. Additional parking is available at the nearby Food Lion and other locations.

Lodging, etc.

For lodging information you might find these websites helpful:

Interested in Volunteering?

Send an email to [email protected] We’d love to have your help!


  22 comments for “2018 Shenandoah Valley Century!

  1. Chris
    August 23, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Will you have same day registration?

    • Kyle
      August 31, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Chris, We will have day of registration provided that the event does not fill up to the 300 rider limit. The past three years we have hit our 300 rider limit prior to the event. Hope you can make it!

  2. Arthur
    January 27, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    When does registration open for this event?

    • dromscg
      January 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks for asking! Registration should go online sometime around the beginning of June.

  3. Anthony Rosas
    August 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Have you updated the route for the 1/2 yet? I entered last year into strava but as I am not local I would like the route before I arrive.

    • dromscg
      August 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Yes, all the routes were updated earlier this week.

  4. Mimi
    August 25, 2017 at 11:59 am

    How much climbing is on the 25 and 50 mile routes?

  5. dromscg
    August 25, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    According to ridewithgps, there are 1383 feet of climbing on the 25 and 2622 feet on the 50.

  6. Jeff
    August 31, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    How much climbing is on the 100 mile route?

    • dromscg
      September 1, 2017 at 7:10 am

      4,678 feet, according to ridewithgps.

  7. Tricia
    September 7, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Does a portion of the registration fee go to a charity?

    • Kyle
      September 9, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Tricia, the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition uses the Century as one of our primary fundraisers to support our mission to Build better communities in the Valley. We think that we are work is extremely valuable and that we touch many lives to improve our communities. Take a look at what funds from the century helped us accomplish last year: http://svbcoalition.org/givingtuesday-and-we-did-what-in-2016/

  8. Liddy Marquez
    June 5, 2018 at 11:34 am

    When does registration open? Want to be sure to sign up!

    • dromscg
      June 8, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      I expect to have it ready in the next week or so.

  9. Brad V
    June 5, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    When is the 2018 Shenandoah Valley Century? When is registration open?

    • dromscg
      June 8, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      It should be ready in the next week or so.

  10. dromscg
    June 19, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Registration is now open for the 2018 Shenandoah Valley Century!

  11. Keith
    July 18, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Do you have GPX files to download for the 50 and 100 mile routes ? (Using a Garmin 1000)?

  12. keith
    July 18, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Could you send me a CUE Sheet of the 50 mile ride so I can make a GPX file for my Garmin to use?

    • dromscg
      July 18, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      Keith: due to a couple of long-term road construction projects, we are having to remap some portions of the ride. We hope to be finished with that in the next couple of weeks. Once we are, I’ll get GPX file and maps posted on this website.

      • keith
        July 19, 2018 at 12:19 pm

        Thanks, I did the Century years ago at this event. I was pretty tired when done.

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