Frequently Asked Questions
What is this?
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 cycling levels, beginner to competitive.
What's new this year?
Changes this year include:
What other activities are there during the event?
Who supports this event?
We have support from Stafford County Parks & Recreation, the Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club, our local YMCAs, club members and friends. We also appreciate Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Midland Christian Academy, St Stephen’s Church Preschool and area homeowners that provide safe rest stops.
What is my registration fee for?
Fees are used to pay club expenses such as insurance, permits, food, essential energy drink and shots of pickle juice! We also have targeted charitable giving.
How do I register a group of cyclists?
For groups of five or more, email the coordinator for assistance.
Will there be a refund if I can't make it or if it rains?
Sorry, there are no refunds for this event; it's rain or shine, so hope for shine!
Can I volunteer to help out?
Absolutely and you do not need experience for the numerous volunteer opportunities. Please contact the event coordinator.
Can my young children ride along in a baby-seat or trailer?
Since roads are not closed and there are no trails, the club and insurance does not allow this. All riders must be able to handle a bicycle on open roads that are shared with motor vehicles. Those under 18 must be approved at registration with release by a parent/guardian.
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 must be obeyed. See laws and tips here.
Can I use my e-Bike?
Absolutely! While road bikes are most common on the shared roads, hybrids, mountain bikes, trikes, tandems, ellipticals, recumbents and velomobiles are all fine; we draw the line on mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles.
Is food provided?
Yes, in addition to food, pickle-juice, water & ice along the way at each rest stop, we also provide linner (lunch/dinner) at the end of the ride.
What are the routes?
Three routes are available, including a Half-metric (32.5 miles), Metric (63.2 miles) and Century (100.3 miles). While subject to change at this time, see the cue-sheets & maps at RideWithGPS.
What time can I start?
Check-in opens at 7:00 AM and closes by 9:30 AM. It's check-in and go so please allow enough time to finish your respective course, but don't start before we are ready:
Century: start by 7:30 AM
Metric Century: start by 8:30 AM
Half-Metric: start by 9:30 AM
Note that the last rest stop closes at 4:30 PM and we all pack things up by 5:30 PM.
Is there parking at Curtis Park?
Yes there is the main parking lot near pavilion #7 with overflow allowed on the fields - if it's not wet. If wet, proceed to overflow parking on the lake, just around the corner (2.8 miles or 3 right-turns from the main exit and just off of Stony Hill Rd). From there, follow the trail over the dam to the pavilion - a pleasant 1/2 mile walk through the woods.
Are there post ride challenges?
Wear your favorite socks and cycling outfits and we will see what fun we can have.
How can I tag the ride?
As you're taking pictures along your ride, tag us with #bikefred hashtag on social media sites.
Who do I contact in case of problems along the course?
Cell phone coverage is spotty so we recommend contact with other riders and the Bicycle Equipment Safety Teams (BEST) that sweep the course. In addition, Rest Stop hosts work with the Rappanhannock Valley Amateur Radio Club to communicate any issues.