FAQ

When is Storming of Thunder Ridge?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Where is it?

Start & Finish is at the Jamerson Family YMCA in Lynchburg, Virginia — all routes are predominately in Bedford County.

 

How do I register?

It’s a simple as pushing the buttons on the right of this page. 

 

How much does it cost to register?

$65 before May1; $75 until 8PM on May 16; and $85 the day of. Note that online registration ends at noon on May 20th.  This years registration includes a SOTR moisture wicking t-shirt (guaranteed to those pre-registered prior to May 1st).  A few others goodies too — too many to mention!   Special December Rate of ONLY $55!!!!

 

Can I register the day of the ride?

Heck yeah! The friendly folks at the check-in area will be happy to take your money.  (credit cards will be accepted)

 

Where does my registration fee go?

Monies fund the YMCA of Central Virginia’s Community Support Campaign. The ride itself is funded through our generous sponsors and awesome volunteers. 

 

When and where is the packet pickup?

Saturday, May 20  4PM to 8PM

Jamerson Family YMCA
801 Wyndhurst Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24502
434-582-1900

Directions

 

Can I get my packet the day of the ride?

Roger, that.

 

When and where does the ride start?

Sunday, May 21st  Check-in begins at 6:45AM

Jamerson Family YMCA
801 Wyndhurst Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24502
434-582-1900

Directions

 

Are there cue sheets?

Yes. They’ll be available at packet pickup, at the start of the ride and at rest stops. You can also download to your GPS or print out the directions for the 274575 or 100 mile rides.

 

Are there rest stops?

Yup. You’ll find ’em every 15 to 20 miles or so. There is 1 rest stop for the 27 miler. 3 for the 45 miler; 5 for the metric; and 7 for the century. Each stop will have toilet facilities, food, water, energy drinks, extra cue sheets and a first aid kit. Plus friendly volunteers – be sure to thank them for helping you enjoy a great day on the bike.

 

What if I get a flat? Will there be mechanical support?

We’ll have SAG vehicles monitoring the course. If you have a mechanical, be sure to pull off safely to the side of the road and wait for a SAG vehicle. Or call the number provided on your cue sheet. Remember, the mechanics are donating their time and services to help you enjoy a great day on the bike, so please be sure to thank them.

 

What if I decide to do a different route?

No problemo – go for it. All century riders MUST check in at the 5th rest stop before embarking on the century route. Also, please remember to check in with the volunteers when your finish your ride.  There will be a time cut-off of 1:30PM in order to ride the century. 

 

Do I have to start at when everyone else does?

It’s a free country, so whatever floats your boat. We do ask that you wait to start at the appropriate times. That’s 7:30 for 75/100 ride and 8:00 for 27 and 45 milers.  All cyclists must be on the road prior to 8:30AM.  If you do feel that you are slower than most riders, and need more time, feel free to start as early as you like but note that the first rest stop won’t be manned until 8AM.

 

What happens at the end of the ride?

Check in with the volunteers so we don’t send a search and rescue team to find you at 10 o’clock at night. Enjoy a post-ride party that includes food, drinks, prizes, music and massage. Oh, and pat yourself on your back – you’ve completed the ride. And accept our gratitude for helping raise money for the YMCA of Central Virginia’s Community Support Campaign.

 

Is massage offered? How much is it?

Yes. Sign up at when you check in. The 10 to 15 minute massage is complimentary. But, please, don’t be a cheapskate – tip your masseuse!

 

Is there anything else I need to know?

Now that’s a loaded question. But seriously… Storming of Thunder Ridge is not a race, so smile and enjoy your day. Also, a lot of people have invested time and energy to make this ride possible. Please be sure to thank the volunteers you interact with for their time and support.

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