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2022 RBC CENTURY 

RIDERS GUIDE

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Thank you for participating in the 2022 RBC Century!


We’re excited to have you join us for our 39th Century ride through the Fairfax and Loudoun County countryside where our club regularly rides. We love sharing our home environment with you - and invite you to become a member! We ask you to remember that this is a RIDE, not a RACE and strongly urge you to obey all traffic rules and signs. Be courteous to local drivers and other riders, whether on our event or just passing through.


Covid Statement


RBC will be complying with all directives related to COVID-19 from the Governor’s Office that are in effect at the time of the ride. We will err on the side of caution and social distance. If you are asked to move away by a volunteer, staff member, or any other rider, please be respectfully responsive. By the same token, please feel free to distance yourself from others or ask them to move further away. We’ve all learned a lot in this past year, and respectfully engaging others is the socially responsible thing to do - at any time, not just during a pandemic. 


Refund Policy


Reston Bike Club uses proceeds from the Century to fund local and regional cycling-related projects such as trail building, bike racks, an after school bike shop, and helmets for kids. Therefore, all ride registrations are final. The Century is rain or shine. There will be no refunds, exchanges, or transfers for this event, even for inclement weather. If you are unable to attend, remember that Reston Bike Club is doing great things to support bicycling in Northern Virginia. RBC is a 501(c)(4). Please consult your tax advisor for deductibility questions.


Sustainability Policy


Reston Bike Club was founded and continues to be rooted in Reston, VA, a community that values our green space and promotes an ethic of conservation. Thus we have adopted procedures to minimize our impact on the environment. Those include:

  • NO paper cue sheets or maps (see route information to learn how to adjust to this if you’ve relied on paper in the past)

  • Food waste at rest stops, if possible, goes to local farmers to feed their animals (example: watermelon rinds)

  • Donatable food goes to Embry Rucker Shelter on the night of the event. (One lucky volunteer gets to drive by there on the way to returning the vans)

  • Leave No Trace - we leave our rest stops cleaner than we find them. Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated.



Venue Address


The start and end location for all of the RBC Century routes is RTC Next, 1950 Opportunity Way, Reston, VA 20190.


Getting There


The start location is in Reston. It is accessible by bike from the W&OD Trail. Parking on-site is GARAGE ONLY. If you carry your bike on top of your car, you will want to use surface parking in or around Reston Town Center.


Locking Your Bike


There will be bike parking on temporary racks at the finish location. If you want to lock your bike, bring your lock with you. RBC is not responsible for your bike. Do not lock or lean your bike on our venue’s infrastructure.


The W&OD Trail


Part of the ride will be on the W&OD Railroad Regional Park trail. NovaParks asks that riders observe trail etiquette rules and ride in groups of no more than 5 riders together. If your group is bigger than that, leave a gap every 5 riders. Remember to call your passes, slow down around pedestrians, and be courteous to other trail users. The last 10 miles are on the W&OD and if it’s a nice day the trail will be crowded. Please slow down and enjoy the last bit of a wonderful ride without scaring other trail users.



PACKET PICK-UP


All riders will need a wrist-band to participate. Your wristband color has nothing to do with the route you’re following - it just allows you access to rest stops and to lunch after the event. There are four ways to get that wrist band - three packet pick-up nights and the morning of the event.  We highly recommend you try to make it to one of the week night pick-ups to avoid lines on Sunday morning when you’re getting ready to ride. It’s also the best way to ensure you get the size T-Shirt you prefer! (Pro-tip: If you have a friend who wants to ride but hasn’t registered, bring him/her to packet pick-up on Wed., Thurs., or Friday. We’ll be doing Last Minute registrations those evenings.)You may pick up for others if you have their QR code. Ask them to forward their email to you. If you’re picking up for more than 3 riders, please email us ahead of time with their names in order to expedite your pick-up.

Packet Pick-Up #1

Wednesday, August 17

6-9pm at Green Lizard Cycling, 718 Lynn St., Herndon, VA 20170


Packet Pick-Up #2

Thursday, August 18

5-8pmThe Bike Lane, 11150 Sunset Hills Rd, Reston, VA 20190 


OR

6-9pm at Bunnyman Brewing, 5583 Guinea Rd., Fairfax, VA 22032

Packet Pick-Up #3

Friday, August 19

6-9pm at House 6 Brewing, 44427 Atwater Dr, Ashburn, VA 20147


ROUTES


Our routes start and finish in a suburban area with a rural delight of hills and meadows in between. Suburban areas have traffic and we have no way to minimize that, especially in the afternoon. Although we’ve asked for police support, they have not been interested in providing it. Most of the major roads have adequate sidepaths if you prefer not to ride in traffic. Rural Loudoun County has some tough climbs -- if you’re not prepared for a long day in the saddle with a lot of climbing, consider one of the shorter routes.

Route Markings -- we use biodegradable arrows on the ground to point you in the right direction. The colors correspond to the route you’re on. They will be a confirmation of whatever you’re hearing/seeing with the route map and cue sheet. We highly recommend you download a free version of Ride w/GPS and then our published route so you can get audible turn-by-turn guidance. A small earphone bluetooth device in one ear is LEGAL in Virginia and can assist you in your ride. Two earbuds/headphones are not legal.


BAIL OUT POINTS - It happens. You plan and train to ride one distance but you get about halfway in and realize today is not that day. Fortunately, our routes are designed to give you bail-out points to the W&OD. If you’re on the full Century and you need to stop you can bail out directly to the W&OD at Ashburn, Old Mill, or Purcellville rest stops.  If you’re on the Metric you can bail out at Ashburn or in Leesburg when the route gets on the trail. Once you’re on the W&OD, please observe trail etiquette and signal your passes.



SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


(Pro-tip: Leave your bike on/in your car while you pick-up your t-shirt and wrist band if you didn’t make it to one of our packet pick-ups. Stash your t-shirt in the car while you ride)


Sunday, August 21, 2022

***If you have already registered and picked up your packet on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday night, you do NOT have to check in. All routes are a rolling start, but no one should start before sunrise (6:30am). Please note the rest stop times. They are only open when they are OPEN.***


CENTURY START TIME: 6:30-7:30am, no later than 8am

Metric Century START TIME: 7:30-8:30am

Half Metric START TIME: No earlier than 9am

REMINDER: Nothing starts at the RTC Next after the ride until noon. 

Century Route (Blue) Digital Route Files

  • Packet Pick-Up/Last Minute Registration: No earlier than 6:00 am/no later than 7:00 am

  • Rolling Start: 6:30am - 7:30am

  • Rest Stop #1 - Ashburn, no earlier than 7:30am (Mile 19)

  • Rest Stop #2 - Purcellville, 8:30am - 1pm (Mile 41)

  • Rest Stop #3 - Lovettsville, 9am - 2pm (Mile 55)

  • Rest Stop #4 - Old Mill, 9am - 3pm (Mile 74)

  • Optional Rest Stop #5 - Ashburn, no later than 4pm (Mile 92)


Metric Century Route (Orange) Digital Route Files

  • Packet Pick-Up/Last Minute Registration: No earlier than 7:00am

  • Rolling Start: 7:00am - 8:30am

  • Rest Stop #1 - Ashburn, no earlier than 7:30am (Mile 19)

  • Rest Stop #2 - Old Mill, 9am - 2pm (Mile 41)

  • Rest Stop #3 - Ashburn, no later than 4pm (Mile 53)


Half Metric Century Route (Green)  Digital Route Files

  • Packet Pick-Up/Last Minute Registration: No earlier than 7:30am

  • Rolling Start: No earlier than 9:00am

  • Rest Stop - Ashburn, 7:30am - 4pm (Mile 19)


Reston Town Center After Party

Join us for the party at RTC Next from NOON to 4:30pm. It’s going to be a great time. You’ll be able to:

  • Get some ice cream on the house

  • Get your box lunch

  • Purchase discounted RBC merchandise

  • Join RBC or renew your membership

  • Enjoy your pre-registered massage or get on the list to see if they have room for you!


RIDE INFORMATION

SAG - Support AND Gear


This is a supported ride. SAG will be on the course with radios and vehicles capable of carrying bikes and riders. Of course, if there’s an emergency, call 911. For non-emergencies, the SAG number will be printed on your wristband. We are also lucky enough to have mobile bike shop vans that will be out moving around to help cyclists as needed.


SAG is the first line of response in incidents that involve ride participants and are also an avenue of communication between ride participants and RBC Event Staff. We suggest you put that number in your phone right now so you have it if you need it during the Century.


SAG # 540-882-4887


If you feel unable to finish the ride at any time, you are free to withdraw and make your own way back home or to the post-ride celebration. We suggest you bring a charged cell phone, and download one or more ride service apps so you’ll have access to a ride. There is no Metro past the Wiehle-Reston East station, and limited bus service. It’s a good idea to have a friend or family member in the area “on-call” to come pick you up if there’s a chance you might not be able to continue.  Our SAG will be as helpful as possible - but with 1000+ riders and 8 SAG drivers, you could be waiting a while.


BATHROOMS


There will be portajohns at the start location and at all rest stops. If you go in to use a bathroom in a local establishment, please consider purchasing something, however small, to engender a good feeling towards cyclists. The western portion of Loudoun County is quite rural and comfort stops are few and far between. Plan accordingly.


TIME LIMITS


You can take as long as you want for this event (i.e, we do not sweep the course), but we close down everything at Reston Town Center at 5pm. Rest stops close earlier.


REST STOP INFO


Rest Stop times are below. Please understand these times are FIRM. Times are based on the AVERAGE rider’s speed. If you’re super fast, super slow, start early or start late, you may miss the open times.  All of our rest stop captains are volunteers who work all weekend for the event and are up before dawn on the day of the event to provide for riders. Please respect the times. Note: from the start in Reston through every rest stop and on the road with the mobile shops, our bike shop partners are supporting this event through the generosity of their owners. Please tip your mechanic if they do something nice for you - even if it’s just making a small adjustment!


Ashburn 7:30-4, MILE MARKER 19, 20702 Ashburn Rd, next to Carolina Bros./W&OD Trail 

Info to know:  This rest stop is the first and the last. Century and Metric Century riders will approach it from the north, with a left turn across traffic into the rest stop. This is a very busy intersection with the W&OD trail and there is more car traffic than should be on this 2 lane road. When exiting this rest stop at the beginning of the ride Century & Metric riders will go left, but NOT onto the W&OD trail. Half Metric riders will approach from the opposite direction. All riders, be courteous to drivers who will be waiting to get through a very complicated area. We have tried repeatedly, without success to get police support here and are not permitted to direct traffic ourselves.


Purcellville 8:30-12:30, MILE MARKER 40.7, 100 E. O Street, at Velo Classique Info to know:

Hosted by Velo Classique (an amazing full service bike shop with a collection of awesome vintage bikes) and sponsored by Viet Velo, this shop always has an unexpected twist each year. Only the Century riders get to discover what’s on the menu.


Lovettsville 9-2, MILE MARKER 56.2, 6 E. Pennsylvania Ave

Info to know: 

This rest stop is visited by only the full Century riders. The town of Lovettsville has been kind enough to allow us to use their town hall parking lot and water. If you need coffee, there’s an amazing coffee spot, Back Street Brews, within spitting distance of our rest stop (but don’t spit). Mike from Pedal Shop will ensure you’re ready for the next stage. When you leave here, you’re heading for the HILLS. Literally.


Old Mill 9-2, MILE MARKER 74.1/36.2,39098 Irene Rd., Hamilton

Info to know: Full Century riders, pass this one by on your way out and it will be a wonderful haven upon your return. Metric Century riders, this is your point furthest from home and a welcome spot it is. Green Lizard cycling will be on hand for any repairs you might need and you can take a minute to relax in the overhanging trees.


Route Updates or Event-Day Changes


We have SAG teams pre-riding/driving the routes to catch any day-of changes to the route. They will report any changes to us and we will get the word out as quickly as we can. These changes will be shared at rest stops when possible. However, unexpected construction or a last-minute road closure is always a possibility.


PHOTOS


Captivating Photos will be on course taking photos of all riders. When you pick up your wristband you will be offered a numbered sticker for your helmet. If you display it, your photo will be part of the group offered to riders after the event. If you don’t want your photo offered to the group, don’t display the number.


The club does not make money from these photos - we offer them merely as a courtesy to riders who would like to have a photo to remember the day. By participating in the event, you are agreeing to be photographed.


A NOTE ABOUT COURTESY


Don’t be a jerk. This is a ride, not a race. We are all on this adventure together so remember to call your passes, be courteous to other riders and drivers and pedestrians, wave thank you to drivers who are kind, and thank your mechanics, SAG, and volunteers. Tip the mechanics if they do something to make your ride better. Be the kind of rider you find yourself wishing everyone else is. The club reserves the right to bar any rider from future club events if the rider's behavior is dangerous to self or others.



FAQ’s


Why don’t you put the ride more on the W&OD?

We can’t do 100 miles entirely on the W&OD. Also, adding 1000 riders to it strains our relationship with our neighbors and friends who also use the trail.

Why don’t you take the ride completely off the W&OD?

We have designed our ride to using it only in places where there’s no good alternative.

Why don’t you have police directing traffic/protecting riders at the Ashburn rest stop?

We would love to. But despite years of asking, and of course being willing to pay for the police to help, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has shown no interest in assisting.

Why don’t you have a volunteer directing traffic/protecting riders at difficult intersections?

We would love to but we’re not allowed to under the law and our insurance.

A few years ago you had socks. Why don’t you bring those back?

Each Century committee gets to decide what the SWAG will be for the riders each year. If you’re interested in providing different SWAG, we invite you to be part of the committee next year.

Why is the start/finish in a construction area? Why can’t we use Reston Town Center?

Reston Town Center’s pavilion is under renovation so no events can be held there. Boston Properties generously invited us to use their brand new RTC Next plaza at 1950 Opportunity Way.

I’m finished with my ride but there’s no food set up yet. Why can’t I get my lunch?

We set lunch to start serving at noon. If you’d like something while you’re waiting there are a host of places in Reston Town Center that serve food, beer, and ice cream.

Is there enough parking at RTC Next?

RTC Next offers ample, free garage parking at 1950 Opportunity Way (2000+ spaces) exclusively for the 2022 Reston Century. For anyone who cannot park in the garage, the Club mistakenly identified the surface lot across the street. Please do not park there. Instead, use one of the many surface parking spots in and around Reston Town Center. The closest are on Bluemont Way.

I signed up for the 100-mile century ride. Can I change to another route?

Yes - and you can do it while you’re on the ride. It’s worth pinning all the routes you may be considering if you think you might want a change. You do not need to notify our staff that you’re changing.

Can I use an electric bike in the Reston Century?

Yes you can, although we do not provide any e-bike facilities. Please note that there won't be anywhere to charge batteries at the start, finish or en route. You are responsible for knowing the range of your battery and we suggest you may wish to bring a spare battery.

Why don’t you offer beer at the finish?

The club has tried year after year to get alcohol at our event. Frankly, the insurance requirements would necessitate us charging a whole lot more for this event. We’d rather offer an affordable event of excellence to you. There are some great places at the nearby Reston Town Center that serve a variety of drinks.

Congratuations, you've made it to the finish!

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