What’s the Schedule at a Glance?
The Event Schedule:
Early Bird Registration through December 31, 2016: $75*
Registration January 1 through April 21, 2017: $80*
Late Registration April 22 through May 2, 2017: $95*
*Current CBC members receive a $15 discount off the cost of their ride registration. Discount applied at check out.
Online Registration closes at midnight eastern time on May 2.
On-site Registration and Packet Pickup: (at Finley Stadium for those not attending the dinner/mingle) Friday, May 5, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Saturday, May 6, from 6:00 – 7:15 am. A limited number of Charity Registrations will be offered. 100% of the cost will be donated to the Paralyzed Veterans of America Racing Team and is fully tax deductible.
Friday Pre-ride Party, dinner and Packet Pickup at Litespeed – 4:30-7:30 If you purchased a ticket, your packet will be at the party/dinner at Litespeed.
Full Century and Metric rides start at 7:30 AM on Carter Street. Line up facing North, behind the timing mats.
25-mile riders begin loading bikes into transport trucks at 8:15 am
25-mile riders board the bus at 9:15 am for 9:30 am departure to Shellmound Campground.
Please arrive in plenty of time to get your packet and prepare to ride.
Remember earlier start time for 100- and 62-mile riders this year! 7:30 AM (EDT)
11:00 AM – 4:30 PM – Post ride lunch served
10:45 AM – 4:45 PM – Showers open, follow posted signs to showers
4:30 PM Course closes
5:30 PM Event venue closes
I have registered but can’t participate – can I get a refund or transfer to another rider?
You may get a refund through 2/28/17. There are no deferrals this year. You can transfer your entry to another person online through April 14, 2017. (There is a small fee for transfers.) You are responsible for finding your replacement.
Which routes have timed hill climbs and where are they?
Only the Full Century riders will have a timed climb up Sequatchie Mountain. Timing mats will be placed at the bottom and top of the climb.
What is included with the Rider Registration entry fee?
Individual Rider registration includes entry to the ride on Saturday, finisher’s medal, SAG road support, aid/rest stations, electronic timing of their course, post-ride lunch (until 4:30 PM) and hot showers (until 4:45 PM). Event t-shirt is included with your registration through December 31, 2016. After that you may purchase the event t-shirt for $12. Other optional purchases include a ticket to the Friday Pre-ride Party/Dinner at Litespeed ($25), Hincapie custom event jerseys ($70) and bib shorts/regular shorts ($75) and extra meals ($10 ea.).
Do I need a racing license to participate?
No racing license is required. While riders will be timed on their ride, please remember that it is a ride, not a race. All cyclists are encouraged to relax and enjoy the scenery the routes have to offer. Every rider is insured individually by American Specialty Insurance Company through the LAB. Cost of the insurance is included in the entry fee.
Where and how do I register?
Our registration partner is Active.com. Online registration closes at midnight (eastern time) on May 2, 2017.
There WILL be on-site registration on May 5 and 6. These registrations are “Charity Entries” and 100% of the tax-deductable fee will be donated to the Paralyzed Veterans Race Team.
What type of bike can I ride for the event?
We strongly encourage you use a road bike. Its lighter in weight and the set-up makes climbing easier. However, you may also ride a mountain bike, touring bike, hybrid bike, tri bike, single speed (with 2 brakes), or a recumbent bike. We discourage the use of fixed gear. If you plan to ride a tandem, both riders must register as individuals for the event.
What is the KOM and QOM Challenge?
All Century riders will be eligible for the KOM and QOM Challenge. The rider’s elapsed time on the ascent of Sequatchie Mountain will be used to determine the winner. Litespeed T5 frames awarded to the fastest male and female climbers.
What do I have to wear?
All riders are required to wear:
- The wrist ID during the ride and for the post ride lunch. Do not lose your wristband! It’s your lunch ticket as well as your proof of registration out on the course at rest stops. The band also has important contact phone numbers printed on it.
- A helmet with chin straps buckled at all times while on the bike
Where can I park?
There is ample parking at the stadium (in both the north and south lots) and on the streets around the stadium. Many of the downtown hotels are close enough to the stadium to allow you to ride your bike to the stadium.
How many Rest Stops are on the routes and what will they provide?
There will be well stocked aid/rest stations spread out at regular intervals along the courses with food, drinks and portable potties. The Century route will have 5 rest stops. The Metric Century route will have 2 rest stops. The 25-mile route will have 1 rest stop. Expect the following in the way of Nutrition at the stops: Fruit, liquid (water and PowerAde), peanut butter sandwiches, salty and sweet snacks and energy bars and/or gels.
Does the ride start if it is raining?
Yes, the ride will be held rain or shine. In the event of dangerous thunderstorms at start time, the event start will be delayed until serious storm conditions move through the area.
Are the roads closed to traffic?
No, except for a limited time at the immediate start area, all roads are open to traffic. For 62- and 25-mile riders, a lane of Cummings Highway will be coned for your protection. However, the cones will taper off just before the Scenic Highway intersection. Be safe and alert as you will no longer have a auto-free lane.
How fast do I have to ride?
You can ride the pace you want, but are required to ride safely and within your capabilities at all times. The course routes close at 4:30 PM, which means you have 9 hours to complete your ride. There will be sweep vehicles on course trailing the ride accordingly. Riders who get passed by the sweep vehicle can either get a ride or will be riding outside the event. Please remember that the post-ride lunch is only available until 4:30 PM. If you arrive back at the stadium after 4:30, understand no meal will be available.
If I have a mechanical issue on the course, what do I do?
First, move out of the path of fellow cyclists and off to the side of the route. We highly encourage all participants to know basic safety and repair skills, including in particular fixing a flat tire. Be prepared and bring your own pump or CO2 cartridges and extra tubes for your bike. If you can fix the issue yourself, move off the course and proceed with your repairs. If a support rider or vehicle is passing by, indicate to them that assistance is not required by extending one arm in the air with a “Thumbs up”.
However, if you are still unable to make the repair, you can dial the number printed on the wrist band for assistance. If necessary, a SAG vehicle will take you to a rest stop where additional mechanical support may be available, or to the finish line. Please note that the wait for assistance and/or a ride to the nearest rest stop can be long. By waiting, you run the risk of not being able to finish the event within the time limit.
If I need medical help, what do I do?
If you or a fellow rider is experiencing a medical emergency, DIAL 911, report your exact location using the cue sheet as a guide. If you have the opportunity also dial the contact numbers found on your wristband and report in to the Command Center.
EMS will be on the course and on call. Police officers will be controlling traffic at intersections and volunteers will be guiding riders through turns at some intersections. Please inform an officer or ride official if you need help. Assistance will summoned and someone will stay with you until help arrives.