- Are T-Shirts available in advance?
- Yes! T-Shirts are available in advance! Click Here to order.
- Can I pickup my rider packet before the event?
- Yes! Packet pickups will be Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Campgrounds (Gate 11, 801 E Sangamon Ave), Saturday 5-8 p.m. at the Shed (Gate 3, 2341 N Peoria Rd). Or you can pick up your packet Sunday morning starting at 6:30 a.m. at the registration table, Illinois Building (Main Gate, 1101 E Sangamon Ave).
- Is the Capital City Century a race?
- The CCC is not a race. Our ride is purely recreational, although we have some fast riders.
- When is the CCC held? Where is it held?
- The CCC is a weekend event this year and is part of the Illinois Bicentennial. It will be is held on the weekend after Labor Day. In 2018 there will be various rides and events Saturday September 8th including a community "Loops-A-Palooza" Festival Saturday evening 5pm-9pm. Our CCC Classic ride will be held Sunday, September 9th.
- All activities for the 2018 CCC Weekend will start and end at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. A weekend guidebook is being developed and will be available on our CCCWeekend.org website when the weekend activities are firmed up.
- How much does it cost?
- There is one price that covers all the weekend events. Early-bird registration is the best deal, and is available online only through Friday, August 31st:
|| Individual Registration
|| Family Registration
(available online only through Friday, August 31st)
(registrations after August 31st plus all mail-in registrations)
Party-only tickets are available for $15 for non-riders wanting to join the post-ride party on Sunday.
- Please note that CCC registrations are non-refundable.
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- When/where is the Historic Sites Ride held?
- The Historic Sites Ride will be held on Saturday, September 8th, 1:00 pm starting inside Gate 11 of the Illinois State Fairgrounds which is accessible at 8th Street and Sangamon Ave. The ride is a family paced EZ ride and has frequent stops at various sites of interest.
- What is the Loops-A-Palooza Festival?
- Saturday 5:00-9:00 PM--Packet Pickup Party and "Loops-A-Palooza" Festival at The Shed.
The Springfield Bicycle Club presents a special community bicyclist appreciation festival to celebrate the Bicentennial and Springfield's Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community status (recently designated by the League of American Bicyclists). Enjoy live music by "The Loops", food trucks, libations and other exhibitors and activities (to be announced) at The Shed on the Fairgrounds on Saturday evening.
If you're riding the Classic Century, pick up your CCC packet and skip the lines on Sunday!
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- Is the route paved or gravel?
- The route is entirely paved. Some of our roads have a little gravel on them. We use low-volume (but paved) county roads whenever possible. We modify the route as feasible when road conditions change due to the county’s ongoing resurfacing work. Some of the routes will partially traverse our local bicycle trails.
- What is the terrain?
- Flat to rolling. The CCC has some small hills and winds through some scenic country, but it is probably the flattest Century ride in downstate Illinois.
- Saturday routes include a half Metric and full Metric along with our Historic Ride. Sunday we will have a 6-mile free family ride and our Classic Century, with routes of 24 miles, 35 miles, Metric (62 miles/100k), Century (100 miles) and a special Double Metric (125 mile/300k) option. Full food stops and rider support are included on Sunday. Limited support and a food stop will be available on Saturday.
- Are the routes marked, or are you on your own with a map?
- Everyone gets a detailed route map. Sunday's route is also well marked on the road using the Dan Henry Marking System.
- Can you tell us more about the routes? Is the same route as last year?
- The routes are completely new this year. All routes begin at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Saturday Metric/half metric riders will experience our beautiful new Sangamon Valley Trail extension which crosses the Sangamon River on the longest rails-to-trails bridge in Illinois. Sunday routes of 35-miles and longer go to Chatham for our main food stop at the American Legion on the Chatham square. Cyclists doing longer routes add 1, 2, or 3 loops from the food stop before heading back to the Fairgrounds.
- Can I get a map before the CCC?
- Maps are handed out at registration and at our Packet Pickups Friday & Saturday night. Downloadable maps may be posted on the CCC Facebook page and the SBC Website at that time.
- Are helmets required?
- Helmets are strongly recommended.
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- What are the start times? What are the latest and earliest start times for the routes?
10:00am Start time for the Metric/half Metric Century ride from 8th St by the Campground, inside Gate 11 (801 E Sangamon).
Between 7am and 10am depending on route chosen on the Classic Century ride. Registration opens at 6:30am and shuts down at 10:00am from the Illinois Building, by the Main Gate (1101 E Sangamon). Below are recommended times by selected route. Those doing a first Century should plan to start no later than 8 am. Those riding shorter distances can start earlier than their posted time. Keep in mind that our Double Metric Challenge loop will be shut down at 12:30.
Suggested Sunday start times for the Classic Century:
62/125 mi. — 7-9am
NOTE: Our free 6-mile Family Ride will start after Classic Century riders have departed, at around 10:30 am. Marshals will ensure no one is left behind on the Family Ride. Both registered and non-registered riders are welcome on this free ride.
24/35 mi. — 9-10am
- Is there a time limit?
- Riders on the Classic Century start as early as 7 a.m. We shut down SAG support at 4:30 p.m. but keep track of the last riders in. We encourage ALL riders who wish to attempt the Challenge 25 mile loop to enter it by noon. Food Service wraps up at 5:00 p.m.
- What about the weather?
- The CCC is held rain or shine! Please note that CCC registrations are non-refundable.
- Who do I notify that this will be my first 100-mile century or 125 mile double metric? How do I get my certificate?
- Upon completing the Century or Double Metric on Sunday come back to the Registration table at the Fairgrounds to get a Certificate signed by our President.
- What camping is available and how do I reserve it?
- The camping is at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. There is lots of space, and all camping fees are collected by them. To make a camping reservation, call the Campground Office at 217-524-9894, Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 am to 9 pm. If there is no answer, please leave a message and the hosts will return your call as soon as possible. Tent camping is $15 per day. Click Here for their camping info page.
- What hotels are nearby and available with special rates?
- Two hotels are nearby and offer good rates for CCC riders. The Carpenter Street Hotel has a shuttle and will take you and your bike to the fairgrounds if you do not wish to ride, has hot breakfast, and you may keep take your bike up the elevator to your room - 525 North Sixth Street 855-516-1090. The Statehouse Inn is also nearby, has free breakfast, and is also inexpensive. 101 East Adams Street 855-984-5253. Both are within walking distance of downtown Springfield and within riding distance of the fairgrounds.