Reston BiKE CluB




2021 RBC CENTURY 

RIDERS GUIDE

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Thank you for participating in the 2021 RBC Century!


We’re excited to have you join us for our 38th Century ride through the Fairfax and Loudoun County countrysides 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.


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. That said, with the increase of Delta variant, riders should be prepared to wear a mask and practice social distancing while at the RTC in the morning, in lunch line, and when at a rest stop that looks crowded.


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.


Venue Address


The start and end location for all of the RBC Century routes is Reston Town Center Pavilion, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190.



Getting There


The start location is in Reston. It is accessible by bike from the W&OD Trail and surrounding neighborhoods. If arriving by public transit, the closest Metro station is Wiehle-Reston East on the Silver Line. Bikes are allowed on Metro at all times. However, Metro opens late on Sunday and it is likely you will not arrive until after 9 a.m. which is a very late start. If you plan to arrive by car, there are numerous parking garages in the town center that are free on weekends. If you carry your bike on top of your car, remember it is there if you want to drive into a garage. Street parking is available on Sundays but may be limited to two hours.  Parking map:








Locking Your Bike


There will be bike parking on temporary racks at the finish location. If you want to lock your bike, please bring your lock with you. If you drive to the event, it is better to take your bike back to your car before starting to party. RBC is not responsible for your bike.


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. Remember to call your passes, slow down around pedestrians, and be courteous to other trail users.


PACKET PICK-UP


All riders will need a wrist-band to participate. 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-hint: 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.)


Packet Pick-Up #1

Wednesday, August 18, 6-9pm at Green Lizard Cycling, 718 Lynn St., Herndon, VA 20170


Packet Pick-Up #2

Thursday, August 19, 6-9pm at The Bike Lane, 11150 Sunset Hills Rd., Reston, VA 20190


Packet Pick-Up #3

Friday, August 20, 6-9pm at House 6 Brewing, 44427 Atwater Dr, Ashburn, VA 20147



SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


Sunday, August 22, 2021

***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.***


We will have police assistance at several intersections in Fairfax County until 9:30 am. Please make every effort to start before 9am to take advantage of this assistance.


A limited number of cue sheets will be available at check-in and at each rest stop.


Century Route (Yellow) Digital Route Files

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

  • Rolling Start: 6:30am - 9:00am

  • Rest Stop #1 - Ashburn, no earlier than 8am

  • Rest Stop #2 - Purcellville, 8am - 2pm

  • Rest Stop #3 - Old Mill, 9am - 3pm

  • Rest Stop #4 - Lovettsville, 9am - 2pm

  • Rest Stop #5 - Ashburn, no later than 4pm


80 Mile Route (Green) Digital Route Files

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

  • Rolling Start: 6:30am - 9:00am

  • Rest Stop #1 - Ashburn, no earlier than 8am

  • Rest Stop #2 - Purcellville, 8am - 2pm

  • Rest Stop #3 - Old Mill, 9am - 3pm

  • Rest Stop #4 - Ashburn, no later than 4pm


Metric Century Route (Blue) Digital Route Files

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

  • Rolling Start: 7:00am - 9:00am

  • Rest Stop #1 - Ashburn, no earlier than 8am

  • Rest Stop #2 - Purcellville, 8am - 2pm

  • Rest Stop #3 - Ashburn, no later than 4pm


Half Metric Century Route (Red) Digital Route Files

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

  • Rolling Start: 7:00am - 9:00am

  • Rest Stop - Ashburn, 8am - 4pm


Reston Town Center After Party

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


  • Get some ice cream from Schwan’s

  • Get your lunch

  • Purchase discounted RBC merchandise

  • Visit with our T-Shirt artist and see other samples of her work

  • 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 a three local mobile bike shop vans (The Bike Lane, Trek Clarendon, and Velofix) who will be out moving around to help cyclists as needed.


SAG are 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 30 SAG, you could be waiting a while.


BATHROOMS


There are TWO bathrooms at Reston Town Center. Ask someone in a yellow shirt if you can’t find the 2nd (less frequently used) location! There will be porta-potties 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.


Check-in, rest stops, and the post ride celebration are only open during the hours specified. Rest stop open/close times are FIRM.


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.


Each rest stop has some unique features - only riding the full century gives you ALL the options. :-)


Ashburn 8-4

Purcellville 8-2

Lovettsville 9-2

Old Mill 9-3


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. 


What to Bring



  • Helmet (REQUIRED)
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Water bottles
  • Saddle bag (spare tube, tire levers, pump)
  • Spare tube (especially if you have a non-standard rim size)
  • Charged cell phone and charger/back up power
  • Red blinky tail-light (highly recommended)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen


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