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 cycling levels, from beginner to competitive.
What other activities are there during the event?
Who supports this event?
We have support from Stafford Parks & Recreation, the Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club, 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 rest stops.
What is my registration fee for?
Fees are used to pay club expenses such as insurance, permits, snacks, food and essential energy drink. After expenses, a portion of the proceeds go to area charities and club sponsors.
How do I register a group of cyclists?
For groups of 5 or more, email the coordinator for assistance.
Can I register on-site?
Yes, on-site/same-day registration is permitted.
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, plan for ...!
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 cannot 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 new e-Bike?
Absolutely! Any bicycle is allowed as long as you can handle it on open roads; we draw the line on mopeds, scooters and motorcycles.
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?
Three routes are available, including Half-metric 32.5 miles, Metric 63.2 miles and Century 100.3 miles on Ride with GPS (cue-sheets and maps).
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 up to go home by 6:00 PM for a restful night.
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?
Yes, there will be a challenge so wear your favorite socks and/or fun cycling outfits. ;-)
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 to our Rest Stop hosts, members of the Radio Club will communicate any issues.