Fredericksburg Cyclists
Cannonball Century FAQs

 

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What is this event all about?

The Cannonball Century is a community bicycling event, sponsored and supported annually by the club and its members. We are active cyclists that volunteer to make this an enjoyable event for all.


What other activities are there during the event.

Hosted from Curtis Memorial Park, there is boating, hiking, field activities, disc-golf and the public Guantlet Golf Club. We are also planning a cycling parts & equipment swap this year.

Who supports this event?

We have support from Stafford Parks & Recreation, the Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club, the YMCA, club members, friends and family. We also appreciate the support of Midland Christian Academy, St Stephen’s Church Preschool and area homeowners that provide rest stops.


What is my registration fee for?

Registration fees are used to pay expenses such as food and park reservations. After expenses, a portion of the event proceeds go to area charities related to cycling and club sponsors.


How do I register a group?

In this case, email the coordinator for assistance.


Can I register late or on-site?

Yes, while we prefer preregistration so that we have accurate counts, we do offer same day registration at check-in.


Will there be a refund if I can't make it or if it rains?

This is a rain or shine ride so pray for shine! Generally speaking, we cannot offer refunds due to the expense in hosting the event.


Can I volunteer to help out?

This event depends on "day-of" event volunteers for on-site registration, hosting at our Rest Stops, setup & breakdown teams and safety teams. You do not need to have experience and if you are not planning to ride, we invite you to volunteer by emailing the coordinator


Can my young children ride along in a baby-seat or trailer?

Since roads are not closed and there are no trails, we don't allow this. All riders must be able to handle a bicycle on open roads that are shared with motor vehicles.


Is a helmet required?

Yes, an ANSI or SNELL certified helmet is required when riding a bike during this event. In addition, all Virginia traffic laws and regulations must be followed.


Is food provided?

Yes, in addition to food & water along the way at each rest stop, we also provide linner (lunch/dinner) which is a delicious taco buffet at the end of the ride.


What are the routes?

There are three well-marked routes all featured on Ride with GPS (best viewed from a desktop browser or the mobile app), including:

       Ride with GPS English (102)

       Ride with GPS Metric (67)

       Ride with GPS Half-Metric (30)

What time can I start?

Check-in opens at 7:00 AM and riders may start immediately after that. Check-in closes at 9 AM. Please allow enough time to finish your respective course. Note that the last rest stop closes at 4:30 PM and we pack-up NLT 6 PM.


Are there ride challenges with prizes?

Yes, there will be a ride challenge but we can't give away too much detail ahead of time.


How can I tag the ride?

As you're taking pictures along your ride, tag us with #bikefred hashtag on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Who do I contact in case of problems along the course?

Cell phone coverage is spotty so we recommend contact with other riders, the Rest Stop hosts along the way and Bicycle Equipment Safety Teams (BEST) that sweep the course. Note that each Rest Stop is equipped with members of the Radio Club that communicate with a base station - and they do a fine job!


                              
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