Back Roads Century 2016 Ride Preview

Forward:  “Italian races are perfectly designed to get the very best out of the riders and the environment, to create the perfect moment, fusing timing, finesse, and attention to detail to create something brilliant.”  Charly Wegelius, Domestique

Like the Italians, Eric and Jim worked for two years to maximize the latent beauty surrounding Shepherdstown while choosing the best roads to create an ensemble of rides with an aesthetic close to perfection.  Please join us to appreciate the elegance of their craftsmanship.  Dave Helms

by Eric Pilsk and Jim Quinn

We are pleased to present our routes for the 2016 Back Roads Century!   

Based on rider feedback from 2015 we have made some minor changes in offering five routes of varying mileage and challenge so cyclists of all levels can enjoy the beauty of riding through the Northern Shenandoah Valley.   

The Century, Metric Century, and Half Century remain largely the same as last year, with most changes being in the last 20 miles to accommodate a new rest stop at Yankauer Nature Preserve. All three of these routes are moderately challenging rides designed for fit cyclists looking for a physical challenge. These routes all include a few short but steep climbs that require strength, stamina, and proper gearing. Please see the detailed route descriptions, maps, and elevation profiles below to make sure these are the routes for you.

We have developed two new routes, the Short Meander and the Long Meander, for riders looking for shorter rides with less climbing. These routes are suitable for casual riders, families with children, or anyone looking for a mellow bike ride. These routes all feature a fully-stocked rest stop at the Yankauer Nature Preserve where you can enjoy a short hike on the Preserve’s trails or just relax for a bit before heading back to Shepherdstown and the post-ride party.

All routes include short cuts and end at the historic Bellevue Estate and mansion overlooking the Potomac River. Bellevue offers seeping views of the Potomac River and the Maryland Heights for a scenic backdrop for your well-deserved meal and entertainment. After you have recovered from the ride with the fantastic party at the mansion, we hope you will wander into Shepherdstown before headed home.

Route Descriptions – Sunday Rides:

BRC Century – 100.5 Miles, +4279 feet
The Century route (red markings) showcases the very best of the northern Shenandoah Valley. Offering views of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, the Blue Ridge and North Mountain, apple orchards, and rolling farm land, the Century is a mini-tour of the Valley. There are no long or sustained climbs on e route, but there are plenty of rollers and several short, steep pitches over 10% (and one or two over 15%) to make you earn the views and descents. Last year’s riders described this as a hilly route, so train accordingly so you can enjoy the ride! We will have rest stops every 20 miles r so to keep you fueled and fresh.
RWGPS:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14208677
Link to Cue Sheet (PDF format)

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Back Roads Century

BRC Metric Century – 63.3 miles, +2798 feet
If you want a bit more of a challenge try the Metric Century (green markings) route instead of the Half Century. The route adds about 12 miles of beautiful farmland and just a few more small hills, but lets you say you rode 100 Km in a day! This route also features several short, steep pitches over 10% (and one or two over 15%) to keep you honest. Three rest stops will fuel your body and the views will keep you inspired.
RWGPS:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15127059
Link to Cue Sheet (PDF format)

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Back Roads Metric

BRC Half Century – 51.6 miles, +2369 feet
Half the miles but most of the views, the Half Century (blue markings) allows riders to enjoy most of the views and beautiful countryside as the Century route without so many miles. This is also a hilly route so be prepared to work for those miles. There are no long, sustained climbs, but there are several short, steep pitches over 10% (and one or two over 15%) to make you earn the sweeping views and fun downhill sections. Take your time, enjoy the scenery and the three rest stops, and you will have a great day.
RWGPS:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15127146
Link to Cue Sheet (PDF format)

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Back Roads Half Century

BRC Long Meander – 47.0 miles, +1551 feet
For riders looking for a slightly longer route without all of the hills on the Half Century route, we have an Long Meander (yellow markings) that gets you out into the rolling farmland south and west of Shepherdstown with views of the mountains at a comfortable distance. We will have two rest stops to keep you fueled and fresh before you head back to Shepherdstown and the post-ride party.
RWGPS:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15129189
Link to Cue Sheet (PDF format)

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Back Roads Long Meander

BRC Short Meander – 26.8 miles, +1001 feet
The Short Meander (orange markings) route loops northwest of Shepherdstown through gently rolling farmland to Yankauer Nature Preserve where you can refresh your body at our stocked rest stop at around 15 miles and refresh your spirit with a short hike or stroll through the Nature Preserve. The route wanders back to Shepherdstown for more sightseeing, shopping, and the post-ride party at Bellevue Estate.
RWGPS:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13217800
Link to Cue Sheet (PDF format)

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Back Roads Short Meander


Route Descriptions – Saturday Rides:

Saturday Antietam Rides for Back Century Weekend!

Enjoy the perfect warm-up ride that will take you through historic Antietam. You can choose from a 15- or 35-mile route — both routes will visit Antietam National Battlefield. Entrance is FREE for those riders participating in this Potomac Pedalers Club ride.

On September 17, 154 years ago, Confederate and Union troops in the Civil War clashed antietamnear Maryland’s Antietam Creek in the bloodiest one-day battle in American history – 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on this day in 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

We have designed touring rides of approximately 15 and 35 miles, giving you an opportunity to explore the park and the surrounding area. Because we’ll be visiting on the anniversary of the battle, we will have the opportunity to see how Antietam National Park commemorates the event. While both rides are free, we will have active bike marshals and other support in enjoying the breathtaking scenery and historic landscapes.

  • Long Antietam route (35 miles) ride start is 10:30AM
  • Short Antietam route (15 miles) ride start is 11:30AM
  • These rides will be all-class rides.

Please note the different start times for each route. Please check the online ride schedule for full ride details.

The ride start location is:
16609 Shepherdstown Pike
Sharpsburg, Maryland   21782
Parking is also available at the Crossroads Church located at:
7595 Martinsburg Pike
Sharpsburg, Maryland   21782 

Check the online ride schedule for additional details and other updates: www.potomacpedalers.org/events/calendar.asp

Saturday Long Tour of Antietam – 35 miles
Ride Leader:
 Bob Bernstein email:rbernstein55@yahoo.com
RWGPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15802252
Link to Cue Sheet (PDF format)

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Saturday Long Tour of Antietam – 35 miles

Saturday Short Tour of Antietam – 15 miles
Ride Leader:
 Matt Birnbaum, email: noshbygosh@icloud.com
RWGPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15800036
Link to Cue Sheet (PDF format)

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Saturday Short Tour of Antietam – 15 miles

 

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