Century 2015

The 33nd Annual Shenandoah Valley Century will be on Sunday September 13, 2015

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.
  • 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 (until Sept. 6, 2015)
    • Individual: $15 for SVBC members, $20 for non-members
    • Family: $30 for SVBC members, $40 for non-members
  • Late registration (Sept. 7-12, 2014)
    • 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
are available from Ride With GPS for the 100-mile, 50-mile and 25-mile rides. (You can also pick up paper maps and cue sheets on the morning of the ride.)


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.


More Fun

Door Prizes
All those who register and participate will be entered in the drawing for numerous door prizes.
There will be plenty of paninis and other great food to enjoy after the ride – stay and celebrate!
Discount at Shenandoah Bicycle Company
Shenandoah Bicycle Company in Harrisonburg is offering a $10 discount on any purchase over $20 until Sept. 30. Just present your armband, and let them know your name and email address.



Harrisonburg is easily reached from the north or south via I-81. Hillandale Avenue is off Route 42 (South High Street) on the western side of the city.

Interstate 81 to Exit 245, go west on Port Republic Road. Cross Rt 11 (S Main St), continue straight 0.5 mile, turn left onto route 42 (S High St). Hillandale Avenue will be a right turn 0.8 mile down the road. Turn right on Hillandale Ave., go straight after the next stop sign to enter Hillandale Park. Shelter #11 is on the main thoroughfare near the end of the park.

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: