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On September 10, 2016 the Baltimore Bicycling Club will hold the Civil War Century in Thurmont, Maryland. This 16th Annual Cycling Event has grown and grown over the years. In 2007 there were so many riders that registration since 2008 is limited to 1600 riders. In June 2012, Bicycling Magazine featured the Civil War Century in it's Fun 100s (View the Article). So, if you want to participate register early. All registrations must be completed by adults 18 or older. All children under 18 must be accompanied at the event by a responsible adult. To insure our ability to continue hosting this event, you MUST also commit to riding responsibly and obeying all traffic laws. There has been increased scrutiny of our event in recent years by local authorities. NOTE: Check-in for registered riders begins at 7:00 AM for the longer distance riders and continues through 10:30 AM for riders on the shorter routes.
A Ride for Everyone -- This is the event that has everything -- famous historical sites, low traffic roads, breathtaking scenery, and plenty of climbing along well marked routes. The Civil War Century is an event with five different routes that are designed for different ability levels and are described below. All routes are well marked, cue sheets are provided and maps are available at the rest stops. Which ever route you choose, you will be cycling through some of the most beautiful countryside east of the Mississippi. The 25 mile Covered Bridge Quarter Century for beginners and those that don't ride long and hilly rides up to the 100+ mile Civil War Century which is intended for experienced, well trained cyclists that have done at least a couple of centuries already. Also, see the "Event Support" page for more details about the event. For the history buff, you can visit Crampton's Gap, South Mountain, Antietam and/or Gettysburg battlefield sites. You'll see all four if you elect to ride the full century.
Civil War Century (102 miles) -- Our most popular but very challenging route visits all three Civil War battlefields offering breathtaking mountain vistas along the way. This hilly ride has about 6,775 feet of climbing with four mountain climbs and lots of up and down in between. This is a difficult ride. You must commit to training for this event. It should not be your first century. But, if you do get tired, you can bail out at 65 miles, skipping Gettysburg (and the last mountain climb) in favor of a scenic nine-mile descent back to the start/finish. View Civil War Century Map
Gettysburg Three-quarter Century (75 miles) -- This route is for those who want a more challenging ride to Gettysburg, but who don't want to tackle the full century. With about 4,994 feet of climbing, you'll scale three mountains en route to the battlefield. If you get tired, don't worry -- you can avoid the last big climb and bail out at the 37 miles, cruising nine miles mostly downhill back to the start/finish. View Gettysburg Three-quarter Century Map
Gettysburg Metric Century (64 miles) -- On this ride you get to look at the mountains, not climb them, as you meander along pleasant country roads through the lush rolling farmland of the Monocacy and Carroll Valleys to Gettysburg and back. As a bonus, you'll cross 4 covered bridges on this route while doing 2,479 feet of climbing. View Gettysburg Metric Century Map
Gettysburg Half Century (51 miles) -- This ride takes a rolling route to Gettysburg, but there are some hills after leaving Emmitsburg. You'll be riding along most of the same pleasant country roads as the Metric Century while doing 1,975 feet of climbing and crossing two covered bridges. View Gettysburg Half Century Map
Covered Bridge Quarter Century (25 miles) -- On this rolling ride of 994 feet of climbing you won't visit any battlefields, but you will get to cross three covered bridges that were used repeatedly by the troops of both sides in the Civil War. View Quarter Century Map
Want to practice? -- Try this ride that includes two of the Civil War Century climbs in only 27.2 miles. Ride starts at the Orchard Village Shopping Center in Thurmont. Look for the Wendy's sign. Here is the CWC Practice Loop Cue Sheet. Good Luck!
Ride With GPS Maps -- The maps that we provide before and during registration are our "Basic" routes. That means that they are the best routes we have developed. However, just prior to the actual event we have to make changes due to road hazards and closures. Two weeks before the event, we will provide the "Revised" routes for this year on Ride With GPS. Just remember, in the past we have HAD to made route revision as late as the night before the event. But, don't worry, last minute changes will be well marked on the road.
Contact the CWC Committee