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 39th 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 40, 60, 80 or 100 miles – and enjoy one of the premier rides in the mid-Atlantic region hosted by the White Clay Bicycle Club.

The 40- and 60-mile loops have a few shorter climbs, while the major hills are on the 80- and 100-mile loops!

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 Bald Eagle Hill, Fishing Creek Hill, and Duck Hill!

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 Colemanville rest stop)
  • Various convenience stores along or near routes


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 – the web page for downloading the GPS-type files for 2017 can be found by selecting this link.  We will upload GPX, FIT and TCX files to the site a few days before the event. 

THE HILLS (2017):

Major Hills of the Savage Total Climb(ft) Total Distance (mi) Avg. Grade Max Grade
Duck Hill 190 0.31 12% 16%
Fishing Creek 366 0.77 9% 16%
Bald Eagle 246 0.56 8% 11%
Red Hill 553 2.43 4% 8%