2020 RIDE INFORMATION

Bib/Packet Pick-up Information

Thursday, June 18-Friday, June 19, 2020
4pm-8pm

Day of Bib/Packet Pick-up: Saturday, June 20th, 2020
Starting at 5am-7:30am – Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your start time to ensure you start with your registered wave

Denver Century Ride HQ: 8260 E. Northfield Blvd. Denver, CO 80238 (Corner of Main Street & E. 47th Avenue)


Wave Start Times/Information

(Subject to Change for 2020)

100 Mile & 85 Mile Routes
6:00am – Wave 1
6:15am – Wave 2
6:30am – Wave 3

50 Mile Route
7:00am – Wave 4
7:15am – Wave 5

25 Mile Route

7:30am – Wave 6 (All 25 mile cyclists)

Please be on time and in place no later than 10 minutes prior to your wave time.

** All cyclists riding the 50 Mile Route must be through the rest stop #1 by 9am. After 9am there will be no Denver Police Department support.

4:00pm – Route and Post Ride Party close. While we will welcome riders as we can after 4pm, we cannot guarantee we will provide restaurant vouchers or food and beverage. This is a requirement of our permit with The Shops of Northfield.

Please do not line up on the sidewalks.  Please stay within the fence on the road.  Everyone is anxious to start the ride so please play your part and get in line on the street not the sidewalk!

Please start in the Wave you signed up for!  If you have folks that you want to ride with and they are in a different wave, please go to the later wave to join them.  (Or meet them at the 1st Aid Station!)

If you start with a different mileage group please note that it will be your responsibility to ensure you know where the route splits.  For example if you are riding the 50 mile but you sneak into one of the 100 mile/85 mile waves you will be directed to follow the 100/85 mile route.  It will be up to you to make sure you know where the 50 turns! Additionally, if you start early, law enforcement, road marshals and Aid Station support may not be in place and ready for your arrival.

Please pin your number on the back of your jersey not the front!

Cutoffs: All cyclists must be through rest stop #1 by 9am (25 milers excepted). After 9am anyone leaving the Aid Station will be directed to ride the 25 mile route only. 100 mile riders must be at 19th & Jackson St. in Golden (mile 25) before 8:45am or they will be directed to the 85 mile route.


Preliminary Ride Cutoff Times

100 & 85 Mile Routes – 4pm
50 Mile Route – 4pm
25 Mile Route – 1pm
**All cyclists riding the 100/85 MUST be through Aid Station #1 by 7:30am and all 50 mile cyclists MUST be through Aid Station #1 by 9am.

The route and Post-Ride Party will close at 4:00pm.  No Exceptions.

Please note that when we close the route the following will happen:

  • Aid Stations will close and there will be no food or water on the route. Aid Stations have published open and close times, which will be provided at a later date. Services will not be available after these published times.
  • There will be no route support at all – SAG, Medical, Mechanics
  • We cannot guarantee that there will be refreshments, etc. remaining at the Post Event Street Party

To complete the course before it closes please pay attention to the following:

  • Maintain an average speed of 11 mph (100 mile riders). Ride a shorter distance if you can not maintain this average.
  • Do not spend too much time at Aid Stations: stop in, replenish, take a brief break, but limit your break to no more then 10 minutes, if possible. Your body will thank you if you keep moving.
  • Be aware of the published cut-off times. These have been calculated to provide you with a guideline to complete the ride with full support and to enjoy the ride finish at the post-ride party.
  • Be aware of the time!

If you do not believe you will be able to complete the routes before the courses close, please stop your ride at an aid station prior to its published close. We ask that cyclists call a friend or family member for pick-up off the route. The Denver Century Ride SAG vehicles will be on the course, however they are not taxi’s, they will return you to the finish either when they are full, or when their shift ends.

In the case of inclement and dangerous weather, the route will be closed and we ask that you seek shelter.  If the Ride Director asks you to leave the route and get in a support vehicle, and you refuse to leave the course please know that you do so at your own risk.   We realize how important it is for everyone to complete the ride however we encourage you to be safe.


Aid Stations

Aid stations will be stocked with water, Nuun (hydration mix), fruit, bagels, sandwiches, and nutrition products.   Please note: not all items are available at all aid stations.  Portable toilets will be available.   We try to have a gluten free option available at all aid stations but do encourage you to bring your own energy bars if you have severe food allergies as we cannot guarantee there will not be cross-contamination.   Please make sure you read the labels if you are concerned about what might be in the product.

Riders must wear bib numbers (supplied with registration) to obtain food and access to certain areas of the route.   Medical support will be available at all aid stations; however, medical personnel will not be dispensing comfort medications such as: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Tylenol. Participants are asked to bring their own comfort medications as needed.

If you have family/friends meeting you at the Aid Station please remind them to NOT park their car in the Aid Station or on the side of the road where the cyclists are riding.  Be considerate of the other riders please!

2020 Aid Station Locations/Mile Markers Coming Soon!


Bike Mechanics

There will be Bike Mechanics at all Aid Stations. Please note: There will not be a bike mechanic at the Water Stops.   We are very thankful for the great support from the following bike shops:


PLEASE NOTE: The bike shops and mechanics are on site to help with basic repairs and supplies that are $10 or less.  The goal is to keep you on the ride and safe.  Should your bicycle need more expensive supplies please be prepared to compensate the mechanics for the supplies, including tires but not tubes.   We encourage you to make sure your bicycle is in good working order before heading out on the Denver Century Ride.

Please carry a tube for your tire with you. If you need a tire change refresher, contact one of our partner bike shops, they will be happy to teach you.


Route Splits – Be Aware!

  • 100/85/50 from 25 Mile Route: the long distance routes will continue straight on 23rd Ave. while the 25 mile turns left on Clay St.
  • 100/85 Miles from 50 Mile Route: From 32nd Ave. the 85/100 continues straight. The 50 mile turns left at Pierce St.
  • 85/100 mile split – the 85 continues straight on Ford St., the 100 goes right on 19th St in Golden. Note: these two routes merge at Colfax Ave. and US 40.

Route Support & SAG Wagons

SAG wagons will rove each of the courses with water and road assistance to help riders experiencing mechanical trouble or those who become too fatigued to finish. Please be prepared to handle your own flats and minor repairs. SAGs will only provide assistance to the nearest aid station where you may wait for another SAG moving forward, or phone a friend or relative to pick you up.

If you need route support:

  • Flag down one of the SAG (Support and Gear wagons) They are identified with signs on their cars that say “DCR Support” – If you are stopped at the side of the road and do not need help but see a support vehicle, please give them a thumbs up so they can continue on to help others on the route.
  • Call the dispatch number listed in the final rider instructions provided via email, on Facebook and on the website the week before the ride.
  • Stay where you are – if you move we will have a hard time finding you.

 Route Signage

  • There will be signs posted on the routes in the ground with arrows and directions.   They are yellow and have the Denver Century Ride Logo on it.  These are very important.  Please pay attention. Finally, we use spray chalk to highlight obstacles, etc. and supplement the lawn signs.

Rider Safety Rules

 The Denver Century Ride is a Rules of the Road bicycle ride. This means cyclists are required to obey all traffic laws per CO vehicular codes. The ride is conducted on open roads with vehicular traffic. Roads include both marked and unmarked hazards. Though we go to great lengths to make the ride as safe as possible, always remember that safety is in your hands and ride by these rules:

  • Wear a helmet at all times – NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Carry ID and relevant medical information.
  • Rules of the road apply; same rights and duties as the driver of any other vehicle
  • Ride single file where necessary, maximum of two abreast when conditions allow, it is illegal to impede traffic, if riding two abreast move to a single file and allow vehicles to pass.
  • Ride in the right lane, except when passing another vehicle, preparing for a left turn or avoiding hazards. Never pass cars on the right unless they are stopped at a light or making a left turn.
  • Never ride against traffic
  • Never assume motorists see you or that you have the right-of-way.
  • Ride on paved shoulders and bike lanes when present and free of hazards.
  • Obey all traffic lights, signs,  regulations and law enforcement/emergency personnel.
  • Pass on the left only, announce “passing” or “hello” or “on your left”, when passing other cyclists.
  • When riding with others use hand signals to indicate road hazards, stopping, slowing, right, and left turns. If you are unsure of proper hand signals contact your local bike shop and go on a shop sponsored group ride.  They will be happy to help you.
  • Prepare properly – nutrition, hydration, training, and appropriate gear/clothing for sudden changes in weather conditions.
  • Wear appropriate gear to protect yourself: glasses and gloves and always wear a helmet.
  • Respect others: riders, volunteers, host communities, motorists, pedestrians, law enforcement & the environment; do not litter. Keep your nutrition wrappers, etc. in your jersey pockets. Trash receptacles will be provided at every Aid Station.
  • Expect the unexpected; your first responsibility is to be safe.

Finally, be aware that cyclists are subject to the same tickets and fines as vehicle drivers. Law enforcement has the authority and the mandate to uphold traffic laws during this event – this includes traffic tickets for moving violations (i.e., failure to stop or yield and removal of riders from the course if necessary, for their safety or the safety of others.)


Date/Location/Directions to Start Line

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020

Location: Start/Finish Line & Post Ride Street Party at the Shops of Northfield Stapleton

Directions to the Start Line
The Start Line is located directly in front of Macy’s Northfield

From I-25:
Exit onto I-70 East
Take the Quebec Exit 278
Turn North onto Quebec
Take the Northfield Blvd Exit
Turn south onto Uinta or go through stoplight and find parking

From I-70
Take the Quebec Exit 278
Turn North onto Quebec
Take the Northfield Blvd Exit
Turn south onto Uinta or go through stoplight and find parking


Parking

Plenty of FREE parking is available  in the OUTER lots surrounding the start line at the Shops at Northfield Stapleton. Please do not move cones or barricades to park, these lots are blocked for retail customers while you are on your ride.

Please note that while there is plentiful parking, this lot will be open for public use as well.


Post Ride Street Party

Start/Finish & Street Party:

Celebrate the day and your successful ride with family and friends at the Post Ride Street Party following the ride at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton from 10am to 4pm.

All ride registrations include a meal ticket – your bib number will serve as your ticket and cyclists will have the ability to choose the meal of their choice. Meals will be served starting at 11:00am. 

Guests can shop, compare and sample from more than 20 sponsors and exhibitors at the on-site expo. Fantastic food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the post-ride street party from the various restaurants of Northfield Stapleton. Includes fun family activities and an expo to explore. Your bib number will also serve as your ticket to the Beer Stations where you can enjoy a limited number of beverages.


Bike Valet

There is a Bike Corral/Bike Valet for your convenience on site, located within the Post Ride Street Party on Main Street at the Shops at Northfield Stapleton.


Cyclist Photos

2019 Denver Century Ride cyclists day-of-ride photos are available for purchase HERE courtesy of Sundance Images.


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