Savage Century

Mark your calendar

The Savage is Saturday, September 29, 2018


Savage Century rideThe White Clay Bicycle Club invites you to come out and take the challenge as it once again hosts the 41st annual Savage Century ride, one of the most scenic and challenging rides in our area (especially if you choose one of the longer routes). Select a route – approximately 44, 77 or 100 miles – and enjoy one of the premier rides in the mid-Atlantic region hosted by the White Clay Bicycle Club.

The 44- (approx 2300 ft of climb) and 77-mile loops (approx 5150 ft of climb) have a few shorter climbs, while the major hills are on the 100-mile loop!  The 100 mile loop is 7500 Feet of climb for 2018.

15savage-qrMany have enjoyed the challenge of the Savage as a “ride of passage”, while others return year after year to simply enjoy  the rural beauty of Chester and Lancaster Counties – from the simple  charm of Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish farmlands to the scenic vistas from the hills along the Susquehanna River. Warm up on the rolling hills heading west out of Newark, DE toward Nottingham, PA. Then head for the hills and put your training to the test, on the infamous Slate Hill, Bradys Hill, Pilgrims Pathway,  and Furniss Road!

For those new to the Savage Century, it is recommended for the longer routes that bikes be equipped with a low gear of about 40 gear-inches (e.g. 28 tooth rear sprocket and 42-tooth chain ring on a typical road bike with a 27 inch tire) or lower to prevent undue straining of your knees on the major hills. Come for the ride, ride for the challenge!

Savage Century Event


  • All routes are marked – NEW ROUTE for 2018
  • Cue sheets
  • SAG support and Rest Stops until 5 pm
  • Multiple WCBC rest stops
  • WCBC souvenir of your choice
  • Savage Century patch for completing the century route! (at Drumore rest stop)
  • Various convenience stores along or near routes
  • Pizza and subs at the finish


Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018

Registration open: 7 am – 9 am.

Riders can begin as soon as they check in

Address & Directions

Location: W.L. Gore Facility – 1901 Barksdale Rd, Newark, DE 19711


    From I-95: Exit RT 896 North (in Delaware)

  • Left onto Christina Pkwy
  • Right onto Elkton Rd.
  • Left onto Casho Mill Rd. (NOTE: If you have a roof rack, you might NOT be able to take this route! There is a railroad overpass that is only 8’9” high. Proceed with caution, OR, use the alternate route below.
  • Left onto Barksdale. Continue ~ 1 mile to the Gore facility on the left


 Alternate route

    From I-95: Exit RT 896 North (in Delaware)

  • Left onto Christina Pkwy
  • Right onto Elkton Rd.
  • Turn left at the traffic signal onto Apple Road (before you turn, 7-11 store is on the far left corner)
  • Left onto Barksdale Continue ~ 1 ½ miles to the Gore facility on the left


Registration Prices:
Early Registration


Thru 8/30

8/31 – 9/23



Day of Event 9/24 – 9/30 $30
How to Register:     Register online at (search WCBC for event page)
No Mail-in registration, registration is now pre-registration online or Walk-up Day-of the event REMINDER: You will NOT need to complete another registration form, OR waiver, on the day of the event. 2018 Ride Brochure
Day of Event Provided at check-in booth


Cue Sheets and GPS-type files

  • Cue sheets – will be provided at check-in.
  • GPS-type files – We will email the gps files to those who pre-registered.  For those who did not pre-register, we will have a computer at the start – please bring your bike computer cord to connect to our pc.   

THE HILLS (2018):

Major Hills of the Savage Total Climb(ft) Total Distance (mi) Avg. Grade Max Grade
Slate Hill 283 .9 6.6% 9.1%
Brady’s Hill 323 .9 6.5% 10.5%
Pilgrims Pthwy 193 1.1 5.2% 8.9%
Furniss 257 1 4.6% 8.2%