Shenandoah Valley Century!

The 37th Annual Shenandoah Valley Century will be on Sunday, September 8, 2019. All are welcome to join!

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

For returning riders, please note that this year, we are changing the start/end location to Oakdale Park in Bridgewater, Virginia.

General Information

We invite you to celebrate the Shenandoah Valley Century with some of the finest cycling to be found. The ride starts in Bridgewater, 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.

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.

Registration

Online registration: Click here to register online.

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!

Pricing

  • Preregistration (through Sept. 1, 2019)
    • Individual: $15 for SVBC members, $20 for non-members
    • Family: $30 for SVBC members, $40 for non-members
  • Late registration (Sept. 2-8, 2019)
    • Individual: $20 for SVBC members, $25 for non-members
    • Family: $40 for SVBC members, $50 for non-members

Please Note: “Family” means 3 or more members of one family living at the same address.

Routes

The route is divided into four Loops of 25 miles each. Each Loop begins and ends at Oakdale Park in Bridgewater. For the full Century, ride Loops 1-4. For the Half-Century, ride Loops 1 & 2. The Quarter-Century is also divided into two shorter Loops, each beginning and ending at Oakdale Park. Note that the routes may change if we learn of last-minute road construction projects, etc.

GPS

The links below take you to ridewithgps.com, where you will find maps, elevation profiles, and downloadable GPS files in various formats (.gpx, .kml, .tcx, .fit) for all of the rides. The versions here were updated on 8/4/2019; if you downloaded them before that, you should download the revised copies. Also, check back occasionally to see if they’ve been updated again. Note that some of the cues on ridewithgps.com are not correct! See below for corrected cue sheets.

Cues

Note that some of the cues on ridewithgps.com are not correct! These links will take you to corrected cue sheets. Cue sheets will also be available the day of the ride.

Maps

Schedule

  • 7:00am – Registration open for all rides at Oakdale Park (new location!)
  • 8:00am – Start for 100 mile ride
  • 9:00am – Start for 50 & 25 mile rides

If you are riding the 25- or 50-mile route, we suggest you register after 8:00am to avoid lines.

Rest Stops & 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.

The rest stops in Bridgewater will close at 6:00 pm. Please keep this in mind when deciding whether to do that “one more loop”!

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 (such a patching a flat) to avoid unnecessary delays.

SAG support will end at 6:00 PM.

Food

There will be plenty of food at the rest stop in Oakdale Park. There will also be paninis and other great food to enjoy after the ride. Please stay and celebrate!

Directions

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

Or, take Interstate 81 to Exit 240. Go west on Virginia Route 257 for 1.9 miles (you will cross US Route 11 along the way). Turn right onto Mount Crawford Ave. (state route 1310, but shown as route 700 on Google maps). The entrance to Oakdale park will be on your right after another 1.1 miles.

Lodging

For lodging information, you might find these websites helpful:

Want to Volunteer?

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

Interested in previous Shenandoah Valley Century Rides?

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.