4th of July Metric Century (Plus)
Ride Description / Route Information
Come and join us for a great ride through Kendall and Grundy Counties, southwest of Plainfield, IL. The fully supported Metric Century includes three basic routes: 32, 45, and 68 miles. Plus…for those who want to get in a full Century, we are once again offering a Century Option. (See Details below). Each basic route will offer marked routes with low traffic and light hills through farm and rural settings.
There will be breaks along the way, at our strategically placed rest stops, to refuel, refresh, and chow down on bagels, sandwiches, fruit, cookies and energy drinks.
Maps and cue sheets for all three routes will be available on the day of the ride. Our website also has a link to a GPS file for the all the routes, including the Century Route
All riders must be off the road by 4:00 PM (This includes the Century Route Riders), so please, don’t take too many breaks and plan accordingly!
The safety of ride participants is of primary importance. Routes are on public roads and must be shared with motor vehicles. We recommend all riders wear helmets, ride no more than two abreast, and obey all traffic laws. We believe bicyclists deserve to share the road, showing courtesy to motorists and other riders.
Sag vehicles will be patrolling all routes, except the route extensions for the Century Route. While Sags will stop to help those in need, priority is given to those with justifiable emergencies—riders with irreparable breakdowns, illness or injury. A flat tire is not considered an emergency. All riders should carry a spare tube, pump and water.
Please exit roadway at rest stops.
All riders aged seventeen and under must be accompanied and supervised by an adult throughout the ride.
We will be marking the route this year with “Cardboard Arrows” – the Century Route will not be using the painted road markings. We will have a sample of the Cardboard Arrows at registration.
The Century Route will NOT be supported, but will be using the existing rest stops which are listed on the 62 mile route. For riders needing to refuel between rest stops, the Century route will pass by the Casey’s in Seneca.
Century riders must complete the ride by 4:00 – Plan to start early.
The ride tee shirts will be “Wicking Material”, and will be prices at $15.00. Due to the high demand in the past couple of years, we are increasing the quantities if shirts we are ordering from the vendors. Tee shirts will be available when pre-registering on-line or through the mail.
Tee shirt description:
Life Behind Bars Cycling High Tech Performance Wear. This Technical T-Shirt features a Ultralight-D 130GSM fabric. The Moisture-Wicking anti-bacterial fabric pushes sweat outward so you can dry faster, stay cooler and go longer. Specially constructed to allow full range of motion while keeping you dry and comfortable.
Notable Vendors for 2017:
Trek of Naperville will be set up at Platteville for riders who might need a minor adjustment to their bike, air added to their tires, etc. Or, stop by and visit them if you have any questions about the new Trek Bikes.
Culver’s will be at registration from 10:30 – 3:00 with post-ride Ice Cream. Stop by registration after you ride and get your “Free” cup of Ice Cream.
Life Behind Bars Cycling provided the tee shirts for this years event.
Milano’s Bakery in Joliet provided the bread for the rest stops.
Thrush Sanitation provided the porta potties, and hand wash stations,
Water Transport from New Lennox provided the water truck at Platteville.
Start time for 2017:
Have had a number of calls and e-mails about the start time. Registration opens at 7:00 AM, and all riders must stop by registration prior to heading out.
Ride Start Location:
Plainfield South High School
7800 W. Caton Farm Road. Plainfield, IL 60586
SE Corner of Ridge and Caton Farm Roads
Tuesday July 4th, 2017
Registration 7:00AM to 10:00AM
Off Road by 4:00PM!
Pre-Registration is now Open
Registration thru Active.com
(On-Line registration open April 1st thru July 3rd)
For Mail in Registration – download a registration forms HERE
Mail Registration Form(s) and payments to:
Joliet Bicycle Club
Joliet, IL 60434
Note: Must be Postmarked by June 27th
Payment by cash or check only on the day of the ride at registration.