Thanks for coming!

Well, the weather turned out to be just about perfect on Saturday for the 7th Annual Culpeper Cycling Century. There were 378 registered participants this year. We hope you all had a great time.

 

An email evaluation will be sent out tomorrow to all participants. Please be sure to take few minutes to complete. We really do read each evaluation and try to improve every year.

 

If we have your email on file you will be receiving information from CBMTcreative, the photographers, on how to check out pictures that were taken at the event. If you’re not sure, simply click on the link above and fill out the requested information.

 

Be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s event – Saturday, October 3, 2015 (the first Saturday in October.)

 

We will follow up with more information in the next day or so.

Day of Registration will begin at 6:30am

Pre-event registration is now closed.  No further registrations will be accepted until the day of the event.

 

Day of event registration will open at 6:30am in the parking lot next to The Bike Stop at 120 W. Culpeper Street.

35 mile = $45

65 or 100mile = $55

Cash (exact change please) or Checks ONLY

NO CREDIT CARD  will be accepted on 10/4/14.

Save some time and bring the registration form already filled out.  Down load it here.

 

If you DID already register, Packet Pick Up will also be in the parking lot next to The Bike Stop, beginning at 6:30am.

Cue Sheets Posted – Registration Closing Soon

The Culpeper Cycling Century is almost here!!!

Cue Sheets and maps are now posted on the “maps & cue sheets” tab.

Come hungry!  The Culpeper Ruritan’s Club will be on site selling sausage biscuits, sausage & cheese biscuits, juice, and sodas from 6:00am – 8:30am on Saturday, October 4th.

Need to know where to park?  A map of available parking lots in downtown Culpeper is posted on the “maps & cue sheets” tab.

The Culpeper Cycling Century head bands were very popular last year.  There will be a limited supply (that match this year’s shirt) available for a $5.00 donation.  All proceeds go towards the building of 2 new playgrounds.
Register before the event

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th  is the last day to register in ADVANCE!

REGISTER NOW!

Registrations will be taken the DAY OF THE EVENT starting at 6:00am – remember CASH (exact change) OR CHECK ONLY.  Credit cards are NOT accepted on October 4th.

All routes of the ride begin at 8:30am, with a police escort out of downtown.

Registration is NOW open!

Register Online!

This bike ride is fast becoming a tradition boasting great scenic beauty and paved road riding in Culpeper County during the most colorful season – Fall!

You can choose between 35 miles, 65 miles, or the ultimate challenge 100 miles of countryside roads. Last year more than 430 cyclists took to the roads for this great event.

This ride will benefit the Culpeper Recreation Foundation, Inc (a 501(c)3 non-profit) as they strive to achieve their mission of promoting recreation in Culpeper County. Your registration fee will go towards expenses related the building of TWO new playgrounds for the county youth!

Rest stops are offered approximately every 20 miles.   Each rest stop will have food, water, restrooms, and first aid kits.

BOX LUNCHES will be provided by Tropical Smoothie Café of Culpeper on the 65 & 100 mile routes.

Support vehicles will be monitoring the routes throughout the day and will provide assistance as necessary.

Special event long sleeve t-shirts will be provided to the first 500 registered cyclist. To guarantee your t-shirt size be sure to register by September 5. After September 5, t-shirt sizes are on a first come-first served basis.

Registrations will be accepted before the event until Sunday, September 28. Registrations will not be accepted between 9/29-10/3.

Day of Registration will begin at 6:00am on 10/4 – please remember Check or Cash (exact change) only please – credit cards are not accepted on October 4th.

Difficulty:
35 mile – Easy;
65 & 100 mile –moderately-difficult (this is not a flat course)

2013 Recap

by Marshall Conner, Culpeper Times

The warm Saturday morning air and golden sunshine provided a summer-like atmosphere for the 435 cyclists that milled about making last minute adjustments to their bikes in front of The Bike Stop.

In the minutes before the start of the 6th Culpeper Cycling Century, held in downtown Culpeper, their bike jerseys created a mosaic of color as they cranked the pedals on their bikes of various colors, designs and shapes down Main Street.

The cyclists chose courses of 35, 65 and 100 miles through the scenic Culpeper countryside.

There was a wide range of cycling experience among the masses, ranging from beginners to road veterans. However, what all cyclists had in common is a love of cycling and a love of the Northern Piedmont in fall, even though it felt more like summer.

All the cyclists started their courses on West Culpeper Street. The eager cyclists gathered to tally some mileage while most people were content to be eating breakfast.

“It’s feels great to sponsor such a well organized event with tremendously good feedback from the participants. It’s good for our business, but more importantly, it’s good for our community,” said Eric Robinson, who became the owner of the Bike Stop this year.  “We are glad to help support this each year.”

In the hour before the start, groups of cyclists registered, picked up commemorative T-shirts, stretched, gulped a few donuts and shopped at the Bike Stop. Cyclists also registered for the chance to win door prizes.

For one rider among the hundreds, there was a combination of personal satisfaction and business.

“It’s fantastic. We had 341 preregistered and probably another 100 walk up today, I’m ready for another great ride,” said Charlie Barrell, a local attorney and president of the Culpeper Recreation Foundation. “We have great numbers. I’m doing the 65 mile course and I’m sure it’s going to be hot by the end of the course today.”

Last year the event had 372 participants.

The event’s proceeds benefit the Culpeper Recreation Foundation, a 501c non-profit that promotes recreation within the county while providing funding and support for the Culpeper Sports Complex.

Some cyclists were locals while others made the journey from further away.

For one trio of cyclists it was a family outing.

“I’m from Reston and it’s my second Culpeper Century,” said David Kerry, who was tackling the 65-mile course alongside his wife Nancy and son. “I really enjoyed it last year. It’s a lot warmer this year and I’m sure the hills might be steeper too. Nancy used to live in Culpeper and boy has this town really grown.”

“Our goal is to go to the first rest stop, then the next one, that’s how we approach it,” commented his wife with a smile.

Strategies were often mixed with humor.

“I’m worried that my beard might not be very aerodynamic,” commented Eric Kidd, of Culpeper, sporting a Grateful Dead cycling shirt.

Parks and Recreation planners were thrilled with the turnout and support for the event.

“It was really hot, but overall, I think it went very well.  We had plenty of support from the Town of Culpeper Police Department, the Culpeper County and Madison County Sheriff’s offices, numerous volunteers and great but warm, weather.

The cyclists, overall, were very happy and enjoyed the ride,” said Tabitha Riley, programs coordinator for Culpeper Parks and Recreation. “This event would not be possible without the support of the sponsors and volunteers.  The monetary contributions the sponsors make help cover all the food and supplies for the event.  The volunteers to help run the rest stops make the sandwiches, mark the roads, and help with numerous other small tasks.”

New this year, the Culpeper Amateur Radio Association (CARA), assisted with volunteers.  They had radio operators at each of the rest stops to help provide real time support and communication between the event coordinators stationed at The Bike Stop, the SAG (support and gear) vehicles, and the volunteers at the rest stops.  CARA was a key addition to the event, according to Riley.

“I think that our previous experiences running the event helped it run smoother,” added Parks and Recreation administrative assistant Betty Combs, who also organized the race’s snacks.

Left over snacks and lunches were donated to Manna Ministries, to help with their mission of free lunches, according to planners.

Marshall Conner is a regular contributor to the Culpeper Times. He can be reached at kelpiescot@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 4th, 2014. Ride Starts at 8:30am