FAQ

What kind of bike should I use?

The routes have been done on true road bikes with 700×25-28c tyres, but they are best suited for cyclocross or gravel grinder bikes. Mountain bikes will work fine also, but are slower on some of the smoother sections. The ride is predominantly on dirt roads, but some are rough or “seasonal” roads.

How do I sign up?

Follow the link to BikeReg.com on the front of this site or click here to sign up.

If I break down is there someone to help me?

You should be as self-suffecient as possible and carry the basics – spare tube, patch kit, pump, mini-tool, etc. There will be limited mechanical support from the various support vehicles along the course so it may take a bit of time to get someone to you if you are to break down. The rest stops will have basic bicycle tools to help you also.

Do I need to carry all of my own food and water?

You should have water and food with you for the ride, but there will be staffed rest stops that will have water, sports drinks, soda, and snacks. For riders on the 100mi century route, you may send specific items to the rest stops so you don’t need to carry everything with you. You will also be able to shed layers of clothing at rest stops to be picked up after the ride.

How will I know where to go?

The routes will be clearly marked with brightly colored arrows. At the pre-ride meeting examples of the arrows will be shown so everyone knows what to look for. If you have a GPS device, you can download the maps from the ridewithgps.com pages over on the routes page. These maps are very accurate and easy to follow on your device.

Are the roads closed?

No. The Maple City Century is run on open roads so you need to be aware that there are vehicles on the course. Please keep to the right of the roadway and share the road with the motorists. We are lucky to have so many beautiful roads in northeastern Pennsylvania and we don’t want to get a bad rap for being jerks.


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