A big thanks to everyone for participating in the 31st annual Shenandoah Valley Century! It was by all measures a successful event: 298 riders, no serious mishaps and near-perfect weather.
We hope you enjoyed your day with us. And mark your calendar: the 32nd annual Shenandoah Valley Century will be on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014!
– The Shenandoah Valley Century Team
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.
This is our first year registering online through our site. If you hit a snag, we are eager to hear about it and eager to help you out of it. Please use the comment form in the blue footer below to let us know how we can improve the process! The registration form below will automatically direct you to PayPal to complete your payment, so please have your credit or debit card on hand. (If you’d prefer to register and pay by mail, you can download the registration form below.)
Many of you have commented that the SVC is worth more to you than the registration fee. If you agree, please consider a donation. If you like, you can earmark your donation to go to the Northend Greenway bicycle and pedestrian trail in Harrisonburg. (Also, if you’re not already a member, please considering joining SVBC!)
You can help! Volunteers are needed to help on the day of the Century with registration, parking, sag driving and assistance at both Hillandale Park and the Bridgewater rest stop. Please see our volunteer spreadsheet here or just email Adrie at ahvoors [at] gmail.com to find where we can use you.
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.
As in past years, portraits will be taken before the ride start, and then on-the-road pictures during the ride. These will be available for viewing on the SVBC website and free download.
For more information, send email to: [email protected]
- Individual $14.00 pre-registration, $20 after Sept. 1
- Family $30 (3 or more family members) pre-registration, $40 after Sept 1
Register Online Above or by Mail
Print out the registration form and mail in.
Register Event Day
Register on the day of the event. Be aware that there is a rider limit of 300 riders. If the limit is reached, event day registrations will not be possible.
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
GPS Climbing Profile and Map – Download Map and Climbing Profile
Rest Stops and Sag Support
- Rest Stop
- 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.
- 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 fix kit, to avoid unnecessary delays.
- Come early to have your free portrait taken with your bike and friends. Portrait and ride photos will be posted on the website after the ride for viewing and downloading.
- Door Prizes
- All those who register and participate will be entered in the drawing for numerous door prizes from our generous sponsors, including:
- $100 gift certificate from the Joshua Wilton House Inn and Restaurant
- Four $25 gift certificates from The Sole Source
- One 8-hour ski lift ticket from Bryce Resort
- One mountain bike tour lift access–including bike rental–from Bryce Resort
- Three matted photographs from Strawderman Photography
- Plenty of paninis and other great food to enjoy after the ride – stay and celebrate.
- Massages will be available after the ride for a nominal fee.
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.
For lodging information you might find these websites helpful:
Thanks to our sponsors and contributors:
- Joshua Wilton House
- The Sole Source
- Bryce Resort
- Strawderman Photography
- Branner Printing
- Stealth Ink