Reston BiKE CluB


2019 RBC CENTURY

RIDER'S GUIDE

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Thank you for participating in the 2019 RBC Century!

We’re excited to have you join us for our 37th annual Century ride throughout 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.

Refund Policy

Reston Bike Club uses proceeds from the Century to fund local and regional bike-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 a rain or shine event. 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 & Getting There

The start and end location for all of the RBC Century routes is Reston Town Center pavilion, 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190. 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, the opening time for the Metro may affect when you can start riding. 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 on weekends is free but 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 much 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 Trail, a regional park owned by NovaParks. Trail authorities ask that riders observe the 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 wristband to participate. There are three ways to get that wristband - two packet pick-up nights and the morning of the event.  We highly recommend you try to make it to one of the bike shop pick-ups to avoid lines on Sunday morning when you’re getting ready to ride. There may be some lines at the shops on Wednesday and Thursday, but it will be in a bike shop that serves beer, coffee and treats -- so much more fun! (Pro-hint: If you have a friend who wants to ride but hasn’t registered, bring him/her to packet pick-up on Wed. or Thurs. We’ll be doing same-day registrations.)

Packet Pick-Up #1 

Wednesday, August 21, 6-9pm at Green Lizard Cycling, 718 Lynn St., Herndon, VA 20170

Packet Pick-Up #2 

Thursday, August 22, 6-9pm at The Bike Lane, 11150 Sunset Hills Rd., Reston, VA 20190

Packet Pick-Up #3 

Day of -- Sunday, August 25, 6:00-10:30am, at Reston Town Center.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sunday, August 25, 2019

***If you have already registered and picked up your packet on Wednesday or Thursday night, you do NOT have to check in. 

All routes are a rolling start, but no one should start before sunrise (6:30am).

This event is not a race; there is no timing nor awards.  Please obey ALL traffic rules & signage.

Please note the rest stop times. They are only open when they are OPEN.***

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


Century Route (Yellow) Map-Cue-GPS

     Packet Pick-Up/Day of Registration: No earlier than 6:00am

     Rolling Start: 6:30-9:00am

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

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

     Rest Stop #3 - Old Mill, 10am - 3pm

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

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


80 Mile Route (Green) Map-Cue-GPS

     Packet Pick-Up/Day of Registration:No earlier than 6:00am

     Rolling Start: 6:30-9:00am

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

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

     Rest Stop #3 - Old Mill, 10am - 3pm

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


Metric Century Route (Blue) Map-Cue-GPS

     Packet Pick-Up/Day of Registration:: No earlier than 7:00am

     Rolling Start 7-10am

     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) Map-Cue-GPS

      Packet Pick-Up/Day of Registration:: No earlier than 7:30am

     Rolling Start 7:30-10am

     Rest Stop - Ashburn, 8am - 4pm


Family Ride Route Map-Cue-GPS

     Packet Pick-Up/Day of Registration:: No earlier than 8am

     Official Start: 8:30-10:00am

     Rest Stop - Sterling Blvd, 8:30am - 11:30am


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 from Silver Diner Catering

     Buy discounted RBC merchandise

     Join RBC or renew your membership

     Check out our super bike shop partners on site

     Talk to people from BikeLoudoun to see what exciting bike changes are on the horizon with the arrival of Phase 2 of the Silver Line!

     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 two local mobile bike shop vans (The Bike Lane 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 # 571-376-6400

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 1200+ riders and 30 SAG, you could be waiting a while.

BATHROOMS

There are bathrooms at Reston Town Center. On the day of the Century, there will also be porta-potties at all rest stops. There are also local businesses along the way. 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, but we close down everything at 5pm.

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

Rest Stops

Rest Stop times are below. Please understand these times are FIRM. If you start early or proceed at a leisurely pace, you may miss the times they are open. 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 10-3

Family Ride (Sterling) 8:30-11:30


Route Updates or Day-of 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.

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

     Red blinky tail-light (highly recommended)

     Sunglasses and sunscreen


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