Frequently Asked Questions
Event Registration is closed until May.
What is this Event?
The Cannonball Century is a community bicycling event, sponsored and supported annually by the Fredericksburg Cyclists Club’s members. We are active cyclists that volunteer to make this a safe and enjoyable event for all cycling levels, beginner to competitive.
What charity will benefit from this event?
The local chapter of the American Cancer Society. Please Note: Donations made directly to the American Cancer Society are tax-deductible, donations made to the Fredericksburg Cyclists Club are not tax-deductible.
Where is the event located?
Lake Anna Winery at 5621 Courthouse Rd. Spotsylvania Courthouse, Va. 22551
Who supports this event?
We have support from Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania County Parks & Recreation, Local Law Enforcement, VDOT, the Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club, local bike shops and businesses, club members and friends. We also appreciate Hopewell United Methodist Church, Elk Creek Store, and Shady Grove United Methodist Church, all of which are providing safe rest stop locations for our cyclists.
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 for the event! Additional funds raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society as our charitable partner.
Will there be a refund if I can't make it or if it rains?
Sorry, there are no refunds; this is a rain or shine event, so hope for shine!
Can I volunteer to help out?
Absolutely! You do not need experience for the numerous volunteer opportunities. Please see our volunteer registration tab in the menu.
Can my young children ride along in a baby-seat or trailer?
Since the 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. Mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles are not allowed.
Is food provided?
Yes, we listened to your feedback. In addition to power bars, nuts, trail mix, fruit, pickle-juice, water, sport drink & ice along the way at each rest stop, we will also provide an array of more substantial, healthy snacks. Food trucks will be available at the end of the ride to provide cyclists with lunch or dinner for an additional cost.
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 routes and cue sheets on the routes page for the most up to date information.
What time can I start?
Check-in opens at 7:00 AM and closes by 8:59 AM. There will be an organized start for each route to give a safety briefing and introduce you to your ride marshals who will be available on the route to assist you. The ride start times for each distance (century, metric century, half-metric) will be announced closer to September 16th.
Please Note that the last rest stop closes at 3:30 PM. We will pack things up at 4:30 PM. There will be a sweep of the routes by our SAG team to pick up all remaining cyclists who have not finished.
Is there parking at The Lake Anna Winery?
Yes there is the main parking area behind the vineyard. There will be parking attendants to direct you. This is a rain or shine event so if it's wet, use caution on grounds.
How can I tag the ride?
If you're taking pictures along your ride, please 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 you ride with other people. Ride marshals will sweep each route, and you will be introduced to them during the safety briefing at the start. The Bicycle Equipment Safety Teams (BEST/SAG) who sweep the course will have short wave radio communication. In addition, Rest Stop hosts working with the Rappanhannock Valley Amateur Radio Club will communicate any issues.