The Culpeper Cycling Century planning committee met today to discuss the fate of the Saturday, October 3, 2015 cycling event. The committee engaged in consultation with the Culpeper County Office of Emergency Services that just completed a conference call with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service. The committee has come to the conclusion that the only SAFE option is to CANCEL the Culpeper Cycling Century for this Saturday, October 3rd, 2015.
The National Weather Service & Department of Emergency Management stated that:
Starting tomorrow evening through the weekend, there will be periods of heavy rain that could accumulate 5-10” over the three day period. No matter the exact track of the storm, these amounts can be expected. There is a potential for widespread flooding during this time.
Additionally, two of the roads on the route have already been under water and are currently covered with debris and mud from last night’s rain which was much less than what is forecasted for this weekend.
We regret having to cancel, but the safety of participants and volunteers is the most important consideration.
Pre-registered participants – please check your email for important information regarding your registration.
The Culpeper County Parks & Recreation Department is working with the Department of Emergency Services to determine what conditions will be like on Saturday. The event is normally rain or shine. But sever weather, torrential down pours / strong winds, are serious cause for concern. We most importantly want a Safe event.
A final decision will be made no later than 5:00pm tomorrow, Thursday, 10/1/15.
Decision will be posted here, on www.Facebook.com/CulpeperRecreation , and will be emailed to all registered participants.
(as of 9/30/15 10:27am)
The 8th Annual Culpeper Cycling Century will be here before you know it. This year’s ride will take place on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015.
Registration is going on NOW, so register early and don’t miss out on the opportunity to guarantee your t-shirt size! The first 500 participants will receive a long-sleeve event t-shirt. Only those registered by September 4th (mail / phone/ in person) or September 6th (online) will be guaranteed their requested t-shirt size. After September 6th all sizes will be given first registered, first served.
Registrations will be accepted on the day of the event, beginning at 6:30am. The group start will be at 8:30am.
We look forward to seeing you there!!!
Yes, the planning committee knows that there are a couple of other large century rides this day. However, the Culpeper Cycling Century has, for the past 7 years, been on the first Saturday in October. This has not changed. When the date was set the first year, there were no conflicts with other century rides in the area. Since our first year, a couple of other rides have changed their dates, and are now conflicting with us. Yes, they are very large rides with a good following, however, many of our compliments come from the fact that we are a slightly smaller ride (less than 600 participants). So we are sticking with our date, and will continue to provide a high quality ride for those that don’t want to deal with thousands of other cyclist and just want a more fun and relaxed ride.