Fredericksburg Cyclists
Cannonball Century FAQs

 

Event Registration


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 at 58 Jesse Curtis Lane, Hartwood VA 22406, there are playgrounds, lake-side fishing, hiking, field activities, disc-golf and the public Guantlet Golf Club.

Who supports this event?

We have support from Stafford Parks & Recreation, the Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club, the YMCA, Fredericksburg Cyclists 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 proceeds go to area charities related to cycling and club sponsors.


How do I register a group of cyclists?

In this case, email the coordinator for assistance.


Can I register on-site?

Yes, while we prefer preregistration so that we order enough food, we offer same day registration at check-in and this is particularly useful for large groups. Onsite payment is by cash or personal check only.


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?

Absolutely! 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, 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 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, including:

Ride with GPS routes (view from browser or mobile app)

English Century (102)

Metric Century (67)

Half-Metric (30)


Cue Sheets (available on-site)

English Century (102)

Metric Century (67)

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 all pack-up to go home no later than 6 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?

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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