Backroads Century 2017 Sept. 17

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    Always a fun event with lotsa clubbers–

    What: 2017 Back Roads Century
    When: Sunday, September 17, 2017
    Where: Shepherdstown, WV
    Parking: Free parking at Shepherd University

    • Early-Bird Registrations (May 18 – June 19): Non-Members: $70; Potomac Pedalers Members: $45
    • Regular Registration (June 20 – August 31): Non-Members: $80; Potomac Pedalers Members: $55

    Distances: 23, 47, 52, 64, and 101 miles
    Who May Participate: The Back Roads Century is open to everyone.
    Number of Riders: Registration is capped at 2,000 riders and we sell out every year.
    What’s Included: Gorgeous scenery and great riding, as well as route directions/cue sheets and GPX files, wide varieties of food and drink at rest stops, ride marshals, support vehicles patrolling all routes, post-ride party at Popodicon Mansion with catered food and live entertainment, rider numbers mailed to your home, free parking and post-ride showers, a full Saturday option of historical and fun rides, many area attractions, and a Saturday night street party in downtown Sheperdstown.
    What’s Optional:

    • Event t-shirt (cost to be determined).
    • Event jerseys ($65) – available in men’s short sleeve, women’s short sleeve and women’s tank top

    <h3 align=”left”>About the Ride</h3>
    <p align=”left”>The Back Roads Century is one of the premier cycling events in the mid-Atlantic region. Each fall, Potomac Pedalers invites cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities for a great weekend of riding and fun. The Back Roads Century features multiple distances, up to a full 100-mile ride.  Every distance is a fully-supported ride with route directions/cue sheets, route markings, rest stops every 20-25 miles with delicious food and drinks – including our famous tomato sandwiches – as well as mechanical and first aid support during your ride. This year’s cue sheets will also note historical and habitat information at different points along the routes.</p>
    <p align=”left”>The Back Roads Century returns for its third year to beautiful Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a quaint yet vibrant town with an extremely warm and welcoming atmosphere.  Located just across the bridge from the Antietam Battlefield, history buffs and regular travelers alike will find Shepherdstown’s historical allure a perfect complement to the charm and variety readily abundant at every turn in town.  The Back Roads Century begins at Shepherd University and many routes will follow parts of the Potomac River, with rolling hills taking you past apple orchards and lush farmlands.</p>
    <p align=”left”>After Sunday’s ride, join us for our “End of Ride Celebration” at Popodicon, a historic venue that is now the official residence of the Chancellor of Shepherd University.  The event will feature delicious food prepared locally, as well as live entertainment that will have you up on your feet even after riding for hours.  Walking or riding distance to parking and showers.</p>

    <h3 align=”left”>Make It a Weekend with Saturday Rides & Fun</h3>
    <p align=”left”>Stay overnight and enjoy the great restaurants, great bars with live music, and unique shopping in Shepherdstown. We will be offering two free rides on Saturday, September 16, that will include tours of local Civil War sites commemorating the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. One route will be around 15 miles on relatively flat roads. The second route will be around 35 miles and include some hillier roads. We’ll have more specific details on these rides in about a month. While both rides are free, we will have active bike marshals and other support in enjoying the breathtaking scenery and historic landscapes.</p>
    <p align=”left”>These rides are open to all club members, whether you are participating in the BRC or not, and are part of the Club’s regular and ongoing ride schedule.</p>
    <p align=”left”>We are also partnering with local businesses and organizations to offer specially tailored entertainment featuring local artists, historic/environmental landmarks and local merchants throughout the weekend. These events will be catered to both cyclists and any of their non-bicycling companions.</p>
    <p align=”left”>Cap off your Saturday with a party in downtown Sheperdstown with free seating and music.  We are partnering with local restaurants to provide box dinners you can bring to the party and local beers will be available for purchase.  Relax and fuel up for the ride on Sunday while soaking up the atmosphere in Shepherdstown.</p>
    <p align=”left”>So if you’re looking for a challenging, rewarding and fun way to spend a beautiful fall day or two, be sure to participate in the 2017 Back Roads Century. We’d love to see you there!”</p>




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